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    BOSTON (CBS) — Getting drafted by an NFL team is the culmination of a lifetime of work for young football players. And when quarterback Bailey Zappe got the call from New England, cameras were on hand to catch his reaction. Zappe was in the hallway when his cell phone rang, with Patriots director of football/head coach administration Berj Najarian on the other end of the line. Najarian handed the phone over to Bill Belichick, who congratulated Zappe and welcomed him to the Patriots. Zappe maintained his composure while speaking with the Patriots, but once that call ended, he couldn’t hold back his emotions. “I’ve been crying the whole time,” Zappe told his agent via FaceTime. Zappe couldn’t believe that it happened. “I knew that the Patriots were up, but I was like, the Patriots aren’t gonna pick me right now.” Bill Belichick gave QB @baileyzappe04 a phone call hell never forget. #HeyRookie (via @NFLFilms) pic.twitter.com/rnwWGozBlK — NFL (@NFL) May 6, 2022 After plenty of hugs, Zappe sat down for an interview for the NFL Films show, “Hey Rookie.” “I...
    Getty N'Keal Harry Throughout his career, N’Keal Harry has been criticized for his inability to create separation from opposing defenders. It appears the e New England Patriots are trying to separate from the disappointing young receiver. The Patriots officially moved one step closer to cutting ties with Harry. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Join Heavy on Patriots! Per Pro Football Focus’ Ari Meirov, Harry was on a list of 11 players drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft whose teams declined their fifth-year option heading into the 2022 season. 5th-year options declined, officially: No. 4: Clelin FerrellNo. 6: Daniel JonesNo. 10: Devin BushNo. 18: Garrett BradburyNo. 22: Andre DillardNo. 24: Josh JacobsNo. 27: Johnathan AbramNo. 28: Jerry TilleryNo. 29: LJ CollierNo. 31: Kaleb McGaryNo. 32: NKeal Harry 11/32 — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) May 2, 2022 Does this mean Harry definitely won’t be with the Patriots in 2022? No, but he’s currently slated to become an unrestricted free agency following the upcoming season,...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The NFL Draft — the centerpiece of the league’s offseason — is officially over. It’s now officially on to the 2022 season for the league’s 32 teams. For the Patriots, it was a busy weekend, with the team selecting 10 players. It’s the third time in the last four drafts that the Patriots have added 10 players. Here’s a quick look at each new addition to the New England roster. Cole StrangeGuard, University of Tennessee at ChattanoogaFirst Round, 29th overall Cole Strange (Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) The Patriots traded down from No. 21 into this spot, surprising many viewers by taking offensive lineman Cole Strange out of Chattanooga in the FCS. Strange is a versatile lineman who’s played all across the line, but he’s most likely on path to play guard in New England. Tyquan Thornton Wide Receiver, Baylor UniversitySecond Round, 50th Overall Tyquan Thornton (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) The Patriots traded up into this spot, moving up four spots to take the speedy receiver out of Baylor — and we do mean speedy. Thornton ran a 4.28...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots used their final allotted draft pick on offensive tackle Andrew Stueber at pick No. 245 overall. The 6-foot-7, 325-pound Connecticut native played at Michigan, primarily at right tackle but also with some experience at guard. Steuber became the 10th player drafted by the Patriots in this year’s draft. He was the third offensive lineman drafted by New England, joining Cole Strange (first round, 29th overall) and Chasen Hines (sixth round, 210th overall). The Patriots acquired this pick earlier in the week in a trade with Houston, trading a fifth-round pick to the Texans in exchange for a sixth and seventh-round pick. Running back Kevin Harris was selected by New England with the other pick in that trade at No. 183 overall.
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — With some glaring needs on defense, and room to upgrade at wide receiver, the Patriots could have gone a number of different ways in the first round of this year’s draft. But despite what some people in the region may have hoped for, Bill Belichick went with a guard. Out of Chattanooga. After trading down. READ MORE: Patriots Draft Grades: Bill Belichick Largely Panned For Selection Of Cole Strange In First RoundTo say it was an interesting night for the Patriots would be an understatement, as the night was a curveball, even by Belichick’s own standards. But despite Cole Strange being considered a second or third-round pick by most analysts, and despite Rams head coach Sean McVay laughing out loud upon seeing Strange go at No. 29, Belichick’s reasoning for picking him was fairly straightforward: He likes the player. “Yeah, I mean, we feel like that was a good — a guy that fits well — Cole fits well into our team and our system, and obviously think he’s a good player,” Belichick said. “It’s...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The NFL Draft, as they say, is largely a crapshoot. With this year in particular, the talent level from about picks 20 through 50 was considered to be about the same. Considering all of that, it was certainly no surprise that the Patriots traded down from their spot at No. 21 on Thursday night in the first round of this year’s draft. They eventually picked at No. 29, throwing a curveball by selecting guard Cole Strange out of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. We can’t, obviously, know how his career will pan out on this night. Likewise, we won’t know what kind of careers the players drafted from No. 21 through No. 28 will have at this moment in time. But for the sake of record-keeping — as this was a notable trade — here are those players who theoretically could have been selected by the Patriots if they had stayed at No. 21. 21. Trent McDuffie, CB, Chiefs 22. Quay Walker, LB, Packers 23. Kaiir Elam, CB, Bills 24. Tyler Smith, OT, Cowboys 25. Tyler Linderbaum, C,...
    Getty Kyle Lauletta Before Mac Jones and after Jimmy Garoppolo, there was another young quarterback who some earmarked as the potential heir to Tom Brady with the New England Patriots and it was Richmond Spiders product, Kyle Lauletta. Things don’t always go as planned as Brady wound up leaving the Patriots for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2020 season, and the Patriots signed Cam Newton to replace him before drafting Mac Jones in 2021. Lauletta had a short and less-than-distinguished NFL run, but he was drafted in the first round by the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers on February 22.Kyle Lauletta Seemed Like a Good Fit for the Patriots in 2018Back in 2018, Lauletta seemed to have all of the skills and traits the Patriots are know to covet in signal callers. Coming out of Richmond, one analyst called him the “potential successor to Tom Brady.” Lauletta wound up drafted by the New York Giants in 2018 in the fourth round. His career in the NFL consisted of 5 incomplete passes that season, and he hasn’t played in the...
    Getty Devin Asiasi The New England Patriots‘ bye week is just about over and it is time to prepare to return to action. The team is on a 7-game win streak and currently atop the AFC East standings with a two-game lead over the Buffalo Bills. The team’s surge this season has a lot to do with the contributions of several young players who were drafted this year and in 2020. Mac Jones, the team’s first-round pick in 2021 is the most high-profile selection, but other such as Christian Barmore and Kyle Dugger have shined bright. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Join Heavy on Patriots! Patriots’ 2020 Tight Ends Slammed in Recent Draft Grades Goss didn’t spare another TE the Patriots drafted in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, Dalton Keene. Goss went in on Keene whom he also graded an F.
    BOSTON (CBS) — We tend to get a little hyper-focused on the Patriots around these here parts. As we obsess over very pick made by the local team and get inundated by opinions — good, bad, and otherwise — on them, we tend to lose sight of what the rest of the league did on the all-important draft weekend. And according to one national outlet, we might have missed how well the Patriots did compared to their peers in this year’s draft. READ MORE: Harvard University Will Require Students To Get COVID Vaccine Before Coming To Campus This Fall CBS Sports’ Ryan Wilson compared the picks made by teams to where the drafted players were anticipated to be drafted. So, if a player expected to be drafted in the first round ends up going in the second round, the team that drafted that player gets a favorable grade for finding good value. (See: The Christian Barmore pick.) Using that scale, the Patriots came out with the single most valuable draft in all of the NFL. That is of course a...
    Getty Mac Jones The New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones isn’t afraid of the spotlight or pressure. He’s frequently compared to former Patriots great and future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady. While some young players might shy away from that sort of comparison, Jones is embracing it.  In January, Jones posted an image of his modest physique next to Brady’s now-famous NFL Combine picture. Perhaps Jones spoke it into existence. Take a look: pic.twitter.com/YUG0pz3aDI — Mac Jones (@MacJones_10) January 21, 2019 While there is some self-deprecating humor in the post, Jones knew full well what he was doing. You can see it in everything he’s still doing on social media. Shortly after the Patriots drafted him, he posted himself playing Madden 21 as the Patriots taking on Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Getting some #Madden21 in with the @Patriots #EAathlete pic.twitter.com/8CKS6VxBHz — Mac Jones (@MacJones_10) May 3, 2021 Rather than trying to calm the pre-mature Brady comparisons, he’s running toward them with open arms. A 22-year-old who hasn’t played a down of NFL football has to have a ton of...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots made their eighth and final selection of the 2021 NFL Draft by picking a wide receiver. The team selected Tre Nixon out of the University of Central Florida at No. 242 overall. Nixon The 6-foot, 187-pound Nixon transferred to UCF from Ole Miss in 2018. He played just four games last year due to a broken collarbone, catching 19 passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns. He caught 49 passes for 830 yards and seven touchdowns for the Knights in 2019, when he was an honorable mention for All-American Conference honors. In three seasons at UCF, he caught 108 passes for 1,652 yards and 13 touchdowns. Nixon marks the first wide receiver drafted by the Patriots since they took N’Keal Harry in the first round in 2019. It also marks the sixth time Bill Belichick has drafted a receiver in the seventh round for the Patriots, with David Givens (2002) and of course Julian Edelman (2009) the most notable among them.
    BOSTON (CBS) — It’s Mac Day in New England, with the Patriots set to introduce the team’s newest quarterback — Mac Jones — at Gillette Stadium Friday afternoon. But before the quarterback checks out his new home, the Patriots shared the sights and sounds of the team taking him 15th overall on Thursday night. The Patriots released a video of the team’s war room on draft night as Jones was being selected, with Bill Belichick making sure everyone in the room — Dave Ziegler, Matt Groh and Eliot Wolf — was on board with the selection. After the pick was made, Belichick had his usual level of enthusiasm when he had a chat with Jones. READ MORE: What Patriots Are Working With -- And What They Need -- On Day 2 Of NFL Draft “Hey Mac, it’s Bill Belichick. Congratulations,” the head coach said after drafting Jones. “Look forward to working with you. There are a lot of Tides up here — you’ll fit right in.” Jones will be reunited with his former Alabama teammate Damien Harris in New England,...
    Twenty-one years ago, when the Jets drafted Chad Pennington in the first round and the Patriots drafted Tom Brady in the sixth, nobody thought there was any shot that Bill Belichick had landed a better quarterback than Bill Parcells did. In fact, even after the Patriots had won a Super Bowl, Pennington was the one being compared to Brady’s childhood idol, Joe Montana. We all know how that played out. Thursday night, after the Jets took BYU sensation Zach Wilson at No. 2, the 69-year-old Belichick, still at it after all these years, sat and waited and defied the analysts who said he would need to trade up to find his next quarterback. Belichick caught a break when San Francisco took Trey Lance instead of Mac Jones at No. 3, allowing the Alabama star to fall through the turbulence beneath him and land beside the greatest NFL coach of them all. Just as Giants GM Dave Gettleman did something he’d never done before, trading down after Philadelphia jumped ahead of him for DeVonta Smith, Belichick made an unprecedented (for him)...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — As 14 picks — and four quarterbacks — went off the board on Thursday night, the national audience watched as Mac Jones waited to get word on his NFL home. While anyone would be naturally a bit stressed in such a situation — especially after hearing so many rumors about going third overall to San Francisco — it turns out that a best-case scenario was playing out for the young quarterback. “Yeah, I mean, at the end of the day, you kind of want to just get the right fit. And I feel like secretly I really wanted to go to the Patriots all along,” Jones told the media not long after being selected with the 15th overall pick. “So I’m actually really happy that it happened. It doesn’t really matter where you get picked. You’ve gotta take the opportunity and take advantage of it, learn the new system, learn the new coaches, learn the new culture. And Coach Belichick’s done a great job establishing that throughout his time in New England. I...
    Tom Brady. Jason Behnken/AP Images Tom Brady is still one of the best football players in the world 21 years after being drafted. Nobody expected greatness when Brady was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. We took a look at where the six quarterbacks taken before Brady in the 2000 draft are today. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time and is still on top of his game 21 years after being drafted. Brady is now in his 40s and doing things never seen before in the NFL. He is still leading his teams to Super Bowls, winning MVP awards, and doing it at an age when most quarterbacks have already moved on to the TV booth. Brady's amazing career began in April 2000, when the Patriots famously rolled the dice and drafted the Michigan quarterback in the sixth round with the 199th pick overall. New England made a move despite Brady being thoroughly unimpressive at the NFL combine. Six other teams drafted quarterbacks before...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Next week’s NFL Draft will change the lives of hundreds of football players while also changing the direction of all 32 NFL teams in ways big and small. Each and every, the decisions made by teams to take players and pass on others creates an unquantifiable game of “what if?” with an infinite number of scenarios. READ MORE: Terrence Clarke, NBA Prospect From Boston, Killed In Car Crash In Los Angeles Case in point: A new story about Richard Sherman that revealed a rather fascinating debate that the Patriots apparently had during the 2011 draft. In an excellent feature story about Sherman by Dominique Foxworth on The Undefeated, Sherman revealed that his agent told him that the Patriots were considering drafting him in the second round. As you know, the Patriots did not draft Richard Sherman. Instead, they drafted … Ras-I Dowling. From the story: READ MORE: Tom Brady Jokes About Julian Edelmans Free Agency Day 2 came in the same room with fewer people, but more optimism. Sherman expected to get drafted...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — We highlighted Bill Belichick’s draft misses, so now it’s time to give the guy some credit for his hits. He doesn’t have as many as his boy Bon Jovi, but Belichick could make a pretty good boxed set out of his draft hits. READ MORE: Zdeno Chara Is Still Getting Into Fights In The NHL It obviously starts with his first draft as HC of the NEP, but through the years Belichick has been able to add some key members of two dynastic runs through the draft. He’s been a bit shaky as of late, but maybe he can rekindle that old magic with 10 picks in the upcoming draft. So without further ado, here are Bill’s Greatest Draft Hits: Tom Brady, QB: Drafted in 6th Round, 199th overall, in 2000 Tom Brady celebrates at the Patriots’ victory parade after the team’s Super Bowl LIII win. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images) What better way to start this list than the best draft pick of all time. This Brady guy turned out all...
    By Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — The NFL draft is one of the most important weekends for teams looking to build its roster into a contender. Teams can add a boatload of cheap talent onto its roster, setting themselves up for years of success down the road. READ MORE: Penguins End Long Winless Drought In Boston; Beat Bruins 4-1 Or teams can really beef things up and set the franchise back for a decade. The Patriots have been somewhere in the middle over the last decade, though there have been more years of beefing than there has been building. It didn’t matter much when Tom Brady was making up for most of those roster deficiencies, but as we know, that isn’t happening anymore. So with 10 picks this year, Bill Belichick can’t really afford to miss on many of them — if any. “If you want to have a good consistent winning football team, you can’t do it in free agency. You have to do it through the draft because that is when you’re able to get people...
    BOSTON (CBS) — It appears as though Justin Rohrwasser’s Patriots career is over without the kicker ever playing in a game for New England. The team waived Rohrwasser on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. The Patriots have waived kicker Justin Rohrwasser today. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) March 23, 2021 The Patriots went off the board by drafting Rohrwasser in the fifth round in the 2020 draft. The kicker out of Marshall was not expected to be drafted, but Bill Belichick selected him with the 159th overall pick — the first of three kickers to be drafted. Moments after the selection was made, Rohrwasser became the subject of controversy for his “Three Percenters” tattoo. The Three Percenters have been labeled an extremist group by the Anti-Defamation League. Rohrwasser denounced the group in his conference call shortly after being drafted, and he said he’d remove the tattoo. Rohrwasser’s first summer with the team didn’t go well, though, and he was released at the end of training camp. He was signed to the team’s practice squad, where he spent the full...
    Tom Brady told a funny story about the time he was drafted by the New England Patriots. By now, everyone knows the Patriots selected Brady with the No. 199 overall pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Brady told reporters Thursday he didn’t initially know where New England was. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "I didn't even know where New England was when I got picked by New England – that was always a funny story. They called me and said, 'You've been picked by New England.' I was like, 'That's amazing! Where is New England?' I landed in Providence [Rhode Island], which really screwed me up because that's not even in Massachusetts," Brady said. While recalling his 20 years with the Patriots, he said choosing to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was a great decision. SUPER BOWL LV ANTICIPATION FEELS DIFFERENT, CHIEFS STARS SAY "t was a great 20 years and at the end of the day, I had an opportunity to become a free agent. I evaluated different opportunities and just...
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