The Patriots reportedly wanted to draft Indiana OL Jay Feeney. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly wanted to draft Indiana OL Jay Feeney. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots were scheduled to make their first selection of the 2017 NFL draft at No. 72 overall, but that didn’t happen because they traded down to No. 83.

A few weeks after the draft, now we know why the Patriots traded down.

The player they wanted to select was taken the pick before at No. 71, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

That player was Indiana offensive lineman Dan Feeney, who the Chargers selected at No. 71. New England then traded pick No. 72 to the Titans for picks Nos. 84 and 124.

It is a little interesting considering the Patriots extended center David Andrews last week. If the Patriots did select Feeney, they likely would not have been able to extend Andrews, as Feeney would likely have been the center of the future.

Feeney was named to the First Team all-Big Ten last year and was a two-time All-American.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

This has been an emotional year for the Brady family as Tom’s mom Galynn has battled cancer for well over 12 months. She attended only one game this season due to the illness, and that was Super Bowl LI — the best of them all.

This has been an emotional year for the Brady family as Tom’s mom Galynn has battled cancer for well over 12 months. She attended only one game this season due to the illness, and that was Super Bowl LI — the best of them all.

On Mother’s Day, Tom posted a picture of his entire extended family at the Super Bowl with a special message for his mom. It read: Happy Mother’s Day Mom. Looking at this photo makes us all so proud. Without you none of this is possible. You are the kindest, gentlest, most loving mother a son could ever ask for. You have taught us what strength really means. Family is everything. We all love you so much.

Here is the post.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Tom Brady has accomplished it all during his illustrious NFL career. And now, he can add being on the “Madden” cover to his list of accolades.

Tom Brady will be on the Madden cover for the first time this season.  (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady will be on the Madden cover for the first time this season. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady has accomplished it all during his illustrious NFL career. And now, he can add being on the “Madden” cover to his list of accolades.

EA Sports will honor some of the league’s all-time best players in “Madden NFL 18: G.O.A.T. Edition.” Brady, who’s won five Super Bowl champions and two MVPs, seems like the perfect cover choice.

“The Madden NFL 18 cover is a great honor for me,” he said. “Especially since I have been playing the game since growing up next to EA headquarters in the Bay Area. I’m not one to believe in curses, so I’m ready to take the challenge head on like always! It doesn’t stand a chance!!!”

Rob Gronkowski, who was on the cover last season, succumbed to the infamous Madden Curse. He missed eight games due to injury and was forced to watch Super Bowl 51 from the sidelines after undergoing back surgery.

The cover and official trailer for the game are below:

 

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

Now that Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction has been overturned, former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest thinks Robert Kraft is going to

The Patriots might be obligated to pay Aaron Hernandez's estate $6 million. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

The Patriots might be obligated to pay Aaron Hernandez’s estate $6 million. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Now that Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction has been overturned, former Patriots linebacker Willie McGinest thinks Robert Kraft is going to pay the disgraced ex-NFL star’s family the guaranteed money remaining on his contract.

Under Massachusetts law, a defendant’s convictions are void if he doesn’t exhaust all of his legal appeals upon his passing. Judge Susan Garsh exonerated Hernandez Tuesday, because he was in the process of appealing his first-degree murder conviction when he hanged himself in his cell last month.

With Hernandez now technically an innocent man, the Patriots may be forced to pay his estate roughly $6 million in the form of a $3.5 million signing bonus and $2.5 million in guaranteed salary.  In an interview with TMZ Sports, McGinest said he predicts Kraft will pony up the cash.

“Mr. Kraft is a little more sentimental towards the lives that are lost and not really the money,” he said. “At the end of the day, it affected two families. There’s a little girl with no father and there’s a family with no son. At the end of the day, the money is minute, because you’re talking about lives and a tragedy that happened. Mr. Kraft has a heart. At the end of the day, he understands that that little girl is probably never going to have the means or a father or somebody in her life. And if it’s the law, then he’s a law abiding citizen. You’ve got to follow the law.”

Even though Hernandez’s murder conviction is void, the Patriots will likely argue he was in breach of his contract. On WEEI’s OM&F earlier this week, sports law expert Daniel Wallach said it’s unlikely the Patriots will be forced to pay, because Hernandez wasn’t available to play football after he was arrested for the 2013 Odin Lloyd shooting.

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

The Patriots have their center position in good hands for the next several years.

Stephon Gilmore wore No. 24 with the Bills, but once he signed with the Patriots in March No. 24 was occupied by cornerback Cyrus Jones.

When jersey numbers were released earlier this week, Gilmore had No. 24 and Jones had No. 41.

David Andrews and the Patriots reportedly agreed on a contract extension. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

David Andrews and the Patriots reportedly agreed on a contract extension. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots have their center position in good hands for the next several years.

According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the Patriots and David Andrews have agreed on a contract extension through the 2020 season. Andrews was going to be a restricted free agent after this season after he went undrafted in 2015.

Andrews has started 30 of the 35 games (includes postseason) he’s played in his NFL career, as he was able to earn the starting center job last season when he won it over Bryan Stork during training camp. The Georgia product has a great relationship with Tom Brady.

The extension means the Patriots’ interior line is pretty much set as starting left guard Joe Thuney is signed through 2019 and starting right guard Shaq Mason through 2018.

CSNNE’s Mike Giardi was first to report the signing was close.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable