Friday New England Patriots Links 2/18

Ian Logue
February 18, 2011 at 11:05am ET

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A quiet news morning, but after a quick trip around the internet, here is this morning's collection of Patriots related news.

Mike Reiss of has an entry this morning featuring NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock, who held a media conference call Thursday.  Reiss offers up some of Mayock's thoughts, with several having a Patriots related twist that could affect things in the upcoming draft.

Reiss also has another similar entry on ESPN/Scouts Inc. draft analyst Todd McShay, who held a media conference call of his own on Wednesday.

Our own Derek Havens takes a look at the team's needs along with their draft choices as we start preparing for the 2011 NFL Draft.

The Orlando Sentinal reported on Thursday that University of Central Florida runningbacks coach George Godsey was leaving the school to join the Patriots coaching staff.  Christopher Price of confirmed Thursday night that Godsey will be an offensive assistant with the team.

Price also reports that there were two promotions, with Harold Nash being promoted from assistant to head strength and conditioning coach, and Brian Ferentz from offensive assistant to tight ends coach.

Many fans had discussed the possibility of a guy like former Patriots linebacker Brian Cox possibly coming back to New England as a coach, but it appears that won't be the case - at least for next season. reports that Cox may be joining the Dolphins coaching staff. reports that the Patriots will be holding tryouts for this year's Cheerleaders squad on March 19th in the Dana Farber Field House.

Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald has an article this morning on Bill Belichick, who was recently on WBZ's Patriots "All Access" program and showed his lighter side during the episode.

Mike Reis held his weekly chat yesterday and touched on a variety of topics, including picking a 2010 rookie who might be in position to make the big jump in year 2, and whether or not the Patriots need to change their postseason approach.

That's it for this morning.  In the meantime I hope everyone has a good day and we'll have more later on.