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Patriots Talk: No Trades for Jimmy G?

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Patriots Talk: No Trades for Jimmy G?

by Stephen Hilton

There was quite abit of confusion yesterday, as it was stated by Adam Schefter on Twitter that ‘league sources’ had confirmed that Jimmy Garoppolo, one of the most talked about quarterbacks on the trade block this off season… is in fact not expected to be traded by the Patriots at all.

This is unexpected considering how much the media have been hyping up Jimmy G getting traded to a QB needy team at the top of the draft this year (such as the Cleveland Browns, San Fransisco 49ers, or Chicago Bears to name a few). This is quite shocking really since it has been talked literally too death this whole season about Jimmy being a possible starter in the NFL, or could potentially be the successor to the Patriots when Brady is done and therefore shouldn’t be traded.

 

Look, whatever the case may be, does it seem possible that this was really a non-story? Or did the Patriots just decide to squash any trades because they think that having Garoppolo as a back-up to help protect an aging Tom Brady from getting more injuries is more important than draft picks? Well, shortly after Schefter tweeted that statement out, Michael Lombardi stepped in and added further onto the speculation.

Well now things just got even more confusing. Jimmy has already shown that he is atleast a ‘decent quarterback’ but saying this isn’t about increasing his trade value is ludicrous. Bill Belicheck went to Weslelyn University and majored in economics, he knows how much value he can get out of Jimmy. There are plenty of teams that still need a QB and Belicheck won’t budge unless he gets exactly what he wants out of the trade deal. He is following the simple economic philosophy of ‘buy low, sell high’ strategy. If Belicheck could get a top 15 pick in the 2017 draft from the 62nd overall pick in the 2014 draft, then that is a straight steal, and everyone knows it.

 

The reality is that the QB market is already going bone dry, especially because  Jerry Jones and Tony Romo are taking their time, Kirk Cousins has been franchise tagged already by the Washington Redskins, and Tyrod Taylor is still an unknown right now with the Buffalo Bills. The reality is that this is way simpler than most see it: the Patriots are comfortable with Jimmy G remaining the backup behind Tom Brady, however its not as if these past few months they were just focused only on keeping Jimmy, there were certainly talks with other teams for potential a trade. Belicheck more than likely felt he is fine with the current line up of picks for this year’s draft and wasn’t willing to give up Jimmy G just yet.

 

Of course, they could just keep Jimmy until his rookie contract is up, then simply go the Matt Cassell 2009 route: immediately franchise tag him, and then trade him to another team so they will take the cap hit instead and the Patriots get more picks for the upcoming draft (of course the Patriots will likely get less value next year because Jimmy’s stock will fall no matter what, if they wait it out). Or simply let Jimmy ride out the reminder of his contract and try to come to an agreement in 2018 if they feel Jimmy can be a good investment in the future (the man is still 25 years old). Overall, this situation is just a case of the Patriots feeling that Jimmy G is worth the 1st round pick, but teams are still cautious about whether Jimmy is really worth it. The Patriots decided to simply let things play out and nobody was willing to come forward with a  deal that was satisfactory in the end. That’s my two cents on the matter anyway.

 

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Patriots Talk: Patriots Shut Out Raiders In Mexico City

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What a day for the Patriots to secure a win in the most Patriot way possible. The game was effectively over before the 2nd quarter ended. The team was dominant throughout the entire duration of the game and it showed. In many ways, there were a number of factors within this game that caused the Raiders to ultimately fold early on in the game

The Altitude Difference

The Patriots had the smart idea to stay in Denver and travel to Colorado Springs to adjust their bodies to the pressures of high altitude. The Raiders took the same approach when they traveled to Mexico City to play against the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the 2016 season. Although, the method worked last year, you can’t deny that there was a lot of outside interference in that game.

This time around, it was very clearly from just the fact that CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Danny Amendola leaving the game due to dehydration showed how taxing the high altitude was on them. The Raiders were arguably worse with their team as they allowed 4 turnovers on the offense yesterdays. The sheer pressure the game put on most of the players was quite significant in this game for both team. But the Patriots ultimately minimzed the effect that it had on them.

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Patriots Football Talk: Patriots Dominance Continues In Mexico

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It was a sunny Sunday at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico’s Premier Stadium, in Mexico City.  The New England Patriots were facing off against the Oakland Raiders in what was called a Road Game.  It was a made for TV experience to draw in a more viewers and fans.  It was the NFL’s way to reach a larger market, that being fans in Mexico City.

The Game showed off the best in the NFL.  And you know what?  The best Team in the NFL showed what it means to be the best.  Of course I’m talking about the Patriots dominating yet another Team.  They continue to out preform their opponents on the field.  It’s something that this year’s Team has grown in to.  From being just a contender to being an all-out reigning champ; this Team has figured out how to be great.  Today’s game was proof of that!  I’d say they played perfect, but they didn’t get the shut out.  Hey you can’t have everything!

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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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