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Patriots Talk: Stephon Gilmore Press Conference

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Patriots Talk: Stephon Gilmore Press Conference

 

Much has been in discussion about the Patriots this off-season. Free agency, trade rumors and of course the NFL Draft. One of the shocks was of course [Cornerback] Stephon Gilmore from the Buffalo Bills. Last week, he was in a discussion with the media and went into detail about his place on the team.

It was revealed that Gilmore will be wearing the No.24 in 2017 (same number he wore in Buffalo). He had talked with fellow [cornerback] and rookie Cyrus Jones to acquire the number. Previous players who have worn the No.24 were Patriots Hall of Famer, Ty Law and Super Bowl XLIX champion (former New York Jet) Darrelle Revis.

 

“I just always wanted the number, That’s what number a lot of guys I looked up to wore so that’s one number that I always loved.”

 

Gilmore said former Denver Bronco [cornerback] Champ Bailey was one of his favorite players while growing up.  Bailey was a 1st Round pick, 7th overall in the 1999 NFL Draft and was a 12 time Pro-Bowler and was voted to the 2000s All-Decade Team at Cornerback. Needless to say, he picked a very good player to admire as Bailey will be eligible for the Hall of Fame ballot in 2020.

 

 

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While it seemed rather sudden that Gilmore wanted the number from Cyrus, he likely was alright with the decision. After coming off a horrifying rookie campaign last year (especially on special teams), Jones likely wants a new fresh start after a rocky rookie season. (his new number will be No. 41). There is alot of pressure on Gilmore to prove himself worthy of his big payday and many will be looking at him coming into next season.

However, the concern among many was how Gilmore’s signing would effect relations with [cornerback] Malcolm Butler. He has been the best cornerback for the team for the past two seasons and could signed have signed an extension around $6-7 million a year but according to sources, Butler’s agent and him wanted $10 million.

This whole situation with Gilmore made others believe that Butler would demand for a trade which almost came to be with the New Orleans Saints. He even had a visit with the Saints and they had reached an agreement for a four-year contract that was worth $50 million. The Saints were willing take a huge cap hit for Butler the deal was never finalized since Butler was a restricted free agent and they never came close to offering the Patriots a large enough draft capital to consider the deal during the draft. (The Patriots potentially wanted the Saints 11th overall pick to start but the Saints wouldn’t budge on that)

 

This means Butler is staying and likely will remain the Patriots No.1 Cornerback. (Gilmore will likely fill in for Logan Ryan as No.2 Cornerback) The questions surrounding Butler’s situation will not likely be answered till the 2017 season is finished. Is there a chance for a contract extension? Most definitely, but its unknown if the two parties will come to the same conclusion. It’s never wise to assume anything when it comes to Bill Belichick obviously. Even the very last scenario can’t be dismissed, but this isn’t something Gilmore can do anything about. The only thing thing that either Butler or Gilmore can do is work on their teamwork as a two man duo.

“I know [Butler]’s a talented player, but I just try to stay in my lane and handle the things I can handle. It’s a competitive group so I’m looking forward to it.

“(Butler) just competes no matter what. He just competes to the end of the play. I mean, all the guys do in the secondary, so that’s one thing that stuck out to me.”

Despite their differences, I feel that the Patriots’ secondary for the upcoming season will be something to watch out for.

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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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