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News Blitz 5/4: The mom, myth and legend of Malcolm Mitchell

Today’s News Blitz is highlighted by an in-depth feature on New England’s fourth-round pick in last weekend’s NFL Draft.

The names of the players making up the Patriots 2016 draft class were revealed last Friday and Saturday.

Now, more information about those unique athletes and individuals is bubbling to the surface.

Today the best example of that is an in-depth feature by the Boston Herald on fourth-round Georgia wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell. Mitchell is a versatile athlete on the field and a motivated young man off of it, much of the credit for his maturation being traced back to his mother, Pratina Woods.

"I told Malcolm a long time ago, 'The things that we go through in life, they're never for us. They're always to help someone else. No matter what you face in life, you have to make sure what you're facing is to help the next person coming along. It's not about you. It's about the next person,'" Woods told the Herald.

The Herald also passes along an Associated Press report on the extension given to Tom Brady’s side in the Deflategate proceedings that gives more time to decide on filing for an appeal of the latest court ruling that reinstated the quarterback's four-game suspension.

The Providence Journal has Dante Scarnecchia talking about his decision to return to work in New England after the legendary offensive line coach's two-year retirement. looks at how the Patriots have invested serious draft capital at the quarterback position of late, including last week's third-round selection of Jacoby Brissett. It's fun to learn everything about the new draft picks, including breaking down how top pick Cyrus Jones became #ClampClampington. breaks down the list of the Patriots top 10 NFL rivals. also looks at **why the Patriots didn’t take a running back in the draft**, including the thoughts on the topic from New England running backs coach Ivan Fears. is worried that Bill Parcells had too much praise for Brissett and the kind of player he might be in New England. If something sounds too good to be true… also notes that the Patriots declined to pick up the fifth-year option on offseason trade addition and former Cardinals first-round guard draft pick Jonathan Cooper. As such, Cooper will play out the final season of his rookie contract this fall. continues to update its list of undrafted free agent signings for the 32 teams. believes the seven-time defending division champion Patriots had the worst draft class among the four teams in the AFC East. notes that with the draft in the books, Las Vegas considers the Patriots the favorite to win Super Bowl LI next February in Houston.

The Detroit Free Press notes that the Lions have added yet another former New Englander to the team's mix with the hiring of Jay Muraco.

USA Today ranks the offseason of the 32 NFL teams and has the Patriots (curiously) and Broncos – the participants in last winter's AFC title game – slotted at the bottom of the list.

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