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…
- Who was the defensive tackle of the millennium: former Patriot Richard Seymour or Steeler Casey Hampton?
- NFL.com’s Pat Kirwan reviews each AFC East team, and notes that the Patriots are in need of an outside pass rusher, a tall outside receiver, and they need to re-sign G Logan Mankins. No surprises there.
- NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison has an AFC East review of his own, and he looks at where the Patriots left off, areas of concern, and things fans can hang their hat on.
- Is Ray Lewis’s prediction of lawlessness without an NFL coming to fruition? Both the Bengals’ Adam “Pac-Man” Jones and the Steelers’ Hines Ward (gasp!) were arrested over the weekend. Both are denying wrong-doing.
- Non-football story that’s awesome (OK, “American football”): US Women’s soccer team made a last-minute comeback and then beat Brazil in penalty kicks. Amazing, amazing effort.