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…
- Is Randy Moss the best wide receiver of the first decade of the new millennium? The numbers don’t lie…
- Big Vince Wilfork is listed among the best 3-4 nose tackles in a unique “Top Interior Defensive Linemen” list by NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan.
- The web show Patriots Today recaps Ty Law’s night at “The Tradition” where he accepted the Football Legacy Award. WEEI.com posted video of when Law and Patriots owner Robert Kraft “got their groove on” at the Patriots’ Super Bowl parade. He also shared his thoughts on Patriots CB Devin McCourty, who made the Pro Bowl his rookie season in 2010.
- Who is the best free agent signing of the Bill Belichick Era in New England? Is it Mike Vrabel or Rodney Harrison? Someone else? Vote in this poll at ESPN Boston.
- Here’s a shocker: Ravens LB Ray Lewis will present Tom Brady this Sunday on the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players” show.
- Cris Collinsworth grades teams’ 2010 draft, and the Patriots take the top spot. It certainly was an impressive class, featuring CB Devin McCourty, TE Rob Gronkowski, LB Brandon Spikes, LB Jermaine Cunningham, and TE Aaron Hernandez.
- The Boston Herald is looking at the top free agents for the Patriots, going position-by-position each day. Here’s a look at linebackers and here’s a look at defensive backs.