For the first time since Tom Brady left the team and headed to Tampa, Bill Belichick addressed the media on Monday to discuss the upcoming draft. He didn't offer any details on Brady's departure, but he was asked about the current crop of quarterbacks available in the college ranks.
ESPN.com says Belichick believes it's an interesting group of passers that will be available next week. The Boston Globe writes that the coach has moved on from Brady and is focusing on the draft. The Boston Herald has Belichick referring to Brady’s departure as “water under the bridge.”
With Brady gone, the Herald believes it’s time for the offense to evolve. NBC Sports Boston says Belichick appears open to those changes. Belichick says there will a quarterback competition according to the Boston Sports Journal.
Various reports indicate the Patriots like what they see in Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, and some experts offer their thoughts on what it would take for New England to move up the board far enough to grab him.
ESPN.com has the Patriots assessing linebackers in the draft after the team's depth chart took a hit at that position in free agency. The Boston Globe looks at another position badly in need of additions: tight end. The Boston Herald thinks Ohio State wideout K.J. Hill would make sense. They also offer a seven-round mock draft for the Patriots.
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