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 examined whether the Patriots should make a run at signing rookie free agent LB Mark Herzlich from BC. Included in the article is a poll asking for your opinion on whether the Pats should sign Herzlich or not.
- Michael Lombardi from NFL Network examines some possible free agent fits, and links Browns OLB Matt Roth to the Patriots. I mentioned Roth as a possible Patriots free agency target a few days ago. Here’s Lomabrdi’s take:
The Patriots are most effective on defense when they can set the edge with big outside backers who have the ability to rush the passer in a physical style. Roth has been a good addition for the Browns since he left Miami and has been able to accumulate 7.5 sacks in the last 22 games and over 100 tackles. Roth is not an ideal coverage outside backer, but his size, toughness and power would fit in perfectly with the Patriots.
- ESPN has ranked the NFL’s top owners, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft comes in at #2 behind the Rooney family (Steelers).
- Nate Davis from USA Today uses the three-year rule to look back and give a true grade to a draft class. He grades the draft classes from 2008, and the Pats come in with a C+, and it’s likely that high due to one pick: LB Jerod Mayo. The rest of the top picks are, let’s say, unspectacular, and by that I mean they’re not even on the roster.
- The Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian does a spotlight piece on new Patriots addition veteran DL Marcus Stroud, who was signed before the lockout was instituted. Stroud hopes to help the Patriots in the pass rush department.