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Patriots Talk: Joe Mixon isn’t on the Patriots Draft Board

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Patriots Talk: Joe Mixon isn’t on the Patriots Draft Board

The NFL Draft is vital for all 32 teams to resupply their team with new young talent that will become future starters and potentiality Pro Bowlers later in their career. The reality is, the draft is always something to look forward to in the NFL off-season. As of last month, former Oklahoma Sooners [running back] Joe Mixon has been scouted by several NFL teams during his time such as the Denver Broncos or the Los Angeles Chargers. However, according to sources, the Patriots have already scratched Mixon off their draft board.

The statement came from Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft during his interview this past Monday. He stated the following:

While I believe in second chances and giving players an opportunity for redemption, I also believe that playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. For me, personally, I believe that privilege is lost for men who have a history of abusing women.

In 2014, Mixon got into an argument with a woman at a bar named Amelia Molitor. The argument resulted with Mixon punching the woman and was charged with a misdemeanor assault. He accepted a plea deal and was suspended for his entire freshman year at Oklahoma.

Kraft and the Patriots have held a zero-tolerance policy against domestic violence that can be traced back to the 1996 draft with former [defensive tackle] Christian Peter. Bill Parcells selected the Nebraska Huskers defensive tackle in the fifth round of the 1996 NFL draft for the New England Patriots. However, it was revealed he had a long history of domestic violence against women including the rape of Kathy Redmond. Kraft and his now deceased wife, Myra, learned of these allegations and demanded Peter be released within a week following the draft.

Nebraska Huskers defensive tackle Christian Peter (55 left side) in 1995 opener (Photo was taken by Ted Kirk/Journal Star)

Nebraska Huskers defensive tackle Christian Peter (55) tackles Okalahoma State running back David Thompson (28) in 1995 opener (Photo was taken by Ted Kirk/Journal Star)

Mixon is one of the most controversial prospects coming into the 2017 draft. What makes his situation worse is video evidence was made public of the incident in December 2016 showing Mixon throwing the punch that reportedly broke four bones in Moliter’s face. However, Mixon’s assault is not defined as a domestic violence incident, but rather severe misdemeanor and assault which is still terrible by all accounts.

 

Currently, teams like the Miami Dolphins have already taken Mixon off their board due to his incidents raising ‘character concerns’.  This situation isn’t any different from Kansas City Chiefs‘ [Wide Receiver] Tyreek Hill, who was sighted with concerns in last year’s draft after his assault charges were brought up on him. For now, Kraft has stayed true to his message of not tolerating domestic violence within his organization (despite many critics sighting that former Arizona Cardinals‘ [Wide Receiver] Michael Floyd‘s DUI charge should have made him illegible to be taken by the Patriots). The Patriots have neither a first or second round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and missing out on a talent like Mixon would be a shame, but understandable decision.

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NFL Talk: Week 11 Picks

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We are finally getting down to the last stretch of the season where teams will finally start to line up where they will make the playoffs and those who will simply tank for the higher pick in the 2018 NFL draft. At this point, most people have teams figured out and know how games should go from here on out. As of now, I got 11-3 correct last week, which puts me at 95-51 for the season.

Tennessee Titans @ Pittsburgh Steelers: Winner – Steelers

At this point in the season, I think the Titans will likely make the wildcard as Jacksonville will run away with the division. The Steelers are pretty much a lock for the playoffs. Their division has the Browns with the worst record in the NFL, and the Bengals and Ravens have fallen off. Even though the game was already played yesterday here was my thoughts before the game:

They are playing the Titans at home and the Steelers defense has been a hack of a surprise for this season. It’s mainly because of how much money was invested into their offense yet their defense has improved substantially from last year. The 2nd best passing defense in the NFL (allowing only 181.8 passing yards per game) and 11th against the run (allowing 102.7 rushing yards per game).

The Titans will have some serious difficulties holding the Steelers down while they are playing at home. Despite the Titans not having a bad team by any stretch (they have the 6th best rushing defense in the NFL), this is the Steelers game to lose and thankfully after what we have seen, that isn’t alot. Steelers won by 40-17 and my prediction was they would score 27-20. (Titans couldn’t even get me that)

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Cleveland Browns: Winner – Jaguars

If the Jags somehow throw this game away I will be so done with predicting their games this season. The Browns are a team that needs a massive overhaul and I don’t see it being enough for them to win this game. The Jaguars will win this game 24-21 with Blake Bortles somehow almost throwing the game away. Almost.

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Patriots Simply Play In A Different League

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Year after year since Bill Belichick has taken the helm in New England the rest of the NFL has been looking up at the Patriots. You can say one of the big reasons for that is having future hall of famer Tom Brady under center. But when it really comes down to it the real reason for New England’s success is stupidity on behalf of the other teams.

Sunday night’s win was a prime example of another team failing under the spotlight against the Patriots. Denver was a franchise who a few seasons ago won a Super Bowl with Peyton Manning. Now they gambled with Vance Joseph as the head coach, a gamble that looks to be failing. Denver on Sunday night looked ill-prepared, on Special Teams, and throughout every phase of the game.

At what point will opposing teams understand that the Patriots offense will sometimes go into a hurry-up mode? Do they watch film? When will other teams take special teams as seriously as Belichick? It is truly perplexing. Every season there is 4-5 games where the Patriots opponent looks ill-prepared.

Lately, it feels more often of an occurrence. Going into Sunday there was hope for a great game with New England historically being awful in Denver, but the game was so lopsided that it continues with a trend of poor NFL games.

New England’s record now sits at 7-2 with the AFC East all but locked up again with the second place Bills sitting at 5-4. Who will stop them? Maybe the Eagles, but that would be a Super Bowl matchup. And at that point, would Brady lose to a playoff rookie in Carson Wentz? Probably not.

For the foreseeable future, the Patriots will continue to run the NFL.

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Patriots Recap: Patriots Beat Out Broncos At Home 41-16

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Patriots Recap: Patriots Beat Out Broncos At Home 41-16

The New England Patriots tonight had a great performance almost all around. Despite several keys mismatches (particularly within the secondary), the Patriots dominated the Broncos throughout the whole game. The most obvious problems lied squarely with the Broncos special teams and offense inability to get touchdowns when they counted most. It was a bad night if you were a Broncos fan. With this loss, the Broncos fall to 3-6 of the season which puts them dead last in the AFC West. Their season at this point, most likely will be lost as this is their fifth straight loss. The victory didn’t come without much help as the Patriots have much to be proud of last night.

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