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News Blitz 4/21: Analyzing the Patriots schedule
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The full details of the Patriots 2017 schedule were released on Thursday night.
The Boston Globe offers up a game-by-game look at what New England has in store this coming fall. The Globe also wonders if Aaron Hernandez’s alleged suicide could mean the Patriots owe the former tight end’s estate money. The Globe declares that the offensive line is now a tougher position to project in the NFL draft.
The Boston Herald has the story of how Tom Brady and his teammates reached out to the family of slain Massachusetts police officer Ronald Tarentino. “We have the deepest gratitude for his kindness and generosity. Just reaching out to our family in our time of need is unbelievable,” Tarentino’s wife Tricia said.
The Herald also breaks down the Patriots 2017 schedule. The Herald writes that last year’s rookie class set the bar pretty high in New England as the team prepares to select another group of young would-be contributors. The Herald’s pre-draft prospect series looks at the linebacker position. The Herald notes the Patriots are already a seven-point favorite in the Thursday night season opener against the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.
The Providence Journal offers up its look at the schedule.
ESPNBoston.com breaks down James White’s recent contract extension, writing that it’s an example of a compromise between a player and the team. ESPNBoston.com offers game-by-game predictions for the Patriots 2017 slate, coming up with a 13-3 record for New England. ESPNBoston.com also declares the schedule as being “fan-friendly.”
ESPN ranks the Patriots Super Bowl rematch with the Falcons on Sunday night October 22 in Foxborough as the best regular season game on the 2017 schedule.
WEEI.com reports that the Patriots could owe the Hernandez estate “millions.” WEEI.com says the Patriots schedule includes a “tough second-half slate” of games.
NFL.com has the league’s full 2017 schedule. NFL.com has confident QB draft prospect DeShone Kizer, who went 4-8 last season at Notre Dame, comparing himself to both Brady and Cam Newton. NFL.com breaks down how the Patriots can return to the Super Bowl.
NESN.com ponders what New England’s offseason additions at running back might mean for Dion Lewis’ future as a Patriot.