The NFL is officially entrenched in its slow season, and given the frenetic spring and early summer the Patriots have enjoyed a little break probably isn't the worst thing in the world. News league-wide has been hard to come by, but one interesting and notable development took place last week when the Raiders and Derek Carr agreed on a lucrative contract extension.
Using that deal as a springboard, ESPN.com takes a look at some quarterbacks who may force their owners to open their checkbooks soon.
ESPN the Magazine's annual "Body Issue" has a Patriots tie in with wide receiver Julian Edelman making an appearance. Speaking of Edelman, the* Boston* Globe thinks the veteran was smart to have his recently signed extension frontloaded.
Former Patriots cornerback and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Haynes is leading the NFL's campaign against prostate cancer.
The Boston Herald looks at several rookies who the Patriots will face this season, adding some spice to various rivalries.
The folks at CSNNE.com wonder if the addition of David Harris might mean more opportunities for Dont'a Hightower to rush the passer from the edge.
Finally, former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says his current quarterback is better than his former one.