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.”

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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.

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

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— Steve Annear (@steveannear) February 17, 2017

The Jets may cut Darrelle Revis this offseason. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

The Jets may cut Darrelle Revis this offseason. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Two years ago, talking heads across the sports radio dial lambasted Bill Belichick for allowing Darrelle Revis to sign with the Jets in free agency. But now, all of the rage seems foolish. Letting Revis walk was one of the best decisions Belichick has ever made.

The latest lowlight for Revis came last weekend, when he may have knocked out two men during an early morning fight in Pittsburgh. According to police, the now-washed up cornerback had an altercation with two men who recognized him and approached him at 2:43 a.m. Sunday. One of them took out a cell phone and started recording Revis, who took the device and threw it onto the street. An unidentified male then came to Revis’ aid. The 22-year-old and 21-year-old victims say they were knocked unconscious shortly thereafter. Their story is corroborated by witnesses.

Revis, 31, is facing charges of robbery, terroristic threats, conspiracy and aggravated assault. His attorney, Blaine Jones, told the NFL Network Thursday Revis wasn’t the aggressor.

Long before last Sunday’s scuffle, Belichick’s decision to discard Revis was vindicated. Some say that happened the moment the Jets signed the veteran corner to a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million guaranteed –– an obscene contract the Patriots would’ve never forked over.

After showing some signs of regression in 2015, Revis became a liability last season. It started Week 1, when Bengals wideout A.J. Green burned him for 12 catches and 180 yards. His performance didn’t get any better from there. The following week, he was torched by little-known Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin for an 84-yard touchdown pass in prime time on Thursday Night Football. On and on it went.

During his lone season with the Patriots, Revis was a lockdown No. 1 corner. Quarterbacks who targeted him in 2014 were 33 of 76 (43.4%) for 523 yards, two touchdowns, four interceptions and a 53.8 rating. That stellar play is a big reason why the Patriots steamrolled their competition in the second half of the year and won Super Bowl XLIX.

Letting Revis leave that offseason was bold, especially because the Patriots replaced him with Malcolm Butler. The undrafted rookie made the game-winning interception in Super Bowl XLIX, but was still relatively untested. But now, two years later, he’s one of the best cornerbacks in the game. Revis, meanwhile, was picked apart all season long in 2016. Quarterbacks who targeted him last season posted a passer-rating north of 100.

For the price of $600,000, Butler vastly outperformed Revis and his $17 million base salary. Beat writers are now calling for the Jets to cut Revis outright, and eat the $6 million they still owe him.

The way Belichick played the Revis situation is a reminder the Patriots’ dynasty is about more than Tom Brady. That kind of deft personnel management –– signing Revis to an one-year, $12 million deal with $20 million team option so he could rebuild his value –– is a big reason why the Patriots have been able to stay on top for 15 years.

Belichick preaches the importance of value. The way he handled Revis embodies his brilliant team building philosophy.

Blog Author: 
AReimer