The Quest for 7: Patriots Updates, Brady’s successor? Tight End mock, Links 2.14.20

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. Boston Sports Journal's own Greg Bedard looks for diamonds in the rough amongst quarterbacks who might be available, but mostly finds gravel. His column gives us the realistic Patriots' QB options from the NFL ranks in a post-Tom Brady world. There are some intriguing finds in this group, but honestly ... this list scares the crap out of me.

2. Matt Dolloff of 98.5 the Sports Hub is calling for the Patriots to redo their tactic from three years ago, in hopes of tempting Brady into a return. With the way the Patriots have been drafting lately, I wouldn't mind them using their picks for proven veterans like these.

3. In honor of this man-dreading holiday, Danny Heifetz of The Ringer wrote this clever and at times hilarious piece on the QB commitment index for each team. If you're dodging frying pans and sleeping on the couch from botching Valentine's day, the descriptions of each relationship alone will be enough to cheer you up.

4. Most are thrilled with this, I am in the minority. Isaiah Houde of Patriots Wire informs us that Nick Caserio will be returning to the Patriots, and has signed a multi-year contract. Whether it's mostly Caserio or Belichick making the final draft selections, their system has been in a funk for some time, and I wish a fresh perspective was brought in.

5. This former Patriot Director of Personnel has had enough, and he can't take anymore.