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New England Patriots links 5/15/24 – Polk-ing holes in Patriots’ lack-of-weapons narrative

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By: Marima

Rookie WR Ja’Lynn Polk | Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Daily news and links for Wednesday


  • Evan Lazar’s Draft pick profile: 6th-round QB Joe Milton. ‘Although Wolf and Mayo’s careers are tied to Maye’s success or failure, every talent evaluator and coach who sees Joe Milton throw a football is intrigued.’
  • Paul Perillo’s NFL Notes: Ranking the Patriots road trips.
  • Press Conferences: Brenden Schooler (11 min. video) and Marte Mapu (8 min. video)


  • Nick Goss highlights NBC Sports’ Connor Rogers explaining why rookie WR Ja’Lynn Polk’s intangibles make him a great fit for the Patriots.
  • Karen Guregian notes Damien Woody, who has been critical of the Patriots for their lack of explosive players, did give them a thumbs up for signing Vikings WR K.J. Osborn.
  • Mike D’Abate finds that 2nd-year safety Marte Mapu is capable of playing multiple positions on defense and hopes to do so again in 2024.
  • Nicole Yang highlights safety/linebacker Marte Mapu, who expects to have a more significant role this season.
  • Mark Daniels notes Matthew Slater left big shoes to fill after he retired, but it seems the team already has their next special teams leader on the roster: Brenden Schooler.
  • Alex Barth talks about how Brenden Schooler gets first-hand advice on the new NFL kickoff format starting in 2024
  • Karen Guregian hears from ESPN analyst Damien Woody, on how the Pats will be like ‘mosquitos’ in the AFC East.
  • Mark Morse previews the schedule release and recaps Patriots rookie camp: OTAs scheduled for May 20, 21, 23.
  • Andy Hart welcomes us to the day of the dumbest ‘event’ of the sports year!
  • Andrew Callahan reports Patriots-Jaguars is set for Week 7 in London.
  • Ian Logue’s Patriots Notebook: Key returning players in 2024, Bledsoe believes Van Pelt is a perfect fit; More.
  • Dan Kelley’s Patriots Daily: Brenden Schooler is ready for leadership role; More.
  • Chris Mason points out how Drake Maye’s brothers created funniest moment of NFL Draft.
  • Nick O’Malley mentions how sportsbooks don’t love Drake Maye’s chances to win Rookie of the Year.


  • Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News) NFL rookie minicamps 2024: Caleb Williams impresses Bears, Drake Maye struggles for Patriots, & 5 more takeaways.
  • Trevor Sikkema (PFF) 2024 offseason grades for all 32 NFL teams: Patriots: B-.
  • Zoltán Buday (PFF) Most underrated player on all 32 NFL teams: Patriots: Guard Sidy Sow.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) One 2024 NFL schedule wish for every team. Patriots: Easy stretch of opponents to create a soft landing spot for Drake Maye to start strong.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) What Bears, Bills, Patriots and other teams accomplished with most, least capital.
  • Josh Edwards (CBS Sports) What we learned about Adam Peters, Eliot Wolf and other first-year general managers.
  • NFL Nation (ESPN) NFL Power Rankings: What’s most improved on every team? Patriots 30th. Most improved: QB.
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballtalk) Jets-Vikings, Jags-Bears, Patriots-Jags, Giants-Panthers set for Europe.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL could do more to take over schedule-release week.
  • Warren Sharp (Sharp Football Analysis) 2024 NFL strength of schedule, regular season, based on Vegas forecasted win totals. Patriots have the 2nd hardest schedule.
  • Jared Greenspan (The Sporting News) How to watch NFL schedule release: TV channel, start time, More.
  • Video ( NFL Explained: Making of the NFL schedule. (21 min.)
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) As Tom Brady prepares to take Greg Olsen’s seat, Olsen’s status remains unclear.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Jason Kelce in, Robert Griffin III out on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.


  • Mike Reiss highlights Tom Brady on The Pivot podcast. Brady says he loved the roast when the jokes were about him, but regrets the impact it had on his kids. Brady also revealed how he is handling life outside of football. “I feel like, naturally as a quarterback, I was in control. I loved flying the plane, being the operator. I think what you realize in life is that you’re not in control that much. What do I need to do more in my life? I need to be better with less control. I need to be better operating in that gray area. I can’t be so anxious when things aren’t going exactly the way that I want.”
  • Charean Williams (ProFootballTalk) Jaguars, city of Jacksonville agree to $1.4 billion stadium deal

Originally posted on Pats Pulpit