There were plenty of surprises in Round 1 of the NFL draft Thursday night, which means elite players remain on the board heading into the second round. The Patriots' selection of cornerback Devin McCourty may have been a bit of a luxury pick, so it's important that they target help at linebacker, defensive end and tight end in the second round. To see who might be headed to New England (and where Sergio Kindle and Jimmy Clausen could end up), check out WEEI.com's second-round mock draft by clicking here. For the latest on the NFL draft, check the It Is What It Is blog.
Speaking after shootaround before Game 3, Heat forward Michael Beasley said his team needed to come out with more energy and make the Celtics feel their age. “We have to be more athletic, more energetic, bring the fire,” Beasley said. “Make them feel old. They’ve got a lot of veterans on their team and we’ve got a lot of young guys. We just need to run the floor and just try to tire them out.” Read the rest of this entry on Green Street.
According to FoxSports.com, the Red Sox have some interest in Arizona catcher Chris Snyder, although it isn't expected the backstop will become available until Miguel Montero returns from knee surgery in approximately five weeks. The 29-year-old Snyder, who makes $4.75 million this season and $5.75 million next year, has a history of injuries. The report states that the Blue Jays backed out of a deal that would have sent first baseman Lyle Overbay to Arizona in exchange for Snyder because of concerns regarding the catcher's back. Snyder's success rate against base stealers is 25.9 percent for his career, although he is just 10-for-12 this season. In 2009 Snyder threw out 26 of 31 runners. Base stealers are currently 34 for 35 against Red Sox catchers this season. Snyder, the Diamondbacks' second-round pick in the 2002 draft, is hitting .257 with one homer.
Opinions continue to be mixed -- and strong -- about Tim Tebow after the quarterback was taken in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night by the Denver Broncos. One writer insists Broncos coach Josh McDaniels just punched his ticket out of town, while others give him credit for relying on character. Get the details on that, plus additional links, videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano joined the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about the Patriots' selection of his player, Devin McCourty, in the first round of Thursday night's draft. Patriots fans may be underwhelmed by McCourty, but Schiano said the team is getting a special player -- and not just a special teams player.
"I really, really enjoyed coaching Devin," Schiano said. "He gets it. It's not only playing corner and all the things he does there. He can cover, he can play press, he can tackle, it's all the things he does as a special teams player, too. He's a special guy, loves the game of football. I think he's going from a program where we ask a lot of him into a franchise where they do the same. I think people are going to be very happy with Devin when they find out just what kind player he is and what kind of person he is."
Added Schiano: "All I know is he will come in there...
Patriots LB, Jerod Mayo, talks about the high praise he's been receiving from coach Belichick, trying to forget about last year, and what the team hopes from the defense.
Patriots WR, Danny Amendola, joined the show for a bit to talk about his health, the evolution of the playbook, and the heated battles between the offense and defense.
WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia and Chris Price discuss Wednesday's Patriots practice, which featured Brandon Browner getting into it with Kenbrell Thompkins and a couple others.
Jackie Mac joins the guys to discuss her thoughts on a possible mid-season tournament in the NBA, LeBron's return to Cleveland, trade rumors with the Celtics and Red Sox, and Darrelle Revis' contract situation.
Jackie MacMullan of ESPN Boston to talk about the Lebron James Saga, the possibility of Rajon Rondo being traded, and the future of Marcus Smart.
Former coach of Celtics 1st-round pick Marcus Smart, Travis Ford joins MFB to talk about what Celtics fans should expect from the strong point guard. Among other things, Coach Ford says Smart will be a hard worker, and will improve his shooting ability.
As news looms about a possible Jon Lester trade, we sit down with the skipper of your Sox live from Fenway park.
Multiple sources have indicated that Jon Lester will be dealt before the July 31st trade deadline. Buster talks to MFB regarding possible destinations, and he seems to think Lester will land in the NL Central. He also suggests that the Sox might as well get rid of John Lackey if they're going to deal Lester.
Tim Kurkjian joins the program to discuss the Red Sox options at the trade deadline.
Rob Bradford is joined by WEEI.com Bruins beat writer DJ Bean, as well as Boston sports fan/blogger Turtleboy to talk all things Bruins free agency. With the B's recent moves, the conversation turns to where the Bruins might next turn and what kind of dent losing Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton might make.
DJ discusses Shawn Thornton's new deal, and the on going negotiations with Jerome Iginla
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau
ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes gave us the latest on the Lester trade talks.
The top stories of the day as recounted by John Dennis.
Joh, Gerry and Buck opened the show by discussing the latest rumors surrounding Jon Lester.
We check in with Alex on the eve of the trade deadline.
We respond and react to the news that Jon Lester may no longer be a member of the Boston Red Sox once the trade deadline passes.
Mut and Villani are talking about whether the Red Sox will give Jon Lester the type of contract he is looking for, or whether they might be shopping him with rumors of the Red Sox scouting Cole Hamels.
Mut and Villani are talking about the MLB All Star Game, Adam Wainwright and Derek Jeter, and what are some of the worst ideas in sports.
Sam and Zach discuss changing the format of the Podcast, the Chris Archer-David Ortiz debacle, and LeBron James being a super genius
Particularly in a year where the Red Sox have struggled while trying to integrate numerous young players into regular big league roles, accusations that Red Sox prospects are overrated -- whether by the team or writers -- have been widespread. Jim Callis of MLB.com joins the show to take stock of the matter, and to discuss the team-building impact of overrating and underrating prospects.
With the trade deadline looming, the next few days will be defined by how teams value prospects -- and their potential long-term contributions -- against big leaguers with established track records who can address immediate needs. Are prospects being valued accurately? Red Sox left-hander Andrew Miller -- once one of the two key chips that sent Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins to the Tigers -- assesses the matter.
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