Each spring fans are afforded the opportunity to vote on Patriots.com for one of three finalists vying for induction into the Patriots Hall of Fame.
Of late, by no one's fault, the process has tended to favor modern-era candidates from the recent run of Super Bowl glory.
But this year, a very much deserving but more aged member of New England lore beat out a couple such modern candidates to earn his spot in the Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon.
As the Boston Globe notes, Pro Bowl cornerback Raymond Clayborn will become the 26th member of the Hall during an induction ceremony later this year.
The *Providence Journal *offers up five things to watch for when the media gets access to the Patriots OTAs on Thursday.
ESPNBoston.com wonders if the 2017 Patriots are as talented as the 2007 New England squad that put forth a 16-0 regular season while re-writing the record books. ESPNBoston.com says Clayborn was "totally surprised" by the Hall honor.
WEEI.com notes the Patriots re-signed practice squad wide receiver DeAndrew White, bringing New England to the 90-man roster limit. WEEI.com writes about Clayborn's Hall nod, and then wonders which current Patriots deserve to eventually be in the team's Hall of Fame.
CSNNE.com lists the five Patriots position groups with the most to learn during OTA action. CSNNE.com breaks down Clayborn beating out Mike Vrable and Richard Seymour to earn his Hall induction.
NFL.com says that owners are expected to approve a couple rules changes, cutting overtime to 10 minutes and allowing for a second player to return from injured reserve.
MMQB.com declares that Rex Burkhead will be the Patriots most important running back this season.