When the Patriots selected wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell in last year’s NFL draft, much was made about him being in a women’s book club while at the University of Georgia and also writing a children’s book, “The Magicians Hat.”

Malcolm Mitchell has a second book he is seeking to get published. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Mitchell has a second book he is seeking to get published. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

When the Patriots selected wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell in last year’s NFL draft, much was made about him being in a women’s book club while at the University of Georgia and also writing a children’s book, “The Magicians Hat.”

Appearing on NFL Network Friday night, Mitchell said he would like to get the book published through a professional publisher and also work with them on getting a second book he’s written published, too.

“Currently right now, I am trying to work with publishers because I self-published a book while I was in college,” Mitchell said. “I would love to get the message to a broader scope just to share the magic of reading and personal experience I had with it.

“Right now I am trying to work with a publisher to get ‘The Magician’s Hat’ out even more and hopefully they will work with me even more on a second book because I do have one and I am ready to move forward because I feel like reading can definitely help kids and people reach their full potential.”

The book Mitchell wrote in college was about power of books, which can explore dreams and develop creativity. Mitchell had difficulty reading in high school and even struggled once he got to college, but when he had to miss a season with a torn ACL he used that to improve his reading skills and joined a women’s reading club.

On the field, Mitchell proved himself as a rookie. He became the first rookie Tom Brady ever completed a pass to in a Super Bowl and was one of his favorite targets all season.

“Coming in, my main focus was just to make the team,” Mitchell said. “You know, no opportunity is concrete. No situation is promised. And from the time I walked into training camp, I worked as hard as I could not knowing the outcome, but knowing I wanted to be ready just in case anything came.”

The rookie also noted how happy Bill Belichick was after the win in Super Bowl LI — the happiest he had ever seen him.

“He smiled at least for 10 minutes straight,” Mitchell said. “And he gave me a hug. I got a hug. I think that’s the first time we ever touched each other.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

There should be plenty of interest in Jimmy Garoppolo. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)The biggest decision the Patriots will have to make this offseason is whether or not to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.



Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola (80) celebrates after winning Super Bowl LI while Tom Brady (12), wide receiver Julian Edelman (11), tackle Nate Solder (77), and center David Andrews (60) are in the background. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28 at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Amendola would have a role with Patriots in 2017. (Bob Donnan/USA Today Sports)

As it stands now, Danny Amendola likely won’t be back with the Patriots in 2017 considering he is on the books for a base salary of $6 million and the team likely would release him.

But, as Amendola has done each of the last two seasons, the wide receiver could take a pay cut in order to play for the Patriots next year and it would make sense for both sides to make this happen.

Amendola is 31 years old and has only played a full season in two of his nine years in the league, but when he has been on the field with the Patriots, he’s been a valuable asset, especially in the playoffs.

Just look at what Amendola did in Super Bowl LI when the Patriots needed him most.

Playing in his home state, Amendola caught eight passes on 11 targets for 78 yards and a touchdown, as well as converting the second two-point conversion to force overtime. Also, look at what he did in 2014 when the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX. He hauled in five passes for 48 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown to help beat Seattle.

Over the last three seasons, Amendola has caught close to 70 percent of the passes thrown his way, which is among the top five among NFL receivers, and always seems to make a big play when the team needs one on third down.

Bottom line with Amendola is when the Patriots and Tom Brady need a play, he always seems to make one.

The Patriots typically carry five receivers on their 53-man roster and Amendola deserves to be one of those five, likely as the fifth. Going into 2017 the Patriots will have Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell definitely returning and then likely two open spots. New England probably will add a younger receiver either through the draft or via free agency, and then Amendola would make the perfect fifth.

He could have a similar role to what he did this season coming in mostly on third downs and with his connection with Brady, be available to make clutch plays. Also, it benefits him that he has experience returning punts because the team likely won’t want Edelman in that role for the whole season next year and the team saw what happened once Amendola got hurt this year.

From Amendola’s perspective, he’s been in the league nine seasons and has made a good amount of money. Not many teams will be willing to take a chance on him given his injury history and he seems to enjoy New England playing for Bill Belichick and being around Edelman, one of his best friends. At 31 years old, being in a comfortable place likely means more to him than making more money.

If Amendola wants to return to the Patriots on a new contract, the Patriots would be making a bad choice if they didn’t take him.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

No one is harder on himself than Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones.

Speaking at Leith Walk Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore where he went grew up, Jones reflected on his rookie season and was quite hard on himself.

Cyrus Jones was very critical of himself for his rookie season. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Cyrus Jones was very critical of himself for his rookie season. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

No one is harder on himself than Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones.

Speaking at Leith Walk Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore where he went grew up, Jones reflected on his rookie season and was quite hard on himself.

“I’ll never take credit for something I don’t feel I contributed to,” Jones said of the Patriots winning Super Bowl LI, via the Baltimore Sun. “I was part of the team, but I didn’t feel a part of it.”

Added Jones: “I honestly felt cursed. I reached a point where I didn’t even want to play. I just didn’t have it.”

The Alabama product had fumbling issues when returning punts and was inactive for five of the team’s final six games. As a second-round pick, his issues were particularly frustrating.

“But honestly, it was hell for me,” he said. “That’s the only way I can describe it. I didn’t feel I deserved to be part of anything that was happening with the team. I felt embarrassed that these people probably thought they wasted a pick on me.”

The rookie was the subject of a lot of criticism both in the media and from the fans. Jones acknowledged it had some impact on him.

“But honestly, it pisses me off,” he said. “You can say shut it out or don’t listen, but I know people are talking, and it’s negative. I’m not a dumb guy. It definitely affects me. What it should do is piss me off in a way that I want to shut them all up.”

Despite his tough first season as a pro, Jones is determined to make 2017 a much different one.

“This is not the end of the world for me,” Jones said. “I have no doubt I’ll be back and this will be a thing of the past. It’s not like I forgot how to play football overnight.”

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It’s been a strange past few days for Darrelle Revis.

Darrelle Revis turned himself into police Friday night. (WEEI.com)

Darrelle Revis turned himself into police Friday night. (WEEI.com)

It’s been a strange past few days for Darrelle Revis.

The Jets cornerback officially turned himself into police on Friday night in Pittsburgh. He is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of conspiracy. He’s also been charged with making terroristic threats, which is a misdemeanor.

ESPN reports he has been released on non-monetary bond and his next court date will be Thursday. He was ordered to appear at all hearings and told not to have any contact with the alleged victims and witnesses, even on social media. He also has 72 hours to turn in his passport.

According to the police report, early Monday morning Pittsburgh police officers found two men unconscious after an incident with Revis. Those men told officers they had a verbal altercation with Revis, but didn’t know who had punched them. Revis threw a cellphone belonging to one of the men into the street, but police saw the video afterwards and that was when Revis was charged.

Revis’ attorney Blaine Jones told ESPN he believes Revis has a “very good case.” He described his client as serious, somber and “ready to answer charges.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

After it was reported as a possibility earlier in the week, it looks like it will actually happen.

Patriots TE coach Brian Daboll reportedly will become Alabama's offensive coordinator. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

Patriots TE coach Brian Daboll reportedly will become Alabama’s offensive coordinator. (Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports)

After it was reported as a possibility earlier in the week, it looks like it will actually happen.

According to Chris Low of ESPN, Patriots tight ends coach Brian Daboll will be named the University of Alabama offensive coordinator.

Daboll was highly regarded in New England, as he was thought to be the coach to take over as offensive coordinator whenever Josh McDaniels were to leave the job. He has plenty of NFL experience, including being an NFL offensive coordinator with a number of teams — the Browns (2009-10), Dolphins (2011) and Chiefs (2012). He has been with the Patriots since 2013.

He also has a connection with Nick Saban, as he served as one of his graduate assistants when Saban was at Michigan State.

Also, with Bill Belichick being a close friend of Saban he likely recommended Daboll to Saban, while also likely helping Daboll decide whether or not to take the job.

As for who replaces Daboll in New England?

Belichick usually promotes within his staff, so look for coaching assistants Nick Caley, Mike Pellegrino or Cole Popovich to get consideration.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable