Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 7/18

Brandon Lloyd Patriots Receiver

Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd is ready to go. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.

Quick hit look at the upcoming Patriots schedule, including training camp dates. (ESPN Boston)

July 19 — Rookies report to training camp
July 25 — Veterans report to training camp

Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd talks about his new team. (WEEI / NFL Network)

It’s been good. I’m not going to sit here and bore you guys with comparisons, but we had a very successful OTA and minicamp process. We’re looking forward to all of the work that we’re going to have to do in training camp for us to be successful this season.

A look at Ohio State DE John Simon. (Mocking The Draft)

John Simon is an enigma. He’s a big-time hustle player and the unquestioned leader of Ohio State’s defense. Simon led Ohio State in tackles for loss (16) and sacks (7) as a junior. During spring practice this year, Simon was playing so much better than everyone that coaches took him off the field.

USC Quarterback Matt Barkley says he would have been the #2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. ()

Much like Andrew Luck at Stanford last year — and unlike most college students every year — Barkley will complete his college career with zero anxiety regarding the nation’s job market. We’ll never know if he would have won over the Washington Redskins as RG3 did.

Previewing the New York Jets quarterback competition in Jersey. (

Sanchez is the clear-cut starter, whether Tebowmaniacs like it or not. Sanchez struggled as the Jets tried to be more of a pass-first team last year, which led to offensive coaching overhauls in an effort to simplify the offense and get Sanchez back into the complimentary role that got the Jets to two straight AFC Championship appearances.

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