Bill Belichick’s Top 10 Patriots Seventh-Round Picks

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Since the Patriots are currently without a first- or second-round pick in this year’s NFL draft, any contributions from their rookie class will have to come from solid late-round selections. Of course, New England’s depth chart is solid enough that it’s unlikely many rookies will have to contribute right away, but every class produces some late-round gems. Here are my choices for Bill Belichick’s best final-round picks as the selector-in-chief of the Patriots.

10. Malcolm Williams, S, 2011: Yes, pickings are slim in the seventh round. Williams makes the list by virtue of having one special teams tackle in Super Bowl XLVI.

9. Darryl Roberts, CB, 2015: Roberts spent his rookie year on IR and was released during final cuts after a tight cornerback competition. He has since caught on with the Jets and started two games in 2016.

8. Michael Buchanan, DE, 2013: Buchanan made the 53-man roster out of camp after a strong 2013 preseason, but in his two years as a Patriot, he only recorded seven tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery.

7. Brandon Deaderick, DE, 2010: The latest-drafted member of the massive ’10 Patriots draft class to make the roster, Deaderick lined up all across the defensive front during his three seasons in Foxboro, recording five sacks and forcing two fumbles.

6. Patrick Pass, FB, 2000: Pass spent seven years in New England and was used as a running back, fullback, and kick returner. He never put up massive stat lines or made spectacular plays, but the versatile Pass is one of the select group of Patriots to earn three rings with the team.

5. Tully Banta-Cain, LB, 2003: Banta-Cain spent two stints as a Patriot spanning a total of six years, earning a pair of Super Bowl rings in the process. After two years in San Francisco, Banta-Cain returned to New England for the 2009 season and recorded a career-high 10 sacks.

4. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, 2012: After punching a policeman, Dennard tumbled down the draft until the Patriots scooped him up in the final round. The talent that had him projected in the early rounds emerged mid-season, as Dennard helped stabilize the secondary as the #2 cornerback opposite newly-acquired Aqib Talib. But after poor play in 2014, Dennard was relegated to the bench. He ended his three-year Patriots career with five interceptions, along with two in the playoffs.

3. David Givens, WR, 2002: Until the drafting of Malcolm Mitchell in 2016, Patriots fans always pointed to the 2002 combo of Deion Branch (second round) and Givens as the last wide receivers Belichick had drafted who actually fit in New England’s system and were able to earn Tom Brady’s trust. Givens’ reception totals rose in each of his four years in Foxboro, but it was in the playoffs that his value was really shown. In three years of postseason play, Givens set the team record for touchdown receptions, reaching the end zone seven times. (Rob Gronkowski has since broken that record with nine.) A terrible injury forced Givens into early retirement after he signed with the Titans in 2006 free agency, but he has always been one of the most valued and underrated contributors of the early ’00s champions.

2. Matt Cassel, QB, 2005: Did you realize that Cassel is still in the league? Surprise; he’s currently Marcus Mariota’s backup in Tennessee. But for the first three years of his career, Cassel was Brady’s backup, and a much-maligned one at that. Fans and media alike were calling for his release after a poor 2008 preseason, but Belichick chose to retain him as the #2 quarterback. Naturally, after Brady went down with a torn ACL in the opening game, Cassel led New England to an 11-5 record the rest of the way. He may have had only one impactful season as a Patriot, but he has parlayed that (along with a Pro Bowl nod in Kansas City) into an 11-years-and-counting career.

1. Julian Edelman, WR, 2009: Everyone knows that Edelman was a quarterback in college who has turned into the Patriots’ #1 wideout and one of Brady’s most trusted targets. But we tend to gloss over the stretch from 2010-12 where Edelman was not a major part of the offense, even filling in at cornerback for a large chunk of the 2011 campaign, and many questions were raised about whether Edelman had a role in the offense. Although it was Danny Amendola who was widely expected to be the heir to the departing Wes Welker in 2013, it turned out to be Edelman who put up then-career-high stats and became first the new slot receiver, then the new top wideout. Entering his ninth season, Number 11 may be behind Brandin Cooks as the Hot Explosive Receiver in New England, but Edelman, a.k.a. Squirrel, a.k.a. Minitron, will be as determined and driven as ever.

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“World’s Oldest Person Dies at 117” – – really? How can she be the world’s oldest person if she is dead?? Color me a semanticist.

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Prayers for the Heap family- what a horrible tragedy.

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An acquaintance of mine did the same thing, backed over his child in the driveway and killed him. Awful. Marriage didn’t survive…..

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I can understand that- don’t know that I could live with myself.

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NBC’s Rebecca Lowe introduced B’s players warming up for hockey “with a spot of the best game in the world” (soccer) in the locker room….Don’t blame her, she’s English…go B’s!!!

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Ok, I’m off to the dreaded saturday work catchup day.. ugh

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4 years ago today… Never forget #BostonStrong
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Wahlberg won’t let me forget!

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I didn’t see the movie. I knew Sean Collier, the MIT cop that was killed. I didn’t want to see a reenactment of his death.

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Todd Heap —>
So tragic. I can’t imagine how he feels.

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There are 3 certainties in life:
Taxes, lines, and MTL getting preferential reffing at home in the playoffs

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Well, there isn’t much going on around here, these days. Hard to get excited about #72 as our first pick, I guess. Easy to get excited about throwing a fat steak on the grill, though! I’m downright giddy.

Oh, and Trade Jimmy!!!

Good night, you ………………………..

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JG is not getting traded. And we’re having tri-tip tonight!!

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Just to finish my thought on Phil Jackson: it’s so bogus that he’s publicly telling Melo to move on from the Knicks. If you want that kind of control over your players, maybe don’t offer them full no-trade clauses? You’re supposedly a genius basketball guy and have more rings than fingers. Try being creative and applying that genius instead of whining to the media. Unless your fastball is really that far gone, in which case maybe YOU should be moving on.

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He needs to go back to Montana.

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I would like to have seen Montana.

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Delta is letting employees offer customers nearly $10,000 in compensation to give up seats on overbooked flights, hoping to avoid an uproar like the one that erupted at United after a passenger was dragged off a jet.

Ok, I’m going to find an overbooked Delta flight somewhere, anywhere!

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It’s coupons for future Delta flights. Still nice to get, but….

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I would have no problem with that.

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I’m in !!

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What is that Pats draft site that lists all the pre-draft visits and private workouts?

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I just tried that one. I found it:
nepatriotsdraft.com

…But they don’t seem to be doing the contacts any more.

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Goodnight all. It is getting old using the code.
I will wait until I hear from Frank.

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G’night Fake DP. I hope you resolve the issue.

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It depends.

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I am the real dp 🙂

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That’s what an imposter would say.

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On the topic of Rooney, by all accounts he was a terrific guy, and certainly a huge light in the NFL constellation. I’m willing to take that at face value, though he may have harbored a slight holier-than-thou attitude towards the Patriots. It is amazing that the Stillers were founded in 1933 (as the Pittsburgh Pirates) by Dan Rooney’s father, Art, and now Art Rooney II will continue the legacy. No other team has that continuity. (OK, the Packers have been publicly owner for longer, but, they were begun by Curly Lambeau and a meat packing company underwrote the enterprise… Read more »
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A meat packing company owned the cheese-heads and in 1936, Don Hutson invented the cheeseburger. True story.

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What? It wasn’t Mayor McCheese?

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According to Wikipedia, the packing company did not own them, they just gave them some operating capital in exchange for naming rights and promotional considerations. The team has been publicly funded in part as early as 1923, and fully public for a long time.

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As for Hutson: “Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger. Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have introduced the cheeseburger in 1926 at the age of 16 when he was working as a fry cook at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, “The Rite Spot”, and “experimentally dropped a slab of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.” An early example of the cheeseburger appearing on a menu is a 1928 menu for the Los Angeles restaurant O’Dell’s which listed a cheeseburger smothered with chili… Read more »
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I no long able to log in for some reason. I have to use the code to post.
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Every once in a while, you have to log back in on the main page. Do you remember your password? Should be easy if you do.

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I have done that before but it is not working this time. I tried changing my password and that is not working either. If I try too many time than i can’t access the site.

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Hmmm, so it’s not working or you can’t remember your password? If the latter, set up a new account and get Frank to approve you. It may be a pain in the arse but it will solve the problem.

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I remember my password but it wasn’t working and then I tried to change it and it would take and let me in. It would send me the code to change my password that is not working.

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I think you’re going to need to e-mail Frank- sounds like you’re account is screwed up. It is showing your avi and it says you’re a member.

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I did email Frank earlier today.

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I will admit that this is strange.

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Don’t you guys see what is going on here? It’s a dp imposter, guaranteed.

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????
Your joking right?

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I’ll settle this, guys…If you’re really DP, what is your favorite professional football team????

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Try completely closing your browser, and/or turn off your computer. Then try to log back in. We all have to re log in every now and again. I just had to.

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I have done that.

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If you aren’t logged in, how come I see your avatar, and you are wearing the badge of a Member?

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Because I am using the code. every time I post. I guess.

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I though we showed up as Guests when we did that.

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Try reloading the page.

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But he has to do the captcha code to post, so he’s not technically logged in…I take it.

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I don’t know which is worse, Dan Rooney dying, Scarface Hernandez being acquitted, or Reiss thinking that Jason McCourty ought to be a Patriot.

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What’s wrong with Jason McCourty?

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Yeah, Can ‘t players have one bad year. Jason could bounce back if healthy.

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He was recovering from groin surgery last year. He’s only 29. Not as if he’s washed up. You can never have enough good CBs. I’d be happy if they signed him.

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I agree. Sometime players have bad years due to slow recovery from injuries

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He is 30 in August, slowing fast over the last four years, and never was a very good CB to begin with. If the price is real low, maybe he could slot in at #4, but hell, Coleman is probably as good or better.

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Slowing over the last 4 years? He was pretty good before his injury two years ago. I don’t think you can call it a 4 year trend. Again, he’s only 29 so his body shouldn’t be breaking down on him yet.

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He has never been that good, and he has not produced much at all the last four years. That’s why Tennessee is letting him go, and replacing him with Logan Ryan.

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and Jimmy G won’t be traded 😛

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No he won’t.

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That’s a sad state of affairs.

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hello

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Well, hello, sailor!

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“Hey dad why is my sister named Teresa?”
“Because your mom loves Easter and it’s an anagram of Easter!”
“Thanks dad!”
“No problem Alan.”

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Aww the dad loves The Lion King

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I’ve text this joke to a few people already. They all laughed

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The Zenmaster doesn’t seem so zen these days, publicly stating that Carmelo would be better of playing for someone other than the Knicks.

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Phil should retire.

rondo723
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“I did it with Jordan and Pippen. I did it with Shaq and Kobe. What am I missing?”

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So does Dwayne Allen get moved down to #3 on the TE depth chart or….

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Great question to ask Mike Reese.

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Don’t think he’s a TE anymore…he’s been in jail for a while…

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Pretty quiet on ESPN about the Eli thing- if it had been TB it would have been all over the place.

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What happened with Eli?

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Just a little fraudulent memorabilia. Obviously nothing to talk about.

NHBruh
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Well, obviously he is not a Pat. So nothing to see there, move along.

NHBruh
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Some scandal about him “forging” used equipment and giving those out as game-used ones.

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Got caught passing off non-game worn helmets as game worn to some memorabilia dealer.

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Marshawn signs with Raiders.

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Just give them the Lombardi!!

Dingo
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Only the Bills can award themselves preseason Lombardis. :>P

Calipatsfan3473
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Seahawks still hold his rights- they need to trade him.

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Did any team pick up Nick Mangold??

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Probably a lot easier than trying to pick up Holly…

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I’d say they’re about the same.

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badass

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Jets should sign her.

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When do we get an all McCourty secondary?

Calipatsfan3473
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Never.

Jdog Lemon Head
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Not with that attitude, mister!

LaFeteMattDog
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My impression is, they’re twins. So Jason is just as good as Devin. Wouldn’t you want two of them back there?

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Jason seems to have slowed down the past couple of seasons.

LaFeteMattDog
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Last year he was recovering from offseason groin surgery but that shouldn’t affect him long-term. I don’t know how he did…maybe someone from the advanced stat community can tell us if he’s still good?

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Soon. He’s been spotted at Logan…
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LOL!!!!

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Jdog, that’s Devin.

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That’s racist!

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Does he have the pink suitcase?

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I served on a jury on a case that could’ve put the guy away for a very long time. It’s really difficult being a juror and having to come to an agreement — Esp when someone’s life is on the line and you don’t have proof beyond a reasonable doubt. I know a few of us thought guy was guilty of trying to blow up a car (unsuccessful) but there wasn’t definitive video proof that it was him. He had the knowledge and motive but we couldn’t pin it on him. Most of the other jurors couldn’t in good conscience… Read more »
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I didn’t know they let lemon heads serve on jurys now.

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Just the Asian lemon heads

Dingo
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The judge booted him for lime under oath.

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I tried to ap-peel.

Dingo
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They caught you juicing, as well.

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You’re all out of order.

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Orange you clever?

Jdog Lemon Head
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I thought so, but I do like your zest

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I’ve been on several juries but never a murder trial- has to be nerve wracking.

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Rotoworld: NFL suspended CB Nick Marshall four games for violating the league’s PED policy.
He’s the third Jet to be suspended this offseason, joining teammates Austin Seferian-Jenkins (two games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy) and Jalin Marshall (four games for PEDs). Marshall filled a special teams role for the Jets last season, returning six punts for 39 yards and 12 kickoffs for 228 yards over eight games.

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They should just suspend the entire Jets organization.

Dingo
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They have been suspended from Super Bowl participation for three decades.

NHBruh
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The suspension was only for 25 years. The other years were voluntary.

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No cap relief for the Pats, dammit!

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The owners paid off the jury 🙂

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Why would this case have mattered for cap relief?

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I believe they can recover some of the cap spent on him in 2012. I think double murder violates the conduct policy…or something like that. I think I remember reading that somewhere. Probably from Miguel.

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Paraphrasing Costanza: “If I had any idea that such behavior was frowned upon, I wouldn’t have engaged in it”

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May be being found guilty of the gun charges will be good enough.

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I have read Miguel’s tweet about this. What I don’t understand is how this matters. Why doesn’t Lloyd’s murder conviction give relief to the Pats? What is different about this case?

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Lloyd’s murder occurred in 2013. They couldn’t get relief for years prior to that.
Not sure if getting convicted of carrying an unlicensed weapon is enough to qualify.

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That is better, thanks for explaining. But if an incident happened in prior years, but Hernandez played that year, why do the Pats expect relief for those years?

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That I can’t answer for sure. Must be something written into the CBA or the owners’ by-laws.

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I think the summary of it is that in signing his extension, Hernandez represented that there were no reasons he wouldn’t be able to play it out, and murdering people before signing could be construed as him lying when he signed it.
The murder of Odin Lloyd was after the extension, so the terms of it aren’t tied in anyway to whether or not he murdered Lloyd.

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You jinxed us the moment you mentioned the amount of relief we would’ve gotten!! Jk lol

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↑— This guy gets it! #BoSoxJinx

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Man, who cares?

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Do I really need the smiley? 🙂

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I see you. Just feel for the families of the slain. “Actually the SUV might have shot them” isn’t a very comforting resolution.

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I actually have a connection to one of the families. My friend/co-worker dated one of the victims sisters. He was telling me he was going to take the car that was shot at the day it happened but didn’t and when he saw it on the news he recognized it right away.

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Wow!

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Can’t afford Butler now- trade coming.

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They have $19M cap space. They can afford to have him on the roster this year either way.

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I still think he gets traded.

NHBruh
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But not being able to afford him, wouldn’t be the reason.

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He still will serve his sentence of life in prison without a possibility of parole for killing Lloyd.

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Unless he wins his appeal 😈

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So…. you’re saying there’s a chance?

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Holy crap! Of all the charges, he was only found guilty of possessing an illegal weapon.

evaldes101993
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I’m more shocked than Arthur blank on the field at overtime

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And here we go…

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Not Guilty!

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Mike Reese Verified account
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Verdict in: Patriots found guilty of being generally aware of Aaron Hernandez. Fined 1 million dollars; loss o 2018 1st round pick.

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Mike Reese is back!

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Hernandez Verdict is in —->
If he’s found not guilty, I hope he doesn’t try to kill BB or Kraft for cutting him.

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You cut me, I cut you!

Jdog Lemon Head
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Everybody cut, everybody cut

BoSoxJim
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kick off the bloody shoes

evaldes101993
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We need the cap relief to sign Butler so if he’s guilty, $$$

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Do we really get cap relief? I thought it was over and done with

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I think the Pats get about $3MM of relief if he gets convicted….again. Not sure if it’s this season or next season.

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Adam Schefter ✔ @AdamSchefter
Former Falcons WR Roddy White announced he is officially retiring from the NFL.

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New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty explains why he will skip White House visit

http://blog.masslive.com/patriots/2017/04/new_england_patriots_s.html

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Speaking at a Boston University event Friday morning, McCourty explained his decision to skip the trip. “For me, it was just the different things that come out of the White House or the administration just didn’t agree or align with some of my views,” McCourty said, via ESPN’s The Undefeated. “I talked to Chris Long. I thought he said it the best. He has a young son. And he said, whatever happens from this administration, he doesn’t want his son to grow up and say, ‘Dad, you knew that was the wrong thing to do at the time. Why did… Read more »
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“And you look at it now, I’m a new dad. And my daughter is growing up in this country…How will I explain to her why is there a photo op of me shaking someone’s hand if I didn’t agree with him? … I think it’s an individual decision. I think everyone on our team has the right to go or not go. But I think you should do what’s best for you. Do what you think is right.”

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Not sure why you’re getting down voted if you are only posting news.

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I think people have expressed that they don’t want to hear political news. (I was not one of them, nor have I downvoted Smack. Just explaining.)

evaldes101993
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That makes a lot of sense now. Thanks for clarifying, NHBruh

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Another thing is if people wanted to read the story, they would click on the link. No need to post the whole story and needlessly push down the rest of the posts.
Or at least keep it contained to one post so that the auto-hide feature can kick in.

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98.5 The Sports Hub ✔ @985TheSportsHub
Report: Robert Kraft Was Angry With Jerry Jones Over Raiders’ Move To Las Vegas

boston.cbslocal.com/2017/04/14/report-robert-kraft-was-angry-with-jerry-jones-over-raiders-move-to-las-vegas/ …

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Go Patriots

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Controversial.

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That was a test I game having problems logging in. This system logged me out.

Neil X
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Yeah, it logs me off every couple of weeks or so. Probably a good security idea.

Calipatsfan3473
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Does it to me too.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Me too

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Is anyone else interested in the fact that the Aaron Hernandez jury has been deliberating 6 days now without a verdict? Odd.

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I noticed that too. It strikes me as if they’ve been effectively convinced a not guilty verdict is appropriate (presumably owing to technicalities) and are hesitating to deliver it.

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Were they instructed of the cap implications?

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Maybe he’ll be found not guilty and then he can re-join the Pats. Oh, wait……

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Did the NFL launch a “convict league”?

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I didn’t pay attention to the trial but I read something about how the jury wanted clarification about the witnesses plea deal and the judge said you’re not supposed to rely solely on a witness who’s been granted immunity (referring to Bradley.) If there isn’t other compelling evidence, maybe they don’t convict him.

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I haven’t followed it. I have only read some headlines. He is serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole already.

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Yeah, it does seem to be kind of a waste of time and money to try him for more murders. But maybe he could actually somehow eventually be released if they didn’t bother to convict him of these two additional murders.

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Stranger things have happened.

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@Trags Celtics coaches loved his work ethic in Summer League. Now Abdel Nader is D-League Rookie of Year
Native of BALLexandria

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Scorpion stings passenger on United Airlines flight

The same day a passenger was infamously dragged off a United plane in Chicago, a man on a United flight from Houston to Calgary was allegedly stung by a scorpion.
The venomous creature fell from an overhead bin and landed on Richard Bell’s hair as he was eating lunch Sunday in his business class seat, according to his wife Linda.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/13/health/scorpion-united-airlines-flight-trnd/index.html

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They should market themselves as “Adventures Airlines”

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Baseball-related post, but this is a great graphic from Fangraphs:
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hugowasmyhomeboy
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So far this year, more than 1/3 of the plate appearances are ending with a HR, walk, or strikeout. 11% increase since 1976, or more than 1 in 10.

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That’s a drop of less than 10% over a 40 years span that is made to look worse by elongating the vertical axis

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10% of all plate appearances is a huge drop.

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Rich Hill @PP_Rich_Hill
Former Titans CB Jason McCourty wants to play with his brother, Patriots FS Devin McCourty

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Report: Giants have expressed interest in Jared Odrick

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Adam Schefter‏@AdamSchefter
Former Giants’ DT Johnathan Hankins, the top-rated available free agent, is signing a 3-year, $30M deal with Colts, source tells ESPN.

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That is soooooo yesterday.

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It’s my way to honor Matt Light 🙂

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Since today appears to be RB thoughts day…. He might be a worse person, but Mixon is a better RB than Fournette. Curious to see how fans/the media handles his NFL success. Idk if Joe Williams fits the Pats in terms of dedication to football, and he’s only 210 lbs, but he’s an interesting potential pro. I like his “tape” a lot. Marlon Mack is big and fast but he’s more of an athlete than a runner, runs a lot like Tre’ Mason. Ordinary prospect imo. James Conner is highly regarded but I don’t see it. Don’t like his ability… Read more »
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Watch Conner from 2014. This past year he didn’t have a full off-season to get ready for football as he was getting treatment/recovering from cancer.

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Will do. Also need to give McNichols a look.

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” Curious to see how fans/the media handles his NFL success.”

Hmmm. There is never a guarantee of success in the NFL, no matter how good a player performed in college.

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You get my point. Frank Clark’s collegiate transgressions have been basically ignored on the air. They’ve tiptoed around Tyreek Hill’s past. Whether he’s successful or not, the moment he gets on the field it will be the elephant in the room.

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I think you meant “You don’t get my point.” I do agree with that part of your post. Definitely Mixon’s past is not going away. Just like AP’s past transgressions are mentioned in almost every article about him.