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New England Patriots links 2/01/23 - LB depth needs infusion; Shrine Bowl updates; Bye-bye Brady

Daily news and links for Wednesday

Cincinnati Bengals (22) Vs. New England Patriots (18) At Gillette Stadium
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley breaks up a pass
Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images


  • Evan Lazar gives us eight takeaways after spending a week at the Shrine Bowl with the Patriots. 1. Patriots search for size at cornerback might’ve ended in Vegas. /Good read.
  • Mike Dussault tackles this week’s Patriots Mailbag: Patriots offseason priorities, targets and potential splash moves.
  • Shrine Bowl Day 4 Recap: Tamara Brown and Evan Lazar give us a breakdown of the final day of practices from the East West Shrine Bowl in Las Vegas. (2 min. video)
  • Patriots Catch-22: Evan Lazar and Alex Barth project Shrine Bowl players in this year’s draft; Prospect rundown with Eric Galko. (22.26 min. video)
  • Patriots Unfiltered: Conference Championships recap, Shrine Bowl practice takeaways, offseason preview/plans. (2 hours)


  • Henry McKenna (Fox Sports) Some updates from Patriots-land: 1) Matt Patricia is mulling his future, which includes interest around him joining another staff as a DC, per source. 2) Joe Judge will stay with New England for 2023 but his emphasis will no longer be on offense.
  • Mike D’Abate (Patriots Country) NFL sets 2023 spending ceiling; The Patriots are expected to be among the NFL’s best-situated teams when it comes to financial flexibility and draft capital.
  • Nick Goss talks about how the 2023 NFL salary cap will impact the Patriots.
  • Karen Guregian notes Julian Edelman is expecting a ‘big leap’ from Mac Jones now that Bill O’Brien is on board as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
  • Chris Mason makes predictions for 10 Patriots free agents on defense (plus a kicker and punter).
  • Mark Daniels analyzes the linebacker position in 2022: Do the Pats need an infusion of talent? With two veteran LBs in need of new deals, the Patriots enter this offseason thin at the position. They’re even thinner beyond 2023.
  • Dakota Randall explores whether LB Mack Wilson’s play warrants a new contract.
  • Karen Guregian passes along a Mike Reiss report that Devin McCourty is recovering from shoulder surgery.
  • Kevin Tame, Jr. (Patriots Country) Patriots Jakobi Meyers played through injury; How serious?
  • Alex Barth tells us how the Patriots’ coaching staff operated at the Shrine Bowl.
  • Matt Dolloff posts a clip of Bill O’Brien coaching up players at the Shrine Bowl; This should give Patriots fans hope.
  • Zack Cox Patriots draft rumors: Pats ‘enamored’ with these two prospects: Mississippi State edge rusher Tyrus Wheat and Ohio State DT Taron Vincent of Ohio State.
  • Daniel Flick (Patriots Country) Patriots Shrine Bowl Day 4: Notes; Risers & Fallers; Bill Belichick talking to Raiders GM Dave Ziegler; More.
  • Mark Morse (PatsFans) East West Shrine Game practice reports.
  • Keagan Stiefel talks about Bill Belichick reuniting with Josh McDaniels at the Shrine Bowl.
  • Mike Kadlick identifies five Patriots fits to watch at the Senior Bowl: Offense.
  • Soor Vora (StadiumRant) Patriots Offseason Mailbag: Addressing the hottest fan questions.
  • Richie Whitt (Patriots Country) Social (media) justice: Patriots poking referees, courtesy of LeBron James.
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Clare and Murph are joined by Bob Socci to talk all things Patriots. (62 min.)



  • Andrew Mahoney and Katie McInerney post a timeline looking back at Tom Brady’s 23-year NFL career.
  • Kevin Clark (The Ringer) Tom Brady remade the NFL in his image and changed football forever. The best thing you can say about Tom Brady’s legacy is there is an army of unemployed guys who wish he’d never existed. [2/1/22]
  • Zack Cox points out Tom Brady had long maintained that he wanted to play until age 45. Like nearly every other in his NFL career, he achieved that goal. Then, he walked away.
  • Mike Cole offers eight quick thoughts on TB12’s retirement decision: A quick look back on the unbelievable career of Tom Brady.
  • Joe Dwinell reports Tom Brady tweets he’s retiring ‘for good’ this time, says: ‘When I woke up this morning I figured I’d press record and let you guys know first’.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) The side of Tom Brady, the GOAT, that I’ll remember. [2/2/22]
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Tom Brady announces his retirement, “for good”.
  • Zack Cox notes Tom Brady shared a flood of fond memories from his 20-year New England Patriots tenure after his retirement announcement.
  • Dakota Randall reminds us Robert Kraft wants Tom Brady to retire with the Patriots.
  • Around the NFL ( NFL community reacts to Tom Brady’s second retirement on social media.