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Patriots Talk: Running Back Core is Set, and the Running Backs for the 2017 Season

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Patriots Talk: Running Back Core is Set, and the Running Backs for the 2017 Season

 

The New England Patriots are seemingly filling their roster up faster than the NFL draft will actually get here. Afew days ago, it was confirmed from NFL insider, Ian Rapoport that the Buffalo Bills were not going to match the Patriots offer for back up [Running back] Mike Gillislee. The Patriots will forfeit their 5th Round Pick (upatined from the Denver Broncos trade for AJ Derby) to the Bills and the team will keep him for two years for 6 million (half of it will be guaranteed). As of now, the Patriots will have six running backs on the roster for the 2017 NFL season which includes: D.J Foster, Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, and James White.

 

 

Shockingly, the big news yesterday was former Minnesota Vikings [Running back] Adrian Peterson had completed a deal with the New Orleans Saints. His contract will be for 7 million (3.5 million will be guaranteed) for two years with the organization. Many critics thought that Peterson was unlikely to make a deal before the NFL draft came, but somehow he pulled it of.

 

Peterson only had one workout in March when free agency kicked off with the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots gave him a workout several weeks ago. It was odd when many thought Peterson wasn’t a fit for the team but I believe it was out of respect for the player.  He is already turning 32 years old now and his best days are likely behind him, this is his last and possibly only contract he will have in his career.

 

 

Rumors are spreading of a deal between former Patriots [Running Back] LeGarrette Blount and the New York Giants. According to the reports, the player are having mutual interest in making a deal but its unknown what could come of it. The New York Giants also had interest in Adrian Peterson but he is now off the table. Blount will likely have to make a compromise with the team if he hopes to make the team as the NFL Draft is tomorrow.

 

 

However what many fans are excited for is the return of Marshawn ‘Beast Mode’ Lynch! He has been confirmed to be joining with the Oakland Raiders (before their eventually move to Las Vegas) in a trade with Seattle Seahawks. It would seem that Seattle has allowed Lynch to be on the trading block and will be allowed to workout with the Raiders. Lynch is reported to be arriving at the Raider’s facility today and it looks like the deal will be made.

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Patriots Talk: Josh McDaniels And The Colts Wouldn’t Have Worked Out

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A Case of Behind The Scenes

 

 

Josh McDaniels and the Patriots thought their time to depart after their tough loss in Super Bowl 52 was unavoidable. However, not only did Josh McDaniels get extended, but its been many rumors that Robert Kraft had contacted McDaniels literally hours before he was suppose to take off Tuesday for Indianapolis.

 

It’s difficult to know anything within the Patriots’ organization as they have remained firm in not explaining what goes on behind closed doors. However, multiple sources over at ESPN for the past week since the story broke out about McDaniels’ abrupt decision to not become the Indiapolis Colts Head Coach. The way things broke down was that Kraft and Bill Belichick got together and sat down with McDaniels. With Defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia going to Detroit, this seemed like a desperation move to maintain the coaching staff from the previous season.

 

However, according to ESPN writer Mike Reiss, there was more to the situation then just that. In one of his articles regarding the McDaniels’ decision, he stated:

 

Belichick offered to include McDaniels on more of the inner workings of the organization, from roster construction to financial/salary-cap related considerations. That was viewed as “extremely valuable” to McDaniels. Ownership also endorsed it as a way to extend Belichick’s influence on the organization in future years, although no assurances were given to McDaniels that he would succeed Belichick. McDaniels, who a source confirmed got a significant raise, has privately said in the past that he did not want to be the coach who succeeds Belichick. Although he since may have changed his mind, McDaniels knows Belichick, after five Super Bowl victories, will be a hard act to follow.

Beyond financial and professional stability, McDaniels also was thinking of his family. He wanted a long-term commitment from the Patriots so his four children, ages 12 to 3, would be able to attend the same schools over the next several years. The transient life of a coach doesn’t always make that possible.

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Former NFL Official Claims Eagles Used Illegal Play To Win Super Bowl

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Did you have doubts that the Eagles lined up correctly on the Nick Foles touchdown catch?

Well, you are not the only one with a former analyst now claiming that Philly was indeed lined up illegally on the play.

Appearing on the Talk of Fame Network, former head of officiating and FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira said the Eagles were in fact lined up illegally.

“I know the league came out and said that it’s a judgment call, which it is,” Pereira said, via Pro Football Talk. “The down judge, who was the one that [the play] was on his side of the field, they felt that it was his judgment, and [receiver Alshon Jeffrey] was close enough. Well, he wasn’t. They lined up wrong.

“Not only that, it’s a trick play. And if you’re going to run a trick-type play, then you have to be lined up properly. You could either have six men on the line, or you could have an ineligible number lined up at the end of the line, which was the case. I know what the league has said, but they would have been a lot more comfortable if they would have called an illegal formation.

“We always use a yard [within the line of scrimmage], maybe a yard-and-a-half. But that’s two [yards], and even a little bit beyond two. It’s kind of one of those that has no effect on the play. I get it. But they didn’t line up properly. And it really should’ve been called.”

Bottom line is it was simply a judgment call be the officials, might have been the completely wrong judgment, but based on what we know about Super Bowl LII the New England Patriots were never going to win the game. The Malcolm Butler benching paired with Doug Pederson‘s mindset of keeping his foot on the gas and exposing New England’s weaknesses were the reasons the Patriots lost the game, not this particular play.

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Boston Herald Runs Ron Borges’s Tom Brady Hoax Story

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Thursday night Boston Herald reporter Ron Borges penned a story with this headline “Tom Brady wants to get paid like Jimmy G, or he’ll skip OTAs”. A headline and a story that was uncovered as a hoax on Friday.

The Kirk and Callahan show on WEEI revealed that one of their texters pretended to be Tom Brady’s agent Don Yee when texting Borges. The texter dubbed “Nick in Boston” informed Borges that Tom Brady intended to sit out New England’s preseason workouts unless he was paid like Jimmy Garoppolo who signed the largest deal in NFL history on Thursday.

K&C tweeted out the screenshots of texts with Borges outing the story as a complete and utter hoax.

Borges story was actually refuted right off the bat on Thursday night with both NBC Sports Boston and NESN claiming the story held no truth.

As for Borges, this is not his first major failure as a reporter. Since the Herald ran the story they are now looking into the matter.

Overall tricking Borges isn’t a great thing to do. Lying about someone’s identity is never nice with some reporters coming to the defense of Borges. But it is hard to have sympathy for a “journalist” that failed to check his sources and run with a story with only one source confirming of a major story.

Either way, there is no truth to a Brady holdout.

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