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BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Draft Series: Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins would provide some Gronk insurance – Karen Guregian – Gurgegian highlights the Washington tight end in this entry.

Patriots Notebook: Ty Law humbled by shot at Hall of Fame – Jeff Howe – Howe files his notebook and has comments from former cornerback Ty Law, who said that getting into the Patriots Hall of Fame “would mean a lot”.

ESPN BOSTON:

Beyond the 1st round: Defensive end – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at potential later round defensive ends in this morning’s entry.

Beyond the 1st round: LB and OLB – Mike Reiss – Reiss also looks at potential later round linebackers in this entry.

Ty Law on what he’d do different as Patriot - Mike Reiss – Reiss has comments from Ty Law, who discussed some of the things he’d do differently if he was a player again.

Garoppolo latest QB prospect to visit Pats – Mike Reiss – Reiss has a note on the recent visit of Eastern Illinois’ Jimmy Garoppolo.

Clayborn: ‘Why did it take so long?’ – Mike Reiss – Reiss has comments from the former Patriot, who was honored to learn he’s among three finalists for the Patriots Hall of Fame in 2014.

Belichick: Oldie but goodie among peers – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at Belichick turning 62, and looks at other coaches by age.

Pats Hall finalists: Clayborn, Law & Parcells – Mike Reiss – Reiss has the name of the finalists for this year’s potential Patriots Hall of Fame induction.

NESN:

Ty Law: Aqib Talib Is Great, But Darrelle Revis ‘Is A Special Talent’ – Doug Kyed – Kyed has comments from Law comparing Talib to Revis in this entry.

Patriots Celebrate 14th Anniversary Of Drafting Tom Brady (Photo) – Doug Kyed – Kyed has a quick entry showing the Patriots tweeting out Brady’s draft card from 14-years ago.

Report: Rob Gronkowski To Take His Time Rehabbing Torn ACL For Patriots – According to this report, Gronkowksi will take his time as he tries to come back from the torn ACL he suffered last season.

CSNNE:

Curran: Don’t ‘push the panic button’ on Gronk – Tom Curran – Curran has comments on the report of Gronkowski and feels it’s too early to be concerned.

BLEACHER REPORT:

Assigning Odds to Every Potential Patriots 1st-Round Pick - James Christensen – Christensen puts odds on every potential first round selection in an interesting read.

NJ.COM:

‘Tom Brady Rule’ coming to college football: NCAA to penalize for low hits on quarterbacks – Dan Duggan – Duggan has an article on the fact that the rule that protects quarterbacks in the NFL is coming to the collegiate level.

BOSTON.COM:

Patriots mock draft 7.0: What if the Patriots don’t pick in the first round? – In this mock draft, the unnamed author looks at some potential selections outside the first round if the Patriots elect to trade down.

ESPN BOSTON:

C.J. Fiedorowicz to visit Patriots – Field Yates – Yates has his take on the tight end visiting the Patriots.

Beyond the 1st round: Defensive end – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at potential later round prospects the Patriots could consider taking.

Source: Bucannon to visit with Patriots – Field Yates – Yates follows up on the report of Bucannon visiting and gives his take.

Bruschi Running For A Cause – Here’s a video with Bruschi taking with Bob Ley to explain why he’s running this year’s marathon.

Richburg among centers eyed by Pats – Mike Reiss – Reiss has a closer look on New England’s interest in Colorado State center Weston Richburg.

Weekly Patriots mail is delivered – Mike Reiss -Reiss files his mailbag for this week, which as usual had some good bits in it.

BALTIMORE SUN:

Sources: Ravens, Patriots, Falcons, Colts, Browns, Jets have displayed the most interest in Michael Sam – Aaron Wilson – Wilson has an article on the fact the Patriots are among the teams have shown the most interest with the potential draft pick.

WEEI:

Reports: Patriots have Wednesday meetings with CJ Fiedorowicz and Deone Bucannon – Christopher Price – Price highlights reports surrounding upcoming meetings with the two players.

NESN:

Report: Patriots Among Six Teams Showing Most Interest In Michael Sam – Doug Kyed – Kyed has an entry on the Patriots potential  interest in Sam.

MASSLIVE:

New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Prospects: South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles could drop down draft boards like Alfonzo Dennard – Nick O’Malley – O’Malley spotlights Quarles in this entry.

CSNNE:

Bertrand: Don’t want Pats taking QB in 1st round – After John Norris of Rotoworld had the Patriots taking Teddy Bridgewater in his latest mock, Marc Bertrand doesn’t want them taking a QB in round one.

GATEWAY NEWS:

Patriots’ wideout to host Kent State Athletics Scholarship Auction – Allen Moff – Moff has an article on the fact that Julian Edelman is helping with the schools third annual Athletics Scholarship Auction.

Tuesday’s New England Patriots Links 4/15 – Beyond the 1st round: Tight end


The Patriots will likely look to find a player to compliment Rob Gronkowski in this year’s draft. (USA TODAY Images)

PATSFANS.COM

Patriots And ESPN Boston Host NFL Draft Preview Party – 2014 Shaping Up to Be an Interesting Year for the Patriots – Steve Balestrieri – Balestrieri was on hand covering Sunday’s event at Gillette Stadium, and here’s a terrific look at what went down during the annual event.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Draft Series: Notre Dame’s Louis Nix could be Vince Wilfork’s eventual replacement – Karen Guregian – Guregian takes a look at the Notre Dame prospect, and feels he could eventually replace the long-time defensive tackle.

ESPN BOSTON:

Beyond the 1st round: Tight end – Mike Reiss – Reiss follows up on the piece he did yesterday, this time looking at tight ends who could be taken in the later rounds.

Picked-up Patriots pieces – Mike Reiss – Reiss files a notes entry with some Patriots related odds and ends in this entry.

Draft, quarterbacks & the Patriots – Mike Reiss – Reiss has an entry looking at how the quarterbacks taken in the first round could affect the Patriots draft.

MASSLIVE:

New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Prospects: UCF RB Storm Johnson has (almost) all the tools to be a feature back – Nick O’Malley – O’Malley looks at Johnson and how he might fit in with the Patriots.

BLEACHER REPORT:

5 Available Free Agents Still Within the New England Patriots’ Reach – James Christensen – Christensen looks at five players he feels could still be ones that could still be attainable at this point in free agency.

CSNNE:

Road to the Draft: Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman – Tom Curran – Curran spotlights the Minnesota defensive tackle in his continued look at potential Patriots prospect.

YAHOO! SPORTS:

Sports gave Boston a way to show its strength after marathon – Dan Wetzel – Not a Patriots article, but still a great read from Wetzel on the marathon bombings last year.

GLOUCESTER TIMES:

Tom Brady hits the beach – Paul Leighton – Big news apparently in Beverly as Brady was in town to shoot an UGGS commercial.  This warrants local news coverage, and Leighton has the story.


It’s been a tough run of luck for the Gronkowski family, starting with the Patriots TE last season. (USA TODAY Images)

A quiet morning on this Monday, but here are this morning’s links:

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots Draft Series: Louisville’s Calvin Pryor would provide intimidating presence in secondary – Karen Guregian - Guregian looks at Pryor and also discusses why the Patriots would want him.

MASSLIVE:

Patriots mailbag: All eyes on the draft – Nick Underhill – Underhill has his mailbag for this week, where he answers a variety of questions from fans.

NEPATRIOTSDRAFT.COM:

Edge of Development: Patriots Defensive End Michael Buchanan – Oliver Thomas – Thomas takes a look at Michael Buchanan and talks about his development in this entry.

2014 Edge Rushers: A Look at Michael Sam’s Game – Marc Sluis – Sluis spotlights Sam in this breakdown.

ESPN BOSTON:

Beyond the 1st round: Defensive tackle – Mike Reiss – Reiss has an article looking at later round defensive tackles who could be a good selections for the Patriots.

BOSTON CBS LOCAL:

Draft Expert Daniel Jeremiah With Bob Socci: Impossible To Predict The Patriots – Jermiah of the NFL Network and NFL.com joined Patriots play-by-play man Bob Socci Sunday on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s “NFL Draft Preview Show” to discuss the upcoming draft.

CBS SPORTS:

2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots spotlight – Dane Brugler – Brugler takes a look at the Patriots and has five players who he feels should be on New England’s draft radar.

PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM:

Two Gronkowski brothers suffer injuries at regional combines - Michael David Smith has an article on Gronk’s brothers both suffering injuries during a regional combine.

Friday’s New England Patriots Links – Second-year Patriots in spotlight

BOSTON HERALD:

Alfonzo Dennard did his time, that’s that – Jeff Howe – Howe has an article on Dennard, with comments from the Lancaster County Department of Corrections regarding the Patriots cornerback.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Words With Frenz mailbag: Dominique Easley has look of future Patriots defensive tackle – Erik Frenz – Frenz has his mailbag for this week, and as usual offers up some good insight in this week’s edition.

Patriots doctor Thomas Gill is stepping down – Eric Wilbur – Wilbur has an article on the fact Gill is stepping down, with a statement from the team regarding the move.

Patriots part ways with Dr. Thomas Gill – Ben Volin – Volin has the full story on Gill, who he writes ran into a little friction with a few players.

ESPN BOSTON:

Patriots rank low in total acquisitions – Mike Reiss – Reiss has an article showing the number of free agent acquisitions made this offseason, with the Patriots ranked among the lowest.

Leftovers from Patriots weekly chat – Mike Reiss – Reiss has leftovers from his chat from yesterday, which as always had some good topics discussed.

Weekly Patriots chat recap – Mike Reiss – Reiss’ full chat from yesterday looked at a variety of topics yesterday, including the Patriots’ current situation with their offensive line.

Second-year Patriots in spotlight – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at the list of second year players for the Patriots, with a snapshot of the role of each.

NESN:

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots Take Athletic Pass-Rushing Defensive End – Doug Kyed – Kyed has his latest mock draft, and has the Patriots grabbing a defensive end with the 29th overall selection.

MASSLIVE:

New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Prospects: Washington State safety Deone Bucannon plays in attack mode – Christopher Jason – Jason looks at a potential safety for the Patriots.

CSNNE:

Who would you like to see back up Brady? – Gresh and Tanguay talk about which draft selection should be the back-up for Brady.

PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

Jim Donaldson: NFL in no rush to pay running backs big bucks – Jim Donaldson – Donaldson looks at the salaries some of the top running backs make, and notes the fact in a passing league they’re no longer making as much money.

NFL:

2010 NFL Draft do-over: Brocos still take Tebow – Bucky Brooks – Brooks re-does the 2010 draft and re-slots players where he feels they should have been drafted, with Rob Gronkowski entering the top 10 from the Patriots.


Belichick and the Patriots continue working out potential draft prospects. (USA TODAY Images)

BOSTON GLOBE:

Brandon Spikes calls time with Patriots ’4 Years a Slave,’ spars with fans on Twitter – Zuri Berry – Berry looks at some comments by Spikes on Twitter on Wednesday and predicts the Bills to sweep New England in 2014.

Patriots’ preseason schedule is announced – Ben Volin – Volin writes that the Patriots preseason slate will have an NFC East flavor.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots open with Redskins – Jeff Howe – Howe talks about the release of the preseason schedule, which will see New England open up on the road in Washington.

Patriots Draft Series: Kelvin Benjamin’s boom-bust potential could make Pats think at No. 29 – Jeff Howe – Howe ponders the Patriots grabbing the wide receiver with the 29th pick.

Eight thoughts on the Pats’ 2014 preseason schedule – Jeff Howe – Howe has thoughts on the upcoming preseason schedule, which includes the fact Belichick has a working relationship with two of the coaches they’ll face.

Patriots Draft Series: Ra’Shede Hageman could help Vince Wilfork boost interior pass rush – Jeff Howe – Howe looks at Hagemen and feels he’d be a great addition to the Patriots’ interior defense.

Rob Ninkovich says Jerod Mayo is ‘looking good right now’ – Jeff Howe – Howe has quotes from Ninkovich on Mayo, who he’s been working out with recently.

ESPN BOSTON:

Aaron Dobson & the 2nd-year jump – Mike Reiss – Reiss follows up on a piece from NFL.com from Gil Brandt, who believes Dobson is among the players who will make the 2nd-year jump for their team in 2014.

5 things we like about preseason slate – Mike Reiss – Reiss posts his thoughts on the upcoming preseason schedule, and feels the fact the Patriots have two home games in the middle of the schedule should give fans a couple of good games to see the starters.

WEEI:

Four Incredibly Early Thoughts on Patriots 2014 Preseason Schedule – Christopher Price – Price has his thoughts on the Patriots schedule, and expects joint practices in Foxboro prior to their week two game.

PATRIOTS.COM:

Analysis of Patriots preseason schedule – Paul Perillo – Perillo gives his thoughts on the team’s preseason schedule, and feels if the team plans on holding more than one set of joint practices, it will be with a new partner this year.

NEPATRIOTSDRAFT.COM:

2014 NFL Draft Close-Up: Oregon State Defensive End Scott Crichton  - Oliver Thomas – Thomas has a good piece that spotlights the Oregon State defensive end in this entry.

ATTLEBORO SUN CHRONICLE:

Patriots preseason schedule unveiled - The Chronicle has an article about yesterday’s announcement of the Patriots’ preseason schedule.

Sources: Patriots have private workout today for Boise State’s Paradis, Leno and Boldewijn – Aaron Wilson – Wilson has a report of some prospects working out for New England yesterday.

NFL.COM:

Brandon Spikes predicts two Bills wins over Patriots – Dan Hanzus – The former linebacker apparently made national news after Spikes decided to throw out some Tweets that seems to have caught everyone’s attention.

SPORTING NEWS:

NFL Draft 2014: Risers, fallers and surprises as draft day nears – David Steele – Steele looks at some players whose stock will rise, fall, and surprise, but feels the Patriots are among a few teams he expects to “shake up the draft”.

Patriots 2014 Preseason Opponents Announced

The New England Patriots announced their preseason opponents earlier this afternoon, giving fans a glimpse of how the Patriots exhibition season will shape up when they kick things off in the months ahead.

The team will open up on the road in Washington, followed by two home games against Philadelphia and Carolina before finishing on the road against the Giants.

No dates and times have been announced just yet.

As for the NFL Patriots regular season schedule, we’ll have to wait a bit for that as that will be announced later this spring.

BOSTON GLOBE:

Some Patriots already starting work for the season – Ben Volin – Volin files his “On Football” piece for this morning, which talks about the work some Patriots players are already putting in as they start preparing for the 2014 season.

Revamped Patriots secondary makes Rob Ninkovich a happy man – Zuri Berry – Berry has an article on Ninkovich, who is excited about some of the Patriots offseason acquisition.

Bormer Patriots tight end Matthew Mulligan signs with Bears – Zuri Berry – Berry has an article on Mulligan’s departure for the Windy City.

BOSTON HERALD:

Survivor ready to cheer runners again – Gayle Fee – Fee has a nice article on Boston Marathaon bombings survivor Kaitlynn Cates, who is also pictured with Tom Brady in this entry.

Wired for success: Rob Ninkovich ready for improvement – Jeff Howe – Howe has  an article on Ninkovich, who hasn’t seen the need to dial it back during the offseason as he continues preparing for the upcoming 2014 season.

ESPN BOSTON:

Film review on RB Michael Bush – Mike Reiss – Reiss takes a look at film of Michael Bush, and feels there was a limited body of work to digest as he tried to get a feel for the free agent running back.

One vote for WR being a top need – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at one analysts pick for the Patriots, who feels their current group could use another player.

Leftovers from DE Rob Ninkovich – Mike Reiss – Reiss has more from yesterday’s media session with Rob Ninkovich.

Weekly Patriots mail is delivered – Mike Reiss – Reiss files his weekly mailbag, which as usual had some good topics discussed including the situation the Patriots currently have at safety.

NESN:

Patriots Mock Draft: New England Selects A Receiver First, A QB Later – Doug Kyed – Kyed has his latest mock draft, which sees a couple of interesting names selected.

Report: Patriots To Work Out Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas On Wednesday – Doug Kyed – Kyed has a report on the fact New England will be working out a quarterback today.

Darrelle Revis To Wear No. 24; Patriots Jersey Available For Preorder – Doug Kyed – Kyed writes that the team has started taking orders on jerseys for newly signed Darrelle Revis.

Report: Patriots Also Met With LSU Wide Receiver Jarvis Landry Tuesday – Sam Galanis – Galanis writes that the Patriots also spent some time with Landry on Tuesday as the continue looking at prospects.

Rob Gronkowski Helps Raise $20K For Fallen Firefighters’ Families (Photos) – Anna Fogel – Fogel has notes on a recent appearance by Gronkowski, who helped raise money for the two fallen firefighters who died in Boston.

Rob Ninkovich: NFL Prospects’ Pro Days ‘More Media Oriented’ Now – Doug Kyed – Kyed has comments from Ninkovich, who feels the process of a Pro Day is different from when he played and forces guys to be more polished in front of the camera.

WEEI:

Three pre-draft thoughts on Patriots, Zach Mettenberger and search for wide receiver help – Christopher Price – Price has some thoughts on the upcoming draft, with some thoughts on some prospects.

Rob Ninkovich: Darrelle Revis ‘best corner in the league’ – Christopher Price – Price has comments from Ninkovich, who had high praise for Revis during his interview.

MASSLIVE:

New England Patriots to meet with LSU QB Zach Mettenberger – Nick Underhill – Underhill has an article on Mettenberger’s meeting with the Patriots on Tuesday.

PATRIOT LEDGER:

Ninkovich strives for continued improvement with Patriots – Glen Farley – Farley has an article on Ninkovich who is focused on being better this season.

PATRIOTS.COM:

Ask PFW: “Do you think we should trade up?” – Erik Scalavino – Scalavino has his latest mailbag, and answers some interesting questions, including whether or not he foresees Adrian Peterson in a Patriots uniform.

Report: Patriots meet with LSU QB Mettenberger – Andy Hart – Hart follows up on a report that the team met with another quarterback on Tuesday.

BLEACHER REPORT:

Perfect Fits New England Patriots Can Find on Day 3 of Draft and Beyond – James Christensen – Christensen has a good read on some players the Patriots could select on day three.

PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM: 

Pats remain the favorites to sign Will Smith, eventually – Mike Florio – Florio has an article on the fact the Patriots appear to be in the lead for eventually signing the Saints free agent defensive end.

Patriots Free Agent TE Matthew Mulligan is Now a Member of the Chicago Bears

It appears free agent tight end Matthew Mulligan will be taking his talents to the Windy City in 2014, with Nick Underhill of MassLive.com reporting that Mulligan has signed with the Chicago Bears.

Mulligan leaves New England having made two receptions in 2013, including one for a touchdown during their week four win down in Atlanta over the Falcons.  The local native and University of Maine standout filled in admirably during Rob Gronkowski’s absences, often times as a blocking tight end in the Patriots’ offense.

Unfortunately having lost both of their dynamic tight ends in recent years to either injury or jail, New England may be planning on addressing that position in the upcoming draft and Mulligan may have elected to try and move on to a different city where he could potentially get more playing time.

For now the 29-year old joins a crowded group as he’s one of five tight ends on the Bears roster, which includes Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller,Fendi Onobun and Dante Rosario.  As it stands currently the Patriots have Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, and D.J. Williams.  One would have to believe that will likely change in the coming months, especially with Gronkowski coming off of offseason knee surgery as the Patriots look to add depth at that position.

BOSTON HERALD:

Patriots’ Alfonzo Dennard preps his cousin – Jeff Howe – Howe has an article on Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard,who is the cousin of the Patriots QB and Alfonzo gave him some good advice.

ESPN BOSTON:

Where Patriots rank in cap space – Mike Reiss – Reiss has a quick entry with a note on where the Patriots are in respect to other teams regarding the salary cap.

Clayborn/Morgan double dip rates highly – Mike Reiss – Reiss looks at a recent article on first round “double dips”, which ranks Raymond Clayborn and Stanley Morgan one of the best first round duo picks ever.

Patriots had visited with TE Owen Daniels – Mike Reiss – Reiss notes that the Patriots had previously met with Daniels before he landed in Baltimore.

Rob Gronkowski and No. 1 pass-catchers – Mike Reiss – Reiss has an entry looking at a piece by Matt Williamson, who wrote about “number one pass catchers” and called Gronk the “perfect tight end”.

CSNNE:

Patriots Draft Rewind: Logan Mankins – Tom Curran – Curran looks back at the 30 prospects the Patriots have picked during the Belichick era, with this morning’s edition focusing on Mankins.

Road to the Draft: Florida’s Dominique Easley – Tom Curran – Curran has an article on Easily with “the Good” and “the Bad” on the prospect.

NESN:

2012 NFL Draft Reset: Patriots Can’t Select Chandler Jones, Take Tight End – Doug Kyed – Kyed takes a look back at the 2012 draft and ponders what might have been if the Patriots didn’t draft Jones.

Offensive Line Prospect Brandon Thomas Tears ACL During NFL Draft Prep – Doug Kyed – Kyed has an article on Thomas, who tore his ACL getting ready for the draft.

MASSLIVE:

A look at the draft prospects the New England Patriots have met with this offseason – Nick Underhill – Underhill recaps all the prospects the Patriots have reportedly met with so far this offseason.

BLEACHER REPORT:

Who Are Experts Predicting to Patriots in NFL Draft? – James Christensen – Christensen takes a look at some of the players the experts believe the Patriots may select next month.

SPORTINGNEWS.COM:

‘Thursday Night Football’ on CBS expected to out-perform ‘Monday Night Football’ – Rana L. Cash – Cash has comments from Robert Kraft, who said that, “CBS on Thursday is going to look more like NBC on Sundays” for the league’s broadcast this season.

NFL.COM:

New England Patriots’ draft needs: Carlos Hyde a surprise pick? – Daniel Jeremiah – Jeremiah looks at the Patriots needs and ponders some prospects who could fill them.

HOUSTON TEXANS:

ESPN analyst high on Mike Vrabel’s future – Drew Dougherty – Dougherty has comments from Tedy Bruschi, who had good things to say about former Patriots linebacker and Texans linebacker coach Mike Vrabel.

PROFOOTBALLTALK:

Report: Yeremiah Bell likely to retire – Josh Alper – In this article by Alper he notes that the Cardinals may want to reunite with recently released Patriots safety Adrian Wilson.