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 the last day of the weekend off right with an early morning football fix. The links begin after the jump…
- How good is Brandon Meriweather? While he appears in numerous power rankings as a top safety in the NFL, there is some doubt as to whether he is even the best safety on the Patriots.
- ESPN Boston taking a look over the next few weeks at Patriots employees who do their work behind the scenes. This post looks at Head Athletic Trainer Jim Whalen.
- How important is Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s presence at the labor negotiation meetings? Very, apparently, as he is considered a moderate owner who can bridge the gap between players and owners and get owners who are skeptical sign on to the new CBA when it is completed.
- Official Ed Hochuli, known for sporting his guns with his too-tight official shirts, sits down with FOX Sports and former head of NFL officials Mike Pereira for a discussion on NFL rules and the offseason.