- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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A few picked-up New England Patriots pieces from around the Web:
Patriots among the best QB situations. After the Patriots selected Jimmy Garoppolo in the late second round (62nd overall), Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke of the team's overall quarterback depth chart of Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett and Garoppolo and said, "We feel like we have a good quarterback situation. I think there are a lot of teams in the league that maybe don’t feel that good about that position, and that’s not a good position to not feel good about. We feel very good about the players we have at that spot." Belichick's remarks are revisited today as Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth is in agreement, assessing the Patriots as the fourth-best overall QB situation in the NFL. (Extra points: Tanier's review on the Patriots from late June, which we missed, as well as the Patriots showing up among the top special-teams units in the NFL.)
Revis and the best cover corners. Bucky Brooks of NFL.com shares his opinion on the best cover corners in the NFL, and he puts Darrelle Revis third behind Richard Sherman and Patrick Peterson. "When healthy and allowed to snuff out receivers in man coverage, he remains a highly difficult defender to shake -- which is why he could re-emerge as the No. 1 guy on this list after arriving in New England," Brooks writes.
New England as a dominant defense. Will the Patriots be a top-5 defense in 2014? Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News has them on the cusp at No. 6. The Patriots' offense has the same No. 6 ranking from Iyer.
Rookies report July 20; veterans July 23. In a reminder that football is right around the corner, the NFL distributed a list of each team's reporting dates and where training camps are held. Patriots rookies report July 20, while veterans are due July 23. The Patriots, of course, train at their home facility at Gillette Stadium.