By: Steve Balestrieri
Here are some of the top stories about the Patriots making the rounds today:
What we learned about NFL draft: Mike Reiss writes about the 2.5 hour + conference call with Mike Mayock of NFL on the upcoming draft. Some of the highlights include tight end discussion, dearth of 4-3 ends, draft depth and pro comparisons.
DeAngelo Hall impact on Aqib Talib: Mike Reiss talks about the recent contract signed by the Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall and how his signing may ultimately affect the status of the Pats Aqib Talib.
Insider high on Pats’ improvement: Mike Reiss (busy Monday) cites the recent work by Mike Sando, NFL Insider for ESPN who wrote that the Patriots in 2014 should be a much better football team and is poised for improvement.
Behind the scenes at the combine: Field Yates sets the stage for the what will be a jam-packed event at the NFL Combine. Gives a great, detailed description on what will unfold in Indy.
WHICH QB DOES BEST JOB SPREADING BALL AROUND IN PASSING GAME? : Chris Price takes a look at who does the best job at spreading the wealth in the passing game as well as a look back at Tom Brady’s stats in doing so.
OFFSEASON UPDATES ON REST OF AFC EAST: Chris Price takes a look around the AFC East and what moves each of the Patriots divisional opponents (Bills, Dolphins, Jets) are making so far in the 2014 off-season.
Broncos’ Eric Decker On Free Agency: ‘It’s Not All About The Money’: Trevor Cullen wrote a piece on the Broncos free-agent WR Eric Decker, a possible target of the Patriots and how Decker says money isn’t the only factor in signing a deal, citing what’s best for his family.
NFL Draft Reset 2006: Patriots Take Running Back But Not Laurence Maroney:
Doug Kyed wrote a piece about re-doing the 2006 NFL Draft and how the Patriots would still select a running back but not Maroney, and Rob Ninkovich gets high marks in this piece as well.
New England Patriots rookie review: CB Logan Ryan: Nick Underhill gives his grades for 2013 rookie cornerback Logan Ryan. And Ryan, whose selection was met with some criticism during the draft, has put most of those fears to rest. Playing more than 700 snaps as a rookie, Logan Ryan garned high marks from Underhill in this article.
Adrian Wilson working to rejoin Pats: Jeff Howe says that Wilson is healthy and may be priming for a comeback bid with New England. And most of the Patriots secondary has joined Wilson in off-season workouts in Arizona.
Storylines abound at NFL combine: Jeff Howe points out many of the great storylines that will highlight the combine this week. Johnny Manziel, Michael Sam, the Patriots silence and more are discussed here.
NE Patriots Draft:
2014 Patriots Seven-Round Mock Draft – February Edition: Oliver Thomas takes an early look at the 2014 NFL Draft for the Patriots and has a nice haul for New England. Some very intriguing picks in there and a must read for draftniks and Pats fans alike.