FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Quick thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:
1st off-season of the QB: In an unprecedented off-season of the quarterback movement, it might be just what the Patriots need. The answer to every question should be yes.
Will they be interested in Houston’s Deshaun Watson if his application for a trade is approved? YES.
Sam Darnold from New York and Jimmy Garoppolo from San Francisco, if available? Naturally.
Detroit Matthew Stafford? He’s off the board now.
The Patriots must attend all quarterbacks, if only to understand the trading market and to anticipate the next quarterback domino that could fall into the NFL. For example, if Watson gets the desire to be traded from Houston and land with the Niners, the Patriots could potentially chase Garoppolo.
It’s hard to believe that Houston would want to sell Watson to the Patriots or anywhere in the AFC. But when things don’t go as General Manager Nick Caserio envisions in terms of Watson’s willingness to play for the Texans, Watson is the rare kind of player-coach Bill Belichick can warrant an exception for. The prize would start with multiple picks on the first round (and a few more) and it would be well worth it.
“There are a lot of teams in need of quarterbacks. We’re going to be in this race,” said Devin McCourty, security veteran, on his Double Coverage podcast. “Does Cam [Newton] Come back? Do we get a new quarterback? Nobody knows. “
The Patriots are in good financial shape with a planned salary cap of more than $ 50 million for 2021. You are not facing the financial crisis many teams have to deal with when the cap shrinks in this off-season as expected, impacting the trading market that may limit the number of applicants.
Garoppolo is probably the Patriots’ best option in terms of fit and what it would take to acquire it (less than a first round). But there is no guarantee that San Francisco will be ready to move it unless something possibly better comes.
2. Rare place at 3pm: Scott Fitterer, General Manager of Carolina Panthers, recently raised an issue that is of direct concern to the Patriots. “When you look at the design and build a board, there is a certain player level that ends at 16, 17, or 18,” he said.
Fitterer spent 20 years with the Seattle Seahawks, who, much like the Patriots, picked at the end of the first round and therefore were more inclined to trade back to collect assets.
For this reason, the Patriots’ NFL draft position for 2021 is important. In Belichick’s 20 years as a coach, it’s the fourth-highest the team has picked – after No. 6 in 2001 (Richard Seymour), No. 12 in 2003 (Ty Warren), and No. 10 in 2008 (Jerod Mayo).
This is one of her best ways to find a true blue chip player regardless of your position.
3. QB or not QB: ESPN design analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have released their first mock drafts, and both have ranked the Patriots in 15th quarterbacks, with Kiper projecting Alabamas Mac Jones as a fit. It’s one of the Patriots’ greatest needs, but in Fitterer’s view, the Patriots would have to be convinced they couldn’t get it, as they would risk losing a blue-chip player elsewhere. That’s why I’m leaning on quarterback # 15 at this point.
Mel Kiper Jr. says the connection between Bill Belichick and Nick Saban will be why the Patriots design Mac Jones.
4. McCourty Steps Up Cam: On his podcast, Devin McCourty went through an extensive list of notable quarterbacks who could play elsewhere in 2021, reminding them not to forget Newton. He advocated Newton’s return to New England. “I wouldn’t mind if a lot of these guys quarter my team and I’ll start by saying that I don’t mind seeing my husband Cam Newton again. I thought he was having a hard time [situation] come in [with] No off-season, nothing. “McCourty ended the podcast by choosing Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.
5. Hochstein flattered: Retired offensive coach Dante Scarnecchia often stayed away from rankings in his 33 years with the Patriots, but made an exception last week. Talk to Matt Smith and Bryan Morry about the “Cuddles from the past“Podcast, he cited Wach Russ Hochstein’s performance in the Super Bowl XXXVIII win against the Panthers as a personal highlight.
Hochstein had been kicked on the AFC Championship Game grid because of an injury to Damien Woody, and his former Tampa Bay teammate – the outspoken Warren Sapp – had publicly humiliated him in interviews leading up to the Super Bowl.
“We all saw what Sapp said and did. We never talked about it,” Scarnecchia said on the podcast. “For me this is one of the great moments in my coaching career: Russ, that night and the way he played.”
When 43-year-old Hochstein found out about the comment, he smiled and said he was flattered.
“I have great love and respect for Dante as a true unsung hero who put together offensive lines that weren’t always the most conspicuous, not always the most skillful, but we always played as a group and overcame many things.” “Hochstein told ESPN.com,” He taught me so much about football and was like a second dad to most of us. “
6. Adopted New Englishman: Hochstein, who appeared in 92 games with 20 starts for the Patriots (2002-08), has settled in North Attleboro, Massachusetts. During his time with the Patriots, he met his wife Christine, who grew up in Rhode Island and is a teacher in Massachusetts. You have three children. That explains how the personable Nebraskan native, who works in business development and sales for Brewster Ambulance Service, is now calling New England home.
7. Kraft’s gesture: When local high school hockey player AJ Quetta suffered a spinal cord injury while playing a game on Tuesday, the New England Sports Community gathered to help with his medical care. The patriot owner Robert Kraft called that “Greg Hill Show” on WEEI sports radio and promise to reach $ 25,000. The safety of Patriots Patrick Chung, who signed out of the 2020 NFL season but returned to the stadium for training last week, helped to make it happen, among other things. We hope the support continues and Quetta makes great strides in his recovery.
8. Design nugget: Recipient / kickoff returnees from West Michigan D’Wayne EskridgeWho opened eyes to Senior Bowl practices and projects as a potential top 50 pick and could help satisfy the Patriots’ need for speed and dynamic playability, added a corner kick to his duties as a three-way player in 2019 . He measured 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds in the Senior Bowl.
9. Daly’s awesome experience: Former Patriots Defensive Line Coach Brendan Daly (2004-2018) – now in his second season as runs-game coordinator / defensive line coach for the Chiefs – is back in the Super Bowl for the fifth time in a row and for the sixth time in seven years. Leaving the Patriots after season 18 was a tough job for him. That was the off-season Brian Flores left to become the Miami Dolphins coach. If Daly had been won by Belichick as defensive coordinator, the move to stay might have prevailed. Daly’s wife Keely has Kansas City roots, which was a determining factor.
10. Did you know: The Patriots voted 15th in their history once – quarterback Tony Eason (1983). Since then, only one quarterback has been selected as 15th – Dwayne Haskins Jr. (Washington Football Team, 2019).