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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots ready to draft the next Garoppolo?

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BEST OF BST PODCAST: Patriots ready to draft the next Garoppolo?

0:41 - Phil Perry joins from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and discusses how QB Kyle Lauletta from Richmond could be on the Patriots radar and if he could be the next Jimmy Garoppolo.

4:59 - Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely preview the Celtics game against the Rockets on Saturday, and how Marcus Smart is able to get in the head of James Harden.

9:33 - Lou Merloni, Michael Holley, and Tom Giles talk about Drew Pomeranz leaving his start with forearm tightness, and how the Red Sox are trying to limit pitchers workloads in Spring Training.

14:23 - Tom Curran, Kayce Smith and Mike Flynn discuss the most important player that the Patriots need to re-sign and how many times Tom Brady will be hit against Miami next season now that the Dolphins have traded for Robert Quinn.

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Patriots offensive line's dominance has kept Tom Brady upright vs. elite pass rushers

Patriots offensive line's dominance has kept Tom Brady upright vs. elite pass rushers

Tom Brady has had a lot of clean pockets to throw from during the NFL playoffs, and that's an indication of how dominant the New England Patriots offensive line has been over the last two games.

The Patriots have gone up against some elite pass rushers in the first two rounds, including Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers, as well as Dee Ford and Justin Houston of the Kansas City Chiefs. Even against top-level competition, the Pats' offensive line has done a remarkable job, and the stat below serves as quality evidence.

Not only has New England's offensive line prevented Brady from being sacked, it's also opened up huge holes in the running game. The Patriots have out-gained their two playoff opponents by an astounding 331-60 margin on the ground. This success in the running game allowed the Patriots to control the clock for 23 minutes more than the Chiefs in Sunday's AFC Championship Game, and that helped keep the high-powered Kansas City offense off the field for long stretches.

The Patriots offensive line will face another tough test in Super Bowl LIII against a Los Angeles Rams front seven led by Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. Donald, in particular, will present plenty of challenges for Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia to gameplan against. The Rams defensive end is a four-time All-Pro and former AP Defensive Player of the Year. 

The last time the Patriots won the Super Bowl without allowing a single sack in the playoffs was the 2003 season, and the current offensive line has an excellent chance of repeating that feat in two weeks.

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Devin McCourty on Patrick Mahomes: 'That's a bad dude right there'

Devin McCourty on Patrick Mahomes: 'That's a bad dude right there'

Patrick Mahomes has raised eyebrows all season long.

The likely 2018 NFL MVP continued his spectacular season with a solid performance in Sunday night's AFC Championship Game. While Mahomes couldn't quite do enough to lead the Chiefs to the Super Bowl, his effort did not go unnoticed.

Monday on Quick Slants, Devin McCourty talked to NBC Sports Boston's Tom Giles about Mahomes' unique ability and what it took for the Patriots defense to limit him.

"That's a bad dude right there, man," McCourty said. "Just his ability to make plays happen, never got rattled in the game. I mean they really couldn't get anything going in the first half and you could sense, like, he was never rattled. I mean even a couple of the plays he made -- we said going into this game as a defense we wanted them to make plays where we had to just be like [shrug] 'they got it'. He's rolling one way, throws across [his body] and I mean, I guess it's not like a huge play because we've seen him do it over and over again this year, but we know how tough that is and we was like 'man, make them make those plays and beat us all game' and obviously they made some of them, but we were able to make enough to win."

McCourty isn't the only Patriots player to talk about just how great Mahomes is. Tom Brady pulled Mahomes aside after the game, and then called the 23-year-old "spectacular"

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