New England Patriots Had Strong Showing in 2017 NFL Draft

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New England Patriots take bold strategy in NFL Draft

The New England Patriots have seemed to find a way to operate as a football team without the use of the important institution that is the NFL Draft. Entering the draft without a first or second round draft pick, the Patriots followed suit by not keeping any of their original draft picks. The team changed positions in later rounds by trading picks 72 and 200 to the Tennessee Titans...
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What we learned from the New England Patriots 2017 draft

The 2017 NFL Draft was not the norm for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. This continued their trend of having an uncharacteristic off-season. The Patriots only draft four players, their first two were not until No. 83 and No.85, meaning they had no first or second round draft picks. However, one could look to the beginning of the off-season for the explanation. Then they...
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Patriots acquire TE James O’Shaughnessy from the Chiefs

Ahead of Saturday’s NFL Draft action, two of the AFC’s best teams struck a trade. The New England Patriots acquired tight end James O’Shaughnessy and a sixth rounder (No. 216 overall) for a fifth-round pick (No. 183 overall). O’Shaughnessy was a fifth-round pick (No. 173 overall) out of Illinois State in 2015. He has been used largely on special teams in his first two NFL...
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Evaluating the New England Patriots first two draft picks

The New England Patriots did not draft until No. 83 overall in the draft, electing to trade down from No. 72 overall with the Tennessee Titans. This move was a classic for Bill Belichick, knowing that his target player was going to be available at No. 83, that being defensive end/outside linebacker Derek Rivers. Then coach/general manager Belichick traded up to No. 85 overall to...
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Browns reportedly were shut down on Jimmy Garoppolo trade attempt again

The Cleveland Browns really won’t take no for an answer when it comes to Jimmy Garoppolo.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns inquired on Thursday night about Garoppolo’s availability. The New England Patriots told them they weren’t interested in a trade. The Browns are trying hard to get a quality quarterback, so you can’t blame them for exploring all options...
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Report: Sherman wants to be traded to Patriots

The Seattle Seahawks have not yet closed the door on the possibility of trading Richard Sherman, and one reporter claims the All-Pro cornerback has made it clear that he wants to be traded to one team — the New England Patriots.While discussing the situation on Wednesday night, Tom E. Curran of said he has heard playing for Bill Belichick is at the top of Sherman’s...
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Jimmy Garoppolo not sweating trade rumors as draft nears

There’s a chance that New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will be calling a new city home by the time the first round of the NFL Draft draws to an end on Thursday night.It’s not likely, but we really have to expect the unexpected when it comes to New England. Here’s a team that has made multiple trades over the past two months and has lost out on its picks in both...
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Mickey Loomis: No Malcolm Butler discussions ‘for quite some time’

The New Orleans Saints continue to downplay their chances of getting New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.General manager Mickey Loomis on Wednesday didn’t rule out bringing Butler in, but he also made it clear it’s not a top priority.“We haven’t really had any discussion for quite some time,” Loomis said, via Nick Underwood of the New Orleans Advocate. “Look...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Deshaun Watson: I’m chasing Tom Brady, I’m going for six

If there’s one thing quarterbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft class don’t lack, it’s confidence. After former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer compared himself to Tom Brady and Cam Newton, yet another soon-to-be rookie signal caller is setting high expectations for his career.Fresh off leading his former Clemson team to a national championship, Deshaun Watson aims to win six...
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Jacoby Brissett honors Barack Obama during White House visit

The New England Patriots on Wednesday paid a visit to the White House, as is the custom for reigning Super Bowl champions.Much of the talk surrounding the annual event involved how several Patriots players were skipping the White House visit in a sign of protest to the presidency of Donald Trump (more on that here). One Patriots player, however, decided to utilize the visit as a...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

NYT editor apologizes for tweet about Pats’ White House attendance

The New York Times has been forced to walk back a tweet comparing the number of New England Patriots who visited President Obama after winning the Super Bowl in 2015 to the number who visited President Trump on Wednesday.Here was the original tweet, sent Wednesday afternoon, which features comparable photos of the 2015 and 2017 Patriots delegations. The Patriots responded Wednesday...
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Trump blasts photos depicting Patriots’ White House turnout

The New England Patriots on Wednesday paid a visit to the White House, as is the custom for reigning Super Bowl champions. A prevailing story line heading into the annual tradition was how several Patriots players were declining the invite in presumptive protest of Donald Trump (more on that here).And the President attempted to dispel that belief on social media.Trump on Thursday...
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FBI returns Super Bowl 50 helmet to Von Miller

Von Miller on Wednesday was finally reunited with his helmet from Super Bowl 50 at the Denver Broncos’ training facility.FBI agents Brian Schmitt, Melissa Tallman and Clint Judd were on-hand to present Miller with the prized piece of memorabilia. The Broncos tweeted out a photograph of the moment. It was confirmed last month that Miller’s helmet, worn during the Broncos’ 24...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Ryan’s journey of self-inflicted pain

You can’t blame a player for getting hung up on a Super Bowl loss, especially if it’s the unprecedented 25-point blown lead the Falcons endured back in February. It would be fair to argue that Matt Ryan is one of the least culpable people for that particular defeat. Sure, he wasn’t without error in the quarter-plus of the Super Bowl, but his offense was responsible for 21 of...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Belichick addresses Deflategate, Aaron Hernandez in interview

Bill Belichick has yet to speak with reporters since the NFL league year opened last month.But the New England Patriots coach did recently sit down for a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with Suzy Welch of CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” a segment of which was released online Thursday morning.The interview touched on everything from Belichick’s coaching roots to the Patriots’ Super...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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