Good morning! The First Shot provides you with a healthy helping of links to the top Patriots-related stories around the internet to get your day started. Enjoy your breakfast, your coffee, and start your weekend off right with an early morning football fix. The links begin after the jump…
- Last night I looked at how the lockout/player holdout may have doomed Matt Light’s Patriots career.
- The Patriots’ official website now has a poll up where you can grade the team’s draft. Let them know what you think of their draft HERE.
- DE Ray Edwards doesn’t feel that he will be returning to the Vikings. Edwards is a possible target in free agency for the Pats to play DE in sub packages and learn the ropes at OLB.
- Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston examines possible defensive free agent targets, similar to what I looked at Thursday.
- Ever wondered which Patriots have official Twitter accounts? Check out a complete list (as of right now) HERE.
- Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald continues his look at QB Ryan Mallet. He looks at Mallet’s rifle arm, talks to Mallet’s trainers, and culminates his journey talking to fellow Razorback golfer John Daly.
- Rex Ryan duped us all, and we fell for it hook, line, and sinker. His comments about the Jets/Patriots playoff game being about him versus Belichick were a diversion to keep the media’s attention away from bringing up the 45-3 drubbing in Foxborough during the season. He didn’t want any doubt to enter his players’ minds. I have to say, and this is tough for me, but it was brilliant.