FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Quick thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:
1. Weis loves Mac: The last thing former New England offensive coordinator Charlie Weis wants to do is preach to the Patriots what to do at the quarterback this off-season. In his blunt way, he put it this way: “I don’t want to be one of those people who tell you how stupid you are if you don’t.”
In that context, Weis, who trained in the team’s first three Super Bowl championships, is at the top of Alabamas Mac Jones as a good fit.
“What are the two most important components of a star quarterback? They have the ‘it’ factor. And they are exactly. He was,” said Weis.
Weis, who played a central role in Tom Brady’s development during the early years of his QB career, initially shared his point of view during an interview on his Sirius XM NFL radio program with co-host Bill Lekas. He was asked to explain this in a subsequent interview with ESPN.com.
One of the reasons for Jones is that he was surrounded by an all-star cast in Alabama, but Weis sees this as more of a positive factor.
“You’re talking about being with good players. Yes, he was with good players. But who is the leader of the offensive when he’s on a team with a lot of stars?” Said Weis. “He had to do all these throws too. I think the kid is an excellent quarterback. He has fewer holes than anyone else.”
The Patriots vote # 15 in the 2021 NFL draft, and ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has them pick Jones in his latest mock draft. ESPN design analyst Todd McShay let Jones go early in his second mock.
Jones’ athleticism is not on par with other top prospects. But Weis, who highlighted how Jones was trained by Nick Saban, one of Bill Belichick’s closest friends, believes his positive traits outweigh any potential concerns.
“If you’re looking for a man who regularly runs 30 meters, this is not your man. But he can move in and out of his pocket and let the ball go when he really needs it.”
“When you talk about it Trevor LawrenceWhat makes him so special is that he can do anything Mac Jones can and He is sporty. [Justin] Fields, really good player. Zach Wilson, really good player. The boy from North Dakota state[[[[Trey Lance]], really good player.
“But this guy [Jones]He’s the one who does all the pieces. All he does is win and trade. “
Weis made a comparison with Drew Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback, when he came from Purdue in 2001.
“He went into the second round because everyone was saying, ‘He doesn’t take snapshots under the middle and his arm isn’t strong enough.’ All he did was play great at Purdue and get almost every pass, “said Weis. “How did that work?”
Mike Reiss boldly predicts a reunion between the Patriots and 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
2nd day time: Tuesday marks the opening of a 15-day window for teams in which they can award the franchise day. If the Patriots plan to think big in the NFL vacant agency with their abundant cap space, this stretch will be telling of potential targets at their biggest non-QB positions of need. Here are the players I watch closest to at these points:
Titans general manager Jon Robinson hinted last week that Smith is not a candidate for the day.
3. Medical examinations: Patriot players are scattered across the country at this point in the off-season, but a handful of them who had rehabilitated after injuries were back at Gillette Stadium last week for a medical exam. The group included cornerback Stephon Gilmore (quad) and wide receiver Julian Edelman (knee).
4. Silent treatment: Many NFL teams currently have their head coach and / or general manager have media availability and say this is a way for them to communicate with their fans. They usually take place at the NFL Combine, but this year they’re taking place virtually, with Robinson (Titans) and Kevin Colbert (Steelers) recently doing. Coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots have traditionally existed with non-internal media.
5. Design nugget: Is there really such a thing as a franchise quarterback? In ESPN’s first draft podcast, Kiper noted that 22 quarterbacks were selected in the first round from 2009 to 2016 and none of them remained on his original team. The last domino? Carson Wentz, who the Eagles agreed to deal with the Colts on Thursday.
6. QB applicants: How could the Lions’ trade with Matthew Stafford affect the Patriots? The Jared Goff acquisition will likely push Detroit 7th out of the QB market, making it a potential candidate for teams looking to trade 8th and also Denver (9th ahead of QB-hungry Carolina). Too early to draft a strategy? Maybe, but in an off-season with convincing potential QB movement, every bite picks up my interest.
7. Cam context: In a recent interview on sports radio WEEI, I shared my point of view that the door is not closed on Cam Newton’s return to the Patriots, which sparked further discussion. Two more thoughts: until the Patriots come up with an answer, they won’t be able to close doors – and while this may not be the Patriots’ first choice and a scenario with longer chances of winning, there is the option of pairing Newton with another QB is different from bringing it back as a unique number 1.
8. Wynn decision: An important decision for the Patriots is the choice of Isaiah Wynn for the 2018 first round as they have to decide whether to pick up his fully guaranteed option for the fifth year for 2022 by May 3 of this year. Franchise link tackles are hard to find, and Wynn could still fit that category. However, given his injury history (18 out of 48 games played), they would take a leap in confidence to reverse that trend.
9. Field upgrade: The last time the FieldTurf playing surface at Gillette Stadium was replaced or upgraded was 2017. A new field is planned for this off-season – the old field has already been removed and a new one needs to be installed before the start of the new season of England Revolution.
10. Did you know: Urban Meyer’s first employees in Jacksonville included 26 assistant coaches. Belichick’s Patriots employees, traditionally one of the smallest in the NFL, had 19 employees last season.