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Patriots links around the Web

3/3/2014

A few Patriots-based links around the Web to lead off the week:

Ridley among those looking for a "step-up" year. Lorenzo Reyes of USAToday.com picks his five running backs who need to step up in 2014, and New England's Stevan Ridley lands fourth on the list.

Previewing Brady's 60 Minutes Sports. In a video posted on NFL.com, quarterback Tom Brady discusses one of his primary influences at Michigan for a piece which will air March 5 on Showtime.

Seferian-Jenkins draws comparison to Patriot. In another video posted on NFL.com, Bucky Brooks links University of Washington tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins to New England's Rob Gronkowski.

Eyes on Jairus Byrd in Buffalo. One franchise-tag situation that bears watching is with safety Jairus Byrd and the Bills, as the Associated Press is among those reporting that talks between the sides are at a standstill. The Patriots face the Bills twice a season as AFC East rivals and any deal Byrd potentially gets on the open market could have a trickle-down effect on Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who enters the final year of his contract in 2014.