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A few picked-up New England Patriots pieces from around the Web:
Who's overrated and underrated? CBSSports.com NFL columnist Pete Prisco writes his annual overrated/underrated column and picks guard Logan Mankins as the most overrated Patriot for the third year in a row, while tabbing safety Devin McCourty as the most underrated. Prisco's past overrated/underrated picks were Mankins/center Ryan Wendell (2013); Mankins/cornerback Kyle Arrington (2012), safety Brandon Meriweather/running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (2011); and offensive tackle Matt Light/cornerback Leigh Bodden (2010).
Super Bowl odds at 7-to-1. Dave Tuley of ESPN.com Insider charts the path of Super Bowl odds and the Patriots went from 7-to-1 odds in February, to 8-to-1 odds in April, and are now back to 7-to-1 odds in June.
Rookies enjoy Play 60 event at symposium. On Friday, Patriots rookies took part in an NFL Play 60 event at the rookie symposium in Ohio, with first-round draft pick Dominique Easley among those to tweet out a picture.
Ridley back home in Mississippi. While the rookies were in Ohio, four-year veteran running back Stevan Ridley was back home in Natchez, Mississippi to speak with student-athletes. Jake Martin of the Natchez Democrat reports on Ridley's visit.
Have Patriots done enough to topple the Broncos? In his offseason report card, Chris Burke of SI.com expresses doubt that the Patriots have made enough moves to overtake the Broncos. He gives the Patriots' offseason a grade of C-plus.
South sideline for Patriots in Vikings' road game. In the type of detail that perhaps only Bill Belichick and football research director Ernie Adams would take note of, the Patriots will be on the south sideline during their Week 2 road trip to Minnesota, as the Vikings elected to shift to the north sideline, per ESPN.com Vikings reporter Ben Goessling. The Vikings are playing at the University of Minnesota the next two seasons while their new stadium is being built.
Solder and the 2011 first-round class. Jarrett Bell of USA Today writes on how first-round draft choices from 2011 are losers in the new collective bargaining agreement, while teams are the winners. For the Patriots, it's relevant because left tackle Nate Solder is a foundation type player who is under contract at reasonable dollars for two more seasons.