Daily news and links for Monday


  • Erik Scalavino and Paul Perillo debate whether the Patriots should make a trade for QB Josh Rosen.
  • Rob Rang’s Draft Position Profiles: Quarterback.
  • Former Patriots RB Joe Bellino passes away.
  • From NFL Network – Mike Giardi: Patriots are going to focus on draft to make up for losses.
  • From NFL Network – Brian Billick spotlights Tom ‘Brady-esque’ quarterback the Patriots could target in 2019 draft. (1.37 min. video)
  • From NFL Network – Charley Casserly: Tight ends the Patriots should target to replace Gronk. (2.21 min. video)


  • Mike Reiss shares some quick-hit weekend thoughts: Bill Belichick advocates for more time working with players; Much more.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriots Sunday news, AFC East notes: The Patriots are “in on” Josh Rosen and everyone else; More.
  • Tom E. Curran’s Sunday Notes: Patriots dealing with a tough offseason due to loss of continuity.
  • Ryan Hannable’s Sunday 7: Don’t count out Chris Hogan’s return to the Patriots.
  • Ryan Hannable notes Bill Belichick expands on his “thriving relationship” with Tom Brady.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) PFF: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski are top duo in passing game since 2006.
  • Andrew Callahan passes along a report that Tom Brady is set to skip OTAs for the second straight year.
  • Evan Lazar looks at the what the numbers say about the Patriots’ draft history at wide receiver compared to the rest of the league.
  • J.P. Scott (PatriotsWire) Ranking the quarterbacks the Patriots will face in 2019.
  • Mark Daniels writes about the many sides of Rob Gronkowski he got to see.
  • Bill Reynolds observes ‘there’s always been a certain uniqueness about Rob Gronkowski, and it transcends the fact that he’s an ultra-gifted tight end, someone so marvelously talented at his position that it was almost unfair to opponents’.
  • Karen Guregian NFL Notes: Trying to get a handle on the Patriots Gronk-less offense.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots wide receiver targets: Rashard Higgins.
  • Evan Lazar’s best Patriots draft fits: Edge and Defensive line – Offensive line.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Patriot Draft Profiles -Tight End – Wide Receivers.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) Patriots 2019 NFL Draft Targets: Ole Miss WR A. J. Brown – West Virginia QB Will Grier – South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel.
  • Ricky Doyle notes Eric Mangini thinks the Patriots need to draft a left tackle to extend Tom Brady’s career.
  • Zack Cox NFL Rumors: Patriots hosting wideout N’Keal Harry for pre-draft visit.
  • Alex Barth explains why the new replay rules do not fix the NFL’s officiating problem.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) Report: Greg Schiano had been mulling stepping down for weeks.
  • Russ Goldman (PatsFans) Patriots Fourth and Two podcast: Gronk retires and much more. (61 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: The Odell Beckham Jr. era begins in Cleveland.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA: Teamwork, technology and how the NFL came together to use instant replay on pass interference.
  • Stevan Ruiz (ForTheWin) On the clock: 2019 NFL Draft needs and targets for the New England Patriots.
  • Daniel Kelly (Pro Football Focus) The luckiest and unluckiest scoring defenses of 2018. Patriots in the ‘exceeded expectations’ category.
  • Instant Debate (NFL.com) Which 2018 NFL playoff team is in the most trouble for the 2019 season? Patriots included.
  • Danny Heifetz (The Ringer) Could any of these five teams trade for Josh Rosen? Patriots included.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Four offseason programs get underway this week.
  • William Moy (Pro Football Focus) The NFL’s top running backs by point of attack.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL’s silly one-helmet rule throws wrench in throwbacks.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Peppers, Gronk should highlight the 2024 Hall of Fame class.
  • Ben Fawkes (ESPN) Vegas’ projected win total: Patriots top list with 11.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Belichick’s plea may fall on deaf ownership ears.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Will potential overtime changes lead to more Mornhinweg moments?
  • Terez Paylor (Yahoo! Sports) NFL coaches even swayed this skeptic in fight to change pass interference rule.
  • Tadd Haislop (Sporting News) Pass interference now reviewable; Coaches give opinion on rule change.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Gronk’s retirement becomes a flashpoint in CTE debate.
  • Ben Weinrib (Yahoo! Sports) NFL backtracks on plan to chop down trees for draft stage.
  • Eric Adelson (SI) The hidden officiating crisis: How the NFL’s problems trickle down to youth sports.
  • Eric Edholm (Yahoo! Sports) Top 100 NFL draft prospects, Nos. 100-91 – 90-81 – 80-71 – 70-61 – 60-51 – 50-41 – 40-31 – 30. Drew Lock – 29. Deandre Baker – 28. Taylor Rapp – 27. Garrett Bradbury – 26. Dexter Lawrence.
  • Chad Reuter (NFL.com) Four-round 2019 NFL mock draft. Pats pick Iowa State WR Hakeem Butler at 32.


  • Sheilla Dingus (AdvocacyForFairnessInSports) Patrick Chung broke his arm… and now he’s being sued.
  • Michael McCann (SI) Analyzing Robert Kraft’s legal team’s motion to suppress video evidence in prostitution case.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Exoneration would be the beginning not the end for Robert Kraft.
  • Ryan Hannable reports there is a hearing reportedly scheduled for Tuesday to address motions filed in the Robert Kraft soliciting prostitution case.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Gronk’s retirement becomes a flashpoint in CTE debate.
  • Erik Bacharach (The Tennessean) As Marcus Mariota rests in Hawaii, NFL doctors in Nashville discuss how slowly nerves heal.
  • Jennifer McDermott (AP) Sports betting revenue projection was $11.5M. So far? $150K.