The Patriots will open draft week by receiving an answer from the Buffalo Bills with regards to Mike Gillislee. Monday is the deadline (4 p.m.) for the Bills to either match the Patriots offer sheet to the running back or accept a fifth-round pick and let him walk to New England.
ESPNBoston.com says the decision could have a ripple effect on the Patriots plans moving forward later this week.
Meanwhile, the Patriots aren't expecting to receive any additional draft picks via a trade involving Jimmy Garoppolo as ESPN.com is sticking with its stance that the backup quarterback will not be dealt. According to the Boston Herald, the reason Garoppolo is staying put is simple: the team values him so much.
With the draft right around the corner, ESPN.com offers a dream scenario for every team. The Boston Herald looks specifically at the Patriots needs and how to fill them. Tight end is one area they focus on, and Michigan's Jake Butt would make some sense.
Pass rush is another area the Herald believes needs addressing. The Providence Journal provides a mock draft. The Patriot Ledger says the lack of draft picks won't prevent the Patriots from improving. CSNNE.com has its eyes on an athletic tackle as a draft option. NESN.com likes defensive lineman Elijah Qualls.
MassLive.com wonders who the Patriots top receiver is.