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New England Patriots links 3/24/22 - Room in the corner: Beefed-up AFC WRs need Pats counter at CB

Daily news and links for Thursday

New England Patriots Vs. Miami Dolphins At Hard Rock Stadium
Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore from 2017
Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images



  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) 5 Patriots/NFL things to know: 1) The Patriots are reportedly still exploring wide receiver options, albeit the current start to free agency apparently put a damper on things.
  • Michael Hurley calls Malcolm Butler’s Patriots reunion a true shocker - even by Bill Belichick’s standards.
  • Mike D’Abate notes that after spending the past year in retirement, Malcolm Butler returns to Foxboro for his second tour of duty in New England.
  • Evan Lazar talks about Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler returning to the Patriots on a two-year contract after four seasons away from the team.
  • Scott Neville explains how Malcolm Butler was better than you think in 2020: Butler had impressive coverage grades and stats in 2020
  • Mike D’Abate resets the Pats’ cornerback group following Malcolm Butler’s reported soon-to-be signing.
  • Jake Levin notes Jonathan Jones doesn’t want the Patriots reunion tour to stop at Malcolm Butler.
  • Phil Perry suggests some potential Patriots trade candidates at wide receiver and cornerback.
  • Alex Barth continues his Patriots draft preview series with a look at running backs.
  • Michael DeVito (Musketfire) Patriots’ best offensive tackle options in 2022 NFL Draft.
  • Andrew Callahan and Karen Guregian’s point-counterpoint: Are the Dolphins now better than the Pats?
  • Ryan Dunleavy (NY Post) Tyreek Hill traded to Dolphins as Jets lose out on Chiefs star.
  • Zack Cox sees the Tyreek Hill trade to the Dolphins spotlighting the Patriots’ biggest problem: It’s difficult imagining their secondary surviving matchups in its current state.
  • Darren Hartwell discusses how the massive Tyreek Hill trade impacts the Patriots in this year’s draft.
  • Sean T. McGuire doesn’t think the Patriots should have been in on Tyreek Hill before the Dolphins trade.
  • Nick Stevens whines warns that Tyreek Hill joining Dolphins is bad news for Patriots.
  • Zack Cox Patriots Rumors: Why New England hasn’t added help at wide receiver. New England isn’t ‘comfortable overspending’
  • Andrew Callahan notes that if the Patriots draft a receiver in the first round, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. thinks it will be one of these four.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Mock Draft 2.0: Early free agency edition.
  • CBS Boston gives us a Patriots mock draft roundup.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Clare Cooper discuss the possible farewell to the fullback position in New England and the impact of Trent Brown’s return on the Pats offensive line. (32.45 min. video)