Shayanna Jenkins, the fiancee of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, was questioned in court on Friday regarding Hernandez’s involvement in the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd. Jenkins was granted immunity in February.

Earlier in the day, another juror was dismissed.

ABC News reports that Jenkins testified that the day after she found out about Lloyd’s death, she asked Hernandez if he did it, to which he replied, “No.”

“That was the extent of our conversation,” Jenkins added, according to ABC.

“[Jenkins] is definitely not the star witness,” Fox 25 reporter Ted Daniel said on Middays with MFB. “She is very careful with her answers, she’s having a tough time recalling some of the specific questions.”

Added Daniel: “If the prosecution was looking to win this case on her, it’s not happening.”

In a surveillance video previously seen by the jury, Jenkins is seen removing a garbage bag with what looks like a box inside. Prosecutors believe that the murder weapon, which has not been found, may be inside the box.

Jenkins reportedly said that she does not remember what was in the box.

It is believed that the prosecution is trying to link Hernandez with the missing murder weapon, but Jenkins is not providing any useful information in that area. Earlier in the trial, a cleaner testified that there were several guns in the house, but Jenkins said that she only remembers one, which was kept in the junk drawer.

“She does not sort of back up what the cleaner said that, ‘Hey, no, there was this other larger gun downstairs in one of the basement bedrooms,’ ” Daniel said.

Earlier Friday morning, several jurors were questioned individually by the judge, Susan Garsh. One juror was dismissed for what Daniel said was described as “personal reasons that do not affect the trial.”

Jenkins was scheduled to be questioned further following a lunch break. If she continues to deprive the prosecution of what it was hoping to get from her, Daniel believes that the next key witness will be Alexander Bradley, who alleges that Hernandez shot him in the face four months before Lloyd’s death, causing Bradley to lose an eye.

In a related note, a Westwood man was arrested Thursday after allegedly calling in a bomb threat to the Fall River Justice Center, which caused a brief delay in the trial. Paul Haddad, 56, was taken into custody Thursday and held on $5,000 bail. Authorities said it does not appear to be related to the Hernandez case.

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.

T.J. Yeldon (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

T.J. Yeldon set an Alabama freshman record with 1,108 rushing yards in 2012. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

T.J. YELDON

Position: Running back

School: Alabama

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 221 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-SEC coaches second team, 2013 All-SEC first team, 2013 BCS National Champion

What he brings: Yeldon is tall and lean, which makes for deceptive agility and speed, according to CBS Sports. This contributes to his impressive body control, which helps him make “effortless lateral cuts and leave defenders whiffing at air.” NFL.com praises him for his hips, foot quickness and creativity in in running lanes. He has some issues with ball security and runs a bit too high for some, subjecting himself to big hits.

Where the Patriots could get him: Round 3

Notes: Yeldon had an ankle injury for much of the 2014 season. His role in the NFL is not considered to be clear yet, and one scout thinks he’s “overrated because he went to Alabama.” At Alabama, he produced the best season by a freshman running back for the Crimson Tide in 2012 (1,108 yards) and then posted better numbers the next year (1,235) after stepping into the role of the team’s No. 1 RB. He dipped to 979 yards as a junior last season.

Related articles:

Alabama.com: Who is T.J. Yeldon? A look inside Alabama’s quiet star who’s not big on fame 

ESPN: Nuance drives T.J. Yeldon to greatness, but leads to underestimation

Video: Yeldon helps Alabama set a school record for most points in a quarter during last October’s victory over Texas A&M.

Blog Author: 
Judy Cohen

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.

Trey Flowers (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Trey Flowers (right) helped his cause by posting impressive numbers at the scouting combine. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

TREY FLOWERS

Position: Defensive end

School: Arkansas

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 266 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-SEC second team, 2013 All-SEC second team (coaches), 2011 Freshman All-SEC team

What he brings: Flowers led his team in tackles for loss (15.5 for 95 yards), sacks (six for 71 yards) and quarterback hurries (nine) last season. He was third on the team in total tackles with 68. According to CBS Sports, he doesn’t have exceptional initial quickness, but he can generate good speed off the corner “because of his long gait.” NFL.com praises him as a “high-motor power end,” and says that he is technically sound, also noting that he “doesn’t look like much athletically, but finds his way to the ball against the run.” He registered a 10-foot, 1-inch broad jump, 36.5-inch vertical jump and 12.03-second 60-yard shuttle at the combine, all of which ranked him at or near the top of those categories.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: Flowers, who grew up with nine brothers and sisters, is a good student. He considered entering the 2014 NFL draft after posting a season with 50 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and six sacks, and received a third-round grade, but he ultimately decided to return to Arkansas for his senior season. According to NFL.com, Flowers might not have enough to play every down, saying that “his aggressiveness at the point of attack is a plus, but he might have to come off the field on third downs.”

Related articles:

NFLmocks.com: Trey Flowers: Meet the Humble, Hard-Working Arkansas Draft Prospect

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Being a ‘tweener’ is OK with NFL prospect Flowers

Video: Here is a video of all of Flowers’ plays against Texas in the Advocate Texas Bowl. Flowers finished the game with five tackles and a sack.

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Judy Cohen
When it comes to evaluating college prospects, Bill Belichick and the Patriots go about scouting in a little different fashion. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

When it comes to evaluating college prospects, Bill Belichick and the Patriots go about scouting in a little different fashion than most. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

When it comes to the pre-draft scouting process, each one of the 32 NFL teams handles its business differently. Different metrics are used for evaluating prospects, certain qualities are sought out and particular playing styles are assessed as each team tries to find the right formula for success.

In Foxboro, the Patriots have distinguished themselves by ranking prospects in a relatively non-traditional fashion. Instead of putting a grade on a player by round — as most teams do at this time of the year — more of a priority is placed on how that prospect might fit into the New England system.

“They give their scouts a clear set of guidelines in what they are looking for,” according to Dan Hatman, who has worked as a scout for the Giants, Jets and Eagles and now is the Chairman of Scouting Development at The Scouting Academy. “In talking to scouts from New England, it might be the only team that I’m aware of with an internal scout school, for lack of a better term.

“When they go out on the road for evaluations, they are given a very specific set of player profiles. They are not giving players grades by rounds like other teams. Instead, they look at how guys fit into their roster.”

That would support the statements from Phil Savage last spring, when the former college and national scout under Bill Belichick in Cleveland said on Twitter that when he worked with Belichick, he didn’t feel an area scout could know the entire country enough to say “He’s a (second) rounder.” Savage added that Belichick didn’t want round grades, but instead to have the scout categorize a player as a starter, potential starter, backup or camp body.

Per Hatman, that directive can often make a scouts job easier.

“You’re using a defined system,” he said, “as opposed to trying to recreate the wheel every time in trying to figure out where a player could or should be selected.”

It’s just one part of the New England system stands apart from sizable portions of the league, according to Hatman.

“My understanding is that the expose their football personnel people to both coaching and scouting elements, with the idea that coaches are better coaches when they understand the scouting process, and scouts are better scouts when they they understand the coaching process,” Hatman said.

At this point in the pre-draft process, it is absolutely vital that all of the key elements of the franchise are in “lockstep,” to use Hatman’s phraseology. In the last year, there have been notable breakdowns between the front office, scouting department and coaching staffs with three franchises, Philly, San Francisco and Denver, leading ownership to make changes at one level or another.

Hatman said that one of the advantages to the setup like they have in New England — as well as a handful of other places where coaches have say over personnel decisions — is that you have “one voice” crafting your organizational philosophy.

“I don’t want to call it a dictatorship, but when you have one voice guiding the program, it can definitely help,” he said. “Everybody learns from that one voice. If he says, ‘Do you job,’ you know that he’s the man at the top, and you can do your one job and let him take care of the rest. There’s no jockeying for internal position, with the front office politics and such. There can be an advantage to that.

“In that environment, though, you still need a sounding board, a devils’ advocate. A guy who can question from time to time,” he added. “If you only have one voice, you can occasionally get into groupthink, and that can be a negative.”

Regardless, for all 32 teams, this stretch represents the culmination of a long road, one that began in earnest during the college football season, continued through the postseason all-star games and evaluation events like the Senior Bowl and the combine. Now, coaches and ownership take more of a role in the process.

“The role of the scouting staff really shifts based on the time of year and who is involved,” Hatman said. “In my experience, you get ownership much more involved and paying attention. You’re shifting from the evaluation stage to the valuation stage when you are looking at what you can get from a pick as a player. You’re integrating the coaching staff. There are more people involved in the process.”

Teams will hold private workouts, and each franchise is allowed 30 on-site visits. The workouts and the visits could be held for a multitude of reasons.

“You’re really trying to pin down how these guys might factor in your system,” Hatman said of the private workouts and on-site visits. “Take a guy like Bryce Petty at Baylor — this is a guy who is playing in a system that makes a lot of things easier on him. If I’m a quarterbacks coach, a head coach or a GM, I want to better understand how Petty will function in my environment. I have to go and work him out because I have no idea how he’ll fit in this system. You get him in your building and you get him on the board and see what he can do.

“When it comes to the on-site visits, there are a lot of different ways you can go. You can bring guys in you are truly interested in and work them out. You can bring guys in you want to smokescreen. And you can bring guys in you really want to vet physically, or if they’re special character guys where you need more than just the 15 minutes you get at the combine. The owners want to meet them, whatever. There are so many different possibilities.”

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Christopher Price

Now that the compensatory picks have been assigned and the draft is looming larger, here’s a quick rundown of where the Patriots stand when it comes to draft value at this point on the calendar:

1st round (32nd overall)
2nd round (64th overall)
3rd round (96th overall)
3rd round (97th overall — compensatory)
4th round (101st overall — part of 2014 trade with Tampa Bay for Logan Mankins)
4th round (131st overall)
6th round (178th overall — part of 2014 trade with Tampa Bay for Jonathan Casillas)
7th round (219th overall — compensatory)
7th round (253rd overall — part of 2014 trade with Tennessee for Akeem Ayers)

The Patriots have dealt away three of their picks to this point: a fifth-rounder to the Bucs as part of the Casillas deal, a sixth-rounder to the Titans in the Ayers deal, and a seventh-rounder to the Rams as part of a 2012 deal for wide receiver Greg Salas.

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price

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.

Benardrick McKinney (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Benardrick McKinney has the size NFL scouts love, but there are some concerns about his game. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

BENARDRICK MCKINNEY

Position: Inside linebacker

School: Mississippi State

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 249 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-America second team, 2014 All-SEC, 2014 Bednarik Award semifinalist for best defensive player, 2014 Butkus Award semifinalist for best linebacker, 2014 Lombardi award semifinalist for best linebacker/lineman, 2013 College Football News All-Sophomore, 2012 Freshman All-SEC team

What he brings: McKinney’s most striking characteristic is how he is able to use his size to his advantage. He is one of the taller and larger linebackers in the draft, and he is applauded for using that size to deliver big hits, finish his tackles, and be a presence on run defense. There is, however, some concern that he needs work in pass protection and recovering from misreads. He has the ability to play both inside and outside linebacker.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-3

Notes: ESPN.com ranks McKinney as the third linebacker and 50th overall in the draft. In the 2014 season he notched 56 tackles and three sacks. He did not miss a game in his three years at Mississippi State.

Related articles:

Clarion-Ledger: Assessing McKinney’s combine performance

Video: McKinney records seven tackles against LSU in September 2014.

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.

Jalen Collins (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Jalen Collins reportedly had surgery on his foot in mid-March but should be ready for minicamp in May. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

JALEN COLLINS

Position: Cornerback

School: LSU

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 198 pounds

Achievements: 2012 freshman All-SEC

What he brings: Collins has above-average size for a corner and is praised for using his frame to his advantage in press coverage. He is considered to be a consistent tackler who is not afraid to get physical, which helps him in run defense. There are concerns surrounding his ball skills, with experts worried that he may leave some interceptions on the field and that he may not break up as many passes as possible. However, with improved technique, Collins is believed to possess the physical traits necessary to be a very effective cover corner in the NFL.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 1-2

Notes: ESPN.com ranks Collins as the fourth corner and 28th overall in the draft. In 2014 he recorded 33 tackles and one interception. He did not miss any games due to injury throughout his time at LSU. At the combine, Collins finished second among corners in the three-cone drill (6.77 seconds) and ninth in the 40-yard dash (4.48 seconds). Collins reportedly underwent foot surgery on March 19 but is expected to be ready for minicamp in May.

Related articles:

Bleacher Report: Collins could be star press corner

Times-Picayune: Collins’ draft stock on the rise

Video: Collins recorded six tackles and a pass defensed against Wisconsin in LSU’s first game of the 2014 season.

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Nik Beimler

It’s been known for years Bill Belichick has been in favor of having fixed cameras on all boundary lines on the playing field to help with instant replay reviews.

Bill Belichick apparently got upset at a league meeting in Arizona earlier this week. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick apparently got upset at a league meeting in Arizona earlier this week. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

It’s been known for years Bill Belichick has been in favor of having fixed cameras on all boundary lines on the playing field to help with instant replay reviews.

His proposal was tabled this year for more review and research. In the past it has been turned down reportedly because of the costs of the cameras being put in place.

Belichick reportedly became upset over this at this weeks NFL annual meetings, with varying accounts of exactly took place at the meeting.

Appearing on “Olbermann” on Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter described Belichick as using “profane” language and other NFL officials “laughing” at him.

“They were in a meeting the other day with Dean Blandino, the head of the officials, and Bill Belichick got up there, and in profane language, told the NFL: ‘€˜We spend money to send the Pro Bowl to Brazil, we spend money to go overseas to London, but we can’€™t spend money to have four cameras in the end zone, four cameras to help determine the correct call in the end zone on certain plays?” Schefter said on the program (via Pro Football Talk). “He went off, and the way it was explained to me, from people in the room at the time, they were laughing at it because his language was so profane and because he was so incensed about it, and the NFL didn’€™t know how to handle it.

“But the bottom line is, they did not introduce the four cameras in the end zone, they thought right now it’€™s too cost-prohibitive for the NFL even, and they don’€™t know how to do it. They’€™ll probably continue to look at this, but Bill Belichick left these owners’€™ meetings not particularly happy.”

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio heard differently. He says three different sources who were in the room said Belichick did not engage in a profane tirade. One said there may have been a single F-bomb used by Belichick and the source said, “I’€™ve heard much worse in that room during discussions.”

Another source told Florio: “The quote was something like, ‘€˜Let me get this straight, we can bring this game to Brazil and effing China but we can’€™t afford to put a camera in a pylon?'”

Regardless of what Belichick exactly was like in the meeting, it’s clear he is upset with the cameras not already being in place.

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Ryan Hannable

Here’s the second edition of our mock draft roundup, taking a look at some of the opinions the national pundits have when it comes to whom the Patriots will target with the 32nd overall pick. When stacked against our first one (where no one really stood out), now, there seems to be a belief among some that Iowa defensive lineman Carl Davis could be a potential focus for the Patriots.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiahnose tackle Jordan Phillips, Oklahoma
NFL Network’s Charley Casserlyrunning back T.J. Yeldon, Alabama
NFL Network’s Brian Baldingerwide receiver Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
NFL Network’s Charles Daviswide receiver Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
NFL.com’s Lance Zierleinwide receiver Breshad Perriman, Central Florida
NFL.com’s Bucky Brookscornerback Byron Jones, Connecticut
ESPN’s Mel Kiper — defensive tackle Carl Davis, Iowa (subscription only)
ESPN’s Todd McShay — defensive tackle Carl Davis, Iowa (subscription only)
CBS Sports’ Rob Rangdefensive tackle Eddie Goldman, Florida State
CBS Sports’ Dane Bruglercornerback Ronald Darby, Florida State
CBS Sports’ Pete Priscodefensive tackle Carl Davis, Iowa
SB Nation’s Dan Kadarguard A.J. Cann, South Carolina

Blog Author: 
Christopher Price