The offseason series: Free Agent Thoughts

-by Hugo

Note that I focused on potential multi-year signings and avoided ring-chasing veterans for the most part, because it is impossible to project that.

High-end options:
DT Jonathan Hankins
With the Patriots having a lot of money to spend, what if they elect to pursue a game-changing player on the defensive line? Losing Hightower could be offset by adding a youthful 3-down presence up the middle as well. With young talent in-house (Malcom Brown, Vincent Valentine) and a big spot open with Branch’s potential departure, the Pats could upgrade on Branch instead of bringing him back.

DT Chris Baker
The bidding on Hankins could get out of control, but Baker seems more attainable, especially as retaining Cousins and his weapons becomes a priority for Washington. A Belichick prototype who plays every down for the Redskins, Baker is a responsible run defender who also gets into the backfield with some frequency. The years might be the sticking point – a 5-year pact for Baker would take him through his age-34 season. But a deep and young crop of defensive tackles (Hankins, Logan, Williams, Short, Poe, Fairley) could take suitors off the market.

Mid-market options:
DT Stacy McGee
Started at NT for Oakland as a 27-year old and has the length to be an effective 2-gap defensive lineman. Experienced as a run defender and put up surprising pass rushing numbers in 2016. Intriguing multi-year option.

DE Armonty Bryant
The Patriots reportedly sought the troubled but talented 26-year old as a priority free agent, and when Cleveland waived him earlier this year he was claimed by Bob Quinn in Detroit. If Bryant wants to sign a 1-year prove-it deal, New England would be ideal.

DE Jack Crawford
Decent rotational lineman who has played plenty of football and rushed from a variety of spots on the defensive line for Dallas. This versatility and production will endear him to New England, where his experience lining up inside is a plus.

CB Jason McCourty*
One of the more unlikely potential cuts. Despite McCourty’s awful 2016, cornerback is the biggest area of need on the Titans roster, and he is a leader on the team. That said, if J-Mac hits the market, uniting him with his brother seems inevitable. An outstanding tackler who plays fast with the ball in front of him, he could contribute at either corner or safety which adds to his appeal.

TE Dion Sims
The Miami Dolphins typically show no interest in retaining their own middle class, and with a Julius Thomas trade rumored to be on the horizon, this offseason might be no different. Sims is a standout blocker and capable receiver who is four years younger than Martellus Bennett, and who has suited up for 56 out of 64 possible career games – excellent durability for a tight end.

Low end options:
WR Jarius Wright*
After signing an optimistic contract extension, the 27-year-old slot receiver saw his role diminish, ultimately catching only 11 passes in 2016. Wright is the kind of player the Patriots seem to get the best out of, and could be brought to camp if Danny Amendola leaves.

LB Courtney Upshaw
After an entirely predictable failure as an edge rusher, Upshaw has gotten on the field for Atlanta by being a weird DT/LB hybrid. He is physical and instinctive, took Saban 101, and seems like a player the Patriots could use effectively. If the Falcons do not make him a priority, look for New England to make a run at Upshaw.

DE Cornelius Washington
Stiff but powerful 27-year-old who has been dogged by injuries since entering the NFL. Plays on all special teams units for Chicago. Intriguing ability to collapse the pocket without bending the edge, something which is valuable to the Patriots. Washington is worth signing to a near-minimum deal to bring into camp.

CB Marcus Cooper
Another Rutgers-for-Rutgers swap. Cooper surprised many observers with his play in Arizona and could be an alternative to Logan Ryan at cornerback, or at worst, an alternative to Justin Coleman, but one who does more on special teams and can play on the outside.

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DNOMN8R314
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Calipatsfan3473
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Mangold was a good player for the Jets- I’m sure he’ll find work if he still wants to play.Report

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Wouldn’t be a terrible idea.Report

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I’m a Mala-mute.Report

Dingo
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My byte is worse than my bark.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Let me guess- he got all bone!!Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Or the beast.Report

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Former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell has reached a four-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, the team announced Saturday.
The deal is worth $16 million total with $6.5 million guaranteed and $5.5 million in the first year, according to ESPN and multiple reports.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Jets release center Nick Mangold

He has one year left on his contract at a salary of $6.075 million. The Jets will carry $3 million in dead money under his name for 2017.

Should Pats target him?Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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So he missed almost as many in his career as Gronk this season ๐Ÿ™‚Report

MasterAndCommander
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BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Sanu blaming Lady Gaga’s long halftime show for their SB choke. —–>>>>>>

That’s why good teams (e.g Pats, Seahawks, etc.) actually mimic SB conditions, including the extended halftime, in practices before the game.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Outside temp dropped 20 degrees in 1 hour.Report

cqrun
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Cold front coming through!!!! Get any serious thunderstorms?Report

cqrun
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Were they semi-cirrus thunderstorms?Report

redemption50
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Just saw the 1st 2pt conversion in slow motion. The execution on that play was just incredible. The timing, the sell by Brady, the snap, the blocking, the vision by White. Precision at its best.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Link or it didn’t happen!Report

M.Fan
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that’s the direct snap to White that they didn’t execute properly during the pre-SB practice?Report

Mattsky
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I was sent this on twitter. If anybody has a good reply for him I’ll pass it along.

Good morning sir. I’m a journalism student in Marseille (France) and I’m writing a paper about superbowl. Do you agree to answer 2 or 3 questions about this subject ?

thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ first, the superbowl is very famous in your country and also in the world whereas a lot of people never see a game. Can you explain me why ?Report

NewEnglandBlight
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The draw of the superbowl is it’s spectacle.. big lights, suspense, and hype… I think that’s what makes it so popular.Report

RedXabi
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The superbowl is like the tooth fairy. You do not need to see it to believe the hype!Report

MasterAndCommander
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I know it’s the weekend butโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆโ€ฆ.

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WAKE UP!!!! There are trades to propose, drafts to mock. FAs to want or dissโ€ฆ

C’mon!!!Report

NewEnglandBlight
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Says the only coach not in the NFL coaches union… pfftReport

Calipatsfan3473
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NO!!Report

zoocore
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I’m here for the quips.Report

dp73
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http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/4157/alan-branch
We do have the cap room to pay him fairly for one more year. Hopefully Branch will stay.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Did anyone else watch The People vs. OJ Simpson? Good show…and he got off!! Yay, justice!! ๐Ÿ™‚Report

cqrun
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Ah man, why did you have to tell me how it ended?Report

NewEnglandBlight
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Like the movie Dinosaurs…. (SPOILER ALERT: They all die)Report

cqrun
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I thought some survived as birds, only to terrorize us at a later time.Report

NewEnglandBlight
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Pats fans aren’t afraid of birds… 3-0 vs them in the SuperbowlReport

LaFeteMattDog
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Oops….Report

NewEnglandBlight
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Mattdog, it’s called overeasy I think…Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Wow, it looks good! I did a yelp search and thought you were either talking about Cinnamon’s or Moke’s. Ended up going to Moke’s and it was very good. I don’t even recall seeing Over Easy come up. Oh well, next time!Report

NewEnglandBlight
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I heard Moke’s had good pancakes… I think if I had a chance to do it all over again I’d stay in Kailua as my home base, instead of Waikiki, that was fun but kinda a show.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Yeah, with the lilikoi sauce..Awesome! I stayed in Wainae, Waimanalo and HNL. I love them all but I prefer leeward. Love watching those sunsets and usually less rain.Report

NewEnglandBlight
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Since I live in a rainforest I barely noticed the rain, seemed like it would blow through in 5 minutes anyway.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Hey Blighty, I saw an Alaska license plate in Hawaii…I take it a lot of Alaskans go there for vacation and some of them end up staying?Report

cqrun
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Members of the two non-contiguous states bonding.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Actually, you’re right. It was on an Air Force Base that I saw it. Also, where I watched the Super Bowl. Mostly Pats fans!Report

NewEnglandBlight
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yeah.. Elmendorf is a monster base.Report

NewEnglandBlight
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Getting to honolulu is a reasonable 5 hour flight from Anchorage.. it takes less than a half day to get from Juneau to Honolulu.Report

NewEnglandBlight
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That’s a small part of it.. Mostly it’s that we have two big tourist states.. so a lot of people work the winter months in hawaii (in the tourism industry), then come up to alaska in the summer time..Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Oh yeah, what was the breakfast spot in Kailua that you were going to recommend?Report

NewEnglandBlight
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Oh yeah.. it’s right next to the McDonalds in Kailua.. give me a second..Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Haha! The only time I had spam was on a spam sandwich from Jollibee. And I only went there to get the Halo Halo because I saw it on Anthony Bourdain.Report

NewEnglandBlight
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yeah.. there’s a pipeline.. a lot of hawaiians move to alaska tooReport

LaFeteMattDog
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Or they’re keeping him.Report

NewEnglandBlight
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How many first round picks do they receive to just keep him? 5 or 6?Report

LaFeteMattDog
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This place is dead….bring back politics!!!Report

LaFeteMattDog
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By the way, I spent about an hour and a half in your lovely state at 6 AM. Beautiful sunrise and a huge-ass airport that you need to take a monorail around to get from one terminal to the next. Everything’s bigger in Texas!Report

LaFeteMattDog
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You sure it wasn’t the new platform? I really don’t think it’s any different except in appearance. I don’t get why it’s such an issue for people.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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What is there to hate? It’s the same thing.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Maybe we could get Frank to buy everyone an apple product and verizon internet.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Well, of course a lot of people aren’t. They’re expensive. But I have used this sight with my iphone and imac and haven’t had any problems.Report

cqrun
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And with my 2 Mbps it works fine ๐Ÿ™‚
How much RAM do you have?Report

cqrun
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That could be a problem, especially if you are using Chrome which is a RAM hog.Report

cqrun
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It might be worth looking at your task manager to see how much RAM that is using. Firefox seems to be using more lately…Report

cqrun
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Some people are reporting problems with the stream being delayed. I blame the Russians.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Back later.Report

MasterAndCommander
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?????????Report

MasterAndCommander
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LOL!Report

LaFeteMattDog
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I’m glad the C’s didn’t make a big trade. They’re a fun team, 2nd in the east and getting better. They’re not going to win it all for the next couple years anyway, unless LeBron or the Clippers retire. Enjoy the team without expectations and hope one of the draft picks becomes the next superstar. The more shots they get, the more likely that is to happen.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Also, Zizic and Yabusele are looking good overseas and scouts say they could contribute next year. Zizic looks intriguing!Report

MasterAndCommander
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positions?Report

LaFeteMattDog
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I think Zizic is a C and Yabusele is a PF. I was looking at this article yesterday: http://www.celticsblog.com/2017/1/9/14216426/boston-celtics-ante-zizic-yabusele-abdel-nader-draft-stashReport

MasterAndCommander
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would be good if they could help the rebounding. That’s the current weakness.Report

MasterAndCommander
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i’d like them to win a playoff series.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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I think they will this year.Report

MasterAndCommander
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2 days at near 80 degrees.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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So by my calculations, that’s 160 degrees!Report

MasterAndCommander
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LOL!! (Correct) math free weekend!!Report

LaFeteMattDog
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You must be hot. Have a lemonade. Pour a little rum in there too.Report

MasterAndCommander
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orrrrrโ€ฆ..pour a little lemonade in the rum…Report

MasterAndCommander
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OK. I don’t like the defaults on the spell check here.Report

MasterAndCommander
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yseReport

MasterAndCommander
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who knows?Report

LaFeteMattDog
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As for the Jimmy G situation, I still am not too keen to trade him if they think he could be a franchise QB. Brady will not be around forever and the end could come quickly. If they do decide to trade him, since Mike R. just posted about how they have all of these compensatory picks, I wonder if they will trade for future picks. A team might be more willing to part with a higher pick in the future and we won’t have that many roster spots available anyway. So maybe like a second or third this year… Read more »
LaFeteMattDog
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Also, judging by the leaked BB thoughts I’ve read, they’re not keen to trade him either, unless they get an offer that is too good to pass up. So, I don’t think anything less than a first rounder is worth it to them.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Then don’t trade him! Heck he was a second rounder that they felt lucky that he fell to them.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Too much $$$ in the QB position if he stays after 2017.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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But, you don’t know how TB12 will look in 2017. Also, if he does sign a big contract elsewhere, wouldn’t we be entitled to a 3rd round compensatory for him? So, you’re talking about dropping one round in the draft and waiting an extra year in order to keep him under your control and as insurance at the most important position in sports. I think that’s worth it.Report

Jonc77
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Dont know how TB will look this year? Do you think he is going to go from the best QB in the NFL to a half ass QB in a matter of months? And people are worried about losing a guy that is unproven hasnt done a thing in the league. People are very funnyReport

MasterAndCommander
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TB is the wildcard. Compensatory picks will depend on the teams total FA gains and losses.Report

MasterAndCommander
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I agree, but there are desperate teams out there.Report

MasterAndCommander
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This will be fun to watch. Jimmy wants to start. But will TB still be here 2-3 more years? Or do you keep him as insurance?Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Celtics looking good so far.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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Aloha, gentlefolks.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Hi! The B’s seemed to have found a bit of a spark. will be interesting to see if it lasts.Report

LaFeteMattDog
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I’m a Canadiens fan now. Go Claude!!! (JK, but I really am not into the B’s this year.)Report

MasterAndCommander
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Blasphemy!!!Report

MasterAndCommander
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sign them all!!!Report

itsBradyBaby
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Go Celtics.Report

redemption50
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C’s vs Raptors tonight north of the border. Raps have been a thorn in their side this recently. Be nice to get a WReport

cfpats4
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I could see 49ers offering a second rounder (#34 overall) for Jimmy g, Shannahan is a good offensive mind and sees potential in Jimmy gReport

Calipatsfan3473
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It’s going to be a 2nd and 4th from Chicago.Report

memokerobi
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You either get at least a first or don’t trade himReport

dp73
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When you say first round are you still talking about Chicago because that is the 3rd pick in the first round? Do you really think Garoppolo is going to get the Patriots the 3rd pick in this years draft?Report

redemption50
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I think the pats would at least have to give up their #32 along with JG to get a Top 3 pick. And even that might not be enoughReport

MasterAndCommander
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Too high. Bears can’t be that desparate. If they are, BB will turn that into multiple picks.Report

dp73
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When would the Patriots get a chance to draft that high again? I think it is unrealistic to think the Pats will get the 3rd pick but if they did they should use it.
It could be Thomas DE, Adams S, Lattimore CB. I mean it could be someone too good to pass up.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Oh, it would be nice to use the pick, but BB just has a knack of trading down picks.Report

MrScratch
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So you can take the comp 3rd in 2019?Report

DinoScapelli
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OK, evening drive-by complete. Nothing to talk about besides politics, and I get too much of that around the house. Might take a little nap before din dins. It’s a working weekend again for poor Dino. I really have to get a different job!

Good night, you political animals!!!Report

LaFeteMattDog
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He’s a waiter at an Italian restaurant…of course he has to work weekends!Report

DNOMN8R314
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Eventides!Report

cfpats4
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I knew you were a mall copReport

redemption50
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I’m mildly pleased to see that the Broncos only got one 3rd round comp pick. I wouldn’t call myself a “hater” of the Broncs but I do have a strong dislike for themReport

cfpats4
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compensatory picks have turned out to reward smart teams. The teams that have been wise about not over-spending in free agency and keeping themselves in good salary cap shape are the ones that keep getting lots of compensatory picks, while the teams that overspend in free agency are the ones that donโ€™t receive compensatory picks.Report

redemption50
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It’s not just that. The smart teams have learned to target players that have been released because they do not figure into the comp formula. Ozzie in baltimore really used the system to his advantage for years.Report

DinoScapelli
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Bill has shown everyone the right way to manage the payroll, yet most teams still make the same old mistakes.Report

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My brief thoughts as a foreigner on the political discussion below (I don’t want to start another fight, tried to be as reasonable as pssobile): 1) First and foremost, this is not the place to talk politics, It would have been better if I didn’t post this at all. 2) Blocking a media organization is an act that contrasts the idea of democracy but it’s not close to putting the US in the same discussion with the likes of Russia and Venezuela 3) Major vote or not, the election system is what it is and Trump won it fair and… Read more »
DinoScapelli
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I worry more about Turkey than I do about the US. We’ll get past this reactionary fever. I just hope I live to see it!Report

memokerobi
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Turkey’s a hot mess right now and its making me really sad given that I know how better it was 15 years ago, heck even 10 years agoReport

DNOMN8R314
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Always appreciate reasonable poli-posts. Thanks.Report

cfpats4
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Patriots will have four of the top 103 picks in the 2017 draft and nine picks overallReport

DinoScapelli
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That will change a few times before the picks are used, right?Report

cfpats4
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Of course
6th rd is where it’s atReport

DinoScapelli
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Only five days remain until the deadline for teams to place the franchise tag on players. That will shake up the free agency picture a bit. Then, eight days later, the first free agent signings will be announced, and then we will have a good idea of who is still available, and articles like this one will have some solid ground under them. Until then, I can’t even think about fits for the Patriots. It’s an exercise in futility. And frankly, I don’t hold much excitement over free agents for this team, anyway. I want to see impact players coming… Read more »
redemption50
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What’s your gut feeling on tagging DHT? Yes or No?Report

DinoScapelli
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I don’t have a gut feeling, really. It’s a pure business decision for both parties. I think he will want to field offers before making a decision to leave, and Bill would be wise to let that happen. No team is likely to offer $14M per year, so the tag makes little sense if Bill wants to get a long term deal done. The transition tag is a possibility. I think they will get a deal done in the end.Report

cfpats4
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Gutless Dino?Report

DinoScapelli
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You know it!Report

cfpats4
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Eat more beefReport

DinoScapelli
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But it’s turkey night!Report

DinoScapelli
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Gosh, we sure needed a mod here a couple hours ago!Report

markpatriots
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Ola Comrades !!!
Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuxVvtDt6ssReport

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots Championship Commemorative DVD Trailer
The Official, Must-Have NFL Super Bowl LI Champions: New England Patriots Commemorative Film Available on Blu-Rayโ„ข Combo Pack, DVD & Digital HD, March 7, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkg1ve9MpYAReport

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3 games to glory is must have – not sure about the NFL one you mentionReport

DNOMN8R314
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So now that compensatory picks are out, I’m sure there will be about 500 mocks in the next two days.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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And none of the players mocked to the Pats will be picked by BB.Report

redemption50
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Most mocks are 1st rounders, no? Those picks aren’t affected by comp picksReport

DNOMN8R314
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I’m talking FirstPick, Fanspeak, and other sites that don’t exist yet.Report

redemption50
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Oh Joy. First PickReport

BoSoxJim
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Have a great weekend guys.Report

redemption50
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Calais Campbell!Report

Calipatsfan3473
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If Branch leaves- yes!Report

BoSoxJim
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Not mutually exclusive. If Campbell really wants to win a ring, then they can afford him. Campbell would automatically be our best DL.Report

BoSoxJim
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ok, now I’m out.Report

redemption50
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Sign them both! Trade for JJ Watt! Trade for Antonio Brown! Sign everybody! OK, that’s enoughReport

Calipatsfan3473
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You too Jim- enjoy the Chinese food!Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Once you don’t like a discussion, you leave.Report

BoSoxJim
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You are being ridiculous. You began this discussion saying we are not a democracy and we are like Russia and Venezuela.
My mistake for even engaging. Now it’s time to put a smile back on my face.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Jim, just because we don’t agree on many issues, doesn’t mean i don’t respect you or that i don’t like you.
You know i appreciate your presence here, but i always argued for freedom of speech here, i have no problem if people disagree with me. It actually makes me think about my beliefs.
Many of my friends are people really different of me.Report

redemption50
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Smack, I think you just need to pick your battles a bit better. You can’t come in with a red hot take like “USA is the same as Russia and Venezuela” and not expect some blowback. Gotta take it easy. There is a time and place to discuss stuff like that. Maybe wait when the topic is already on the table. Just my two cents.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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That was something i never expect in a great country like USA.
I could expect that in a young democracy like Portugal, but USA always was for many of us around the world a good example of what is a democracy. I know it is not perfect, but in many ways it was like a role model to followReport

redemption50
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heading to a massage parlor?Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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He’s not talking about Friendly’s when he says he’s getting a happy ending…Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Or a Big Beef??Report

redemption50
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I have a sneaky feeling that Bill will target an existing NFL player in a trade again this year. Mid-round compensationReport

MrLucky
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Larry Fitzgerald ๐Ÿ™‚Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Not if Palmer is coming back.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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One day, BB is going to sign Fitzgerald to a 1 day contract so he can troll us. Then Fitz will promptly retire.Report

redemption50
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I wasn’t thinking WR so much. Probably a defensive playerReport

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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USA is no longer considered a democracy, It is now on the level of Venezuela or Russia.

CNN blocked from White House press briefing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfRGZG750pcReport

BoSoxJim
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Thanks for the laugh.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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That would mean impeachment here. Media freedom is one of the most important aspects of a real democracy.Report

BoSoxJim
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CNN and a couple others weren’t invited today (and today only). However Time Magazine was invited. Ted Turner owns both of them but Time refused to go.
All of the media wasn’t shut out today.
The media has a responsibility to report the truth. Did the WH take it a bit too far…probably. They should just do what Obama did to Fox News and just not call on them for questions.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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You can’t block the media that you don’t like.
I said the same about the NFL, when they blocked Barstool Sports too.
You can’t block the media just because you don’t like them. If you think they are offensive or liars, go to court, sue them.Report

BoSoxJim
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Obama essentially blocked Fox News for 8 years.
From now on, Spicer will just not call on CNN for questions.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Fox News WERE never blocked

“Trump CAN’T tell us what to do” Chris Wallace vs Reince Priebus HEATED debate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POQNyTPMi_wReport

BoSoxJim
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By ignoring their questions throughout his presidency, he essentially blocked them.Report

Kariya
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Are you sure “Obama ignored Fox News throughout his presidency” isn’t fake news? HE didn’t call on them much, this is true, but he did call on them some – http://editions.lib.umn.edu/smartpolitics/2013/01/16/fox-still-shunned-at-obama-pre/Report

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Are you sure “Obama ignored Fox News throughout his presidency” isn’t fake news? HE didn’t call on them much, this is true, but he did call on them some – http://editions.lib.umn.edu/smartpolitics/2013/01/16/fox-still-shunned-at-obama-pre/Report

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I have the right to not answer, but i don’t have the right to block them. Much differentReport

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Deadsmack wellsreportcontext.com 1 minute ago
I promise here (you can copy this) that i will not post again about politics here.Report

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And you believe him?Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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You don’t live in a democracy. See what happened last night in Sweden.Report

Mattsky
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Why don’t you keep your word.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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So doesn’t the president of USA and you are fine with him. I guess you will be fine with me alsoReport

Mattsky
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You donโ€™t know what my feelings are about the President because I have never expressed them here. If you want to talk politics I suggest getting a twitter account.Report

Mattsky
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You donโ€™t know what my feelings are about the President because I have never expressed them here.

If you want to talk politics I suggest getting a twitter account or go here http://ww w.newser.com/ Or may get a your own blog https://w ww.blogger.comReport

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You don’t know what my feelings are about the President because I have never expressed them here.

If you want to talk politics I suggest getting a twitter account or go here http://www.newser.com/ Or may get a your own blog https://www.blogger.comReport

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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EPalaz is not even a Pats fan and i always defended his presence here.Report

BoSoxJim
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You mean the riots?Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Nazi riots?Report

BoSoxJim
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No, the riot that occurred the other night when a cop tried to arrest a drug dealer. Sweden has problems.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Every country has problems, even here happens violent stuff.
Sweden has less criminal activity than ANY US state. ANYReport

BoSoxJim
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That’s why 30% of the women in a recent government survey say they don’t feel safe.

Laugh at that.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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That means 70% feel safe, right?Report

BoSoxJim
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Holy shit!Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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well, there was a guy that won an election with 3 million votes less than another candidate.
I’m sure it were illegal aliens of those new planets.Report

BoSoxJim
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OK, I’ve had enough of hearing this crap from people who have no clue how our elections work.Report

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It’s like Felger& Mazz- you just have tune it out.Report

redemption50
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You certainly make quite an entrance, Smack ๐Ÿ™‚Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Sorry, but once i read i got really angry.
Not even in young democracy like Portugal, this is acceptable.

Thos are the issues that are much more important than any pro sports.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Isn’t there a patspoliticsfans.com site you can go to? There has to be others that would love to discuss with you. I come here for an escape from all the noise I see on the news, facebook, etc.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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It sounds better than when we had to discuss that pathetic deflategate BS for 1,5 years, where science was surpassed by stupidity.Report

BoSoxJim
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Dude, it was one day. Maybe CNN shouldn’t have lied.
If you are going to crazy about this then I’m starting my weekend early.Report

redemption50
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There are , I agree. I’m very neutral and indifferent politically so it’s all noise to me.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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I’m not indifferent to corner stones of a democracy. Because my country was ruled by a fascist dictatorship for 41 years.Report

redemption50
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Democracy has it’s pros and cons as well. There is no perfect political system.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Still better than any other political system, by far.Report

redemption50
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No commentReport

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Looks like Jim is with me on the Calais Campbell bandwagon. Signing him, re-signing Hightower/Branch and extending Butler would make an A+ FA for me.

Trading Jimmy to the Browns for the 12th overall and a 2nd would make this the best offseason ever.Report

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If you know Jim’s history, you don’t want him to be with you on the bandwagon. #kissofdeathReport

BoSoxJim
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Not cool, bro. Not cool.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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I hate you
-Boyce
I second that.
-Moe
Why the hate on Jim?
-Edelman
Yeah, I’m with Jules
-Jimmy GReport

redemption50
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I thought the Broncos would get two #3’s based on losing both Oswelier and Jackson. they must have signed a couple guys as well that balanced it out more.Report

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#Patriots will receive a 3rd round comp – #103 and a 5th round comp #185 in the 2017 NFL Draft.Report

Mattsky
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Schefter is showing something different https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/835222394142871554 He has Cleveland at #103Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Pats own Cleveland’s comp 3rd for the Collins trade.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Does cleveland get a 3rd round comp?Report

M.Fan
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I think that’s pick #103?Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Ah good call. They already calculated that. Thanks!Report

M.Fan
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I think that’s pick #103?Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Who’s got tunes?Report

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Here is one of my very favorite albums from the 90s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=340k70q0aXMReport

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Edgy.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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A juke box.Report

BoSoxJim
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BSJ’s list of players the Pats should draft v1.0 should be unveiled before the combine. I know all of you have been waiting with bated breath. Just hold on for a little bit longer. ๐Ÿ™‚Report

redemption50
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I like NFL FA but I never could get into the draft. Just too many players I have never seen play or even heard of.Report

BoSoxJim
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I haven’t been able to watch nearly as much college football this past season as I normally do. But I still enjoy being a couch scout.Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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The trick is not to try and know them all. Just look at a few.
I have a “board” with about 15 players on it total. It’ll grow a bit but not that much.Report

redemption50
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I always learn the main ones or the ones at positions of Pats need just from reading you guys or seeing a mock draft or two. FA is always much more interesting for me. Especially when players get released that were not anticipated.Report

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I’m hoping that Calais Campbell really, really, really wants to win a ring.Report

redemption50
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he would be a great get. More of a 3-4 end but he’s so good it doesn’t matterReport

BoSoxJim
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Actually, he lines up at the 3-tech more often than not.Report

redemption50
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Well then sign that dude up!Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I think the reason draft talk can be so boring is a lot of it is very generalist. Like mock drafts and such. You have a ton of names and know very little about them. Taking a few names and going in depth on them is much more interesting.Report

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I’ve given up doing mock drafts a couple years ago. I just look for players that might be a good fit for the Pats.Report

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And most will be working at Home Depot by September ๐Ÿ™‚Report

BoSoxJim
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Oh, and you suck! ๐Ÿ™‚Report

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That would be Boyce ๐Ÿ™‚Report

BoSoxJim
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I hope he comes back and assumes a role like Ty Montgomery or even James White. Or latches on a team with an offense like GB, Seattle or Carolina.
Teams that demand precise timing routes aren’t in his wheelhouse.Report

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He should try Canada- the field is wider.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Yeah but the football isn’t any easier to catch in Canada…Report

redemption50
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Sure it is. That cold weather helps deflate the ball. Easier to catchReport

Jdog Lemon Head
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But we’re talking about Boyce. Unless you’re allowed to use stickum, don’t think the deflated balls would help him eitherReport

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This is for both of you….
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BoSoxJim
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I know you are mocking him, but that may not be a bad idea anyways. Especially if he switches to a quasi-RB and wants to show what he can do.Report

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I was only half mocking.Report

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This was my list last year (players to watch for this season is at the bottom). Last edited 5/17/16.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zb7bmjUeGtmGaYzAR9CF9r9gnvFD5v3FT01vFqWH0dw/edit?pref=2&pli=1Report

Neil X
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Who will be this year’s TJ Moe?? Exciting!!Report

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He was never on that list, biatch!Report

Neil X
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I don’t really remember who you’ve pined for in the past. Were you the Hageman lover or the Hageman hater? I remember you were one or the other.Report

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I liked Hageman a lot. Scratch was the person who really didn’t like him – 25 year old rookie.Report

BoSoxJim
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I was the lover. Thought he had great potential (definite boom or bust candidate). Brian Cox has done wonders with him and the morons fired him.Report

Neil X
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Hageman was very good this year. I hadn’t heard that Brian Cox wa fired.Report

BoSoxJim
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Yeah, he and the DC were fired shortly after the game. Because it was obviously their fault they lost.Report

Neil X
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I head about Richard Smith, but not Cox.Report

BoSoxJim
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Yeah. Apparently they were looking for Nancy Pelosi’s scapegoats ๐Ÿ™‚
They have a really young defense that showed improvement. Firing them was foolish, IMO.Report

Neil X
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I also remember you panned the Valentine pick. Jury still out on that one.Report

BoSoxJim
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Yup. He gets another season or 2 before a real judgement can be made, but I’m still in the “should’ve drafted someone else with that pick” camp.Report

BoSoxJim
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Ha! Damien Woody benching Field Yates…
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Another reminder that professional athletes aren’t real people.Report

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Woody seems to be having a field dayReport

Neil X
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Dammit, it won’t let me like this post twice.Report

BoSoxJim
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Wonder what Woody is using for grip?Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Maybe he’s gripping like a bowling ball…
“Watch guys, I can make my thumb disappear.”Report

BoSoxJim
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We think too much alike.Report

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This hashtag was trending on twitter. #7NamesFor7NewPlanets
So I named them. It was tough to pick. I had nobody from the line on either side of the ball. Now I wish I had one of them in that group. I had BB listed at first but I decided to stick to just players. Who would be your 7?

Brady
Hightower
Gronk
Edelman
Butler
McCourty
Slater

Frank replied: Frank E. Steinโ€@FrankeStein855 3h3 hours ago
@MJXsky rename earth as BB and we are done …. !!!Report

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Could we name an 8th drawf planet Gostkowski? Just like Pluto, it can just miss being a planet.Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Hayes
Valli
Snickers
Train
Chevy
Jimsfave
Pharell
-Wonder if people can spot the relevance…Report

BoSoxJim
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…apparently notReport

Jdog Lemon Head
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๐Ÿ™ Just renamed most of other planets in order closest to the sun. Omitted Earth (and Pluto).Report

BoSoxJim
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You should use their IAU assigned names….. TB12, DH54, JE11, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚Report

redemption50
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Morning/afternoon Patriots fans. What’s shakin?Report

Neil X
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It’s a gorgeous 72 degrees in Boston today. Perfect weather.Report

redemption50
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Wow. That’s heavenReport

Neil X
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I’d take 365 of these days every year.Report

redemption50
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I spent my summers up in Salem during my early teens and had great times there. Especially when the weather was like that. Water was damn cold but back then I didn’t careReport

BoSoxJim
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Witch!Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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He’s not a witch, he’s your wife.Report

Neil X
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Yeah, the Gulf Streat doesn’t go that far north. You have to go to the southern edge of Cape Cod to get warm water in New England.Report

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A whole lotReport

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Certainly more than I care to admit.Report

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