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04/30/2016 - 8:25am
Caserio added Brissett 'regardless' of Brady

FOXBORO — The re-imposed four-game suspension of Tom Brady did not impact the Patriots decision to draft a quarterback in the third round Friday night.

The Patriots director of player personnel, Nick Caserio, insisted that the team was going to draft a quarterback regardless of what decision was reached by the Second Circuit Appellate Court. It just so happened the Patriots went with Jacoby Brissett, a teammate of the offensive lineman Joe Thuney they took earlier in the third round.

“We have two quarterbacks on our roster so we knew we were going to add a third quarterback, regardless of whatever the situation was,” Caserio said. “So, very rarely have we gone through a spring with two quarterbacks. Sometimes we’ve had three, sometimes we’ve had four. So, we knew we were going to have a third quarterback on the team regardless. That’s always an important position on your team. We felt that it was important for us to have a...

04/29/2016 - 11:22pm
Pats take Nebraska DT Valentine at No. 96

FOXBORO — Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of Nebraska defensive tackle Vincent Valentine with the No. 96 overall pick.

1. The 6-foot-4, 329-pound Valentine struggled with ankle and knee injuries over the course of his college career, but when he was healthy, he was known as a sizable presence in the middle. He finished his three-year college career with 76 tackles, including 14.5 for loss, as well as seven sacks. His best year was 2014 when he 45 tackles and three sacks.

2. Provided he stays healthy, he could have an impact as a rookie as part of a rotation along the interior of the defensive line. He has experience as a nose tackle in college, and could share time with the likes of Alan Branch, Malcom Brown and Terrance Knighton, provided he develops as a rookie.

3. Valentine left early, but still finished his coursework requirements for a journalism degree...

04/29/2016 - 11:14pm
QB Brissett taken by Patriots at No. 91 overall

FOXBORO — With pick No. 91 in the 2016 NFL draft, the Patriots selected NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Here are three incredibly early thoughts on the newest Patriot quarterback:

1. Brissett is a big quarterback, 6-foot-4, 235 pounds with a strong arm and the ability to pick up first downs with his feet. Brissett started his career at Florida, but transferred to NC State due to a relationship with head coach Dave Doeren. He started every game the past two years with the Wolfpack. He struggles with deep ball accuracy, completing just 23.1 percent on attempts of 21-plus yards.

2. The Patriots almost always take a quarterback in the draft, although this pick may have been higher than some expected. Since 1999, the Patriots have drafted nine quarterbacks. They now have Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Brissett on the quarterback depth chart. With Brady likely missing the first four games, the team still likely will add a veteran...

04/29/2016 - 10:35pm
Faulk announces Pats pick wearing Brady jersey

FOXBORO — When announcing the Patriots’ third-round pick at the NFL draft, Kevin Faulk had a surprise under his jacket — a Tom Brady jersey.

Wearing the jersey, when announcing the selection Faulk said: “With the 78th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady select Joe Thuney.”

I forgot Brady started his career with Faulk. Brady is old. https://t.co/wqSsgUa4zR

— Andy Carlson (@AndyCarlsonShow) April 30, 2016


04/29/2016 - 10:28pm
Patriots take NC State OT Thuney at No. 78

FOXBORO — After trading pick No. 61 for a third and a fourth round pick, the Patriots used their third-round pick at No. 78 to select offensive tackle Joe Thuney out of NC State.

Here are three incredibly early thoughts on Thuney:

1. Thuney has played all over the offensive line, beginning his career as a back-up center as a redshirt freshman, then starting at right tackle, right guard and left tackle in 2013, lining up at left guard in 2014 before returning to left tackle as a senior. This is obviously a good thing for the Patriots as they love versatility.

2. If the Patriots like Thuney as a tackle, this makes sense as Sebastian Vollmer is a free agent after this season and Nate Solder after the 2017 season so they could be in need of a tackle for the future.

3. Thuney can solve a rubix cube in less than a minute. “My brother got one probably 10 years ago and it came with...

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