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Davis Mills of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium on November 23, 2019 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The question had become, “What quarterback isn’t linked to the Patriots?”

The answer for months, conspicuously, was Stanford’s Davis Mills. The Patriots may have had representatives at Mills’ Pro Day, but nothing was reported. New England has been thoroughly scouting all the QB prospects expected to be available outside of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and BYU’s Zach Wilson, but weren’t directly linked to Mills, making the Stanford QB a bit of an eyebrow-raiser for believers in The Lying Season™.

Well, there goes that narrative. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, the Patriots recently “spent a long time on Zoom” with Mills.

So if you thought Mills was the Patriots’ guy, based on the mere fact that it was all quiet on the Stanford front, it’s time for a new theory.

To recap: the Patriots sent representatives to the Pro Days for Ohio State’s Justin Fields, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, Alabama’s Mac Jones, and Florida’s Kyle Trask – including Bill Belichick himself in Tuscaloosa. They also attended the Senior Bowl, where they watched Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has reportedly been staying in touch with Mond since then.

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