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News Blitz 3/31: David Andrews "ready to get back"

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Mike Reiss kicks things off by ranking the Patriots current needs along with a high-round draft option to potentially fill them. Tight end, off-the-ball linebacker and offensive line top the list.

Rusty Manzel of 247 Sports spoke with David Andrews who relayed a little more about his condition last summer, while also talking about Tom Brady's departure. The good news is that Andrews sounds like he's ready to get back on the field. "The Patriots were so good to me, it was really a frustrating year because athletes want to compete," said Andrews. "I was limited on what I could do but I really focused on rebuilding my body and trying to turn a negative into a positive. I got to be a part of the team, got to watch film with the guys. I got to lead a pass rushing meeting each week. I was still a captain and got to attend those meetings. I got to spend more time with my wife. It has been a different year. I am ready to get back"

Tom E. Curran finds that Patriots fans are overwhelmingly in support of rolling with Jarrett Stidham this season over one of the veteran options like Cam Newton still on the free agent market. NBC Sports colleague Phil Perry takes a deep dive into the draft's safety class. There are a lot of good options throughout the draft, and after reportedly acquiring Adrian Phillips, the Pats could be looking to get even younger with a pick to groom under Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung.

Andy Hart of WEEI ponders whether it's a rebuild, reload or other, the Patriots trajectory depends primarily on how Jarrett Stidham performs.

PatsPulpit's Taylor Kyles and Bernd Buchmasser take a closer look at Dan Vitale's film and break down what he could bring to the Patriots offense.

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