Musket Fire Musket Bullets: New England Patriots Whispers, 5/4/15


Let’s hear what other people in the football universe are saying about the New England Patriots in the wake of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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NESN’s Doug Kyed breaks down the starting chances of rookie offensive linemen Tre’ Jackson and Shaq Mason. It’s clear Jackson was a steal in the fourth round, and while he doesn’t have much experience in pass protection, Mason is one of the best run blockers in the 2015 class and should bolster the Pats’ running game.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss details Bill Belichick’s advice for the newcomers. A shift in mentality from the individual to the organization is at the core of the Pats’ rookie orientation, which is as much of an embodiment of the Patriot Way as anything.

Also responding to Belichick’s comments, Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press tells us how Devin Gardner fits in New England (he’s close friends with current Patriot and Michigan product Cameron Gordon). It seems like the Patriots are the ideal team for Gardner.

Oliver Thomas of 247Sports asserts that Matthew Wells is a quintessential Patriots’ special teams player with his athletic ability and small stature for a linebacker. But if you take one look at his coverage ability, you’ll see that he could make an impact on defense.

Apparently, Tom Brady and his favorite receivers, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, had quite a weekend. You can always count on to give us glimpses into the players’ social lives…

Gardner is close friends with current Patriots and former Wolverine Cameron Gordon.

SBNation’s Adam Stites gives the lowdown on the situation of long snapper Joe Cardona, who could be called on for Naval duty at any point. One thing is for sure: the Patriots will have a better punting unit when Cardona is whipping snaps at 40 miles per hour.

Here at Musket Fire, be sure to check out Cyrus Geller’s grade draft report card for the Patriots, as well as this assessment of the offensive line from Marquez Brown. And don’t miss this this comparison of the 2014 and 2015 draft classes by Yours Truly.