Happy Monday! This week, NFL teams are able to slowly start to re-open their facilities with a number of protocols and guidelines that must be met. The only players allowed back would be those rehabbing injuries, while the rest of the team and no members of the coaching staff will be able to return just yet.
It's a potentially small step, but a hopeful one that will start to get teams on track to play football later this summer and into the fall. What the Patriots will be able to do will first depend on what Governor Baker announces later this morning.
Jeff Howe of The Athletic takes a look at Anfernee Jennings return from what was nearly a career-ending leg injury.
Albert Breer shares a super-competitive Tom Brady ping pong story in his MMQB article this week, drawing parallels to Michael Jordan.
In case you missed it, Mike Reiss had a tidbit in his must-read Sunday notes that tackle Yodny Cajuste is good to go for this upcoming season. With the swing tackle spot open, Cajuste will compete with Korey Cunningham for a significant role this season.
Tom Keegan of the Boston Herald talks with Jarrett Stidham's coach at Baylor, Art Briles, who sings the praises of Stidham's intangibles and "dynamic" arm.
Doug Kyed of NESN takes a deep dive into Stidham's former teammate Will Hastings, who has the chance to emerge as a slot target for his old QB. Kyed sees flashes of Wes Welker-like ability from Hastings, whose biggest question is if he's back to full strength after two ACL tears.