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Sunday Football Notes

Patriots’ draft strategy backed by the numbers

To many Patriots fans, it is the most overused word in the Bill Belichick Draft Time Dictionary: value.

At the close of the second day of this year’s draft, when New England chose four players thanks to its trade with the Vikings a night earlier, Belichick used “value” four sentences into his opening statement, and then again before he’d finished it, and eight more times before he walked away from the podium.

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