With the NFL draft roughly two months away, the Patriots — who have four picks in the first 53 — likely will be targeting defense, according to several draft experts.
Football Outsiders writer Mike Tanier, who says this draft is “full of 3-4 defensive end types” New England traditionally covets, told WEEI.com that Michigan’s Brandon Graham would be a good fit for the Patriots at No. 22. Graham, a defensive end, earned MVP honors for the North team at the Senior Bowl when he recorded three tackles for loss, including two sacks, as well as a forced fumble.
Described by ESPN draft expert Todd McShay as “a Bill Belichick type of guy,” the 6-foot-1, 263-pound Graham had 20 sacks over the last two seasons for the Wolverines.
“That's a guy with 10 sacks at Michigan last year and 260-some pounds,” Tanier said....
UConn postgame press conferences can be filled with emotion from 67-year-old, two-time national championship winner and Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. However, they rarely are somber and apologetic. Calhoun, who returned to the sidelines this past Saturday after a 3½-week medical leave of absence, watched his team give what he described as “one of the worst performances I’ve had here at UConn in 24 years.” Visit Bracket 101 to review the week that was in college basketball and to check out a list of 16 teams that are poised to dance their way into the Round of 16 in the 2010 NCAA tournament.
Speaking at the Red Sox' minor league facility, Sox general manager Theo Epstein touched on various subjects, including the possibility of working Mike Lowell at first base when the 35-year-old is ready for action. Lowell had the pin in his surgically repaired right thumb removed two weeks ago. "We're going to prepare for him to be an important part of this team," Epstein said. "Getting exposure at first base makes sense. We'll sit down and talk to him about that."
(Updated: According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the idea that the Red Sox "would soon sign" Maya might not be accurate at this time. There is a good chance that Maya will choose a team that offers a better opportunity to immediately enter its starting rotation.)
According to a source familiar with the situation, the Red Sox are interested in Cuban pitcher Yuniesky Maya but are still in the preliminary stages of negotiations. The Sox have been following Maya's situation throughout the offseason, seeing the 28-year-old pitcher as a starter who is most likely at the minor league level who could eventually fill into the back end of a rotation. Maya was named Cuba's top right-handed pitcher in both 2008 and '09 before defecting in the Dominican Republic last September. Red Sox...
After throwing his first bullpen session of spring training, Clay Buchholz said that he will be ready for anything as the Red Sox head into the new season with six starters seemingly vying for five spots. "Breaking camp with the big league team would be good for starters. I’m not going to set any goals right now, just go in and make sure I’m ready when the games start and go from there. It’s sort of the same situation as it was last year. You’ve got six guys coming in for five starting spots. It should be another fun spring training," he said.
"I’ve been through a couple of things throughout my professional career. I wouldn’t be shocked for anything to happen. I’ve got to go at it like it’s a spot to win instead of thinking it’s my spot. Pitch well, and if I do everything like I started doing last year and end up like last year, I think...
The playmaker, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin checks in and helps us set the stage for Broncos and Patriots this Sunday in Foxboro.
Kyle Arrington, filing in for Devin MCcourty, previews Pats-Broncos
Adam Schefter, ESPN Insider, joins the guys to talk Pats-Broncos, Brady-Manning and the rest of the NFL.
Its time to start the season for the Celtics! We talk about the things we like about the Celtics and the things we dont like very much. Plus Sam feels like a jerk for laughing at Julius Randle.
Jackie MacMullan joins MFB for the first time this season. She discusses the rejection of NBA lottery reform, Rajon Rondo, and the Celtics chances this season.
Mut, Rob Bradford and Alex Speier are back and talking not only Red Sox, but MLB Hot Stove. They talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, and take some phone calls about some of the Red Sox potential moves.
Mut, Rob Bradford, and Alex Speier talk with Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Ben addresses some questions regarding Will Middlebrooks, Rusney Castillo, as well as Yoenis Cespedes' future with the club.
Joe Castiglione does his annual wrap-up of the season by reading the poem by Bart Giamatti.
We discuss the Bruins blown 2 goal lead against the Wild at the Garden and where they go from here with the great Jack Edwards of NESN.
NESN's Andy Brickley joined the show following Boston's 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Brick talked about Patrice Bergeron's line getting beat a lot, the Bruins' lack of focus in their 6 losses, and the big blow to the defense with Torey Krug's injury.
Joe McDonald joins the guys to talk to about the Chara injury and how the Bruins will move forward without him.
Happy birthday Kirk!!!!
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys got dressed up for Kirk's 40th.
MFB and the callers wish a very Happy 40th Birthday to Kirk Minihane
Three For All, Ebola Scare
Dale, Steve DeOssie and Tom E Curran of CSNNE put the final touches on a week of discussion about the upcoming showdown in Foxboro vs. the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
We send out well wishes to our friend and colleague Bob 'Neumy' Neumier
Mikey, Villani and Lenny are talking about the 2004 Red Sox on the anniversary of Game 4 of the ALCS with Dave Roberts steal abd Bill Mueller driving him in and what it was like to witness.
Mikey, Mut and Lenny are talking about the Patriots and how they have stacked up through the years and what got them to the three championships and five Super Bowl appearances in the Brady-Belichick era.
Mikey and Mut take a call from someone who wants to criticize Belichick the GM and his history of drafting players and making moves in the draft.
The playoffs are here and we are ready! Brad Feldman joins the show to talk about the Revs vs the Crew. We also talk about the newest addition to the MLS.
WEEI.com’s Scott McLaughlin is joined by Joe Meloni of College Hockey News on the first episode of the College Puckcast. They talk about the wrist injury that will sideline Boston College defenseman Steve Santini until at least January, as well as the good start for Boston University and its star freshman, Jack Eichel. Other topics include fast starts for Vermont and UMass-Lowell and slow starts for Providence and Northeastern.
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