Before we get to today's fun stuff, there's some serious Patriots business we need to address. According to NFL Network, suspended WR Josh Gordon could begin his reinstatement process as early as the month of May. Below Tweets provide additional details.
Meanwhile, with the league's free agent signing period set to begin in about a month, the Boston Herald offers an examination of all of New England's free agents-to-be.
How might the Patriots roster change this offseason? That's a question The Boston Globe attempts to answer.
The Athletic website provides a thorough breakdown of the entire Patriots roster as it is currently constituted, and a WEEI.com piece goes even further, focusing on free agents, salary cap space, and Patriots draft choices at the moment.
Elsewhere, LB Kyle Van Noy appeared on ESPN this week to lambast one of the most vocal critics of the Patriots and QB Tom Brady in particular.
"You can sit here and argue with me all you want," Van Noy told the TV host in part. "At the end of the day, [Brady]'s the GOAT and we won another Super Bowl."
Winning the franchise's sixth Super Bowl took a masterstroke by head coach Bill Belichick to get his returning players to forget about one of the biggest story lines of last year's Super Bowl, one columnist from NBC Sports Boston asserts today.
"There was barely a [Malcolm] Butler mention in the days leading up to the Super Bowl," he posits, "because the Patriots' Super Bowl return signified that, no matter what the Butler decision may have cost the Patriots last season, the agitation was eventually pocketed."
Finally, some light-hearted fare. Both Brady and WR Julian Edelman shaved on-camera this week in bids to raise funds for charitable causes. Brady did so at the world headquarters of Gillette in Boston (courtesy of WBZ-TV's website), while Edelman went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he got another surprise from the host.
One more thing… if you'd like your photo taken alongside the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII trophy, it'll be on display at the Patriots Hall of Fame here in Foxborough today till 5 p.m., and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.