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**Mike Reiss** of writes about Devin McCourty's future at cornerback after the Patirots' defensive back made a successful transition to safety at the end of the 2011 season.  Reiss states that the organizations decision on where to play McCourty moving forward wiill affect the Patriots' offseason in free agency and the draft.  New England Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio had this to say about McCourty's versitility yesterday: "Devin's value is that he can do multiple things.  Not everybody can do it, but if you have a guy that can, it can give you some flexibility with what you're doing defensively, especially on the back half."

**Shalise Manza Young** of The Boston Globe writes about the Patriots' focus on the 2012 season after hearing from Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio in Indianapolis yesterday.  Manza Young discusses the wide receiver position and shares Caserio's thoughts on Wes Welker, free agency, and the NFL Draft.

**Tom E. Curran** of gives his report on Rex Ryan after the New York Jets head coach spoke to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday.  Curran asked Rex Ryan if the Jets eye the Patriots' transactions in the offseason closely, and if the Jets are built with the Patriots in mind.  "Would our team look differently, would we put so many of our 'resources' into corner if we weren't playing the New England Patriots?" Ryan asked. "I don't know. But we definitely look at what they're doing. But the main thing is building our team. We have a vision for our team. We need to stay the course and do what we do best and I think that's our main focus."

**** reports that Patriots NT Vince Wilfork and RB Kevin Faulk were snorkeling together in the Bahamas this week with former teammate Randy Moss. 

**Jeff Howe** of responds to reader emails and takes a look at the possibilty of the Patriots trading for Vikings DE Jared Allen.  Howe argues that while it would be a great fit (Allen has 77.5 sacks over the last five seasons), the asking price would make the trade difficult and unlikely.  "Right now, the Vikings could land a first-rounder for Allen, if not more."

**Christopher Price** of writes about the possibility of the Patriots shuffling their defensive front seven in 2012.  Last season, the Patriots played more 4-3 than in years past, utilizing Mark Anderson and Andre Carter to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.  But with Carter and Anderson among the Patriots' free agents this offseason, Price looks at the chance of a change to the more traditional 3-4 look in 2012.  "Turnover on the defensive line could lead to more opportunities for youngsters like Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick. It could also mean New England takes a chance on a defensive lineman with one of its first four picks."

**DJ Bean** of looks at two Wisconson linemen who could fit in New England.  Center Peter Konz and guard Kevin Zeitler both figure to go in the first two rounds of this year's NFL Draft.   Bean writes, "If the Pats can't get their hands on Konz or Georgia's Ben Jones, Zeitler could also play center."

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