Quick hits around the Web

February, 14, 2013
2/14/13
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Passing along some Patriots-related links from around the Web.

Mort: Keep Welker in New England. Playing off the theme of Valentine's Day, ESPN's Chris Mortensen says Tom Brady and Wes Welker are a duo that needs to stick together.

Dennard case continues. The trial for Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard continues in Lancaster County District Court in Lincoln, Neb., and Jonathan Edwards of the Lincoln Journal Star has the latest details.

Patriots need Ed Reed. That's the take of ESPN.com's KC Joyner, who says the Patriots need the future Hall of Fame safety to reach the Super Bowl next season. Says Joyner of Reed, "he has the type of skill set that could have a championship domino effect on the entire New England ballclub." (Note: Insider content)

Cornerback a top need, again. Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders says that for the third-straight offseason, the Patriots' biggest need is to address the cornerback position. Beyond finding a starter to play opposite Dennard, Schatz says the Patriots need a nickel cornerack to play in the slot. Given the team's recent history of drafting cornerbacks, Schatz says it could be time to address the position via free agency.

Kraft honors Sabol. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was among the speakers at a recent memorial for former NFL Films president Steve Sabol, who passed away last September. Kraft referred to Sabol as the "(NFL’s) greatest ambassador."

Brace lands with Redskins. The Redskins have announced that they are set to sign former Patriots nose tackle Ron Brace, a 2009 second-round pick who was waived toward the conclusion of last season.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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