By: Steve Balestrieri
The NFL Combine is in full-swing now and that and more are the popular themes concerning the Patriots that are appearing around the web on Sunday.
Quick-hit thoughts around NFL & Patriots: Mike Reiss does an every Sunday Quick Thoughts column that is must reading for all Patriots fans. Grab your first cup of coffee and read this one. This week’s pieces include, the Patriots coaching staff, Free Agency, extended success of the team, hosting talk radio last week and roles of Michael Lombardi and Brian Daboll.
Explaining Schiano’s presence with Pats: Field Yates takes a look at the Greg Schiano’s situation and his presence with the coaching staff in Indy but says his coming to New England may not be a slam dunk.
Day 3 at the combine: What we learned: Field Yates takes a look at the Day 3 highlights of the Combine and specifically how the TEs and OL who shined. Michael Sam and Jadevon Clowney gave press interviews and handled them well.
Five Things We Learned At the Combine On Saturday: Chris Price highlights the struggles of the tight ends in on field work, Jadevon Clowney, the depth at OT as well as in the DL.
Minnesota DL Ra’Shede Hageman Talks About Transition To NFL And Possibility Of Playing For Patriots: Chris Price talks about one of the more intriguing DL in terms of the Pats and his possible fit with NE. Hageman has the versatility the Patriots covet and has played 0 technique and as far outside as 9 technique.
NFL Combine Saturday Winners And Losers: Taylor Lewan, C.J. Fiedorowicz Impress: Doug Kyed looks at some of the players who helped their draft stock with their performances on Saturday and some who may have took a hit.
AJ McCarron Models Game After Tom Brady, Wants To Be Patriots’ Backup: Doug Kyed has an interesting piece on Alabama QB AJ McCarron who sees some of Tom Brady in himself and would love to learn at the back-up position in New England.
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O’Brien’s probably not buying what Manziel’s selling: Tom E. Curran has a piece about QB Johnny Manziel and says if he’s trying sell himself to Bill O’Brien and the Texans for the 1st pick in the draft, he may want to re-think his strategy.
NE Patriots Draft:
2014 NFL Combine Preview: Potential Patriots at Each Position: Mike Loyko takes a look at each of the positions at the combine and whom the Patriots may target. Loyko does a fantastic job of reporting on the Combine and is a must follow on Twitter.
Ex-Oregon TE Colt Lyerla could be steal of NFL Draft if a team is willing to roll the dice: Nick Underhill writes about former Oregon Duck Colt Lyerla and he may be a huge pickup for any team willing to take a risk on a player with numerous off-field issues. Lyerla, Underhill writes would be a perfect fit for the NE offense, but this selection may be a little soon after the Aaron Hernandez fiasco.