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. If you want a realistic take on what New England's starting line-up may look like this fall, search no further. Boston Sports Journal's own Greg Bedard projects the Patriots' opening day lineup and asks, could the league year be pushed back? Feels like the Patriots defense would take a small step back, but these additions on offense should be enough to keep Tom Brady and get him back to consuming the souls of defenses and doubters everywhere.
2. I don't agree with his different outcomes, but the matchups are interesting to look at. Adam Stites of SBNation fills us in on how the last 3 NFL postseasons would have played out with a 14-team format. Seeing some of the unworthy teams that would have qualified for the playoffs does make you do the ugly-face.
3. Mike Tanier of Bleacher Report makes a convincing case that Teddy Bridgewater might not be the biggest name on the free-agent market, but he could be the best. My first choice is Brady, a distant second — as in beyond Pluto and the Death Star — is Jarrett Stidham or a rookie, (use the usual 20 mill+ it takes for a QB elsewhere) and third is a veteran for reasonable money. Bridgwater would be my guy.
4. Not only have the Patriots been the greatest team in all of sports for the past twenty years, they have also been the best at restoring fading careers. Bernd Buchmasser of Pats Pulpit shares this group of recently released veterans that could garner interest from the Patriots. I'd add Taylor Gabriel to this list, as a fifth receiver and possible upgrade over Phillip Dorsett.
5. With a year left before