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Patriots.com News Blitz - 1/31/2013
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post writes that Armond Armstead was easily noticed by NFL scouts after he had six sacks in the CFL last season. "Two NFL front office men who studied Armstead said they thought the 22-year old would have been no worse than a third round pick if he were in the 2013 draft," notes Pompei. "A third said he thought Armstead would have been a third or fourth round pick." One general manager also said Armstead will compete for a starting job in the NFL 'immediately.'
Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com wonders whether the Patriots will address offense or defense in the first round of this year's NFL Draft. While some may argue that bolstering the defense is the highest priority, the Patriots could look to a wideout like West Virginia's Tavon Austin, according to Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com. Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, and Deion Branch will all become free agents come March, and "there could be a need to upgrade at wide receiver this offseason," writes Yates.
Luke Hughes of NESN.com reports that Chandler Jones will do MMA training with his brother Jon 'Bones' Jones this offseason. The Patriots defensive end went on the Felger and Mazz radio show Wednesday and discussed how the boxing, muay thai and jiu jitsu training could help him improve in 2013. "That helps a lot when you’re tugging, playing in the trenches. My biggest thing is I try to get my hands inside before blockers touch me so if I work on my hand speed, that’ll be a great aspect to add to my game.”