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New England Patriots links 5/03/21 - Roster re-set: New era 2021 team takes shape

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New England Patriots v Detroit Lions
Matt Patricia the new Ernie Adams?
Photo By Nancy Lane/Digital First Media/Boston Herald via Getty Images

*** Sunday’s bonus weekend-edition links page. /In case you missed it. ***



  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: QBs Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Aaron Rodgers and Inside the biggest stories on draft night; Plus, takeaways on Mac Jones, Davis Mills, DeVonta Smith and many more leftovers from the draft.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: On drama in Green Bay, The 49er fakeout, and the ’21 NFL Draft.
  • Sam Monson (PFF) Can Mac Jones break the trend and succeed in the NFL despite lack of high-end traits?
  • Kaelen Jones (The Ringer) The Patriots didn’t need to do any wheeling and dealing to get Mac Jones.
  • Nora Princiotti (The Ringer) The NFL’s QB cycle is spinning faster than some teams can keep up. /Missed this earlier, but a good read.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) In the early rookie of the year odds, Najee Harris stands out.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) The 11 best late-round steals in the 2021 NFL Draft include picks by Patriots: Michigan LB Cameron McGrone (fifth round, No. 177 overall)
  • Mason Smoller (LastWordOnSports) 2021 AFC East NFL draft grades, analysis. Patriots: A+.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) NFL draft grades. Patriots: A-.
  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL Draft grades 2021: All 32 draft classes ranked from best (Dolphins) to worst (Raiders). Patriots: 16th, Grade: B+.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) Final draft grades. Patriots: B-. Favorite pick: Perkins, Least-favorite pick: Barmore.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) 2021 NFL Draft winners and losers.
  • Bill Bender (Sporting News) 2021 NFL Draft picks by college: Alabama, Ohio State tie for most picks with 10 apiece
  • Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz (USA Today) 2021 NFL draft’s best undrafted players.
  • Mike Clay (ESPN) Post-draft projections for all 32 teams. [pdf]


  • John Healy (Audacy) Schefter: Belief in ‘league circles’ is Deshaun Watson will not play at all in 2021.