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New England Patriots links 5/5/22 - Not the usual suspects: Who’s behind the Patriots’ draft?

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Syndication: The Tennessean
Bill Belichick showing he’s in-vested
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  • Zack Cox talks with Shrine Bowl Director Eric Galko, who shares the inside scoop on six Patriots rookies: Nearly half of the Patriots’ draft class played in the East-West Shrine Bowl.
  • Mike D’Abate (Patriots Country) Patriots draft analysis: Reach or Right? In light of PFF’s ‘D’ grade for New England’s performance in the draft, Patriots Country offers its contributing analysis of the team’s selections.
  • Jim McBride takes an early look at the key position battles on the Patriots roster.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Projecting the Patriots’ 53-man roster: Multiple WR trades coming?
  • Michael Hurley sees a lot of expectations being placed upon the shoulders of LB Cameron McGrone. /Yep.
  • Khari Thompson expects third-round pick Marcus Jones to contribute right away for the Patriots.
  • Alex Mullin (Gillette Gazette) Jack Jones: New 2022 Patriot! Starter potential?
  • Evan Lazar explains how WR Tyquan Thornton learned to control his ‘superpower’ to become top NFL prospect.
  • Thomas Carannante (MusketFire) How much money will the Pats save if they let let N’Keal Harry go?
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Daily Patriots news & NFL notes. 1) Fourth-round draft pick Bailey Zappe remains one of the more surprising selections by the New England Patriots in the 2022 draft; More.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Bailey Zappe’s college coach sees shades of Drew Brees in the Patriots rookie QB.
  • Jason Ounpraseuth discusses PFF’s rankings of the top second-year quarterbacks and Mac Jones’ situation heading into second year.
  • Darren Hartwell considers who played a bigger role in this year’s draft, director of player personnel Matt Groh or Bill Belichick.
  • Nick O’Malley notes Mac Jones’ draft party featured sake Super Soakers, tour of QB’s house (with a secret bookshelf door) and more.
  • Justin Leger highlights Kendrick Bourne’s hilarious reaction to the Pats trading back in the draft.
  • Scott Neville wonders if Giants CB James Bradberry, who is expected to be released, could aid the Patriots secondary. Bradberry was a Pro Bowler in 2020.
  • Alex Barth reports the Patriots are not included on the NFL’s 2022 international schedule.
  • Richie Whitt (Patriots Country) Patriots Passion: Bailey Zappe’s girlfriend shows love for QB pick.
  • Chris Mason highlights Jerod Mayo on how the Patriots had ‘weirdest combine interview,’ and why he won’t drink Patron anymore after his draft experience.
  • A Clare Perspective podcast: Clare Cooper and Nick Stevens discuss the aftermath of the draft. (35 min.)
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate and Clare Cooper break down the Patriots draft; Stretch, speed and surprises. (46 min. video)
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Murph, Steve and Clare are joined by Evan Lazar to break down the draft. (1 hour)


  • Jason La Canfora (CBS Sports) 2022 NFL QB tiers: Here’s where your team’s starter fits among franchise guys, placeholders and more. Mac Jones in Tier 4 (out of 6): ‘You can win with them’. /Not quite a vote of confidence.
  • Jonathan Jones (CBS Sports) NFL insider notebook: Ryan Tannehill taking undue flak over Malik Willis comments, plus Panthers shakeup, more.
  • Albert Breer (SI) Mailbag: Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud are top candidates to be the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NFL draft; Plus, when Jadeveon Clowney will sign, Justyn Ross going undrafted, the Patriots’ confusing draft and more.
  • Joe Tansey (Bleacher Report) Hot takes, predictions for Patriots rookies after 2022 NFL draft.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Undrafted QB D’Eriq King says Patriots plan to try him at multiple positions.
  • Sam Monson (PFF) Ranking the situations for the NFL’s top second-year quarterbacks in 2022. 3. Mac Jones. “The Patriots had a curious (read: bad) draft, but they at least addressed offense and continued to build around Jones as much as possible.” More.
  • Steven Ruiz (The Ringer) How NFL contenders can fix their remaining roster weaknesses. /Pats not contenders?
  • Ben Linsey (PFF) Most and least improved units following the 2022 NFL Draft. Least improved: Patriots defense.
  • Michael Renner (PFF) Projecting the most impactful 2022 rookie classes. No Pats.
  • Ben Linsey (PFF) Ranking top offensive and defensive rookie of the year candidates for 2022. No Pats.
  • Brent Sobleski (Bleacher Report) Dominoes left to fall after 2022 NFL draft.