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News Blitz 3/30: Next phase of free agency

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Pro Football Focus breaks down the top 50 remaining free agents on the market. With limited cap space it would seem like something has to happen internally before the Patriots can add more free agent players, but they could still use some reinforcements in some spots. PFF also now puts the Patriots in the market for a first-round quarterback and suggests Jordan Love could be an option if he falls.

ESPN released an NFL power ranking that finds the Patriots sitting at 13, just outside a playoff berth. Tom Brady's new team comes in at 10.

Jim McBride of the Boston Globe takes a closer look at a Patriots defensive line that will have some new pieces in 2020, starting by swapping Beau Allen in for Danny Shelton. This could be a position to focus on in the draft.

In case you missed it, Mike Reiss' Sunday notes are always packed with great tidbits. This week Reiss spoke with Stephon Gilmore about a variety of topics, including Jarret Stidham: "He came in and worked hard and got better and better as the year went on. He has a strong arm," Gilmore said. "He makes some tough throws. Definitely made it hard on me in practice each and every week, going against whoever I was covering, making some great throws. It allowed me to get better in practice to prepare for the games." As always, it's a must-read.

Albert Breer breaks down Devin McCourty's experiences over the last few weeks - signing a new deal in New England and figuring out how to get started on offseason training during the pandemic. "The one good thing is Moses [Cabrera] giving our guys workouts. But even that's so tough, because you're responsible for so many guys, and most guys have some routine work with someone different they do to get things done. So that's a little advantage that comes with experience. Of course, with youth, your body adjusts better. So it'll be interesting to see that play out."

Henry McKenna takes a long look at Steve Belichick and his rise from college long snapper/lacrosse player to promising defensive coach for the Patriots.

Ryan Hannable of WEEI takes a look back at some high school quarterback rankings, when Jarrett Stidham was ranked higher than some notable NFL QBs.

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