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  • Huge Draft-Day Trade Proposal Would Bring Jimmy Garoppolo Back to Patriots

    Heavy "The Jimmy Garoppolo-to-New-England-Patriots trade speculation won’t ever die, at least not until he takes his first snap in 2021 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Most recently, ESPN personality Mike Greenberg, the host of Get Up, suggested the prime time for the..." April 19

  • 5 of the worst NFL free agent deals this offseason

    Larry Brown Sports "NFL free agency has come and gone, with most of the attention turning to the draft. To say there were a few surprise signings would be an understatement. In fact, most of the signings came as a surprise because there were far more multi-year deals handed out than the one-year deals so many..." April 19

  • Cam Newton among Patriots reporting for voluntary work today

    Mass Live "The NFLPA said “many” Patriots would be skipping OTAs, but Cam Newton isn’t one of them. The quarterback is actually leading the voluntary workouts in Foxborough on Monday, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. Much has been made of..." April 19

  • 5 NFL teams that could emerge as contenders with a strong draft

    The Score "The defending Super Bowl champions are an example of how a strong draft class can solidify a team's contending status. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers entered last year's draft with Tom Brady in tow, but they needed someone to protect him on the right side of their offensive line...." April 19

  • How have teams fared in the NFL Draft in the final year of their quarterback’s rookie window?

    The Athletic "For most new general managers in the National Football League, the organization’s primary goal is simple: find a franchise quarterback by any means necessary. Some teams opt to go through a trade or free agency, but many GMs yearn to find “their guy” in the draft and build a..." April 19

  • NFL's 5 Most Likely Players to Hold Out of the 2021 Season

    Bleacher Report "In another sign of a return to normalcy for the NFL, holdouts could again be a part of the summer storylines.  Granted, holdouts don't have as much teeth as in past years thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement. That still didn't stop mini-holdouts..." April 19

  • Multiple Teams Interested In Jason McCourty

    Pro Football Rumors "Jason McCourty’s recent visit with the Giants went well, according to sources who spoke with ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan (on Twitter). However, there are other teams in the mix, so it’s unlikely that the cornerback will put pen to paper straight..." April 18

  • A simple compromise could solve the offseason workout problem

    Pro Football Talk "The unexpected fight between the NFL and the NFL Players Association over offseason workouts has little to do with COVID-19, the front-line reason given by the NFLPA for not wanting to attend. Despite the trumped-up basis for the boycott, there are still issues that need to be resolved between..." April 18

  • Bill Belichick Responds to Robert Kraft’s Criticism of His Drafting Skills

    Total Pro Sports "The New England Patriots have never been a team that could draft well at all, but it was never needed when you had a guy like Tom Brady behind center. Patriots owner Robert Kraft wasn’t shy in his assessment of his team’s recent drafting struggles. Speaking to the media..." April 18

  • NFL intends to not discipline players for offseason 'high-risk COVID conduct'

    NFL.com "The NFLPA informed players Saturday night that the NFL doesn't intend to discipline players for "high-risk COVID conduct" during the offseason, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, per an informed source. Pelissero added that activities such as going to bars and..." April 18

  • Which Available NFL Free Agent Players Can Still Be Key Contributors?

    Bleacher Report "One month into free agency, NFL teams are still active on the open market. In the last few days, the Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks signed edge-rushers Jadeveon Clowney and Aldon Smith, respectively. Although draft talk continues to heat up, front offices..." April 18

  • NFL Players with the Most to Prove Ahead of 2022 Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "We're in the midst of the 2021 NFL offseason, and the start of 2022 free agency is a long way away. However, it's not too early to look ahead at the players likely to be available. You can bet teams are eyeing potential 2022 free-agent targets, while players are anticipating..." April 17

  • The push for NFL players to skip OTAs is about more than COVID-19

    The Score "With more than a dozen teams now opting out of offseason workouts to some extent, and the NFL Players Association recommending that players skip any in-person activities until training camp, it's important to stress exactly what is going on here, and what it all..." April 17

  • NFL Warned Not to Allow Bill Belichick to Draft ‘Stud’ QB Prospect Trey Lance

    Heavy "Is all the attention being paid to Justin Fields just a smokescreen by Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots? Former NFL President and ESPN analyst Joe Banner didn’t say that, but he does believe New England’s best fit at QB might be North Dakota State’s, Trey..." April 17

  • Mike Sando’s first impressions on the Seahawks, Patriots and 3 more teams with interesting opening numbers

    The Athletic "Team expectations for the 2021 NFL season will shift again after the draft, but with BetMGM releasing projected win totals Friday, it’s a great opportunity for evaluating where teams stand right now. Five teams’ win totals stood out to me as inviting additional..." April 17

  • Kellen Mond reportedly on Patriots’ draft radar

    Sportsnaut "Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond appears to have caught the eye of the New England Patriots as they gear up for the 2021 NFL Draft. Whether or not that results in Bill Belichick taking Mond is unclear, but the hype around the Aggies signal-caller is growing. According..." April 17

  • Bill Belichick marvels at Julian Edelman’s transition from a college quarterback

    MSN.com "When Julian Edelman arrived in New England in 2009, he was a seventh-round draft pick who had an uphill battle just to make the roster after playing quarterback at Kent State. Patriots coach Bill Belichick marvels at how Edelman carved out a spot for himself at the NFL..." April 16

  • Happy 69th birthday, Bill Belichick

    Yahoo! Sports "Patriots coach Bill Belichick probably doesn’t hear from former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski very often. If Belichick is ever going to hear from Gronkowski, it’s now. Belichick was born 69 years ago today. Over the weekend, we touched on the..." April 16

  • Rule change to expand role of replay official expected to pass for 2021 season

    CBS Sports "The "Sky Judge" may not be making its way into the NFL in 2021, but the league may be taking strides in that direction. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Baltimore Ravens have withdrawn their proposal to add an eighth official to oversee the game on..." April 16

  • New York Giants Reportedly Hosting Free-Agent DB Jason McCourty

    SI "You can never have too many defensive backs in the NFL, so what’s potentially adding one more to the party going to matter? That appears to be the case with the Giants, who, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, are hosting long-time Patriots defensive back and former..." April 16

  • NFL Teams That Should Not Try to Select Their Future QB in the 2021 Draft

    Bleacher Report "Not every team should try to find its long-term quarterback answer in the 2021 NFL draft.  Sometimes, the cost just isn't worth it for teams that don't sit in the top five of an upcoming draft that projects to have four or five first-round signal-callers. Last..." April 16

  • 2021 NFL Draft: Here's an insider's look at how the top 10 picks could play out

    CBS Sports "With the draft roughly two weeks away, and teams locked down in meetings to finalize evaluations and set their boards, I figured I'd take my first shot at figuring out the top 10. Obviously much could change between now and when these picks are made, and as always, my one-and-only..." April 16

  • J.C. Jackson signs one-year tender with the Patriots

    Providence Journal "J.C. Jackson will remain with the Patriots for at least one more season. According to a source, Jackson signed his restricted free agent tender with the Patriots on Friday. " April 16

  • 5 most underrated, huge-upside 2021 NFL Draft prospects

    Sportsnaut "The 2021 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and with so much discussion revolving around the players expected to go early, such as presumptive No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence, it’s worth digging deeper into some underrated prospects who should probably go off the board earlier than..." April 16

  • What really goes on in an NFL Draft room?

    The Athletic "NFL draft rooms are like the Batcave. All of Batman’s archrivals and closet friends wanted two things: to learn Batman’s real identity and to visit the Batcave, a sacred place where few got in and even fewer knew what happened inside. When it comes to NFL draft rooms, many want in..." April 16

  • NFL games could be played in Germany, Canada in 2022?

    Sportsnaut "The National Football League is growing rapidly and with new TV deals signed, the game will be growing even more in the next decade. Now, as the league looks to grow its brand globally, the NFL could be targeting regular-season games in Canada and Germany very soon. Due to the..." April 16

  • Bill Belichick on spending in free agency: “It averages out”

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots typically don’t spend a bunch of money in free agency. This year, they uncharacteristically did. Meeting with reporters on Thursday, coach Bill Belichick was asked whether the spending spree reflects an indication that they didn’t surround Cam..." April 16

  • Jets, Patriots, Panthers Showed Interest In RB Chris Carson

    Yardbarker "Before he re-signed with the Seahawks, running back Chris Carson had interest from a number of teams. Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes that the Jets, Patriots and Panthers were among the teams that reached out to the veteran. We previously heard that the..." April 16

  • Under-the-radar NFL Draft prospects whose pro days are moving them up team boards

    The Athletic "It’s never shocking to hear that one of the top prospects in the NFL Draft happened to be a fantastic athlete when it came to the pre-draft testing circuit. Myles Garrett and Khalil Mack were two of the best athletes we’ve seen go through the combine process, and it’s been..." April 16

  • Patriots Putting Cam Newton in Win-or-Else Situation

    Heavy "The New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was asked if he felt he failed Cam Newton in 2020 by not surrounding him with enough weapons. The response to the question and the subsequent takes have created a bit of an ultimatum for the 2015 NFL MVP, at least according..." April 15

  • Matt Patricia ‘heavily involved’ with Patriots’ pre-draft process

    Pride Of Detroit "Ever had a bad breakup, then stumbled upon news about what your ex has been up to? You certainly weren’t seeking it out. You’re still trying to heal, you’ve moved on to someone new and better for you. And yet, there it is. In a Zoom call with reporters..." April 15

  • NFL Announces Sportsbook Partnerships with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings, FanDuel

    Bleacher Report "The NFL is getting in on the sports betting action, announcing a multiyear agreement with Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel on Thursday. The three sportsbooks are now official sports betting partners of the league. In the immediate aftermath, fans..." April 15

  • Bill Belichick’s motto on Patriots’ search for QB in NFL Draft: Substance over style

    The Athletic "However the New England Patriots address their need at quarterback this month, Bill Belichick declared his preference for substance over style. The NFL Draft is loaded with an eclectic group of quarterbacks, and Belichick said Thursday the Patriots aren’t..." April 15

  • 2021 NFL Schedule Reportedly Will Be Released After Draft

    Bleacher Report "As expected, the 2021 NFL regular-season schedule will reportedly be released after the draft, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal reported last month that the NFL was "targeting the second week of May" to publish the..." April 15

  • NFLPA still not satisfied with NFL's plan for offseason workouts

    USA Today "Although the NFL has announced plans of staging an entirely virtual Phase 1 of the offseason program before progressing to a hybrid format that will feature online meetings and on-field drill work in Phases 2 and 3, NFL Players Association leaders will continue to push for no..." April 15

  • Why wide receivers are taking over the NFL draft

    ESPN "In the 2020 NFL draft, teams selected a record 13 wide receivers in the first two rounds, from No. 12 pick Henry Ruggs III to No. 59 Denzel Mims. Each of the 13 gained at least 220 yards through the air last season, and eight had at least 500. Minnesota's Justin..." April 15

  • Julian Edelman might be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day, but not ahead of these five receivers

    CBS Sports "This is not another article championing Julian Edelman's case for the Hall of Fame. If you want a deep dive on the recently retired Edelman's career, I'd advise you to check out this article that ranks Edelman's regular and postseason achievements against..." April 15

  • In memo, NFL outlines rules for offseason program, with only minicamp being mandatory

    ESPN "The NFL on Wednesday sent a memo to teams outlining rules for its offseason programs -- rules the league has decided to impose after failing to reach agreement with its players' union on some key aspects. The parts of the offseason program that are voluntary under the CBA --..." April 14

  • Potential Landing Spots for Teddy Bridgewater

    Bleacher Report "Now that Sam Darnold is a member of the Carolina Panthers, the natural question is where 2020 Panthers starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play football in 2021.  Multiple teams are interested in the 28-year-old, according to NFL Network's Ian..." April 14

  • Throw Those Justin Fields Takes on the Ground Because He's Not Going to Be Part of Your System

    The Big Lead "One truism that's become even more true as the sports and entertainment landscape has stretched toward infinity in recent years is how there's a paralysis by analysis. The forest tends to get lost for the trees as there's a reward system in place for anyone willing to say something..." April 14

  • Patriots players say many will not participate in next week’s voluntary workouts due to COVID-19 risk

    Mass Live "The Patriots released a statement through the NFL Players’ Association saying many team members won’t be participating in voluntary workouts, which are scheduled to begin Monday. “The NFL has yet to agree to the full details of a plan for players despite the fact..." April 14

  • 5 teams who desperately need to nail 2021 NFL Draft

    Sportsnaut "As the 2021 NFL Draft closes in, there are certain teams more under the microscope than others, and facing the most pressure to emerge with a strong rookie class. Whether it’s general managers or coaches on the hot seat, a recently shaky track record of picks or a lackluster..." April 14

  • LeSean McCoy: I’ve got a good shot at the Hall of Fame, Julian Edelman does not

    CBS Boston "LeSean McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowler and two time First Team All-Pro. He’s a bit shocked to hear a Hall of Fame debate surrounding zero-time Pro Bowler and zero-time All-Pro Julian Edelman. The 32-year-old running back was interviewed by Yahoo! Sports’ Jared Quay...." April 14

  • Why Julian Edelman could be getting a hefty $2 million parting gift from the Patriots with his retirement

    CBS Sports "When Julian Edelman decided to retire on Monday, the most surprising part of his announcement might have actually come before his announcement, when the Patriots decided to cut him just hours before he officially retired.  When the Patriots released..." April 14

  • With the 30th overall pick in the NFL Draft … what exactly are you getting?

    The Athletic "We introduce the NFL’s 30th overall draft choice: Reggie James Davis. RJD is a 6-foot-1 University of Virginia cornerback who eventually should become a starter, although he’s more likely to flop than become a Pro Bowler. He projects to be just good enough to..." April 14

  • Massive Trade Proposal Has Patriots Landing Top 4 Pick

    Heavy "The NFL Draft countdown is on for the New England Patriots and 31 other teams. With talks swirling about the need for a QB, the Boston Herald’s Andrew Callahan proposed a huge trade that would position the team for one of the draft’s top..." April 13

  • 2021 NFL Draft: Ideal fits for top 5 wide receivers

    Sportsnaut "While quarterbacks have been the talk of the 2021 NFL Draft, one can easily conclude that the wide receiver position is just as stacked. Projections conclude that at least four pass-catchers at this position will go in Round 1. The group is headed by record-breaking former LSU..." April 13

  • Taking a look at the top 10 NFL draft picks, with 16 days to go

    Pro Football Talk "The 2021 draft is coming. Our one, and only one, mock draft is coming. Eventually. For now, let’s take a look at how the first 10 picks may go, based on things we’re hearing and various reports and rumors and other information making the rounds only 16 days from the launch..." April 13

  • 5 under-the-radar NFL deals that could shape the betting market

    The Score "When it comes to the NFL offseason, the splashy moves draw all of the headlines. Matthew Stafford heading to the Rams had a clear effect on the market; so did Carson Wentz to the Colts, the 49ers' trade for the No. 3 pick, and the retirements..." April 13

  • Sam Darnold reminds teams they need to look out for players' mental health

    CBS Sports "Sam Darnold met with the media as a member of the Carolina Panthers and the former New York Jets quarterback made comments on how his ending with his old team went down. Darnold said he had a difficult time and said that the way the Jets handled things was driving him..." April 13