FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Quick thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:
1. Cash and seal of approval: Coach Bill Belichick had the cold, hard cash the Patriots needed to make one Main actor in the free agency. He also had the seal of approval, which was an important tiebreaker in tendering situations.
Some of the newest Patriots said that for Belichick, who will turn 69 in April, gambling was a big part of getting them on board.
“I met him before I got in  Draft and I’ve always spoken to my high school coach [Kevin Kelley] about him, and so we kind of had this mutual connection, “close end.” Hunter Henry said. “I’ve been building this over the years. I have a lot of respect for coaches, the Patriots, and I look forward to being with him and now making him my coach and helping me grow as a player.”
You’d expect players to say nice things about their new boss, especially after Belichick secured the Brink’s truck for many of them. There seemed to be a measure of awe too.
Defensive back Jalen Mills He kept a close eye on Belichick before he took football seriously and, shortly after he signed, shared an anecdote about one of his first meetings with him at Gillette Stadium.
“I was just about to leave the cafeteria and I hear ‘Hi Jalen’. So I turn around and it’s Coach. In my mind I say ‘that’s Coach’, but it didn’t really click, it was Coach Belichick. He said, he was glad to have me here and I literally turned back to him and yelled out loud, ‘This is Coach Belichick!’ “
Defensive tackle Of which Godchaux called it “child’s play” to sign because of the scheme and “to be trained by arguably the greatest coach of all time”. Co-defender Henry Anderson added that he had long admired Belichick’s defense. Offensive tackle Trent Brown said on his return to New England about a deal from the Las Vegas Raiders“I’ve worn a lot of shirts in my life, but I’ve never been as proud as when I put on a Patriots shirt.”
And linebackers Raekwon McMillan He shared two or three more planned visits after meeting Belichick at Gillette Stadium.
“This opportunity could not be missed because of the prestige that has been trained by some of the NFL’s best coaches,” he said. “Coach Belichick told me he was watching my career. For a player, you speak to a Hall of Fame coach who has really inspired me.”
2. Garoppolo in 2022: Friday’s blockbuster trade in which the San Francisco 49ers moved from 12th place in the 2021 NFL draft for # 3 she gets her right into the mix for a quarterback and bets with it Jimmy Garoppolo on termination. The 49ers say they will stick with Garoppolo in 2021, and that’s believable to me considering they see themselves as Super Bowl contenders and don’t want to hand the team over to a rookie this year. But here’s something for the Patriots to keep in mind as they continue their search for their QB of the future: Garoppolo’s availability in 2022 just became a more likely option, so they don’t have to force anything in the draft.
Mel Kiper explains why the Patriots pick Mac Jones number 15 in the 2021 NFL draft.
3. The effects of Patricia: When Matt Patricia returned to the Patriots this off-season as an assistant to Belichick and his coaching staff, it was natural to wonder what role he would play. That should move on, but for the past few weeks he’s been helping to get contracts with freelance agents (his name appears on some of them) and get involved in negotiations in certain places as a salesperson. With that in mind, it really served Belichick as an extra layer of support.
4. Wake Forest proud of Herron: News Reserving Patriots Offensive Lineman Justin Herron was recognized by the Tempe Police for helping stop one alleged sexual assault In a park in Arizona, Herron’s Alma Mater was playing in the Wake Forest. Dave Clawson and his coaching staff have a strong bond with Herron, who set the school record for 51 starts. “Very proud of Justin. He was one of my very first recruits and spent six years here. I got to know Justin and his family well,” Clawson told ESPN.com. “I wasn’t surprised. Justin is one of those people who, if he was in this situation, undoubtedly would. For me it was one of those things like football – it’s preparation, character and opportunity. And Justin, if he is Always does the right thing. “
5. Clawson’s connection: Clawson, who begins his eighth season as coach of Wake Forest, has a connection with the Patriots that extends beyond Herron. He attended Williams College (born 1989) in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where one of his close friends was Josh Kraft, the third of the four boys of the patriot owner Robert Kraft. Clawson recalled playing pickup basketball with Kraft and his father in the mid-1980s, and he stays close to Josh. When Herron (sixth round 2020) became the first Wake Forest player selected by the Patriots since the Kraft family bought the team in 1994, it had added meaning to him.
6. Fifth failed: Take the hit and move on. That’s what Belichick is doing after the Patriots bombed Round Five in 2020 Justin Rohrwasser, Marshall’s square kicker, who was skipped last week without appearing in a game for the team. It’s not ideal, but far from a landmark decision compared to that Tennessee Titans Already from 2020 first round selection moved on Isaiah Wilson. The fifth round is traditionally a transition point where the patriots identify a specific role that a player needs to fill – or identify a perspective with a salient feature that could potentially develop. Special teamers Matthew Slater, Punter Zoltan Mesko and Long-Snapper Joe Cardona represent good hits in this field.
7. Cuddles in Cali: Backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham appeared to be the catalyst for rallying a number of patriots in Southern California Throwing sessions in the past week. He did something similar in the suburbs of Boston last year and did it once Cam Newton He signed with the team and invited Newton to the workouts. But then Stidham quickly disappeared from the QB picture when training camp started. Whether or not Stidham can play a pivotal role this season will be an act to watch as Newton took part in last week’s workouts one day after the start. Others in attendance were broad recipients Kendrick Bourne, Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, N’Keal Harry and Kristian Wilkersonand tight ends Henry, Devin Asiasi and Matt LaCosse.
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8. White / Vereen plan: The re-signature of the patriots of James White A one-year contract with a guaranteed $ 2.75 million solidifies their role as “retreaters” in 2021, creating a scenario where they can aspire to that position on the draft and have the prospect of a “redshirt” for a year while they are the nuances of the pro-passing game, just like White (2014) and Shane Vereen (2011) before they emerged. Regarding the possibilities in this year’s draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr said, “It’s a good group and you can find a few people a little later.” Kiper highlighted Kenneth Gainwell (Memphis), Demetric Felton (UCLA), Jake Funk (Maryland), Raheem Blackshear (Virginia Tech), CJ Marable (Coastal Carolina) and Javian Hawkins (Louisville) as players who fit this profile.
9. Mr. underestimated: One of the most enjoyable parts of the coverage is interacting with longtime fans, and Scott Winslow is one of them. He sent a nice message after the defensive duel last week Lawrence Guy I agreed to sign a four-year deal that said, “I’m just delighted with Lawrence Guy. He’s been the best player on the field in so many games over the past year. One of the most underrated players I’ve looked at in 57 Years ago when I followed the team. ” . “No argument here. If a team of All-Time Underrated Patriots were put together, Guy and Tim Goad (1988-1994) would be a great place to start at the heart of the scrimmage line.
10. Did you know: The Patriots are responsible for the third longest streak in the NFL, where they didn’t pick a quarterback in the first round of the draft, as it has been 27 years since they named Drew Bledsoe No. 1 overall in 1993 Seattle Seahawkswho last did this in 1993 with Rick Mirer. Only the New Orleans Saints (49 years old, Archie Manning / 1971) and Dallas Cowboys (31 years old, Troy Aikman / 1989) have longer stripes.