For the Patriots' 17th and 28th picks in the draft, ESPNBoston.com notes Peter Shrager's choices of California defensive end Cameron Jordan at No. 17 and Boston College's offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo at No. 28.
Though the Patriots are known as a 3-4 defense, they utilized a sub package, in which five or more defensive backs are on the field, 57 percent of the time, according to ESPNBoston.com. Ranked last in the NFL on third down defense, the sub may have sunk them. And as a "system-specific" team, the Patriots may have missed out on some "the best pure edge pass rushers," who would thrive in a 4-3 defense, writes ESPN.
According to the Boston Herald, Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork thinks an 18-game season would be "stupid." With a potential lockout looming overhead, however, an extra two games is something for players to consider in the collective bargaining agreement between NFL owners and the Players Association.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has found "inner peace" since a mere six months ago, when his life was anything but, submerged in several civil suits and reports of a poor public persona, according to the Boston Globe.
Read a similar story on Roethlisberger in the Boston Herald.
For 17 Steelers, this will be their third Super Bowl appearance since 2006, according to the Boston Globe. Though any edge Pittsburgh may have in all the preliminary hoopla leading up to game day will be wiped clean come kickoff, according to the Globe.