Monday's New England Patriots Links - 4/30

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April 30, 2012 at 06:57am ET

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New NFL policy lets players who don’t want to stand for anthem stay in locker room
Former Patriots rip NFL’s new anthem policy

It's a quiet day online this morning, with most of the media apparently taking the day off yesterday after a long draft weekend.  However, after taking a quick spin around the internet, here are today's top stories:

Analyzing 2012 Patriots roster - Mike Rodak
Now that the draft is over,'s Mike Rodak takes a closer look at the Patriots current roster and gives his analysis on each position.

Patriots Told Jones to Expect Call - ESPN BOSTON
According to this article Jones was forewarned that the Patriots were likely going to select him if he was still available by the time they made their pick on Thursday.

What They're Saying About the Pats - Mike Reiss
Mike Reiss takes a look at what they analysts online are saying about the Patriots after this year's draft selections.

Recapping AFC East drafts - Field Yates
Yates takes a look at who was selected by the other AFC East teams, and gives his thoughts on how New England's rivals did over the weekend.


AFC East grades in - Karen Guregian
Guregian gives her final analysis not on only on the Patriots, but also on the rest of the AFC East in this entry.

Tracked down: Curt and Shonda Schilling, Livingston Taylor, Rob Gronkowski - Inside Track
The inside track has a photo from the Make-A-Wish event, in which Pats CEO Robert Kraft announced that child Cole Salmi will spend an entire day at Gillette Stadium with tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Taking cancer fight to the Max - Inside Track
The Track writes that former Patriots tackle Max Lane will go to the mat to knock out cancer next month at the Haymakers for Hope Rock ’n’ Rumblecharity boxing tournament.


Meet the New Guys: Breaking Down the 2012 Patriots Draft Class - Christopher Price
Price gives an excellent breakdown on every single draft choice from this weekend's draft.

Breaking down the New England area college UDFA's - Nick O'Malley
O'Malley looks at where some of the local college athletes went over the weekend, and gives a brief summary for each.


NFL Draft: Patriots' picks are easy to defend‎ - Rich Garven
Garven takes a look at the Patriots' selections over the weekend and writes that 'you have to like the approach they took and aggressiveness they displayed this year.'


Draft picks show Patriots value versatility on defense as well as offense - Paul Kenyon
Kenyon writes that while some people seem to slow down at the age of 60 and that their profession changes and time passes them by, that doesn't appear to be the case with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.


Bill Belichick Contiues to Be A Mystery - Nick Underhill
Underhill writes that, 'we’ll never be able to foresee what goes on underneath that hoodie' after what went down this weekend.


Hector Longo: Draft unmasks Belichick's tell‎ - Hector Longo
Longo has an interesting take on this weekend's draft picks and writes, "the Pats' boss told us all, through this weekend's NFL Draft, that he is here for the short term, most likely three to four seasons, and he — and most likely Tom Brady, too — is out."


Post-draft view: Patriots still the beast of the AFC East - Glen Farley
Farley writes that the Patriots renewed their dynasty after this weekend's selections.


Another Belichick 2nd Round Miss? - James Walker
Walker looks at the selection of Tavon Wilson and wonders if he'll be come yet another 2nd round miss for Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.