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…
- First off, an apology for the weekend’s lack of updates. I was away at a softball tournament and lost internet access at the hotel. Pretty crappy weekend to be away from the net, no? No worries about that happening again, as we’re back in full force.
- The NFL lockout should be over today for all intents and purposes. Here’s the latest from the weekend, including upcoming events for this week.
- Former Patriot Randy Moss is on Bucky Brooks’ list of free agents that teams should avoid. Some have tossed around the idea of bringing Moss back to New England, but count me in the group that says, “Thanks, but no thanks.”
- Mike Reiss from ESPN Boston examines Bill Belichick’s history in the free agent market, where he seems to succeed with smaller-market free agents and falter on big-market free agents.
- Kevin Faulk agrees with me that a reduced offseason hurts players and teams, as OTA’s are necessary to prepare for an NFL season, according to Faulk.
- On that same note, Troy Brown feels that two-a-days being eliminated hurt younger players and late-round picks like he was (8th round) because they won’t have the opportunity to show what they can do.
- Christopher Price puts together a to-do list for the Pats once the lockout is over, and here’s my list from a couple of weeks ago, that has more of a personnel twist.