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...
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...
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...
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
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...
Giardi and Price discuss the mega deal that CB Josh Norman signed with Washington and if he is worth it. They also relate it to the Pats and Malcolm Butler. Does the Norman deal mean that Butler is about to cash in and will the Pats go along for the ride? This leads to a discussion on other players the Patriots need to extend very soon.
Danny Vitale, the SuperBack - a fullback/TE hybrid type - joins GIardi and Price on NFL Sunday to discuss the process of entering the NFL Draft, the combine and interviewing with various NFL teams including your New England Patriots.
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It wouldn't be a Celtics v Hawks Game 6 preview/Game 5 breakdown without ESPN's Celtics Whisperer Chris Forsberg joining Sam Packard and Jared Weiss for some WEEI Studio magic. They discuss the Hawks' transition dominance on their mega runs and the bizarre night for Isaiah Thomas. Of course they also answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions!
The boys recap Marcus Smart and Paul Millsap's incredible battle in the Celtics' Game 4 win over the Atlanta Hawks with ESPN's Chris Forsberg. Jared Weiss and Sam Packard discussed Jared Sullinger's struggles and the reemergence of Machine Bun Kelly. They discuss inside media stuff like when to applaud for honorees and Chris' devotion to southern unsweetened tea. Of course they answered your #WEEICeltics Tweet Bag questions too.
Joe and Tim talk with Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia after he had a two home run game, one of which was a grand slam that propelled the Red Sox to a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves
We sit down with the Skipper of the Sox, manager John Farrell joins Dale, Holley and Thornton for his weekly visit.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Lucy calls in to talk about her podcast and the "More Than Mean" tweets. The guys are now big fans.
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Dino, Gerry and Kirk discuss what the Patriots will be looking for on the second day of the draft.
After forfeiting their 1st round pick, the Pats get to join the party and draft some new young talent. The guys look at who the team might select over the weekend.
Kirk took more shots at Glenn, Lou and Christian, so the midday show guys respond.
Glenn, Lou and Christian talk about how much money Laremy Tunsil lost when his Twitter, Instagram, and iPhone photos were hacked. The gang also addresses some ESPN on ESPN crime as Dan LeBetard took a few shots at Todd McShay.
We continue to talk NFL Draft, Brady's new lawyer, the Celtics playoff bouncing, Roger Goodell's award tour and more... its all on the table on a freestyle friday.
We discuss the hiring of a top notch litigator by Brady and the NFLPA, and how it might have been sparked by Roger Goodell's neverending award tour where he continues to spew lies and half-truths to the public.
We discuss the Celts exit from the playoffs, the steps they took this season to be better, and what steps need to be taken to keep getting better in the future.
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Mikey, Christian Arcand, and Chris Villani talk about the Sox horrific loss today, plus they’re joined by Cassie, the Textress
The Revolution continue to sputter but all of a sudden Ben & Russ have switched their opinions on how they look. They also address the upcoming Copa America Centenario.
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