Links from around the Web with a Patriots twist.
1. Patriots get an A-minus for offseason. USA Today continues its "offseason moves" grades for each division, and puts the AFC East under the spotlight today. The Patriots get an A-minus. "Bottom line: New England is loaded for another Super run," writes Nate Davis, who also gives the Jets the lowest mark in the East, a C-minus (link here).
2. What's it like to be a receiver for Tom Brady? Former Patriots practice squad receiver Darnell Jenkins, who is playing in the Canadian Football League, talks to Mike Beamish of the Vancouver Sun about what it was like to catch passes from Brady. "He’s very sharp mentally, and he expects you to keep up with him, or you get chewed out. He’ll call plays in the huddle, then change it at the line, and he expects you to run your routes properly, or he’ll have something to say about it." Jenkins says (link here).
3. "Inside the Playbook" on Welker's 99-yard touchdown. Matt Bowen of the National Football Post continues his fine series that breaks down Xs and Os of football, focusing on Wes Welker's 99-yard touchdown catch-and-run against the Dolphins in the '11 season opener (link here).
4. McCourty enters the pressure cooker. Gregg Rosenthal, who quarterbacks the solid "Around the League" blog on NFL.com, is overseeing a 32-team project in which one player on each club is highlighted as being under the most pressure. His choice for the Patriots: Defensive back Devin McCourty (link here).
5. Gronkowski season highlights. NFL.com also dusts off some Rob Gronkowski highlights from the 2011 season (link here).
6. Analyst views Wilfork as 3rd best d-tackle. Clifton Brown of the Sporting News continues his "Best Of" series by focusing on defensive tackles, and he rates New England's Vince Wilfork third. Former Patriot Richard Seymour checks in at No. 9 (link here).