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New England Patriots links 3/23/22 - Mac Jones did not get worse because AFC got better at QB

Daily news and links for Wednesday

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Mac Jones looks to pass
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  • Patriots 2022 Mock Draft Tracker.
  • Paul Perillo’s NFL Notes: AFC arms race will impact fight for playoffs.
  • Erik Scalavino tackles this week’s Patriots Mailbag: Reactions to the start of free agency.
  • Press Conference: James White. (12 min. video)
  • The Journey: Kyle Dugger: Dugger’s football journey has taken him from a small town in Georgia, to Lenoir-Rhyne University, to Foxboro, Massachusetts - all for the love of the game. (4.21 min. video)
  • Patriots Unfiltered 3/22: Biggest draft needs, AFC QB arms race, free agency updates.
  • Pats from the Past podcast: Drew Bledsoe (52 min.)


  • Evan Lazar looks at the latest from Patriots free-agent visits and the top remaining free agents for New England. ‘The second wave is typically when Bill Belichick does his best work.’
  • Andrew Callahan talks with an AFC executive about the Patriots free agency. Here’s how he sees Bill Belichick’s latest moves. “...I thought they were gonna be a little bit more active because it’s hard to think — I thought they would have seen there was more of a gap there that they needed to close.”
  • Zack Cox thumbnails nine players the Pats could still target in free agency.
  • Zack Cox explains why ditching the fullback would be a seismic shift for New England’s offense, but not an altogether surprising one.
  • Clare Cooper (PatsPropaganda) So that’s it then at fullback… or is it?
  • Scott Edwards, Jr. looks at how the AFC QB carousel impacts Mac Jones’ standing in the AFC.
  • CBS Boston points out the Patriots will face off against a pretty talented collection of quarterbacks in 2022.
  • Mike D’Abate (PatriotMaven) Patriots Mailbag (Part II): No-no Fournette, Jalen Mills as ‘CB1’ and More.
  • Nick Goss passes along the reported details of Trent Brown’s new contract with the Patriots.
  • Andy Hart digs around and finds James White as a spring feel-good Patriots’ story.
  • Benjamin Allen considers whether a Malcolm Butler reunion is a possibility.
  • Darren Hartwell notes Matt Judon’s recruiting tactics in free agency have yet to pay dividends, but WR Odell Beckham Jr. seems to appreciate his efforts.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots 2022 Draft Profile: Washington CB Trent McDuffie.
  • Hayden Bird relays Mel Kiper’s selection for the Patriots in his latest mock draft: Alabama WR Jameson Williams.
  • Sean T. McGuire mentions how OL Terron Armstead joining the Dolphins could impact the Patriots and AFC East.
  • Mike Luciano (Musketfire) Patriots being used as leverage for Leonard Fournette is embarrassing.
  • Scott Neville notes local prospect, Brown QB EJ Perry, trains with Mac Jones & Jarrett Stidham ahead of the draft.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Steve Balestrieri discuss the Patriots pursuit of running back Leonard Fournette and the team’s interest in finding a WR1 in the draft. (29 min.)


  • Experts (ESPN) NFL free agency 2022: Most improved teams, best and worst signings, value deals, gut reactions and more.
  • Douglas Charles (BroBible) Would Baker Mayfield be an upgrade at quarterback for the Patriots? /No.
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Top 101 NFL free agents of 2022: Just 37 names left after Armstead deal.
  • Cody Benjamin (CBS Sports) Most underrated 2022 NFL free agency signings.
  • Andrew Brandt (SI) The early top 10 ‘Business of Football’ stories for 2022.
  • Dan Hanzus ( NFL Power Rankings: Bills hit No. 1! Buccaneers, Broncos up 14 spots after first wave of free agency. Patriots 13th (-3).
  • Daniel Jeremiah ( 2022 NFL mock draft 3.0. Pats pick Alabama WR Jameson Williams at 21. The Patriots need to get more dynamic weapons for Mac Jones. Though he’s currently recovering from a torn ACL, Williams has elite top speed and toughness.
  • Pete Prisco (CBS Sports) 2022 NFL Mock Draft: Three QBs go in the first round and not one of them is a sure thing. Pats pick Texas A&M OL Kenyon Green at 21.
  • Danny Kelly (The Ringer) NFL Mock Draft 3.0. Pats pick Florida DB Kaiir Elam at 21.
  • Dan Wetzel (Yahoo! Sports) What’s next for Baker Mayfield, who’s out to prove he’s the QB the Browns once thought he was.
  • Gary Davenport (Bleacher Report) 49ers must hold on to QB Jimmy Garoppolo for now.
  • Jasper Jones (Audacy Sports) Troy Aikman is ‘puzzled’ by Fox letting him walk to ESPN: ‘I don’t know that I ever will get the answer.’