The Quest for 7: Patriots’ road ahead, Potential gems, Brady one-ups Manning, Links 2.12.20

Morning! Welcome to The Quest for 7, where volunteer writer, Steven Viner, scours the net for seven Patriots related articles from other sites offering different points of view on the six-time champs. Paid subscribers not only get to read all seven, but they also get to check out his always fiery "Steve's Soapbox" at the end.

1. Greg Bedard of Boston Sports Journal gives us the mountain of decisions awaiting Bill Belichick in his Patriots 2020 Offseason Primer: Breaking down the roster and where the needs are. Remember Bill, "No days off!" You certainly can't afford to take any.

2. If Bedard's assessment of what the Patriots need to do this offseason is the Varsity, Anthony Threash of Pro Football Focus gives us the J.V. version in his NFL free agency preview: players to targets, potential cuts and more for all 32 teams. The details aren't quite there from tackling the entire league, but Anthony has some good ideas to kick around.

3. With their cap restrictions, the Patriots will have to do some dumpster diving at some positions. Bernd Buchmasser of Pats Pulpit tells us why Sylvester Williams would be a cheap option to help shore up the Patriots run defense. Love the idea and I know Lawrence Guy and Danny Shelton could have used him against Derrick Henry.

4. Staying with the theme of digging for treasure in the scrap heap, Doug Kyed of NESN fills us in on how the Patriots stashed away a potential starting tackle. The buzz for this player has been slowly growing as of late, and a lot of eyes will be on him come training camp.

5.  I used to hate this man with the passion of a toddler refusing Brussell sprouts.