According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, there could be a resolution to the Jets’ tampering with Darrelle Revis situation before the start of the draft Thursday.

According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, there could be a resolution to the Jets’ tampering with Darrelle Revis situation before the start of the draft Thursday.

The Patriots filed tampering charges against the Jets after owner Woody Johnson made comments about Revis while he was still under contract with the Patriots. Revis then went onto sign with the Jets on the first day of NFL free agency.

The Jets also filed tampering charges against the Patriots during the owners meetings when Robert Kraft spoke for the first time after Revis signed with the Jets.

It’s unclear what the potential penalty would be, and if draft picks were involved which year they would be taken away/switched.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

BYRON JONES

Position: Cornerback

School: UConn

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 196 pounds

Achievements: 2013 AAC All-Academic team

What he brings: As evidenced by his combine performance, Jones is an extremely athletic cornerback. Scouts are impressed with the way he is able to mix his athleticism, speed and strength to play an effective press coverage. Even against bigger and taller receivers, Jones is believed to have the ability to win his share of contested balls. Some scouts would like to see more patience in coverage. He is considered reliable in run defense, but he could benefit from added physicality. He is expected to be more effective in zone coverage than man. Scouts see Jones as a leader; he was a captain in his senior season.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-3

Notes: Jones not only set a combine record but passed the Olympic record for the broad jump at the combine with a distance of 12 feet, three inches. He also finished first among corners in the vertical jump (44.5 inches), first in the 60-yard shuttle (10.98 seconds), third in the three-cone drill (6.78 seconds) and third in the 20-yard shuttle (3.94 seconds). He was a captain for UConn in his senior season. In 2014 he recorded 24 tackles and two interceptions, but his season was ended early due to a shoulder injury.

Related articles:

NFL.com: Jones on world record broad jump

SB Nation: Jones’ path from political intern to early round prospect

Video: Here’s the video of Jones’ record-setting jump at the combine.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

JESSE JAMES

Position: Tight end

School: Penn State

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 254 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-Big Ten honorable mention, holds Penn State record for career touchdowns by a tight end (11)

What he brings: James is an incredibly athletic tight end, as evidenced by his impressive combine performance. Scouts expect his huge frame and athletic ability will help him make contested catches and create space against smaller or less athletic defenders. There are concerns that, although he is often able to find seams in zone coverage, he struggles to shake the defense in man coverage. Scouts also would like to see improvement in his blocking ability.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 6-7

Notes: James recorded impressive results at the combine, finishing first in the broad jump among tight ends (10 feet, 1 inch), second in the bench press (26 reps), second in the vertical jump (37.5 inches) and fifth in the 60-yard shuffle (12.15 seconds). He recorded 38 receptions, 396 yards and three touchdowns in the 2014 season. James did not miss any games in the past two years. He is the director of marketing for Uplifting Athletes, helping to raise $150,000 to fight kidney cancer.

Related articles:

ESPN.com: James is ‘a freak of nature’

Video: Here’s James recording three catches for 27 yards in Penn State’s 2014 bowl game against BC.

Blog Author: 
Nik Beimler

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told PBS’ Charlie Rose on Monday that he anticipates the Deflategate investigation will be over “soon,” and added that it’s his understanding that investigator Ted Wells has “finished the interview portion” of his probe.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told PBS’ Charlie Rose on Monday that he anticipates the Deflategate investigation will be over “soon,” and added that it’s his understanding that investigator Ted Wells has “finished the interview portion” of his probe.

Tuesday marks the 100th day since the AFC title game, when the report of the underinflated footballs first surfaced. For the record, Wells’ previous work for the NFL — his investigation into the Dolphins’ bullying scandal — took 100 days.

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Christopher Price
Bill Belichick has plenty of potential trade partners when it comes to making a draft weekend deal. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Other than 2004, Bill Belichick has made draft weekend deals every year he’s been in charge of the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

With draft weekend approaching, which teams will be the most inclined to make some moves? From our viewpoint, in no particular order here are the five teams most likely to deal, as well as a couple of scenarios thrown in for good measure. (On this same topic, make sure you read this excellent piece from Andrew Healy at Football Outsiders on draft trade value. The biggest buyer of draft value since 2000 has been New England. The biggest seller? Washington.)

New England and Philadelphia — basically, football BFF’s Bill Belichick and Chip Kelly: Provided they stay in their current positions, these two will likely be trade partners for a very long time. Belichick was a semi-regular draft weekend trade partner with the Eagles when Andy Reid was in Philly, and given his background with Kelly, there’s certainly reason to think that there will be at least one swap this weekend between the Patriots and Eagles. For what it’s worth, since he took control of the Patriots in 2000, by our count, Belichick has made 102 trades. In all, he’s made the most deals with Oakland (9), followed by Denver, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Green Bay (all 6). That’s followed by Houston, New Orleans, Baltimore and Philly (5).

Atlanta: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has been known to make a big splash from time to time — remember wide receiver Julio Jones? — and given the fact that Atlanta holds the eighth overall pick in the draft (and has a desperate need for a pass rusher), they could be one of those teams looking to potentially move up to take Vic Beasley or Dante Fowler, Jr., two individuals who may not make it out of the top 5.

Cleveland: In our chat with him on “NFL Sunday,” draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network pointed to the Browns and Ravens as two of the teams who might be more inclined to pull off a draft weekend deal. Cleveland has Nos. 12 and 19 in the first round — the Browns are one of two teams with two first-round selections. And based on what we saw last year with the big deal with the Bills, they certainly wouldn’t shy away from trying to swing a big first-round deal to try and move up. Cleveland certainly has some needs across the board, and will have a real chance to address those issues come Thursday.

Baltimore: Like Belichick, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is a big fan of compensatory picks, and while those can’t be dealt away, the three comp selections that Baltimore acquired this offseason — in addition to the fourth and fifth rounders Newsome got from Detroit in exchange for defensive tackle Haloti Ngata — certainly gives Newsome the sort of potential draft capital he might need if he wants to try and climb the board. One thing that Patriots fans might want to keep in mind here is that Newsome and Belichick are very tight (Belichick has made five draft weekend deals with the Ravens). If the Patriots see a potential target sliding down the board and could put together a package for Baltimore’s 26th overall pick, that certainly remains a possibility.

San Diego sends Chargers QB Philip Rivers to Tennessee for the No. 2 overall pick: This sounds like an interesting deal, but it apparently stalled out over the weekend. It would be a fascinating swap that would fundamentally be a Rivers-for-Mariota deal between San Diego and Tennessee, with multiple picks presumably going in both directions. While that would appear to mean the Chargers would be hitting the reset button with a rookie quarterback as opposed to the 33-year-old Rivers, as Jeremiah reminded us in our Sunday conversation with him, while the front office has changed in San Diego, the Chargers have never been shy about making big draft weekend deals. Individuals like Rivers (2004) and LaDanian Tomlinson (2001) landed in San Diego after draft swaps.

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Christopher Price

Many have wondered where Tom Brady was last Thursday when he didn’t attend the White House with the rest of his team as the Patriots were honored by President Obama.

Many have wondered where Tom Brady was last Thursday when he didn’t attend the White House with the rest of his team as the Patriots were honored by President Obama.

According to ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Brady was present at Gillette Stadium for a stretch of time that the rest of the team was at the White House last Thursday. The team said Brady didn’t attend because of a prior family commitment.

A lot has been made of why Brady wasn’t in attendance, including a theory that he was upset with White House press secretary Josh Earnest’s comments in the aftermath of Brady’€™s Deflategate press conference in January where he questioned his integrity.

“For years it’s been clear that there is no risk that I was going to take Tom Brady’s job as quarterback of the New England Patriots,” Earnest told reporters. “But I can tell you, as of today, it’s pretty clear that there’s no risk of him taking my job either.”

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Ryan Hannable

WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

CEDRIC OGBUEHI

Position: Offensive tackle

School: Texas A&M

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 306 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-America third team (AP), 2014 All-SEC first team

What he brings: NFL.com regards Ogbuehi as a “gifted athlete with foot quickness and ability to move easily in space.” He is well-conditioned and holds onto blocks until he wins. In playing both tackles as well as right guard during his time at Texas A&M, Ogbuehi had the chance to match up against top-level opponents. CBS Sports notes that he is “light on his feet and can adjust in space” and that he has a “rare combination of agility and length.” In 2014, though, he was one of the SEC leaders in sacks allowed, and his “technique flaws make pass protection harder than it has to be,” NFL.com says.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-3

Notes: Ogbuehi tore his ACL in the Aggies’ bowl game and wasn’t completely healed, so he was unable to do a full pre-draft workout. His injury has the potential to keep him from going in the first round, maybe falling as low as the third, but Ogbuehi’s upside could have him anywhere in those first three rounds. He classifies himself as “boring” off the field, revealing that he mostly just plays football, works out, goes back to the house, and plays some video games. Ogbuehi’s parents are from Nigeria.

Related articles:

CBS Sports: A&M’s Cedric Ogbuehi, the chubby kid Texas didn’t want, now a star LT

STACK News: Texas A&M OL Cedric Ogbuehi won’t let a torn ACL deter his NFL dreams

Dallas Morning News: Bob Sturm’s 2015 NFL Draft profile: What I see in Cedric Ogbuehi, T, Texas A&M

Video: Here is a video of Phil Savage breaking down Ogbuehi’s play.

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen