Cap Scratch Fever: 5 X 5 Wildcards

-by Mr. Scratch

In the previous article we took a look at the Patriots’ current roster situation along with their cap situation and some potential options for relief. Now we’ll delve into the five biggest decisions they face (or could face) that will most impact their free agency course:

1) Trey Flowers

The Patriots’ offseason essentially hinges on Flowers. While some suggest the Patriots won’t use the prohibitive price of the franchise tag to retain him and that his market is somewhat suppressed since he doesn’t record high sack totals, I look at it differently.

In my opinion, Flowers may not just be one of the top DL in a very good free agent crop but also one of the most valuable DL in the entire league. Flowers is the โ€œnew-ageโ€ prototype at the position where 4-3, 3-4, and nickel concepts are starting to meld. He’s a more than capable edge rusher who can play 5-tech in 30 fronts and 3-tech in sub rush. He’s become the proverbial queen on the chess board of the defensive front. I even think he can play 3-tech in a base 40 front if called on.

We next need to look at his market. While plenty of teams could very well be in the hunt for his services, two of the three teams that currently possess the most salary cap space in the league, the Jets and Bills, reside in the Patriots’ division. Flowers’ defensive coach this season, Brian Flores, just took over the reigns on the remaining AFC East team and will likely look to replace the aging Cameron Wake. His defensive coordinator from last year, Matt Patricia, is currently running the show in Detroit and will also likely be looking for a replacement, this time to take the place of the formerly franchise-tagged Ziggy Ansah.

Finally, as was discussed previously, the Patriots defense was largely comprised of players in their late 20s and early 30s last year, in or past the hot zone for most of their key players. While J.C. Jackson had a very promising season, it’s easy to forget that he only started for the last third of the year and was still an undrafted rookie. Flowers, just turning 26, is really the only proven asset entering his prime age that New England has on the defensive side.

The tag will cost somewhere around or over $18M. But it is almost imperative that New England uses it if they want to retain Flowers.

2) Rob Gronkowski

After a shaky and somewhat lackluster season, Gronk turned his play on in the playoffs and started to resemble the player we knew. The injury toll looks to have caught up to him and it is uncertain how much he has left – if he even returns. His $12M cap number this year is prohibitive. The Patriots would free $10M of that with a straight-up release. Could they find common ground in a renegotiation? It’s possible. But there are two things to keep mind: 1) Gronk essentially nixed a trade last year which suggests the Patriots were already to move on at that point, and 2) he then pushed for renegotiation of his current deal which the Patriots did by adding incentives. That might not tank a return, but it will be remembered.

3) the McCourty twins

As a career Patriot, defensive stalwart, and team captain who is coming off another good season, Devin McCourty’s future should be his call. While 2019 would likely be his last season in New England, he has hinted at calling it quits now. Jason’s situation is a little more murky. As an unrestricted free agent he has an open choice. He could retire if he feels he’s done, but coming off a very solid season himself, he likely will have a choice: return for New England for one more run or look to go somewhere else for one more payday.ย [ED. NOTE: Since writing, both McCourtys have stated that they intend to play in 2019.]

4) Dont’a Hightower

Hightower had a rough season while looking slow and often disappearing in games. He recorded 48 tackles, 1 interception, 1 sack, 3 tackles for loss and 6 QB hits. However, he played in 15 games, the second-most ever in his career. Come the playoffs, like Gronkowski, he seemed rejuvenated and was a key cog on the defense, especially in pass rush. He’ll turn 29 years old this year. But there were players behind Hightower and Kyle Van Noy, and their contributions came, although quietly. Elandon Roberts, although he did not put up lofty numbers, had a productive season. Rookie LB Ja’Whaun Bentley was getting significant playing time and showed glimpses of high-end production early in the season before landing on IR. Considering his drop in production, age, injury history, and lofty cap number ($11.9M), Hightower’s future in New England is in doubt. Hightower would be a $5M cap hit and $5.9M cap savings if released. However, if the Patriots designated him a post-June 1 cut, they could push half of his cap hit into 2020 and open up $8.4M.

5) Josh Gordon

Gordon’s situation is more interesting than impactful. He’ll become a RFA after finally logging his third year of service time, having played just 10 games in the previous four seasons. That should mean that the Patriots would need to tender him to retain his rights but that money shouldn’t count against the cap until he is reinstated, at which point he could be looking at a lengthy suspension. At a second-round level, the tender projects to be $3.1M. But if Gordon’s suspension were to run most of or all of the 2019 season, he wouldn’t accrue another year of service time and (I believe) we’d be right back here again next year.

Ordinarily, for a troubled player with as many issues as he has had, a repeat offender and possible significant distraction, the best idea would be to move on. However, this free agency WR market kicked off just before New Year’s, with Quincy Enunwa receiving a four-year, $36M deal from the Jets. Enunwa, last season, caught 38 passes for 440 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. Meanwhile, in 11 games as a Patriots, Josh Gordon caught 40 balls for 720 yards and three touchdowns. Combined with the Patriots lack of depth at the position, this makes for an interesting decision.

Whether Gordon has a desire to return and feels he is able, and if Patriots would even consider it or feel that they could actually ever rely on him, is still an unknown. But this year’s free agent WR class is weak, and the money for mediocrity this year could be exorbitant.

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Nuggets have a chance to take over sole possession of first in the West tonight. Just sayin’….

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Who? ๐Ÿ™‚

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AHL team?

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YEAH WELL, UH….uhh…yeah, I got nothin’. GO NUGS!!!

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does it really matter?

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Regarding other teams, Vegas isn’t having quite the season as last year but they’ll make the playoffs and show last year wasn’t a fluke.

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Bruins show Tampa Bay is not invincible.

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Classic blue collar team vs. white collar team concept,, a la BoSox vs. Yankees (pre-2018).

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And both goalies are playing well… Seems like Tuuka. Is out of his early season funk

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Bruins out-shoot TB 41-21.

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BROOOONS win!!!!!!!

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And right After killing the penalty, they get another. Up 4-1 but this opens the door a bit for TB.

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Another crappy PP and now they are on the PK.

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Break up the Broons! Howdy MAC!

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Hi. Dingo. Filling in for ya’.

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Frank: “Dingo, you ever hear of Wally Pipp?”

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Corbin will be a marked man

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Aaaaaaaand we head to something something something time with the Bruins up 1-0.

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DINGOOOOAAAALLLL

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Maybe Tampa Bay being 18 points ahead is part of it, but given both teams have gotten points in 14 plus games you would have thought the game would have more of a playoff feel.

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Nobody cares.

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Luv ya, MAC. ๐Ÿ™‚

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FIGHT!!!!

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Bruins on NBCSN.

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I just noticed that the end of the URL for this page is “__trashed-5”. I have no idea how that happened.

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WordPress is what happened. (poo emoji)

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You must’ve been drinking 5 drinks

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What, you’ve never heard of quintuple fisting?

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The good news for the Cs is that everything will be resolved one way or the other in July.

This season is doomed because of that.

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“Do not let a woman who decorates her buttocks deceive you, By wily coaxing, for she is after your granary;”
-Hesiod, c. 700 B.C.

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“I’ve got hoes/In different area codes”
-Ludacris, c. 2001 C.E.

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I wonder why Schiano didn’t get any consideration to be OSU’s HC.

He still hasn’t officially been announced as a Pats coach, right?

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I think they didn’t really like him. I know the fans didn’t really like him.

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Well thank god he’s coming to NE then!

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No one likes NE anyway.

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I know that some players from Rutgers seem happy that he’s going to be their DC. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I haven’t actually heard any quotes about him from the Rutgers players.

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https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/patriots/mccourty-brothers-weigh-greg-schianos-addition-patriots-staff

Their comments have more to do with respect and less about happiness ๐Ÿ™‚

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Do any of the Patriots’ coordinators or position coaches go to the combine?

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Does Kraft have a position coach?

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Pretty sure Kraft is why Easterby bailed.

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He is. Good for Jack though.

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You saw this quote, right jim?

โ€œHe felt his time with the team had run its course and the Robert Kraft prostitution arrest does not sit well with him.โ€

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I bet when Slater retires, this will be his new job with the Pats.

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Also the fact that he led bible study sessions and other stuff like that.

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Good for him

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I’m still rooting for the Patriots but I will no longer say anything good about Kraft.

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Yeah, his name’s Kam A. Sutra

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Where’s Yo to yell, “DEEP THROAT!”

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I believe some have in the past. Dante has before.

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I still find it odd that Schiano hasn’t been officially brought aboard yet. I was wondering if the DC typicallly went to the combine.

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I think it is possible that they are waiting to announce them as a group. Take a look at the web site, there aren’t many hired at this point.

https://www.patriots.com/team/coaches-roster/

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Patriots don’t announce coaching staff until later. And even then it’s usually informal.

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I don’t recall…seems like mostly scouts.

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Another Pats meeting – Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis

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๐Ÿ™‚

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One of your guys, then?

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In other words, another guy we won’t sign or will be cursed.

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All of these RB interviews don’t bode well for Jeremy Hill’s continued presence on the roster.

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None of the RBs interviewed so far would fill Hill’s role.

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Interesting. I know nothing of the players in the draft, so that’s informative. Are they all pass catching backs? Maybe they’re worried about sony’s ability to catch the ball..

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How much longer do we have James White? Seems like our pass catching back leaves and we just get a new one.

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Trayveon Williams and Tony Pollard are both pass catchers (they can run the ball as well). Miles Sanders wasn’t used much in the passing game. Doesn’t mean he can’t catch, just that it’s tough to say right now.

The combine/pro day and workouts will help determine that.

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Williams is projected to go in the 2nd round. Pollard and Sanders in the later rounds.

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Actually, Williams’ projection is all over the place.

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CB Malcolm Butler, Tennessee Titans OVERALL GRADE FROM WEEKS 1-9: 51.9 OVERALL GRADE FROM WEEKS 10-17: 80.2 To put it mildly, things did not go well for Malcolm Butler in the first half of the season. He registered a shockingly low coverage grade of 53.4 and allowed over 100 yards receiving three times in Weeks 1-9. Fortunately for Tennessee, Butler reminded them exactly why they coveted him in free agency by finishing the season with an 83.1 coverage grade over their final eight games. His passer rating allowed fell from an astronomical 141.8 in the first half of the season… Read more »

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Will the real Malcolm Butler please stand up?

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The number of years + no opt out on the Harper deal makes me wonder if the Phillies are projecting that the NL will adopt the DH soon

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Nora Princiotti @NoraPrinciotti 10m
New from me and @BenVolin: Jack Easterby, the Patriots โ€œcharacter coachโ€ whose role with the team had expanded greatly and who helped Belichick with personnel decisions, has left the team. Another significant coaching departure this offseason.

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That stinks. I liked the story on him. Seemed like a great guy that everyone leaned on.

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“He felt his time with the team had run its course and the Robert Kraft prostitution arrest does not sit well with him.”

Good job, RKK.

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Good for him. Standing up for his morals and beliefs.

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Evan Lazar @ezlazar 5m
Four players confirmed that they met with the #Patriots at some point out of the guys I talked to today: TAMU RB Trayveon Williams, #PSU RB Miles Sanders, #AlabamaState OT Tytus Howard, #KansasState OT Dalton Risner (senior bowl)

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I’d be pretty surprised if the Pats used a high draft pick on an RB.

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Wouldn’t have to for Sanders.

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There’s no way the Red Sox pay Mookie Harper money, is there?

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I don’t mind paying Mookie a record or near-record AAV. It’s the years that scare me.

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It’s not the money, it’s the years.

If this deal is structured wisely with the Phillies going in now during his prime years and then has a declining back end, it looks like it could be a solid deal.

But, until, there’s no one giving 10 year deals anymore, that seems more the norm.

i.e.- Harpers aav is only $25.4M. Arenado got 8 years but an aav of $32.5M

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I hear you. It’s tough to know how much a player like Mookie, for whom speed is such an important part of the game, will age. But yeah, there always seems to be some GM that will give a 10 year deal.

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Not just speed. baseball people have always said the quick hands go first. And if you look at the pitch tracking data, it actually corroborates it. The skill that declines first is their ability to make contact with balls outside the strike zone (O-Contact%). Meanwhile, across the population of players you’d find that on average, they continually develop better patience and selectivity.
What makes Mookie a star? Quickest hands in the league, and his batting eye is already damn near perfect.

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@RapSheet Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf, of social media fame, measured in at 6-foot-3 and 3/8 and 228 pounds… with 1.6% body fat
Holy genetics batman

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How fast is he?

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Very. 4.45? His overall skill as a WR (route running, intelligence) might be up to question but he’s a specimen.

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That nfl.com mock I mentioned earlier has him going in the 20s.

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He’s like Josh Gordon (at least pre-injury) in that he’s so big and so fast, that all it takes is breaking one tackle on a slant and he’s gone.

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Yeah. The after workout photo that went viral had me a little worried.

It looked like he bulked up too much, but it turned out that it was the effect of taking a picture right after a workout and perhaps some favorable lighting ๐Ÿ™‚

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Well, at least we can stop the “should the Pats take a look at Demarius Thomas” BS now.

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It still leaves 200 other washed up veterans for folks to pine over.

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Interesting. The AAV on that deal is only 25.4M. Arenado got $32.5M with an opt out.

May not be too bad if if peak years are paid accordingly as are decline.

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Pats met with Greg “not the wide receiver” Little at the combine ->

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@michaelFhurley He’s going to buy so many flying cars.
lmao

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Harper to the Phillies! 13 years, $330M

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wowwww that money tho

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Bat-first guy, coming off a down year. Who says no one wants to pay free agents?

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The AAV is lower than I thought it would be. Probably a tradeoff for getting so many years

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“Maybe I’m not so committed to football anymore” – Kyler Murray

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13 years? Is that a joke?

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Mookie looking for 14 years 380M? ๐Ÿ™‚

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I didn’t realize MLB contracts were that long – good gracious

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They’re generally longer than football but 13 years is unprecedented.

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Harper is just so young. This coming season he’ll be 26. So they’re paying for age 26 through age 38.

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I think Stanton’s was/is that long but he had some opt outs in the deal

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MLB salaries are pretty much guaranteed, right?

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Fully

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Crazy years.

Similar ballpark to the Nats. Will be interesting to see his BA going forward. He had to hit .300 after the All Star Game in order to hit .249. He was hitting .214 before the All Star Game.

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I don’t think it’s just a baseball decision. He’s the closest thing to a household name type of star in baseball. IMO that’s part of what they’re paying for.

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The # of years even hurt a rich team like the Yankees.

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Why did I sign
a 30 year contract?
That’s such a long time,
I see that now!

-Tim Meadows on SNL.

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Nick Caserio on Tom Brady, the 2019 Draft & more
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7tMsqSEscY

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I wonder if Jason Witten was going to get fired from MNF and decided to get out ahead of it

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You can’t fire me, I quit!

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Can’t imagine he’s in any kind of shape to come back

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Round is a shape

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ah – so he’s coming back to play guard

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Sean McVay gives great insight into how Patriots’ defense won Super Bowl LIII
https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/patriots/sean-mcvay-gives-great-insight-how-patriots-defense-won-super-bowl-liii

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Right now at 32, I like Montez Sweat, Jerry Tillery, and Zach Allen. They probably have to trade up for Sweat. Maybe also Tillery. Allen will be there.
Isaiah Buggs and Jonathan Ledbetter are some plausible lower round guys. Buggs schooled star LT Greg Little from Ole Miss, he’s more of a run defender but he can play.

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I like all of those players as well. Buggs is definitely a run plugger. Wouldn’t expect him to give you anything as far as pass rush goes. But every team needs run pluggers.

Little is a frustrating prospect. You watch him at times and you think he’s the best OT in the draft. But then there are times where he loses battles to scrubs.

Right now, 6 or 7 of my top 10 edge guys could all be gone before the Pats select at 32.

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Yeah Buggs is a DE/DT hybrid for us, I think he could give some pocket collapsing, I just wouldn’t expect sacks.
Ledbetter is the closest thing to replicating that Trey Flowers hybrid DL role I’ve seen outside of obvious studs. He’s punches way above his weight class.

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I think Hockenson is not a Pats target because he will be most likely a top 15 player, safest pick in the draft.
Which other TE do you like? Noah Fant, Irv Smith, Caleb Wilson, Jace Sternberger, Kaden Smith or anyone else?

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FWIW: Here is my wish list (offense) as it currently stands.

Please note that this is a work in progress (especially those that are v1).

Some groups (like WR) will have a boatload of players listed (some ranked, some waiting to be ranked, or those that would be late-round fliers/UDFAs, etc.) As time goes on, the list of players should shrink, rankings will change, etc.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ye_TP25RHTReKTgcn2TXFecc7tWtT8pAS2T9EVXan7E/edit?usp=sharing

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I’m still trying to figure out Caleb Wilson. His production says I should like him, but I just don’t right now.

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@tomecurran
Bennett to Gronk … “Put the Robin signal in the air, Batman … Robin’s coming BACK!”

Next column … Bennett is loose; Would Marty B good for the Patriots …

I’ll be that dude that would love to see Gronk and Bennett back with the Pats. We never really got to see the two of them in the offense together.

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1 game, against the Browns

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My statement stands.

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Jim, I agree with you re: Ferguson, I think he’s a tweener, not that big or well-developed as a power rusher, but lacks suddenness and bend to be a speed rusher. I don’t like him for the Pats or in general.
Its not an exact comparison, but the tweenerishness reminds me of former LSU DE Sam Montgomery.

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Well, he’s about 260 lbs right now. Not too far off from what Flowers weighs. Ferguson played at 280 pounds in 2017 but that seemed to be too heavy for him.

I can definitely see him in the Trey Flowers role on the Patriots. Pretty much all the things they said about Flowers coming out of college can be said about Ferguson.

Flowers motor was always on whereas you can see some plays where Ferguson isn’t always going 100% (that may have been conditioning though). That would have to improve.

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He’s a big dude, I just don’t think he plays with that much force on tape

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I think part of that is his level of competition (he could get away with less than 100%). He would have been better served playing in a Power 5 conference. He did play well vs. LSU though.

I wouldn’t take him in the 1st though.

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Yeah, he doesn’t have much of a plan as a pass rusher. I was disappointed in that regard, because he’s a senior I expected to see more polish.

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Kraft pleads not guilty.

He’s all in now…

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That’s what got him in trouble in the first place…

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Well done.

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Does he really want the tape to come out?
Was he the only only John to get a real massage , twice ?

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Well, undercover cops went in and received massages from the ladies.

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But they say they have him on tape receiving services that don’t come with a normal massage. I don’t understand why he’s pleading not guilty. I would think the judge would be less lenient on him for doing this.

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Maybe he’s setting up for a plea bargain

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You never want to plead guilty at an arraignment, especially if you just hired a high power defense attorney. You want to see their whole hand in discovery. And that opens a negotiating window with prosecutors.

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It seems like their human trafficking claims were highly exaggerated at best. In order to save face they may want to convict a high profile guy like Kraft.

But you and Jdog are right, this is probably standard procedure to get a plea deal.

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Well, with the same of the things that are coming out there’s a very good chance that evidence could get ruled out. This bomb threat allegation is particularly disturbing.

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A Massage Envy commercial came on ESPN just as I started reading this. Forget happy endings, I don’t even understand why people want massages period. I was given a gift certificate for one once, it was so boring I couldn’t stay for the full time. I told her to stop and I left.

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What is Isabella’s draft projection? We may not get him if we want him because I think everyone is starting to drink the Kool-Aid. He’s gaining steam and getting a lot of hype. He’s now working with Moss.

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He’s been working with Moss for a while now.

I’ve seen 4th round projections (people still see him as a white, slot-only receiver). If he does what I think he can do at the combine, he could find himself in the late 2nd.

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Thanks. Just seeing if teams will reach for him because he could be the next Edelman.

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That’s just it, he may not be the next Edelman. He could be more like the next Tyreek Hill.

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Or he could also be the next TJ Moe…

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Not even close to being the same receiver.

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They’re both white. All white receivers are the same, right?

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Jason Witten coming out of retirement. Any chance Booger can too??

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That snot an option.

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Mercifully ends the worst MNF broadcast tea ever. When did that become a “C” job?

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Ever since they got rid of Hank Williams doing the MNF song…

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NFL.com is mocking OSU DL Dre’Mont Jones to NE at #32.

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So much depends on resigning Flowers.

I could also see the Patriots drafting a LT because of Wynn being an unknown due to his health.

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I don’t think going after an edge depends on Flowers. If they lose him then they’ll just need to somehow find two.

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Too early, IMO. Although he is a player I would like the Pats to have. Won’t offer much vs. the run but he is a force as a pass rusher.

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I think 32 would be a good place to take him for a team with a different scheme. Not the Pats.