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, put off your work (just keep an eye out for the boss), and get your early morning football fix. The links begin after the jump…
- Last night I looked at where the Patriots are ranked in Adam Caplan’s post-draft power rankings. By the way, it’s not where a Pats fan would hope.
- Yesterday, Musket Fire’s Salvatore started the process of looking forward to the 2012 NFL Draft.
- Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston takes a closer look at sixth-round pick DE/OLB Markell Carter by talking to his college defensive coordinator.
- The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian shines the spotlight on the Pats’ second second-round pick, RB Shane Vereen.
- Speaking of Vereen, check out this short video clip of the Pats’ new back discussing his feelings on joining the Patriots.
- Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe has an excellent article posted about the Pats’ fifth-round pick OL Marcus Cannon. Recall that Cannon is currently battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but has a 90% chance of recovery.
- In lockout news, the NFL has yet to decide on what free agency rules to use. It has been largely anticipated that the NFL will use the 2010 free agency rules should the lockout be lifted without a new CBA.
- Speaking of that whole lockout thing, you can read about the NFL’s brief to the appeals court to keep the lockout in place HERE.