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…
- Will Jerod Mayo soon be the best linebacker in the NFL? Tedy Bruschi thinks so.
- Tom Brady now has competition from Packers QB Aaron Rodgers as to who the best big-game QB in the NFL is. A panel of experts are divided a lot closer than you think…
- Ravens WR Derrick Mason believes that Peyton Manning and Ed Reed deserve to be ranked higher than Tom Brady in the “Top 100 Players of 2011″ list.
- CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco did not list Matt Light in his Top 50 Free Agents list, and he explains to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss why.
- Reiss also answers reader email, and includes a list of free agents the Patriots could be targeting.
- Like Willie McGinest, Ty Law would like to sign a one-day contract and retire a Patriot