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News Blitz 2/11: Kraft's extended chat

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, one of the most influential men in the NFL, gave a one-on-one interview with Boston's ABC affiliate, WCVB Channel 5, which aired Wednesday evening.

He discussed a number of topics, including his biggest regret of the 2015 season.

"I think if I have any regret," Kraft admitted, "it's that the conference championship game wasn't played here in our hometown."

He also took a playful jab at the father of Peyton Manning.

"I happened to see Archie [Manning at the Super Bowl]. He has two sons who have won two Super Bowls [each]. But with all due respect, we have one son [Tom Brady] who has won four."

You can watch the entire interview here.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/7ovZ7vuNuQU

Elsewhere, ESPN takes a look at the Patriots' offseason needs and says that offensive skill positions are at the top of the list. Running back was that writer's No. 1 concern.

"It doesn't necessarily have to be a bruiser," he reasoned, "because someone like free-agent-to-be Matt Forte could be a perfect fit with his dual skills as a runner/pass-catcher, but the lack of depth at this spot showed up in 2015 when Dion Lewis (torn ACL) and LeGarrette Blount (hip) were lost to season-ending injuries."

The Providence Journal examines New England's wide receiver roster and concludes that aside from Julian Edelman, the Patriots have a lot of questions to answer.

The MassLive blog serves today as wet blanket for any hopes of the Patriots acquiring superstar wideout Calvin Johnson. Citing a Detroit TV station, the blog post states, "Calvin Johnson is close to announcing that he will retire from the Detroit Lions, according to sources close to his family and friends. The announcement could come as soon as this week. Johnson celebrated in Las Vegas recently where he told friends he'd made up his mind to officially retire."

"When he has been on the field, Gordon has put up ridiculous numbers… Sadly for Gordon, he's most known for his actions off the field, rather than on the field," the article asserts.

Finally today, Denver may have won Super Bowl 50, but a Boston.com columnist insists that the Patriots were the NFL's best team this past season.

"[T]he New England fan's takeaway from this season becomes as obvious as Bryan Stork's head bob," asserts the author. "With a couple of slightly altered plot twists—some of which the Patriots should have authored themselves—the goal of winning a fifth Super Bowl championship and second in a row could have been realized. And maybe it should have been realized."

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