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New England Patriots links 5/05/21 - Post-draft Pats beasts of AFC East? Dissecting Mac Jones; More

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David Andrews excited to be back
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  • Mike Reiss dissects New England’s offseason push to rejoin the AFC’s elite, that has resulted in a retooled roster with more talent, depth and a long-term plan at QB.
  • Andrew Callahan writes about the making of Mac Jones: How the Patriots’ next QB followed Tom Brady’s footsteps to New England
  • Doug Kyed suggests how the Patriots should approach the Cam Newton-Mac Jones QB battle in camp, and who will win out.
  • Evan Lazar breaks down Mac Jones college tape to see exactly what kind of player the Pats are getting.
  • CBS Boston highlights Michael Lombardi saying Mac Jones will have a ‘redshirt year’ as a rookie with the Patriots.
  • 98.5 The Sports Hub re-posts Cam Newton on Instagram: ‘It’s me vs. me.’
  • Danny Jaillet (PatriotsWire) Dan Orlovsky explains why he thinks Mac Jones will be the Patriots’ Week 1 starter.
  • Zack Cox looks at how the Pats stack up in the AFC East after the draft. “We believe the new-look Patriots can be a playoff team this season. But Josh Allen and Co. will enter the campaign as AFC East favorites and Super Bowl hopefuls.”
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots news and NFL notes, 5 things to know: “Brady saw everything going on during a particular play. He had and still has that type of vision. That’s a rare trait and one that it appears Jones possesses.”
  • Hal Bent (FullPressCoverage) New England Patriots’ 2021 NFL draft grades for each pick.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Pats’ post-draft 53-man roster projection: Rough year for rookies to make the team.
  • Khari Thompson explains why Christian Barmore could be the team’s most impactful rookie this season: Barmore’s ability to rush the passer and his potential in the run game could see him earn early snaps for a Patriots run defense looking for a rebound in 2021.
  • Phil Perry explains why the Pats decided to pick up Isaiah Wynn’s fifth-year option, when he hasn’t been able to stay on the field.
  • Karen Guregian writes, “Having David Andrews return, when it looked like he was headed out the door, was as significant as shoring up the tight end group, and landing help in the defensive front seven.”
  • Mike Luciano (MusketFire) David Andrews confirms he never wanted to leave New England.
  • Michael Hurley relays an Ernie Adams story from David Andrews’ rookie year, noting Adams was an important part of the Patriots for 21 years. But nobody really knows what he did.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Damien Harris’ wise advice for Patriots rookies is truly Belichickian.
  • Sean T. McGuire finds David Andrews excited for the season after their recent additions.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) David Andrews has the funniest reaction to reuniting with Trent Brown.
  • Karen Guregian highlights Jimmy Garoppolo discussing the rumors about his possible return to New England.
  • Sean T. McGuire passes along a report that WR Damiere Byrd signs with the Bears after one year with the Pats.
  • Dakota Randall notes ESPN’s Mike Clay lists the Patriots 6th easiest on his 2021 NFL strength-of-schedule rankings.
  • Dakota Randall notes Tom Brady says he’d trade two Super Bowls for 2007’s undefeated season. /So, he’d trade two rings for one?
  • Adam London notes Robert Kraft has purchased a Hamptons beach house $43 million, according to The Wall Street Journal. /Watch out for shrinkage.
  • One Patriots Place podcast: The good, bad, and ugly from the draft with Evan Lazar joining Steve, Murph, and Claire to recap the Patriots draft haul. (53 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss Belichick’s approach to New England’s future, Ernie Adams, and the fifth-year contract options of OT Isaiah Wynn and RB Sony Michel. (37 min.)
  • Patriots Talk podcast: Matt Cassel joins Tom Curran and Phil Perry to discuss New England selecting Mac Jones and what exactly it will take for Jones to surpass Cam Newton as the starting QB in Foxboro. (46 min.)


  • Brandon Anderson (SportsRaid) 2021 NFL draft biggest winners, losers, and wildcards: Are we sure the Bears and Dolphins are winners? Patriots: One of four biggest winners.
  • Dan Parr ( AFC East draft grades. Patriots: B-. “I would have been in favor of the Patriots, coming off an aggressive free-agency period, staying on the attack and trading up to land Justin Fields, since I think the dropoff between him and Jones is significant.”
  • Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports) Ranking every team’s 2021 NFL Draft class: Patriots, Cardinals, Broncos crush it.
  • Lance Zierlein ( 2021 NFL Draft: Three favorite picks by round. Round 7: WR Tre Nixon.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) The late-round NFL rookies who could make an instant impact in 2021.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) 21 veterans put on notice by teams’ NFL draft moves: Big names on thin ice. Cam Newton included.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) NFL Power Rankings. Pats 10th (^ 8): Cam Newton is back, but first-round pick Mac Jones will present a nice challenge to be the starting quarterback. Whoever starts will be set up in a nice situation.
  • MMQB Staff (SI) Post-NFL draft power rankings. Patriots: 12th.
  • Jay Busbee (Yahoo! Sports) Is Aaron Rodgers’ beef with the Packers legit? Let’s dive in.
  • Jason Owens (Yahoo! Sports) Aaron Rodgers tips his hand on Packers drama — with an assist from Davante Adams.
  • Report (AP) NFL draft draws 160,000 fans despite pandemic, points to ‘brighter days’ ahead.
  • The Touchdown Wire podcast: Doug Farrar and Mark Schofield discuss all things post-2021 NFL draft. (76 min.)