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– In a no-brainer move, the Patriots exercised the 5th year option on offensive tackle Nate Solder. Solder is, right now, an above average tackle with enough room to grow into an elite one given his physical skill set. The next step I s locking Solder up long term, giving Brady and whomever plays quarterback after Brady (a scary thought isn’t it, that a tackled signed long term at this point should outlast Brady?) blindside protection.
– After claims by former Patriots Aqib Talib and Brandon Spikes into falsifying injury reports, the league has examined and cleared the Patriots of any wrongdoing. Funny how this was a bigger deal when it first broke, but the exoneration is a much smaller story.
– Mike Reiss takes a closer look at potential offensive guards that may be had after the first round. A move to draft a guard would allow the Patriots to either shift Dan Connolly to center if they feel they need an upgrade over Ryan Wendell, or they could cut Connolly and save some cap space.
– Could the Patriots really draft another Rutgers player?
– The Patriots signed free agent linebacker Josh Hull. Hull should compete for a reserve and special teams role.
– The Patriots also hosted one of the top tight end prospects in this draft. Bringing a tight end to pair with/be injury insurance for Rob Gronwoski is paramount this offseason. They simply do not have enough on the outside in terms of receiving options to ignore the tight end completely.