The First Shot

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 posted a Q&A session with Jesse Bartolis from NFL Mocks. We cover everything from the Patriots’ 2011 draft class, rookie free agents, and who to look for during the college football season.
  • Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston discusses why the Patriots could be handcuffed trying to sign free agents if the NFL goes with the 2010 free agency rules. Basically, it boils down to the Patriots being one of the “Final Eight” in last year’s standings…
  • Former Patriots safety and NBC analyst Rodney Harrison reveals that coaches and players are communicating during the lockout period, despite rules stating that communication is off limits. Do you think he’s referring to the Patriots?
  • Bill Belichick recently did some charity work at the Franciscan Hospital for Children, signing autographs and talking to children there. It’s interesting to see the other side of Belichick, and you can read and see more about it HERE and HERE.
  • Tom Curran from Comcast Sports Net New England takes a thorough look at the trade that sent Richard Seymour to Oakland and the Raiders’ 2011 first-round pick (which turned into OT Nate Solder) to New England. While the deal made financial sense, Curran contends that it still has hurt the Patriots on the football field.

Topics: 2011 NFL Draft, Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, NFL, NFL Free Agency, NFL Lockout, Richard Seymour

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