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News Blitz 5/6: Sunday notes recap

Today’s News Blitz culls together all the various news, nuggets and notes from a weekend full of football columns across the web.


There continues to be plenty of coverage of the Patriots draft class and incoming rookies.

There was also a significant Patriots presence in Kentucky for the Derby.

Oh, and New England also gets tied into what's going on these days in Boston sports in terms of the Bruins and Celtics attempts to make their own championship runs.

So while it may be a relatively quiet time in the NFL, there continues to be plenty of Patriots-related news for fans to keep track of.

The Boston Globe breaks down what each NFL team told us with its moves in the draft. The Globe also looks at how Celtics coach Brad Stevens leans on the city’s other sports leaders, including Bill Belichick, for guidance in his own quest for a title. Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy writes that the dream of a championship Grand Slam remains alive in Boston, a four-pack of titles that would obviously include New England's latest Lombardi Trophy.

The Boston Herald looks at the Patriots “smart” draft picks.

The Providence Journal breaks down the numbers for Patriots top pick N'Keal Harry, the first wide receiver Belichick drafted in the first round in his tenure in New England.'s must-read Sunday notes look at Tom Brady running into Mike Vrabel's son, Tyler, during a recent workout at Boston College. The younger Vrabel is a right tackle on the Eagles football team. passes along an ESPN report that Patriots defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. is currently in a walking boot, though the injury is "not expected to impact his 2019 season." While many present and former Patriots players and coaches – including Belichick and Brady -- were in attendance at the Kentucky Derby this weekend, reveals why Rob Gronkowski was not. analyzes undrafted rookie tight end Andrew Beck’s chances of making the Patriots roster this fall.

NBC Sports Boston leads its Sunday notes with the idea that given the timing of things, Patriots fourth-round draft pick Jarrett Stidham is in position to succeed Brady. NBC Sports Boston has post-draft AFC power rankings, which unfortunately come in the form of an annoying slide show. lists Rex Burkhead among eight veteran players across the league hurt by picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. highlights the players at the Kentucky Derby, including Brady and his Patriots pals. notes the "big ol’ Patriots reunio**n** at the Kentucky Derby." passes along former NFL QB and current NFLN analyst David Carr comparing N'Keal Harry to future Hall of Famer Larry Fitzgerald. also has a film breakdown of Patriots offensive line draft pick Yodny Cajuste. passes along former quarterback Doug Flutie explaining why Belichick wants his players to be so tight-lipped and boring in interviews with the media.

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