in tonight's show.
I have a whole lot of New England Patriots stuff I want to talk about.
The New England Patriots have already had a tough offseason.
Julian Edelman got arrested a couple of weeks ago, and now their second round draft pick, cornerback Dewan Williams, has been arrested after a routine traffic stop.
The Patriots specialty ace team captain and former Walter Payton Award winner Matthew Slater has decided he's not done playing football, and he would like to return to New England if Bill Belichick wants him back.
Antonio Brown played one game for the Patriots, but now it seems like he will forever walk around with the former Patriot mantra attached to him.
And unfortunately, things haven't gotten better for ABC since his release from the Patriots, and now he's found himself in a whole heap of trouble.
Tom Brady's contract situation.
She seems to be a story that will not go away until something happened.
Theory that the Patriots won't be so patient with Brady and that they will, they will want him to make a decision sooner rather than later.
Bilbao checking his coaches and scouts.
They are at the Senior Bowl and apparently Everybody in Patriots gear is salivating over one young receiver and nobody has ever had a lot of faith.
And Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe's East 60 that's coming out on ESPN.
We're all going to get to hear about how he never thought Tom Brady would be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
But since the Patriots are chilling out at the Senior Bowl, I'm going to start this show by talking about five draft prospects that are currently playing in the Senior Bowl that the Patriots should really consider drafting in the 2020 NFL draft.
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So the first thing I want to start with today, of course, is looking at some draft prospects that could possibly come out of the Senior Bowl.
The Patriots for the last few years, have been busy on this weekend preparing for the championship game.
They have been able to send their full coaching compliment.
They had to send Justice Scouts.
But this year we heard that Caesarea was down there.
Ballot Shack is down there.
His son is down there.
Steve Ball check.
Mayo is down there.
They got the whole crew down there today.
I was reading an article on Pat's pulpit, and they actually were sort of patrons dot com.
And they got into like, 15 different players that the Patriots should consider taking in the draft.
And they were really they didn't break it down by just like, Who's the best player out there? You know, because obviously, if they could get their hands on like a burrow, they would.
But that's just not gonna happen.
It really broke down by the position needs and sort of where the drafting, where the pages will be sitting in the draft and the positional needs of the Patriots, especially with a lot of upcoming free agency coming.
I've already conceded that.
I believe Kyle Van Noy will not be returning to the Patriots this season.
I've already talked about that.
I think there's a good chance that Joe Tooni doesn't return to the Patriots.
I believe that he's guarded himself a lot of attention and he's gonna get himself a great big salary somewhere.
They need to address positions like the offensive line, like the outside linebacker they need to address the tight end situation.
I've already talked about a few tight ends today.
I'm gonna be looking at five different ones.
Five different positions would go like this.
So the first guy I want to talk about is Terrell Lewis.
He's an outside linebacker, comes from Alabama, like we said Cobb, and noise of free agent Jamie Collins is a free agent.
I think the Patriots have a better chance of bringing Collins back, but I'm not 100% sure.
So the pages that have a big need to try to replace at least Kyle Van Noy, possibly Jamie Collins, And they got a guy here who has a long arm explosive player in Terrell Lewis.
Ah, he's one of those guys that can really get after the quarterback.
And he did it for Alabama.
And obviously, what was the best conference in college football now, what I was able to do it was get on and look at a bit of a draft ****ysis for him, and this is from Celek.
And here's the pros and cons of Terrell Lewis.
He's an edge rusher, obviously.
So here's the pros.
He looks the part as an NFL rusher rocked up in high cut with long limbs and good flexibility.
He's got a violent style of Russian with a good willingness to attack inside moves in stunts with his shoulder and full mo mentum looking to disrupt his unafraid of fighting close quarters with tackles in winds, late rush reps with high intensity and physicality.
He can use his length in hand placement in flashes to generate significant displacement on power rushes with lockout abilities in his arms to generate separation and work the shed explosives to the quarterback and ball carrier is exciting to see is a potential 34 outside linebacker in Space Player.
Now the Patriots.
They change from a 43234 last season because they saw that the strength came from the linebacking corps.
If they were to lose Kyle Vanoy and Jamie Collins, I don't know if they could continue going on that down that route, But I believe that having an edge guy like Terrell Lewis, who could be an address, her outside line back, you can probably put it if you could probably put his fingers in the dirt and line up with the defensive edge of needed.
I think you could be a good complimentary piece, especially with guys like John Bentley and Dont'a Hightower.
Hopefully, the pages call Supermax landed.
Roberts is a free agent, and you also have Chase win.
If it was a very athletic defensive edge, so you can actually pair them up on obvious past situations, that kind of thing.
Now, of course, with every draft prospect, it's not just the pros.
There's always con to go along with it.
Here's some of the cons on Luis.
He's far too frantic as a Russia Right now, he's more of a kitchen sink player than a technician who does not seem to read tackle sets or quarterback drops and rather just works as hard as he can to generate some sort of contact in displacement.
He throws an inconsistent, swiping cross drop that could get him into trouble more than it helps him.
And we'll get later off the ball later in games.
And there are concerns with long term conditioning, which would make sense given that he's missed his missed time due to injury.
Um, must see an intentional pass rush plan before he will cash in on physical tools.
If I look and here's my honest got opinion, if there is a situation, a coach, a team that would be able to combatant some of those cons, it would be the New England Patriots.
I believe that New England is the team to do what I believe that New England is a team that is capable of training.
Bill Bala check does phenomenal things with underrated talent because of the car to come with them, he's probably not gonna be like a first round draft pick in there like that.
The Patriots could pick him later in the draft, maybe 1/3 or fourth.
I'm not entirely sure if he's seen as NFL ready, which can really be good for the Patriots, because I I believe that Bill about that could make Louis already.
I did watch some of his film today and, ah, any eat it really solid Now the other player, the next play I want to talk about is a tight end.
As previously stated, That's one of the positions that I believe the Patriots absolutely, positively without a shadow of a doubt need to address throughout this off season.
Now, I may have already spoken about this guy, and if I did, I apologize.
I just cannot remember.
But it's Jared Pinky out of Vanderbilt right now.
What many other draftable tight ends lack in thickness and trench potential Pinky has, along with deceptive birds and catching catching ability.
He has all the tools to be an NFL.
Why tight end? As his size and strength are a parent on film, he'll need refining, but could be a day to steal.
Now remember, the Patriots don't have a second round draft pick.
I don't believe that pinky is worth a first round pick.
I still think the young chap out of Oregon is the guy that I like him to go after.
The Blakely drawn a blank right now, but I've also said to that I think the Patriots need to retool the entire tight, and I don't I know that this is going to steam some of my good friends when I say this, but I'm not huge on Ryan is Oh, I'm definitely not confident Matt Lacoste going forward.
I want to see the Patriots address it, I said.
I either want to see them draft a star or I want to see them.
Sorry, I want to see them sign a star like a Hooper or Henry.
I want to see them sign a second tier guy like a knife writ and draft a tight end.
I would also be okay, though, with drafting a tight end in the first round, a tight end of the third round and still signing like Ah Hooper or Henry.
I think that they can be is good, but let's talk a little bit about Pinky, who I think could be a guy of Bail Bouche.
I could get him in the third round because now that I'm thinking about it, I have spoken about him before.
Here's his draft breakdown.
He's a big body receiver who has enough savvy to rely and abuse linebackers and safeties alike and coverage thanks to a size, his release ability and hands over the middle he had his best is in congested areas in the middle of the field.
He does a nice job, boxing out defenders and using his hands to cleanly catch the football.
He's tasked with a lot of wraps with his hands in the dirt, promising an accelerated transition to the pros.
It's got a likable foundation as a pass protector to get square on.
Russia's possesses a functional strength to hold his own.
Ah, in an old line in an inline position.
Now, I think if we're trying to break down what kind of tight end the Patriots want, that's a pretty good description of what I think would be on built Bella checks.
Checklist of Here's the kite type of tight end that I would want to bring to the team.
I think one thing we need to remember is we are never going to replace Rob Gronkowski.
We are never going to find the guy who's gonna play like Rob Gronkowski.
We need to find the guys who can play close to Gronkowski.
There's nobody in the NFL that plays like Gronkowski.
Maybe Kittles the closest.
But he's not there.
It's definitely not Travis Kelsey.
Travis Kelsey is a phenomenal pass catcher, but you can't block where the anything.
Now, of course, there's always cause the cons are.
He's not overly creative after the catch.
Not sure he's going to be a player who feast with the ball in his hands relative to how he can catch and create separation.
His burst of acceleration are only pedestrian.
Stronger defenders can stick tuft and give him some trouble.
Office breaks blocking foundation doesn't always provide results either.
There are teams and witches are.
There are times in, which is feet breakdown.
And he really struggles to stay, operate on his hips, plenty of room from flu improvement with continued framing to sustain his blocks.
Now, obviously, when it comes to a blocking standpoint, he can go work with the guru Dante Scarnecchia.
I know that there's worries about him retiring, but I figure since nothing's been announced yet I couldn't see scar screwing the Patriots.
You know, this late into the office.
Um, it's not that Lee.
It feels late into the off season, but it's not that late.
I guess we've been played the Pro Bowl yet, but I would like to see or I think that they could.
But, um, it's about a blocker.
I think that using strength and stuff is gonna be big.
Pinky doesn't seem like a guy who could necessarily come out and be dominant Year one, but he looks like a dominant year to Year three.
Now I know that some Patriot fans will be thinking, Well, no, we need guys who can produce right now, right this second, we have Tom Brady.
Tom Brady needs weapon.
If we get Ah, Hooper or Henry, then Pinky can come in and develop with the Patriots.
He will be able to contribute.
They would be able to contribute, I should say, and still learn.
As much as we need to think about this season and Tom Brady, we also need to think about the future.
What I don't want to see is the Patriots go all in this year and not set themselves up for post Tom Brady, and I'm not.
I'll break it to you guys right now.
I'm not talking about any.
I'm not talking about any Ah quarterbacks today.
I'm only talking about other skills or not.
There are other positions, and I'm necessary skill positions that the pages need to address.
Now we all know that Joe Tune is a free agent.
We also know that Joe Tune is probably one of the best tight ends in an NFL.
We also know that any time a Patriots offensive lineman becomes a free agent, people will over pay him.
And I assume that Joe Tooni is going to get overpaid.
That's why I think the Patriots need to address that in the draft.
I don't think they're gonna be able to sign a big name free agent to come in and play offensive line for the Patriots.
Otherwise, it would just signed Joe to me.
So one of the guys were I'm looking at is a Michigan offensive guard, Ben Bread. Ihsan.
Now, when I first saw the name, I wasn't entirely sure who he was, so I went into my YouTube machine, put up Ben Bread Ihsan.
There's a lot of guys know Mina West, you fan.
So I watch a lot of the Big 10 and want to start seeing his highlights.
I knew exactly who he was.
Okay, so again, he's tough.
He wouldn't cost an early round pick and he could potentially step in.
Ah, you know, as a starter at left guard, he could definitely be a typical vintage Bill Belichick fourth round draft pick who could be a starting NFL player this season.
So here's the pro Ben Aligns at O G.
R at Oji at offensive guard with the Wolverines offense in the he has good anticipatory instincts for twisted inside.
He is a very good short set anchor, and he is very hard to Bull Rush.
He does a good job of keeping his hands inside the frame in the run game.
He's a very good in line power and very good run lane anchor.
He has an aggressiveness, and he's an aggressive player who was stronger than he is explosive.
His instinct is instance and getting vertical movement in the run game.
Once he gets his strong hands on you, it's hard to disengage.
Does a very good job is a finisher not ideally suited here but could play offensive tackle in a pinch if necessary.
But his skill said dictates he's schooled, remained exclusively on offensive guard.
Now it's number one.
There's a couple of things to talk about their number one, though.
It's good to see a guy that could step into a tackle situation because I think having the guy like bread Ihsan and like Have and and Isaiah Win is you got two guys who can be interchangeable.
We talked about the potential the Patriots bringing in an offensive tackle this year in moving Isaiah Window.
That guard position and I think, wins athletic enough, strong enough and skilled enough to play both the Garden, the tackle spot.
Not everybody can do that successfully.
I think when Ken, if you get a guy like Bread Ihsan, who has the ability to play both guard and tackle, that gives the Patriots a lot more options, especially when they're building their depth this year again.
Late round pick, fourth round, fifth round is the perfect.
I mean, I think Shaq Mason was 1/4 rounder.
David Andrews, I believe, was undrafted.
You know, Bill Bouche.
I considered out of the park, bringing in fourth and fifth rounders and six rounders.
Marcus Cannons a late pick.
Now, of course, there's always cons.
He's not a great athlete.
He also shown instances of struggling with quicker defenders.
Defenders slant hard inside.
His lateral agility is on Lee sufficient.
He's shown instances of having a challenging time, engaging at the second level.
He needs to be more consistent.
Plane with good pad level doesn't always get his body in a good position due to his agility, but his strength of competitiveness has redeeming attributes.
Assist in that regard again.
When you think about a guy like bread Ihsan, just give him the Dante Scarnecchia and Dante Scarnecchia is a guru.
I mean, even when we got into the later part of the season and the playoffs, Marshall Newhouse actually started coming around like let's not forget that he actually started coming around, which was key and significant to the Patriotsseason.
So I think that you could easily, easily work with the bread is in.
I also think that he can help with the run game and that's what it's got to be all about.
Is opening up holds for Sony, Michelle and James White, and I assume Damian Harris This year, as I've said before, I think that Rex Birkhead's time with the Patriots is done unless they decided we want from Brandon Boldin and keep Birkhead.
But they could save a lot of money moving off of Birkhead now.
Another position that Patriot definitely gonna have to address the defensive line.
I've already said I believe that our time with Danny Shelton is finished.
He was the best valued piece that the Patriots had last year, only paying him a $1,000,000 he played like a $4 million defensive lineman.
There's a lot of Boston and Patriots media who are optimistic that the Patriots can bring him back.
I'm not as optimistic about it.
I don't believe that he's going to sign for a $1,000,000 again this year.
I think that he knows this is probably the most lucrative.
He's going to be in his career and I expect him to sign it three or $4 million contract somewhere and I don't think it's going to be the Patriots.
The page is gonna have to address that, so I'm gonna play Florence guy.
They gotta re sign Adam Butler.
Tom Brady's gonna take up a big chunk, a huge chunk of the salary cap this year.
So a lot of what the pages are gonna have to address is gonna have to be addressed with the draft now.
Lot of South Carolina is a great defensive lineman.
He's possibly the best prospect at the Senior Bowl this year.
Kin Liza, dominant upfield defender who also has a size 22 Gap is the Patriots, Often after defensive lineman, he's six foot six and £310.
Kinloch could be a movable chest piece for a defensive front that needs reinforcements.
He won't last long.
On Day one and a good performances, we could push him even higher.
Now this guy's a long shot, I think, because even if he dropped down to the twenties and patrons have drafted went 23rd overall, even if he dropped down to there, it's gonna be a difficult decision for the painter.
They don't have a second round draft pick, and I think like a lot of us, we expect the pages to draft a tight end in the first round because nobody should be dropped in.
A tight end in the pages could have their picket, who they draft.
And this is where I think Bill Belichick is gonna be looking at Dwight build for the future.
Or do I build for 2020 build for Tom Brady? Because from a long term, and this is where I become conflicted as a fan, as a long term, I I want Kinloch like that's what I wanted.
Our first round pick is a long term perspective, but that's not gonna help Brady catching the football this year.
Here's his draft profile.
He excels, is a one gap penetrator explosive out of a stance and attacks the neutral zone with incredible urgency, transformed his body from 2018 to 2019 at in much needed play strength that helps him remain more stout at the point of attack and challenged.
The depth of the pocket has devastating moments where he completely dominates his opponents with power and quickness, always plays with a hot motor and pursues the football hands.
Hand combating skills improved greatly as a senior compared to his junior tape, he has the lateral movements and ability to work down the line of scrimmage and work towards the sidelines.
If Tom Brady was 39 years old and locked up until he was 41 or 42 this would be my pick.
It really would.
I watched every piece of paper I could find on this kid.
I think he was really smart to stay in school and play the 2019 season and not going to the draft early.
He put on a lot of beef, put on a lot of strain them while I watched his junior stuff.
I watch a senior stuff.
The guy is phenomenal, and I'm Torrence.
I'd love to see the Patriots take Javon Kinlaw first overall.
Now, of course, there's there's cons, right? He transformed his body, so he still has room to grow on the mental side of the game.
He doesn't feel down blocks.
He gets too far up the field and creates levels in the run game and falls victim to screen draws and Mr Action.
He has to get better dealing with the double teams.
Too often he tries to play through the blocks instead of working to the agin, deploying his hands.
Tide level has a tendency to get high and exposes pads must be more consistent.
Plane with extension and leverage.
There is never going to be a single player that we talk about that doesn't get a con.
There's always gonna be pros, and there's always going to be cons when it comes to draft picks and draft prospects.
I also think there's some of the cars that they're talking about, you know, getting too high at the pad level, not be able to beat the double team, not getting messed up on screen passes.
That's a Bill Bell check wheelhouse right there.
That's the type of player, the type of player that Bill bounce I can work with.
Because if you go back and look at the cards on Chase winter *****es draft prospects, it's very similar.
Then get caught too far afield.
He can get blown off on a screen pass.
Well, look, look, what what about Jack was able to do with him? There's a reason that Bill Pal check is probably one of the best.
Forget Wanna be one of the best head coaches and leave Bilbao? Check is probably one of the best defensive coaches in the National Football League.
And I don't know, like I said, Javon Javon Kinlaw would be my pick if we're building for the future.
No, because I believe that the Patriots need to focus a little bit.
I'm getting Brady some sustainable help out of the draft now.
My last one might surprise you guys a little bit, but I was thinking about Stephen Gostkowski this week, and then when I saw this name pop up, I thought, Maybe it's now the time for the Patriots to start thinking about moving on from Stephen Gostkowski.
And as we speak, I'm just looking up his his salary because Kostovski, I believe.
Yeah, he's You signed a $17.
2 million contract.
I'm just not over the cap here.
In 2020 he's gonna have a cap it of five million.
And if they were to release Stephen Gostkowski, this Patriots would clear up an extra $3.
We've seen some struggles with him, and I know he was hurt.
But you also gotta wonder how well he's gonna bounce back from his hip surgery this year.
And when we take all that, the perspective is this the year that perhaps the Patriots tried to at least try to find his replacement in the draft? And that brings up Rodrigue.
He's come out of Georgia and it was hard to find.
You know, the kickers don't really get pros and cons and this and that, but here's what I could find on him.
The Georgia hot rod was on a streak of perfection before a mist in overtime that cost Georgia loss of South Carolina.
You get a long of 50 yards this season, and he's 25 or 30 one's getting any 1%.
He has three misses in the 40 yard range and one in the 50 yard range, and he's three for five.
That was in 2019 2018.
Blanket was 19 for 23 on his field goals with a longer 53.
He was excellent 2017 connecting 87% of his field goals.
The season blanks have had a long of 55 yards and went two for two in the 50 plus range.
He was four for seven in the 40 yard range.
Now, look, I know that people are gonna look at that and think that's crazy, But he's got a big leg.
He can kick far.
I never even thought about that in the, you know, watching college this year, but I really did when I was breaking it down.
After think, he could really be a solid kicker and if the Patriots could save money and he could prove a little bit more accuracy now, I guess my only concern would come from he's got no, uh, there's no special teams coach right now.
Joe Judge would have been a guy working with him on the kicking game, and he's not here.
But luckily, four.
He wouldn't have to worry about Kickoffs or anything like that, because Jake Bailey has us covered.
And maybe this is the year that we need to move on from Stephen Gostkowski.
And I know that's kind of difficult to say after last season, when we went through kicker after kicker after kicker and we all want a guesthouse key back and, you know, and I was looking at the beginning of the season, I was one of the hardest on Steven Guesthouse key than anybody else, but then, after thinking about it, looking at the salary thing, that all the things that the Patriots are going to need to do this season, it actually really started making sense to me that perhaps this year to come on and take on a kicker.
So those are the five guys I identified again.
We got lots of time up until the draft will probably start talking about Maura, Maura, Maura draft picks as we go forward doing some evaluation, someone's that they're going to be very realistic for the Patriots.
Some there gonna be no, really not realistic at all.
And ah, yeah, Speaking of rookie speaking of drafts, we go back to the 2019 draft.
The Patriots, traded up in the second round, brought in cornerback Dewan Williams.
Mr Williams, this year.
Well, he ended up last Friday being arrested on drug charges.
New England Patriots quarterback Juan Williams was arrested last week in Tennessee on drug charges.
According to multiple reports, police in Nashville pulled Williams over on Interstate 40 Friday night for speeding in his Land Rover and arrested him after the Tennessee Highway Patrol claims he was in possession of a controlled substance drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs without a prescription.
Williams is 22 is a Tennessee native and played college at football at Vanderbilt.
The Patriots traded up in the second round of 2019 drafts, and Williams was selected number 45 with the number 45 pick, giving up the number 56.
Number one No. One picks to make the deal.
Williams played sparingly as a rookie on a deep roster of cornerbacks, toweling, four tackles and a past defended and nine appearances on defense special teams.
The Patriots presumably see Williams a significant part of the future after trading up to draft him last season.
Williams is in his eyes the second offseason arrest for the Patriots and 2020 after wide receiver Julian Edelman was charged vandalism Beverly Hills last week after allegedly jumping on the hood of a Mercedes.
What are the Patriots players doing? My gosh, Okay, this is pretty significant, right? And I don't know where it's gonna go on what's gonna happen and what's the extent of it.
And does he have a drug problem, or was it somebody else's like we don't know the full story, so I don't want to jump too early conclusions about it.
But from a football perspective, from a football perspective, this is a tough blow because he has a huge future with the Patriots, and I believe that that future was starting.
Right now in the 2020 season.
I know we're still in 2019 season, but I'm beyond the 2019 season.
I'm talking 2020 season.
I told the other night it was up to me, we would just cancel the Super Bowl.
But when we're talking about the 29 2020 season, I think there's a very good possibility that Devin McCord are.
Jason McCord is not back with the Patriots next year.
There's a good possibility that Devon McCord is not back with the Patriots.
I know that Jason's still under contract, was under contract for four million.
I think that that's a piece with Juan Williams.
You could have released.
You could have tried to use that four million to sign Devin or bring him back Jimmy calling to do something.
But I and my mind Juan Williams was a big part of that, that sort of puzzle piece and what's gonna be interesting to see is what the Patriots do about this.
What the NFL does, obviously, number one now.
I believe in these kind of situations.
When it's drug related, it's not suspend a bubble on the first defense.
I think you have to go take like a treatment program or something of that nature the first time this kind of hasn't become suspended. All.
I believe I could be completely wrong, but I believe that's why Diran Harmon wasn't suspended.
That's why Patrick Chung wasn't suspended with all this stuff, Um, I am in.
This is what we're living with now it's Ah, I think it was a big part of it.
I guess it'll be interesting to see what the Patriots response is to this.
Does that make them a little bit nervous about letting go of a Jason recording now, which could kind of maybe screw up some of the offseason plans? I don't know.
I don't know what the Patriots are thinking.
It's something that we're gonna have to see going forward.
Obviously, I'm not a mind reader.
I don't consider myself an expert of the New England Patriots.
I consider myself a fan with an opinion, Um, so yeah, it's it's going to, Ah, I think that it could screw a bunch of things up just because I think the Patriots might have to take a wait and see approach on this.
And because of that, maybe not be able to make some of the moves that they thought they might have been making.
Like I said, it's It's a crap situation.
Unfortunately, there there's a lot of staple Patriots, You know, those pieces that we remember as being just huge, incredible parts of the Patriots.
Joe Tooni, Devin McCourty, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins this season.
And Jamie calls back when they want Super Bowl 49.
Another guy on that list, though, is Matthew Slater, and I know Tom Brady's on the list, but that's a completely different category altogether.
But another guy on that list was was Matthew Slater, and when the season finished, he made comments along the lines of when he was asked about retirement.
He made comments on the lines of is that he would wait and see and talk to his family because, you know, he's got to do what's best for them.
And now Slater corner pats, pulpit as expressed that he has a desire to play in 2020 and he has a desire to return to the New England Patriots.
New England Patriots captain Matthew Slater is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, and he will turn 35 in September.
Slater sees himself playing football beyond it.
I think the way I look at it now is I still love playing football and still appreciate the opportunities I have.
And ah, I have to forge relationships and be with my teammates in the game that I love.
And Slater told List ESPN.
Michael De Rocco during the A F sees Pro Bowl practice in Orlando one Wednesday via Mike Reiss Quote every aspect of it.
As I said after the after the year, I was going to pray about it With my family, we have, and it's my desire to continue to play.
I'm gonna prepare an approach it as though I'm going to continue to play and we'll see how it goes.
New England previously science later to a two year deal in the spring of 2018 with a roster bonus do at the start of the subsequent league year is current.
10 year is outstretched kicker Stephen Gostkowski, a 2008 5th round draft choice at a U. C. L.
Slater has served as captain of the kicking game since 2011.
The gun earned his eighth Pro Bowl selection in 2019.
I believe that's a record.
1/5 AP First Team All Pro selection followed the fifth time the Matthew Slater's been given that Matthew Slater has more first team selections and Tom Brady does.
Oh, it's sauce Later play a Patriots high 70% 3% of snaps on special teams.
He recorded 10 tackles and blocked a punt and his first career touchdown in the process.
It's hard for me to visualize myself playing anywhere else, later told ESPN.
But that's not always my decision.
So I think that's out of my control.
I've expressed public publicly and privately to remain a patriot for the ah, eternity of my career, and certainly I still feel that way, so we'll see how it goes. End quote.
If there was a guy you know, we talked about Tom Brady deserving better.
We talk about a guy saying that you know Brady Desert you know, deserves a contract.
Everything he's done.
I think Matthew Slater falls into that same category.
And as much as I wouldn't want to see Number 12 playing for a different team, I wouldn't want to see 18 playing for a different team, either.
It's been my opinion for a long time that Matthew Slater is a Hall of Fame, uh, Hall of Fame player.
Like without a shadow of a doubt.
He's a Hall of Fame player, and I know that teams aren't I don't know.
I know that the Hall of Fame.
I don't think there's ever been a non kicker.
Ah, to be elected all of fame.
I think that if you were ever going to do it, though, Matthew Slater is the guy, and I don't understand why they wouldn't, and I don't know, just my opinion.
Maybe my opinions wrong.
Maybe it's not, I don't know, but to me, I would just hate to see Matthew Place later plane anywhere else but New England just just my opinion, and I agree with with what I'm seeing in my chat there.
Tasker should, but they should go in together, but unfortunately those kind of guys just never get those opportunities.
We go from guys who are gonna get the opportunity be Hall of Famers to another guy who would have been a lock as a Hall of Famer who just needs help.
A lot of reports have come out this one from bleacher report in the police.
Antonio Brown locked himself in his house amid battery investigation Seven time Pro Bowler Antonio Brown has locked himself in his house, the Hollywood Florida Police Department said Wednesday, as authorities seek to contact him over an alleged battery.
USA Today's Chris Boom, Backa reported.
The Browns trainer, Glen Holt, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with burglary with battery.
Brown is also considered a suspect, according to ESPN is Cameron Wolf.
Holt is accused of assaulting a moving truck driver who was bringing some of Brown's possessions to his Florida home.
Police were hopeful is speaking with Brown to determine his role in the incident.
Well spoke to some of the neighbors who said they have been fed up with the antics coming from the home, including multiple police encounters this month and one instance, Brown streamed an argument he was having with the mother of his three Children at his house on Instagram Live on Thursday.
ESPN is Adam Schefter reported Drew Rosenhaus that removed himself is Brown's agent.
Rosenhaus reportedly remained open to stain with Brown, but not until he first gets help the events of the latest in a long line of troubling allegations against Brown.
Britney Taylor, a former trainer who worked with Brown, filed a civil lawsuit against him last September, alleging that he assaulted her on three separate occasions for 2017 to 2018.
Shortly after another woman told Sports Illustrated Ill.
Sports Illustrated Roberts Kla Mayko the Brown had approached her from behind naked, holding a small hand towel over his private parts while she was working at his house.
Cominco also shared intimidating texts sent to the woman following the publication of the first interview from the same number she had previously used to contact Brown.
Brown remains under investigation by the NFL in connections of the allegations of the misconduct and assault.
Josina Anderson of ESPN reported in November that he had met with the league as part of the investigation.
Wolf added that the NFL learned of the newest allegations against Brown and his trainer and has begun its own investigation in attempt to procure details.
I don't know if Antonio Brown's ever going to get another opportunity in the NFL, and I think right now Antonio Brown, he just needs to get help.
He needs to stop fighting with YouTubers.
You need to stop fighting with the mother of his Children.
You need to stop ranting on social media and he needs to address his mental health issues.
And it's really just sad to watch a guy with so much promise, so much star ability.
And I think the saddest part is is a lot of the media people are going to take this opportunity to to trash Antonio Brown and they're going to stand on a pedestal.
They're going to put themselves in a place where they try to show the world why they're better than everybody else.
Why they're better than Antonio Brown.
We all remember the reaction when when Aaron Hernandez passed away and Stephen A.
Smith and Shannon Sharpe.
I think the only one who really, I don't know didn't excuse Hernandez and I and I don't think you should excuse the man.
It's just like you can't excuse Antonio Brown or Josh Gordon for their actions.
But the only person who sort of got it was Chris Carter.
And when you talk about C T and all that kind of stuff and you think about some of the head shots and Antonio Brown is taken and there's obviously some instability right now in his life in the easiest thing for us to do right now is insult him.
The easiest thing for us to do right now is to make fun of him.
I think the hardest thing for us to do just submit this guy needs help, and that doesn't excuse any of the actions.
That doesn't excuse the allegations.
If they turn out to be true from the two women, it doesn't excuse the throwing the bag of Gummies, that is, that is, at his baby mama.
It doesn't excuse any of that stuff, but I think we can also look at the situation and realize the guy just needs help and I would love to see redemption.
Story doesn't have to beat the Patriots.
It could be with any team, just like I wanted to see a redemption story with Josh Gordon.
I want to see Antonio Brown.
Get the mental health.
Help take the medication, do whatever he needs to do.
See the psychologist of the psychiatrist Start talking out where a lot of this is stemming from and begin focusing on getting his life better.
That's just That's what I want to see right now.
Moving on this come from Mass.
Live today but originally came from I believe ESPN.
And there's another rumor floating now about Tom Brady, and it's an interesting one, and it's called Tom Brady. Rumors.
Patriots will want early decision with quarterback after botching Rob Gronkowski replay.
Our replacement, Adam Schefter says.
I think the easiest thing to do is for me to go through the article first and then start giving my opinions on it.
By the time Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement, 2019 the free agent market had been open for nearly two weeks, leaving the New England Patriots way behind on any attempt to try and replace him with a top tier option.
The end result was a combination of Matt Lacoste, Ryan in ISO and Ben Watson.
The Patriots will try to avoid a similar scenario at quarterback this offseason as they deal with Tom Brady's impending free agency, ESPN, Adam Schefter says during an appearance on ESPN, is get up.
Schefter compared the current scenario at quarterback with what the team went through last season at Tight end, stating that he doesn't believe the team will wait until free agency opens up to have a final decision on Brady's future.
Last year, Rob Gronkowski wound up retire me, retiring in late March, Schefter said.
I didn't know the conversations they had and didn't have before, but New England missed the window on free agent tight ends.
So I don't think they're gonna let Tom Brady go to free agency all of a sudden sign with Team X and then on March 20 to say, Well, what do we do? What do we do at quarterback now? That's not the way this organization operates.
As NFL Network's Michel Gerard, he pointed out, the timing of Gronkowski is retirement cost.
The team has shot a tight, a top tight and free agent Jared Cook, who is already in the process of signing with the New Orleans Saints.
By the time New England started looking at post Gronk Solutions, as noted by others on the show Brady has previously stated that he's open minded about the idea of becoming a free agent at the start of the new league year, Schefter noted that runs counter what the Patriots are likely hoping to accomplish this offseason.
So if he's embracing being a free agent, Schefter said.
And that goes against what New England would want, which is clarity.
What are the Patriots going to do it? The quarterback position.
So you have to dramatically opposed views what this meant.
What does this mean for the Patriots? If Chef Tres line of thinking is accurate, note that he doesn't cite any reporting here, so that means that's just his opinion.
The Patriots will want an accelerated timeline on what they're going to do with Brady.
The Patriots were bringing back a strong defensive unit from last year but are one of the oldest teams in the league.
This is a team that will not want to scramble for the most important position on the field long after free agency opens and the trade targets are accounted for.
If Brady hits the market, that creates a complete mystery for the Patriots quarterback solution.
That's likely the last thing Bill Belichick wants, so it's likely that will have an answer before the market opens on March 16th.
There's been, Ah, whole lot of ridiculous rumors.
I'm not kind of thing.
Um, there's been a whole lot of, like, you know, all Brady.
There's some pretty sick of his contract, and Brady wants more money and blah, blah, blah, blah, that I've just, like, been like Shut up.
There's been a lot of theories around, like Come on, this is one of those theories that I'm like, huh? There might be some validity to that thought process.
Perhaps Bill Belichick will want an answer before they get to a point.
But the other part of me says to that Belichick has to be sitting here right now with some sort of contingency plan.
I just can't see him going in and saying, OK, we'll wait to see what Brady wants to do before I start thinking about doing something else like that just does.
Not that this does not seem like a bill ballot check type of thing and whether it's Jared Stidham, whether it's it's Jalen hurts, whether whether it's Andy friggin Dalton, that's the piece that I obviously have no idea whatsoever.
But Bella Check is gonna have a plan of some sort, and I think it's true.
I think there was a big lesson to be learned by the whole Rob Gronkowski thing.
And I think when we look at that Rob Gronkowski retirement situation now, a year later, yeah, the Patriots kind of, you know, Gronkowski kind of screwed us, and the Patriots kind of botched it by not preparing for Gronk.
So to me, Bill Belichick is not a guy that makes the same mistake twice, and I just don't see a situation where he's just sitting back on his hands, waiting to see what's gonna happen away from quarter far away from the quarterback position.
One other thing that we're seeing now, for one thing, a lot of Patriot fans want are the Patriots to bring in a top wide receiver.
I think some people have written the Kill Harry off too early.
I think it's I think it's you can't cast is much judgment or call a guy a bust after only playing eight frigging games of football in the National Football League.
I've already said I don't think the Patriots need to address the receiver situation.
I think they need to address the tight end situation would say, Levy, but a few people put up this report today.
Just stick the one from Ness and that says NFL rumors.
Patriots scouts gushing over this young wide receiver.
The New England Patriots selected a wide receiver in the first round of the NFL draft last season for the first time in the Bill Belichick tenure.
But taking the kill Harry in the 2019 draft doesn't necessarily preclude the Patriots of spending a pick on another wideout this spring.
Pro football Neck Networks Troy Pauline overheard the New England Scouts gushing over Sm You wide receiver James Pros at the 2020 Senior Bowl Pro Shoes, five foot 10 £196 is projected as 1/4 round pick.
The Patriots have 1/3 round pick and 1/3 round pick, but they're projected to receive two more third rounds because of their com picks.
Approach caught 111 passes for 1225 yards, and 15 touchdowns in 2019 that was following up on a 93 year are 93 catch, 1199 yard, 12 touchdown campaign and 2018 and totally caught 301 passes for 3949 yards and 39 touchdowns and four season with the Mustangs.
Also carried the ball 10 times for 50 yards.
Returned 50 punts for 382 yards and 31 kicks for 615 yards.
He completed one of five passes for two yards and registered three tackles.
The Dallas Native had just three drops in 2019 per pro football focus in nine in his entire college career.
He caught 11 deep passes for 367 yards.
Spent 423 of 901 snaps in the slot last season and played more heavily in the slot earlier in his college career.
The Patriots are returning Harry Julian Edelman, Mohammed's new Jacoby Meyers, gunner, Oshinsky Quincy and Devon Ross at the wide receiver position this season.
Phillip Dorsett, Matthew Slater are free agents now.
Matthew Slater has never been looked at as a wide receiver.
He's always been on the Patriots for a special teams play.
This prose, kid.
There's a couple of different theories, and there's a couple of different theories, and I think the thing that we gotta look out here is not on Lee.
Are the Patriots possibly looking at making the team better this year, making the offense better this season? You also got an aging Julian Edelman, and eventually you're gonna have to replace that slot.
You know, an Adelman was the perfect transition from Welker.
But if you bring in a young kid like approach, you can probably step in and contribute right away.
You could try putting Mohammed Sunu out wide, who plays a lot of time in the slot.
Julian Edelman is more than capable of playing on the outside.
Let him learn from Adelman, who last season really took it upon himself, to be a mentor to young quarterback to young receivers.
The kids looks like he's got some hands of speed.
I want to do a little bit more in depth of, ah, research on him and watch some more film and that kind of thing.
But everything I'm seeing, I'm pretty **** impressed with the kid and I think that there's a really big opportunity for the Patriots to possibly do something with him and projected in the fourth round.
Mr Patriots could use one of their what's looking like now 3/3 round picks to try to pick him up.
And this just occurred to me when we think about the draft, the only thing that could screw up anything we talked about or any plans the Patriots might have any scouting that they're doing is pending what the punishment is gonna be for the Patriots because of Spy Gate two point.
Oh, now, as of now, from everything we've heard, there's been absolutely no link to the football operation side of things, which is also why I believe that no punishment has been laid out yet.
I believe that the league he's gonna do something.
I don't think the Patriots deserve losing a draft pick over this.
I think it should hurt.
I think in this situation, you gotta hurt Robert Kraft.
You gotta find the **** out of them if you want to find him two million, if you really want to hurt him.
But don't take away a draft pick.
You know, I think it's I think, in this situation it would be unfair of the NFL, too hurt.
The team hurt potential draft picks, hurt the players because of the owner and his company's stupidity.
And I know Robert Kraft didn't say film the field and Robert Craft wasn't there, but it's craft entertainment that did this, so I think that you have to look at it in that perspective.
All right, let's finish off with a little bit of a smile.
A little bit of a joke, little bit of Ah, deja vu.
Whatever you want to call him.
Morning Sports Update.
Drew Bledsoe admitted he thought Tom Brady was never going to be a starter.
We had him over for dinner, probably at least every other week.
Just really like them.
So Drew Bledsoe offered an honest recollection of rookie Tom Brady, is difficult in 2020 for football fans to put themselves in the mindset.
When Tom Brady was just 1/4 string back up, the 42 year old has become linked with winning and championships in New England.
Yet in 2000 cir***stances were far different.
The Patriots put the former university Michigan quarterback at the bottom of the death chart initially, and its ceiling was seen as of that, a backup.
The former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe is part of an upcoming East 60 interview on ESPN.
Admitted thinking as much about Brady quote.
Here's the real truth.
Let's all began.
So when he was on the practice squad his rookie year, I actually called my financial advisor about him.
I was like, Hey, I really like this kid.
He's never gonna be a starter.
He's gonna be Jason Garrett or one of those kind of guys that's just gonna be around forever.
You'll really like the kid.
Bledsoe's friendship has endured with Brady over the years, despite their head to head competition for the Patriots.
Ah, and in their first in the and then in the A.
F C East quote, we kind of brought him in. He was over.
He was over at our house, but you'll recall we had him over for dinner probably at least every other week, but just really liked him like the kid.
I thought he was just great and still do, But nobody outside of maybe Tom himself would have ever predicted that he was going to go on to be a starter in the league and be in the conversation of the greatest of all time.
And I've heard Drew Bledsoe make these comments in the past.
I mean, look, I was around watching the Patriots back in Ah, in a one, and Bledsoe got knocked out by the Jets, which was really, um, which was really, you know, at the injury, the Bledsoe was really the start of the Patriots.
It was really the start of the Patriots dynasty.
If he doesn't get injured, we may not have the dynasty that we have today.
Drew Bledsoe continues on its A.
Quarterback Tom Brady continues on as a backup.
Perhaps he goes somewhere else to be a backup.
It's amazing how string of events can just change the fortunes of a franchise.
The fortunes of a player can change everything.
And, you know, one of the saddest things I think Drew Bledsoe was was he lost his starting job to Tom Brady toe leave New England, the team that drafted him, the team that gave him huge money.
I mean, they've paid him to be their franchise quarterback, and unfortunately, Brady took his spot.
He goes, the buffalo can't get him in the playoffs.
We all know that.
Then he goes to Dallas in his final season, and he loses his starting spot to Tony Romo.
Was Tony Romo undrafted like you? Think about it.
Tony Romo lost his starting spot.
The Doc Prescott? Where was where was Tony Romo? Drafted? I don't think he was drafted right.
Four time Pro Bowler, second team All Pro.
Four time NFL top 100? Yeah, he was undrafted.
So Drew Bledsoe lost his starting job drop in New England to the 199th overall draft pick.
And then he lost his starting job to an undrafted rookie.
But a guy and man. It was an injury, lieutenant.
And, you know, don't forget Drew Bledsoe.
You brought the Patriots to a Super Bowl.
We didn't win it, but he brought the Patriots to a Super Bowl back in 97.
I remember when he was healthy and he made that comment.
You know, I look forward to competing for my job, and my dad was a Bledsoe guy.
He was so ****ed that the Patriots were taking Bledsoe's job to give it to this Tom Brady kid.
I remember who Don't forget this is this is a time when Twitter didn't exist.
YouTube didn't exist.
You know, college games were sp****.
You got a lot of regional games.
We didn't get a whole lot of Michigan games in Toronto.
We don't get a lot of Big 10 games.
We could get a lot of college football in Canada in general.
And so I mean, it was just, you know, it was all that kind of stuff.
And and so in the news media at the time, you know, there wasn't a time that that the Internet existed, but it didn't.
People didn't use it like it is Chris.
I think it's so, No, I didn't have dial up in 22,001.
Or did I? I could've still a dial up in 2001 to be honest with you now that I now that I'm thinking about it.
So I mean, we weren't reading websites every day.
We got information of the newspaper not being from Boston.
We didn't get a lot of right up, so we kind of knew Tom Brady waas.
I was 15 years old the day like that kid came in, man.
Tom Brady became my hero after that That's why to me, Tom Brady still makes me feel like a kid.
I'm 33 years old, 33 years old.
I watched Tom Brady win Super Bowls as a kid, and my kids have got to watch Tom Brady win Super Bowls.
It blows my mind that my daughter is 13 years old.
Gonna be 14 in April.
My daughter is one year away from being the same age I was when Tom Brady became Tom Brady, and that was well before Brady was a goat.
That's just weird.
The whole Bledsoe scenario is just one that to this day, my dad will tell you after Bledsoe one than the Apes, the championship game when Brady was hurt.
And a lot of people forget that or ignore it.
I don't know what it is, but a lot of people forget that Brady got hurt in the playoffs.
To this day, my dad will tell you Tom Brady is the greatest of all time, and he should be a five time Super Bowl champion because Drew Bledsoe should have played in 2002 or 4001 season.
So it's just, you know, it's funny to reminisce.
So anytime Drew Bledsoe comes up, I always reminisce about where we are now as a fan base where the Patriots are now as an organization compared toe back then.
And that was when we had a direct TV and we had a big friggin projector box.
And we had the illegal direct TV cards.
They would hash the melt, would have to run over on the computer and gets fixed.
All right, guys.
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Don't forget, man.
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