There have been plenty of questions surrounding the Patriots since the team’s loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
Until Sunday night, there has really been no one to answer those questions regarding Malcolm Butler’s benching, Rob Gronkowski supposedly pondering retirement and Tom Brady status following a somewhat ominous final episode to his “Tom vs. Time” Facebook series.
That changed when New England coach Bill Belichick held a somewhat impromptu gathering with the local media in advance of the NFL’s annual meeting in Orlando. Full audio of the Q-and-A session is available here on Patriots.com.
The Boston Globe writes that Belichick gave a “mini State of the Patriots address” Sunday night. The Globe also notes that Belichick is all for the NFL clarifying the catch rule. The Globe’s Sunday NFL notes breaks down what some of the action from the second week of free agency will mean moving forward across the league.
The Boston Herald notes that Belichick discussed his relationship with Brady while also expressing his excitement for the offseason. The Herald also offers up what to watch for at the NFL’s meetings this week. The Herald’s NFL notes wonders how the Patriots will fill their Nate Solder-sized hole in the lineup. The Herald also writes about Duron Harmon being caught with marijuana in Costa Rica.
The Providence Journal observed that Belichick wouldn’t delve into Butler’s benching or Gronkowski’s status.
ESPNBoston.com says Belichick is still enjoying all parts of his job entering his 19th season in New England. ESPNBoston.com has Belichick saying his discussions with Brady and Gronkowski will remain private. ESPNBoston.com has Belichick detailing how Josh McDaniels ended up staying with the Patriots rather than moving on to coach the Colts. ESPNBoston.com’s Sunday notes looks at the connection between Stephon Gilmore and HOFer Mike Haynes.
WEEI.com writes that Brady played a role in Danny Amendola signing with the Dolphins. WEEI.com’s Sunday notes wonder what McDaniels has been up to lately.
NBCSports.com writes about the relationship between Belichick and Brady. The site also offers up stories on Belichick’s limited responses regarding Gronkowski’s situation and the Butler benching. NBCSports.com has Harmon issuing an apology on social media after his arrest in Costa Rica.
NFL.com lists the Patriots as one of eight possible landing spots for Johnny Manziel as the former first-round pick pursues a career comeback. NFL.com’s look at remaining questions surrounding team’s across the league is topped by the question of how the Patriots will fill holes created by free agent losses.
CBSSports.com also looks at holes New England still needs to address.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel has Parkland students thanking the Patriots and owner Robert Kraft for use of the team’s plane to fly to the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C., over the weekend.