A former lover of Clarence Thomas revealed some intimate secrets, and Laura Ingraham yells at her producers.

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Bill Richard lost his son, Martin, in the 2013 attacks on the Boston Marathon. Bill joined the show today to discuss the "Martin Richard Foundation," what it means to return to the finish line, and how you can donate to Team MR8. The link to the Martin Richard Foundation is here: http://www.teammr8.org/

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The Red Sox lost last night, and Chris Young despite a .224 career batting average against righties. Farrell chose to let Young hit in the 9th (He was 0-3 at the time) instead of letting a healthy Brock Holt pinch hit for him.

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[0:16:48] ... you saw him. I'd never seen anyone so overmatched in my life. Chris Young against. Against Sanchez he was walking. He himself in the head with a bat. Chickens. Who can hit this you have to ...






 

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Current Roster: Rob Gronkowski, Martellus Bennett, Michael Williams, A.J. Derby, Clay Harbor

Positional Overview: You might be saying, “Say, Jer. You’re an expert on Patriots draft strategy and also smart and a really handsome man, but is tight end really a priority for this team?” Or maybe not. But if you’re asking that last part I will answer, “When has it ever not been?”

Your average NFL team drafts about 2.5-3 wide receivers for every tight end they select. Which makes sense when you look at your typical football alignment. I use the words “average” and “typical” because the Patriots are neither of those things. In 16 drafts in the Belichick Epoch, they have taken a total of 13 receivers and 10 tight ends. Two of those were first-rounders, and they took Gronk with the 42nd overall pick. And that doesn’t mention all the free agents they’ve signed or guys like Jake Becquette who, having washed out as a defensive end, was given a long look as a converted tight end.. The point being that having multiple pass-catching tight ends is crucial to what this offense tries to do.

Last year’s failed experiment was Scott Chandler, who horribly underachieved. But in the early games, before Chandler proved he could be covered by cornerbacks almost a foot shorter than him, the red zone attack looked undefendable. Josh McDaniels worked his Optimus Prime offense to switch from a power running look to five-wide and back again without changing personnel, dictating what look the defense had to give and then creating and exploiting the mismatches. Bennett will be a huge part of that in 2016. But he’s on a one-year, produce-and-cash-in deal. So the next great bookend opposite Gronk needs to come from this draft to keep the McOffense rolling in 2017. To me, this position is the No. 1 priority in this, the Year of the Stolen First-Rounder. Unfortunately, it is not a great crop overall. But there should be some quality developmental prospects to be found in the remainder bin.

Consensus best tight end in the 2016 class from the specialty boutique:

Hunter Henry, Arkansas 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, 4.70 40 time

Henry was the best tight end in college last year, even if he was underutilized in the Razorbacks’ multiple-tight end pro schemes. He has lined up inside, outside and in the slot. No one questions his toughness or his run blocking, though in pass protection he’s a holding penalty waiting to happen. His biggest liability is his lack of speed. He opted not to run the 40 at the Indianapolis Got Talent auditions, which didn’t help his stock any since he didn’t exactly kill the other drills or make NFL personnel people fall in love at his interviews. Still, he’s the best in this lot. But don’t expect him to be an Eric Ebron or a Tyler Eifert. Expect him to go in the second round, at the earliest.

Next-tier tight ends, aka one from the chain store:

Austin Hooper, Stanford 6-foot-4, 254 pounds, 4.69 40 time

Hooper was a sophomore last year, having redshirted as a freshman. One can hardly argue with his decision declare for the draft, since he did so right after former Cardinal Zach Ertz signed a $40 million deal. That, and the fact that Stanford is a virtual tight end assembly line, with no less than six tight ends in the NFL last season, made great business sense. The knock on Hooper is he’s raw. And there is disagreement among the draft gurus about how good a seam runner he’ll be, due to his lack of explosiveness. But everyone agrees he’s got great hands, with the ability to high point and a great catch radius. He’s a guy who’ll hand catch a tough throw, as opposed to having to haul everything into his chest. He’s also an effective but not elite blocker who probably could fit into an H-back role while he adds some necessary bulk to his frame. The word out of Indy is that he hit it off with a lot of scouts at the speed dating portion of the combine.

Prospective hybrid receiver/tight ends you’d find at a specialty store:

Thomas Duarte, UCLA 6-foot-2, 231 pounds, 4.72 40 time
Tyler Higbee, Western Kentucky 6-foot-5, 235 pounds, 4.88 40 time

I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard to come up with a way to describe the kind of tight end who lines up primarily off the line and is more of a pass catcher than a blocker without mentioning Aaron Hernandez. But sadly, he’s the prototype. It’s like referencing running back legends who gave good performances in great cop comedy trilogies and trying not to mention O.J. Simpson. It’s unavoidable. Duarte was good for 53 catches, 872 yards and 10 touchdowns as a flex receiver/tight end for the Bruins. Higbee, while bigger, is a converted wide receiver who added 50 frigging pounds to his frame in college. He didn’t run at the combine due to an injury. The jury is out on both of them when it comes to blocking, as it was with Mr. Orange is the New Red, Blue and Silver. But either could be the complementary weapon to take advantage of mismatches.

Pure Y tight end out of the big box retailer:

Nick Vannett, Ohio State 6-foot-5, 256 pounds, 4.88 40 time

Vannett was primarily used in a block-first/third-tackle role to blast open holes for Ezekiel Elliot and J.T. Barrett with the Buckeyes. And at the Senior Bowl he confirmed the lack of trust by flashing some true pizza-paddle hands. It’s easy to see him go to an NFL team as its Michael Hoomanawanui, but as a route runner/pass catcher it’s going to take a leap of faith and a lot of work.

Fastest athlete, via the convenience store:

Jerrell Adams, South Carolina 6-foot-5, 247 pounds, 4.66 40 time

Adams is arguably the best pure athlete in this bunch, having played five different positions in high school, including (but not limited to) quarterback and punter. Part of his problem is that the Gamecocks weren’t exactly loaded at QB. So the stat geeks don’t take his production numbers into the bathroom for a little “alone time.” But he did crush the drills in Indy. One concern I have with him is his freakishly small, almost Dooneese-like hands. I had the same reservations about Aaron Dropson Dobson, and his current bust status speaks for itself.

No sale:

Jake McGee, Florida. Who cares? Doesn’t matter. Not interested.

McGee went to Florida. Chad Jackson. Jermaine Cunningham. Aaron Hernandez. Brandon Spikes. Dominique Easley. I’m giving the Gators my worst Yelp review and not walking in the store ever again.

Raw, developmental, small-school prospects from the futures market:

Darion Griswold, Arkansas State 6-foot-3, 249 pounds, 4.67 40 time
Temmarick Hemingway, South Carolina State 6-foot-5, 244 pounds, 4.66 40 time

Griswold is a converted quarterback and a tremendous pure athlete. Every part of his game needs time to develop, though he already has the ball-catching skills. There’s potential there for a patient team with great coaching to turn him into one of the best in this class. He only caught 13 balls last year but made enough of an impression at the East-West Shrine game to score a late invite to the Senior Bowl. Hemingway weighed only 180 pounds coming out of high school, which explains how he ended up at an FBS program. Still, he managed to bulk up enough to be a versatile, do-it-all tight end, playing in line, outside the numbers and everywhere in between. He doesn’t have enough of a repertoire yet to fool defenders, and he ran almost exclusively short to intermediate routes, but he’s good at using his size and strength to climb the ladder and grab balls over them. Both Griswold and Hemingway are considered Saturday if not Sunday selections, ideal for a team looking for a cheap way to strengthen itself in 2018.

Funny namers:

Griswold and Hemingway, obviously. But I can only dream of “Hooper drives the boat, Chief,” “Hooper! Ain’t you watching him?” and a thousand Knee-Jerk Reactions blogs that will write themselves.

Perfect Patriot:

Hooper.

With the addition of Bennett to satisfy their second tight end need for 2016 and a few potentials like Derby and Harbor under contract, it just makes sense that they take a guy with Hooper’s upside at “value” spot, then let him ferment for a year or two. Plus they’ve shown a recent affinity for Stanford guys like Jordan Richards and Cameron Fleming. And he nailed his job interviews with all the personnel people. He seems like the ideal fit.

Whom the Patriots will pick:

Hooper. And, if he’s off the board, they take a late-round flyer on Hemingway.

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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Blue Jays at Red Sox, 11:05 a.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Cubs at Cardinals, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Pacers at Raptors, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
NBA playoffs: Mavericks at Thunder, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Rockets at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Capitals at Flyers, 7 pm. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Stars at Wild, 8:30 p.m. (CNBC)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Road racing: Boston Marathon, 8:30 a.m. (WBZ-TV, NBCSN)

AROUND THE WEB:

Brandon Browner

Brandon Browner

— Cornerback Brandon Browner, who had a rough season with the Saints in 2015 after parting ways with the Patriots, is looking forward to a chance to resurrect his career with the Seahawks.

The Seahawks announced Sunday that Browner agreed to a one-year deal to return to Seattle, where he was a part of a Super Bowl championship team before moving on to the Patriots.

His agent said Browner was so excited about the situation that he planned to fly directly from his brother’s wedding in Maui, Hawaii, to get to Seattle in time to sign his contract and join the team’s offseason conditioning program that starts Monday.

“I’ve never heard him happier,” agent Peter Schaffer said. “I really haven’t.”

Browner initially joined the Seahawks in 2011 after a four-year stint in the CFL. He was a key part of the heralded Seattle defense that dominated the league in 2013, although he missed the Seahawks’ Super Bowl victory over the Broncos with an injury.

After helping the Patriots beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl the following year, Browner was cut by New England and latched on with the Saints, where his trend of drawing penalties worsened. He also was part of a defense that allowed an NFL record 45 touchdown passes. He said he played the season with a torn knee ligament but expects to be healthy for 2016.

— In-game interviews generally offer little to no insight or entertainment value, but occasionally there’s one worth remembering. Such was the case during Sunday’s Pistons-Cavaliers playoff game, when Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy took a shot at the officials for allegedly protecting LeBron James.

“A couple of calls have upset our guys,” Van Gundy told ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters after the first quarter. “They’ve got to understand, LeBron’s LeBron. They’re not going to call offensive fouls on him. He gets to do what he wants. They’ve got to understand that.”

After the game, however, Van Gundy said the officiating was not the reason his team suffered a 106-101 loss.

“Look, I thought it evened out really well,” Van Gundy said. “But early on, I thought there were two pretty obvious offensive fouls down there on him. But it’s two calls in an entire game after that. Look, the refereeing had nothing to do with tonight. They did a good job. It went both ways. I thought they did a really good job. It was decided by the players on the floor, as it should be.”

— Knicks president Phil Jackson reached out to coveted Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton about potentially coaching in New York, but Walton said he was not interested at this time, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

Walton’s name shot to the top of the list after he guided the Warriors to a 39-4 record while filling in for head coach Steve Kerr in the first half of the season.

Walton’s father, Bill, already is on record as advising Luke to steer clear of New York, even though Luke played under Jackson with the Lakers.

“I tell him, ‘Money can’t buy what you have,’ ” Bill said. “Head coaching jobs, they’re open for a reason. Those reasons don’t exist in Golden State.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On April 18, 1997, the Bruins fired Steve Kasper one week after the season ended without the Bruins making the playoffs for the first time since 1967. Who replaced him?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It definitely hurts our team. We lost another guy that brings it every night. Everybody else has to step up now.” — Celtics guard Marcus Smart, on Avery Bradley’s hamstring injury that might knock him out for the rest of the C’s first-round playoff series against the Hawks

STAT OF THE DAY: 14-0 — LeBron James’ record in Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs, after the Cavaliers posted a 106-101 victory over the Pistons on Sunday

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Jonathan Papelbon’s return to Philadelphia doesn’t end well, as Freddy Galvis lines a single to the base of the wall in left field to give the Phillies a walk-off win and end Washington’s seven-game winning streak.

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper hits a home run that lands in the bullpen bathroom.

An Athletics ball boy makes a leaping grab of a liner near the foul line in right field.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pat Burns

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Mike Vickers, former guitarist for Manfred Mann, was born on this day in 1940.

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Jerry Spar
New info on Pablo's injury and aborted exam by Dr Andrews today.

[0:00:05] ... what went on with Pablo Sandoval today. Peter Abraham posted the following Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was in Florida on Monday. Seeking further information on his injured right shoulder from doctor James Andrews but ...
[0:01:05] ... garage at a agent. Said there was significant inflammation. According to to John Farrell. The inflammation was such that doctor Andrew didn't feel he could give a complete exam gave in the cortisone injection try to ...
[0:02:26] ... if we are not I don't think it would talk about the Red Sox within. Within the first two minutes it comes to him. And don't get it or not be rid of hamburger. Yeah they're telling you that they that you can't. Enjoy the season were problems and also pay. The red started when it comes up time and again he's sitting on what he's laughing stock shortly so be sitting on a boat you're laughing about it not upset laughing so he's on the bench. And a Red Sox went seven straight. Or eight straight. Nobody can get into it because problems and evolves is a lap I hope oh what ...
[0:03:18] ... that he's not lately he's not depend the replacement he's got to pinch runner. I guess. You probably would even. Youth and the pinch hitter I'm surprised at how irrelevant you think his lack of ability to to play it. It it matters people. Want to like ...






New info on Pablo's injury and aborted exam by Dr Andrews today.

[0:00:05] ... what went on with Pablo Sandoval today. Peter Abraham posted the following Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval was in Florida on Monday. Seeking further information on his injured right shoulder from doctor James Andrews but ...
[0:01:05] ... garage at a agent. Said there was significant inflammation. According to to John Farrell. The inflammation was such that doctor Andrew didn't feel he could give a complete exam gave in the cortisone injection try to ...
[0:02:26] ... if we are not I don't think it would talk about the Red Sox within. Within the first two minutes it comes to him. And don't get it or not be rid of hamburger. Yeah they're telling you that they that you can't. Enjoy the season were problems and also pay. The red started when it comes up time and again he's sitting on what he's laughing stock shortly so be sitting on a boat you're laughing about it not upset laughing so he's on the bench. And a Red Sox went seven straight. Or eight straight. Nobody can get into it because problems and evolves is a lap I hope oh what ...
[0:03:18] ... that he's not lately he's not depend the replacement he's got to pinch runner. I guess. You probably would even. Youth and the pinch hitter I'm surprised at how irrelevant you think his lack of ability to to play it. It it matters people. Want to like ...






Calls continue to pour in during hour two of Red Sox Review with Christian Arcand about the Sunday loss to the Blue Jays
Christian Arcand is baffled at John Farrell's decision to leave Chris Young in for the 9th inning down two runs against a right-handed pitcher with Brock Holt on the bench. Callers are both baffled and ticked off.