Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 9/28

Matt Patricia Patriots Defensive Coordinator

The Patriots coaching staff isn’t worried yet. (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.

Current injury report for the Patriots vs Bills game. (Herald)

Quarterback Tom Brady’s right shoulder spent one day on the injury report, but it was removed from today’s report. Also, defensive tackle Kyle Love was added today after he was limited with a knee injury.

Bill Belichick doesn’t care about the Patriots being 1-2. (WEEI)

Reporters descended on Gillette Stadium Wednesday to try and get a feel for a team that is under .500 for the first time since being 0-1 to start the 2003 season. Every week, Belichick has a message for his team. With his team losing two of its first three, Belichick was asked what his message was this week.

A lot of connections between the Bills and Patriots. (ESPN Boston)

Anderson had a renaissance year with the Patriots in 2011, and turned a 10-sack season into a hefty free agent deal with Buffalo this offseason. In 2011, he rediscovered the pass-rushing ability he demonstrated as a rookie back in 2006, and became an important part of the Patriots’ defense on its march towards Super Bowl XLVI. He once again is counted on to rush the passer in Buffalo, where playing opposite of Mario Williams he has been able to generate one sack through three games.

North Carolina is loaded with talent… but will any pan out in the NFL? I think Jonathan Cooper will. (NESN)

Cooper should be one of the first interior linemen selected in the 2013 draft. He doesn’t have elite size, listed at 6-foot-3 295-pounds, but he’ll probably come in closer to 6-foot-2 at his pre-draft measurements. Cooper does a great job with his technique and moves extremely well on pull blocks keeping his body under control in space. He does a nice job getting under his defender and uses his arms well to keep them off balance.

Chance Warmack is an outstanding offensive guard. (

Since he replaced All-American Mike Johnson as a sophomore, Warmack has started 30 consecutive games. Over that time span, Alabama has averaged more than 225 rushing yards per game and saw running back Trent Richardson come up just short of winning the Heisman trophy.

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