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Patriots Meet with LSU’s Jayden Daniels

Daniels is among several quarterbacks the Patriots met with Tuesday.

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February 28, 2024 at 4:06 pm ET

Patriots Meet with LSU’s Jayden Daniels(PHOTO: SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network / USA TODAY NETWORK)

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Tuesday night reportedly saw the Patriots meet with the first of several quarterback prospects, with NFL Analyst Ryan Fowler reporting that New England was among several teams who were set to meet with LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels last night.

Oddly enough, reporters didn’t ask head coach Jerod Mayo about the meeting during his press conference on Wednesday, but Mayo said there were a handful of traits they were looking for as they continue evaluating who they’ll select in April as their new signal-caller.

“The thing about quarterbacks for me, look, everyone wants the big arm, the mobility, and things like that,” explained Mayo.  “But I do think it’s important just to get a good sense of what type of competitor that they are. Their toughness, and things like that. Those are things you really want to look for.”

When asked about how he measures those things, Mayo explained that part of it is watching film, but the other is also trying to learn a little bit about how they handle things when the going gets tough.

“It’s hard. One thing I would say is the film,” said Mayo.  “So you get on the film, and you kind of talk through things, you want to see how they they respond to adversity on the field and honestly, you want to talk about some of the adversity they had off the field as well.”

Obviously watching players like Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes, the hope is that the Patriots can land someone who can try and salvage things when a play breaks down.  Mayo explained that there are a couple of factors they take into consideration, which affect how they view things when it comes to a quarterback’s mobility.

“When you talk about mobility, I think you have to put it in two buckets,” said Mayo. “There’s one where it’s pocket awareness where guys can slide around in the pocket and still run a 5.2 40, and I think there’s another type of mobility where you have the quicker guys that can really get outside the pocket. So I mean, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.”

Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald reports that, in addition to Daniels, the club has also met with Drake Maye, J.J. McCarthy, and Bo Nix.  They’re also set to meet with Caleb Williams later today.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The above appeared in a recent notebook column here.)

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