The 2017 NEPFF Patriots-Only Mock Draft Contest

-by DNOMN8R314

As intensely as this year’s free agency began, if one checks the calendar, one will see that it is nearly a month until the 2017 NFL Draft. For that reason, and since the Patriots as of now will not make a selection until the third round, it is time to announce:

THE SECOND ANNUAL NEPFF PATRIOTS-ONLY MOCK DRAFT CONTEST.

Last year’s contest only had six entrants and only four correct guesses, and Hugo came out on top by slotting Cyrus Jones as his second-most likely selection. Since then, the Patriots have won another Super Bowl, this forum has changed comment systems, and Bill Belichick surprised everyone with high acquisitive activity at the start of the new league year. I’m hoping for more entries this year.

In case you are new or need a refresher, here are the

RULES:

Although New England currently has just seven selections in the draft, I would still like you to send me the 11 players you most strongly predict Bill Belichick will pick. (Why 11? Two reasons. First, at this time last year, the Patriots were scheduled to make 11 selections – they ended up making nine. Second, it works for the scoring system.)

Please don’t send me more than 11, as I will not count anyone past that cutoff. (I will contact you in response and ask if there’s a specific player or players you want removed. If not, I’ll remove everyone after the first 11.) If you send me fewer than 11, I’ll count all those players (down from 1st, not up from 11th), but you’ll have fewer chances to get a player right.

Send me the list of players in order of likelihood you think the Patriots will draft them, and note which round you think each player will be drafted in. If you think a player will be signed by the Patriots as a UDFA immediately after the draft, you may include him on your list.

(I should note that this is about 11 players you think the team will draft; your guesses do not need to match the draft slots they currently have. If you think the Patriots will trade into the second round and take a certain player there, mark him as a 2nd-round choice and put him on your list.)

SCORING:

Remember, these lists are to be in order of likelihood.

  • If the 1st player on your list is drafted by the Patriots, you receive 15 points.
  • 2nd: 12
  • 3rd: 10
  • 4th: 8
  • 5th: 7
  • 6th: 6
  • 7th: 5
  • 8th: 4
  • 9th: 3
  • 10th: 2
  • 11th: 1

If you correctly guess the round of any Patriots draft pick, you receive an extra 3 points.

If a player you predicted the Patriots would draft is signed by New England as a UDFA, or a player you think will be a Pats UDFA becomes a NE draft pick, you receive half the points for that slot, rounded up to the nearest whole point. For instance, if someone last year had Jonathan Jones in their 5th slot as a 3rd-round pick, they would have received 4 points for him.

DEADLINE:

I will be accepting entries until the start of the first round of the draft, which is Thursday, April 27 at 8 PM Eastern time. Send your lists to contests@patsfootbalfans.com and include your lists in the body of the email.

This has been quite the offseason, and there’s still plenty more to go. Let’s enjoy it.

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MasterAndCommander
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LOL!!!! Just saw the Gronk dry cleaner commercialReport

evaldes101993
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Any other WR not named Edelman doing good the Edelman catch= Catch of the year. Edelman doing the catch= Not the catch of the year.

Not sure why he lost to BaldwinReport

MasterAndCommander
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Say what?Report

Neil X
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Apparently BB didn’t get the memo on the Purge of Brandons.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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BSJ jinxed it.Report

BoSoxJim
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Bitch, I started the purge. That cockroach is the only one left.Report

FAB330
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Just found out that the Pats cheated in this years SB. This guy in PHX was shocked I didn’t know, so I said ,ok, entertain me and tell me what they did….Well, they got some questionable holding calls…is that all you got?Report

MasterAndCommander
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Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Just like they forced the Falcons into an overly aggressive offensive approach in the 4th QReport

MasterAndCommander
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How?Report

MasterAndCommander
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So much for the Brandon Purge……Report

Calipatsfan3473
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He’s a good locker room guy.Report

rondo723
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Bolden agreed to change his name to BrandinReport

MasterAndCommander
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That won’t fool JimReport

Calipatsfan3473
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BSJ is a jinx.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…. We won’t tell himReport

Calipatsfan3473
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He’s fully aware.Report

evaldes101993
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So what’s going to happen with Blount? We got Rex, White, Lewis, Bolden, Foster on the team already. Assuming Foster goes to the practice squad again, would we really carry 5 rbs on the roster if Blount returns?Report

dp73
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Blount is a better runner than Foster, Bloden White and Burkhead. White is a much better receiving back . I would gladly cut Foster and Bolden in favor of Blount.Report

dp73
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I don’t think the Patriots have a back that can help this team this year as much as Blount helped this team last year.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Agreed.Report

Mattsky
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Plus the team has 2 FBs.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Doug Kyed ✔ @DougKyed
The Patriots re-signed RB Brandon Bolden.Report

BoSoxJim
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evaldes101993
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So much for purging the Brandons on this team.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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not when they can play ST and be good locker room guys
🙂Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Mark Daniels ✔ @MarkDanielsPJ
Bolden didn’t do much offensively last year, but he’s a core special teamer and his teammates love him. Great locker room guy.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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I just read the most amazing response for climate change deniers by Rep. Alan Grayson, a year ago:

“If you think [carbon dioxide] doesn’t cause any health problems, I invite you to put a plastic bag over your head, tie it tightly around your neck and see what happens next,”Report

BoSoxJim
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The flora of the world is offended by this post.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Too bad we are not flora 🙂Report

BoSoxJim
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Too bad we destroyed (are destroying) the forests.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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That i fully agree with you.Report

evaldes101993
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You’ll be like these guys if you attempt that
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Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLReport

PatriotPrideBoy
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[Disclaimer: PFF is not responsible for your actions.]Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Chelsea scores, big mistake by Man City GKReport

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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As much as i like Butler and i will never forget and admire him, letting him go and get Sherman would be a no brainer.
Pats would have one of the best secondaries since i watch football, physical and smart players all around.

PS: But i don’t think Pats will trade for Sherman, just a feelingReport

evaldes101993
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Keep Butler while trading for Sherman or GTFO 🙂Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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that could mean 38-0 🙂Report

evaldes101993
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46-0 preseason included lolReport

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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No, no, we need to save our best weapons in preseason

🙂Report

PatriotPrideBoy
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How long’s it gonna take until that nickname Jimmy G Spot gets retired?Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Only after after he hits the Jets in the J spot 😛Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Jessica Morrey ✔ @JessicaMorrey
OL Kyle Fuller worked closely with New England #Patriots OL coach Dante Scarnecchia at #Baylor’s Pro Day today.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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NFL on ESPN ✔ @ESPNNFL
S Jamal Adams flying at LSU Pro Day, clocking a 4.33 40-yard dash (via @SECNetwork)Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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Billy Idol & Miley Cyrus – Rebel Yell LIVE (Official Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvBwNz04Ois

It actually sounds really coolReport

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Adam Schefter ✔ @AdamSchefter
Marshawn Lynch is at Raiders’ facility today, as @PatMcAfeeShow reported. Source believes eventually “it will happen.”Report

dyims
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The doctor said he didn’t see anything abnormal while he was inside. Said he would know for sure once he gets the results back. He said her problems are probably enhanced because of her diabetes. I appreciate the kind thoughts and prayers.Report

Saturn III
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That sounds positive and I pray all continues to go well.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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That’s good news- hope all the tests come back good- you and your family will continue to be in our prayers.Report

BoSoxJim
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Thoughts and prayers to you and your wife.Report

Deadsmack #NoDaysOff
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I hope everything can be ok with your wife, it is always good a sign when a surgery like that show no signs of cancer.
But diabetes is also a serious condition, i hope she can overcame it as much as possible.

Stay strong dyims, the strength of family and friends is really important to deal with this tough moments.Report

evaldes101993
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Thoughts on a Sherman for Butler swap? I could see this happening surprisingly, if Butler’s price is too high and Pats are determine to get bigger Cbs with speed.Report

dp73
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IMO , here is the thing. Having 3 out 4 DB’s making over 10M a year is probably not the way the Patriots want to structure their defense no mater if the 3rd DB is named Butler or Sherman.Report

Neil X
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With the amount of cap space that teams have now, three $10 million dollar DBs is going to become the norm for teams with elite defenses.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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I don’t like it.Report

Saturn III
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I only worry about Sherman declining quickly.Report

Neil X
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Sherman 29, Butler 27. Are you worried about Butler declining?Report

Saturn III
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Butler has less wear and tear on him, no I’m not.Report

dyims
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Sitting in surgical patient room while the wife under goes exploratory surgery. Possible uterine cancer. Won’t know the whole story until the samples come back from pathology.Report

Saturn III
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We are praying that the results return swiftly and in your wife’s favor.Report

JLStokes
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Prayers from my family to yours.jReport

dp73
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My best wishes go out to you and your wife.Report

Litprof
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Best wishes. I hope everything comes back negative.

But know that cancer treatments have come a long way just in the past few years. If you’re at one of the good hospitals, she’ll have options you’ve never even heard of because they didn’t exist five years ago.

Again, good luck.Report

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Praying that she will come out fine.Report

FAB330
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Eggbound, anyone homeReport

MasterAndCommander
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WAKE UP!!!! The Broooons are in the playoffs. The Celts play the Cavs. Dino is still cooking his steak.Report

NewEnglandBlight
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Celtics vs Cavs game shaping up to be biggest game of the seasonReport

DinoScapelli
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Sure, wait ’til Dino is gone, then have lots of fun. I may be thick as a brick, but I can take a hint. I will never come back here again! Tonight. Sleep well, dynastic subjects.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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JG will not be traded.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Good night allReport

Dingo
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4-0, Craps.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Crapitals now up 3-0 over TORReport

Dingo
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Arrghhhhh-onauts. Wait: wrong team.Report

Dingo
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Broons clinch a playoff spot. Leapfrog Toronto for second place.*

*Results pending.Report

MasterAndCommander
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As much as there’s been attention to Marchand’s career season fo goals (39). Pastrnak has been overlooked and has 34.Report

Dingo
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DINGOOOOOOAALLLLLLLLLL!!!Report

MasterAndCommander
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4-0!Report

Dingo
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The Crapitals are helping Boston out by blanking Toronto 2-0, so far.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Yep but Detroit is caving vs. Ottawa.Report

Dingo
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:>(Report

NewEnglandBlight
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Bruins are tearing it up!Report

MasterAndCommander
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I think if they win tonight they are in the playoffs.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Marchand might relate.Report

Dingo
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DINGOOOOO(Stupid Marchand)OOOAAAAALLLLLL!!!!Report

MasterAndCommander
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LOL!!!!Report

MasterAndCommander
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AKA….. DINGOOAAAAAALLL!!! 3-0Report

MasterAndCommander
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Heh heh hehReport

MasterAndCommander
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What happened to the Red Wings…can’t count on them anymore.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Getting back in gear as the listing activity is beginning to warm up. We plan to head down the last weekend of April. Will look at some lots of land as well. We might take the leap and build a simple house with a boathouse.Report

MasterAndCommander
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A little irony. One of the lots is right next door to the house we were supposed to get last year until the realtors effed us up.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Or an invisible electric fenceReport

MasterAndCommander
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LOLReport

Dingo
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If they have kids, get yourself some dingoes, as well.Report

MasterAndCommander
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That goes without saying. When could you visit?Report

Dingo
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I can get the clan there in time for the next major holiday.Report

MasterAndCommander
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DINGOAAAAL!! 2-0Report

MasterAndCommander
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I wasn’t a Simms fan, but he did not deserve to get booted by someone with zilch broadcasting experience.Report

MasterAndCommander
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I could see that. Both had annoying deliveries but could analyze well.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Well, after a such a great season, Marchand reverts to his stupid self with a very dumb penalty. Could be suspended for a couple games. Unless the Bruins win tonight, a playoff spot will be much tougher now.Report

MasterAndCommander
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Recently, no. 4-7 years ago, yes.Report

MasterAndCommander
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HowdyReport

MasterAndCommander
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Just going with Frank’s programReport

DinoScapelli
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Oh, and Trade Jimmy!!!

Good night, you spectral denizens of this sudden ghost town!!!Report

DinoScapelli
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Adrian Peterson would be an excellent fit to replace Legarrette Blount in New England, but with his six or seven children all by different women and his inability to get that his whipping of his young son was a bad thing to do, I really don’t want him on the team. I mean, they apparently won’t pick Joe Mixon because he slugged a girl, but whipping a four year old child with a tree branch doesn’t stop them from considering AD?Report

DinoScapelli
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Am I the only person who thinks that Phil Simms did a pretty good job of in-game commentary?

Tough to imagine Tony Romo being ready to take his spot at #1. Is Romo even interesting, knowledgeable, or eloquent?

However it works out, I feel a bit sorry for him. Seems like a nice fellow, and faded out ignominiously. I always thought he was very overrated, but still.Report

Neil X
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I like Simms. He wasn’t a Pats hater. He respected the Patriots’ excellence. Not a bad announcer.Report

DinoScapelli
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I would be happy to do a positional draft prospect ranking or two for the blog, if only to provide comic relief, but with the Pats currently not picking until the 3rd, I really can’t get excited about the DEs or LBs this team sorely needs. They’ll pick someone I have never heard of, so why bother? Then again, why have I ever bothered? They never take who I like.Report

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WOW, since Ranieri was fired as Leicester HC, they just won all 6 games with the new coach (5 for Premier League, 1 for Champions League).

It is almost as impressive as the title won last year, as they were near the relegation spots 1,5 months ago and they will play the quarter.finals of Champions LeagueReport

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I never thought I would see the day Simms was finally shut up. Hope this is for good.Report

dp73
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http://itiswhatitis.weei.com/sports/newengland/football/patriots/2017/04/04/whats-the-latest-with-legarrette-blount-possibly-returning-to-patriots/

“Blount has every right to want more than what Burkhead is making, but the Patriots wouldn’t be likely to go that high.”

Why not? If the Patriot could afford it then why not pay him more than Burkhead. Blount is a better running back.

I am not convinced Burkhead is a lead back.Report

MrLucky
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Big Blount fan but a lot of RBs will look good when the defense is selling out to stop the pass. Put LgB on another offense and he’s jag. Burkhead isn’t being paid that money to be a lead back. I’m sure they have a lot of plans for him, including ST.Report

bring
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Pats don’t have a lead back – they have situational backs
There are a ton of cheap backs available in the draft – nothing wrong with snagging one or two late….Report

dp73
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There are a ton of cheap backs available in the draft – nothing wrong with snagging one or two late….

Why can’t we sign Blount and add a back in the draft? What backs do you like. Last year the Patriots didn’t draft any.Report

BoSoxJim
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Don’t remind me.Report

MrLucky
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Went to opening day for the first time yesterday. Was perfect April weather for Boston. Crowd went nuts when Brady and the Pats came out.Report

Calipatsfan3473
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Was TB ok after tackling Gronk??Report

HunterCenter
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his pliability was in midseason form! he’ll obviously play past his 70s!Report

Jdog Lemon Head
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Pliable!
Pliable!
What does that even mean?
Pliable!Report

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has something to do with the availability of avocados, I think.Report

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