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Bernd Buchmasser

Scouting report: Louisville CB Jaire Alexander

Alexander is one of the best cornerbacks in the draft.

Despite some inconsistencies in 2017, the New England Patriots' cornerback position was one of the better units on the team's defense. And even though star cornerback Malcolm Butler was lost via free agency, the cornerback group is still a rather deep one with Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe and Jason McCourty the top three options. Adding a cornerback high does therefore not appear to be a need the team needs to fill.

The Patriots hardly...

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Cody Rivera

My choice for the Patriots’ quarterback of the future

Everybody has their own opinion as to which quarterback should be chosen as the heir to Tom Brady. Here’s mine.

I wrote a few days ago that I would be back here in the days leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft to write about which quarterback I want the Patriots to select as the successor to Tom Brady, and I’m a man of my word.

Like many other Pats fans, I’ve spent the last several weeks mulling over the QB options that are expected to be drafted in the first and second rounds. I’ve...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots go all-offense in latest SB Nation mock draft

New England does not address its defense in Dan Kadar's most recent mock.

Despite losing some core players via free agency and as a result having no clear-cut starters at left tackle and running back at the moment, the New England Patriots offense projects to again be one of the best in the NFL in 2018. The team's defense, on the other hand, is a work in progress which is why it would not be a surprise to see the Patriots invest plenty of resources into the unit during this week's draft.

If...

ESPN.com - New England Patriots

Patriots scouring draft for TE to develop behind Rob Gronkowski

With Rob Gronkowski's deal done after the '19 season, the Patriots are looking for an eventual replacement. But does that player exist in this draft?

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots work out ex-Titans guard Sebastian Tretola

New England is looking to bolster its offensive line depth.

With 18 open spots on their 90-man offseason roster, the New England Patriots opted to bring in a pair of offensive linemen for free agency workouts yesterday, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. One of the two players – former Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins tackle Ulrick John – was reportedly already signed by the team. The fate of the second player to visit Foxboro yesterday, guard Sebastian Tretola, is still up in the...

ESPN.com - New England Patriots

Patriots have more pressing draft needs than cornerback

While cornerback isn't a top priority, the Patriots might find the best value at that position with their top pick.

Yardbarker: New England Patriots

Garoppolo: Video showing how I act like Brady is 'creepy'

Recently, a video was put together that showed just how similar Jimmy Garoppolo acts on the field to his old teammate, Tom Brady.Here’s a look at the video, in case you haven’t seen it. On Monday, Garoppolo said he’s seen the video and admitted it’s “creepy.” It’s definitely not coincidence, being that Garoppolo was Brady’s pupil four years running. Still, it’s pretty crazy just how much the new San Francisco 49ers signal caller acts and sounds like Brady.That said, it’s...

ESPN.com - New England Patriots

Horse named after Gronk will miss Derby

The horse named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski developed a fever over the weekend and is unable to travel to Churchill Downs to run in the Kentucky Derby.

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots sign former Packers, Cardinals offensive tackle Ulrick John

New England adds to its offensive line.

One of the biggest holes on the New England Patriots' roster right now is at offensive tackle: After the long-time starter left the team via free agency, the team now lacks a clear-cut starter to protect Tom Brady's blindside. The Patriots are therefore expected to see a fierce competition for practice reps and playing time over the course of the summer – especially considering that they might add more tackles via draft and free agency later this...

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Michael McDermott

2018 NFL Draft Top 10 Fits #3: Alabama LB Rashaan Evans

Patriots could be adding another SEC LB high in the draft this year.

Coming in at #3 on my Top 10 Draft list is Rashaan Evans, the 2nd linebacker on this Top 10 list. Evans played for one of Bill Belichick’s former defensive coordinators at Alabama and was voted as one of four team captains for the 2017 season. Evans is excellent at playing the run and blitzing the QB, with 13 TFL and 6 sacks in 2017 from an inside linebacker spot.

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Concerns

The two biggest concerns for me are size...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Tom Brady's agent talks about his preparation for 2018; puts any speculation to rest

Yee is the latest to confirm what we already know: Brady will play in 2018.

Last week, a rumor started to surface that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was not yet committed to playing in 2018 – a rumor we called “little more than speculation” when first writing about it. After all, each and every sign was pointing to the contrary and that Brady would return as New England's starting quarterback for the upcoming season despite turning 41 and staying away from voluntary...

ESPN.com - New England Patriots

Agent expects Brady to play for Pats in 2018

Agent Don Yee responded to speculation that his client Tom Brady won't return for the 2018 season, telling ESPN that he expects the quarterback to play for the Patriots this season.

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Bernd Buchmasser

Scouting report: Ohio State DE Sam Hubbard

The defensive linemen fits what New England is looking for.

One of the New England Patriots' goals heading into the draft likely has to be adding quality depth to their defensive front seven – a unit that lacked just that last year. While the team has already added players this offseason and will get Dont'a Hightower and Derek Rivers back off their respective injuries, it is expected that the Patriots will add another player to the group early on in the draft.

A potential target to watch...

Yardbarker: New England Patriots

Patriots host Lamar Jackson on Top 30 visit

The Patriots quietly hosted Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson on a Top 30 pre-draft visit two weeks ago, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). The Pats were left “intrigued and impressed” with Jackson, which gives further credence to reports connecting New England to the Heisman Trophy winner. The Patriots may or may not be within range to select Jackson at No. 23 overall. The draft’s top four QBs – Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, and Baker Mayfield – are...

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Evan Lazar

2018 NFL draft: Best Patriots Sleeper Fits at Every Position

Looking at potential sleeper targets for the Patriots in the 2018 NFL Draft.

With the NFL Draft less than a week away, this is when draft nerds like myself finally get to some of the players that will be selected on day three or even reach free agency.

Over the last two decades, the Patriots have set the bar in terms of acquiring late-round draft picks, and undrafted free agents, and turning those players into household names.

Here are some potential fits for the Patriots at every...

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Marima

New England Patriots links 4/23/18 - Gronk speaks, media reacts

Daily news and links for Monday

TEAM TALK

Paul Perillo and Andy Hart post PFW’s draft options: Quarterback - Running Back - Defensive End. Andy Hart and Paul Perillo debate which quarterback they would like to see the Patriots draft. Press Release: Statement from Patriots Hall of Fame WR/K Gino Cappelletti on the passing of long-time broadcast partner Gil Santos.

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Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts and notes: As a captain, did Gronk cross the line in playful...

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Rich Hill

Pats Pulpit Podcast Episode 106: Who will the Patriots draft?

Tune in!

It’s draft week! Who else is super excited to see the Patriots on the clock, only for Bill Belichick to trade out of the first round for sixteen second round picks?

The Patriots have a few main needs entering the draft, with a hole at left tackle and room for improvement at linebacker, pass rusher, and defensive back. Alec and Rich look at each position and highlight the prospects that would be the best possible fits for the Patriots.

Alec and Rich cover it all. This podcast is...

Bleacher Report - New England Patriots

TMZ Posts Video of Rob Gronkowski Dancing to Avicii's 'Levels'

Rob Gronkowski is living his best life—whether it's the one the New England Patriots want him to be living or not. TMZ Sports posted a video of the All-Pro tight end dancing to the late Avicii's "Levels" in a club over the weekend...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots quietly hosted Louisville's Lamar Jackson on pre-draft visit two weeks ago

New England has taken a close look at the likely first-rounder.

The New England Patriots enter the 2018 NFL draft with some holes to fill on offense and defense. One of those is the developmental backup quarterback spot which was manned by Jimmy Garoppolo until he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers at the trade deadline last year. Since then, Brian Hoyer served as the lone backup behind Tom Brady – an experienced option but no long-term player to count on.

The Patriots might therefore...

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Oliver Thomas

Jotting down the Patriots’ most recent draft selections at every position

From quarterback to fullback, and linebacker to long snapper – New England has covered the draft’s bases.

There’s a time for everything – even a time to draft a long snapper.

Bill Belichick would tend to agree. He’s selected two during his tenure in the New England Patriots’ war room. And the 66-year-old head coach has been around long enough to take a punter, a couple kickers, three fullbacks, nine quarterbacks, 30 defensive backs and 157 players across 16 positions...

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