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WATCH: Tom Brady and Julian Edelman Work Out At Boston College

Robert Alvarez
April 24, 2019 at 11:00 pm ET

It didn’t take long for Tom Brady and Julian Edelman to turn the page to 2019.

The Super Bowl champion duo were spotted at the Boston College indoor practice facility working on passes and routes together on Tuesday.

Check out the video shared by BC’s recruiting director and assistant director of player personnel Joe Sullivan of a Brady deep ball to the Super Bowl MVP.

Brady later caught up with BC’s football team, notably Tyler Vrabel, the son of Mike Vrabel.

PHOTO: Tom Brady “Run It Back”

Robert Alvarez
at 11:00 pm ET

The calendar may still say April, but Tom Brady is ready to go for another Super Bowl title defense.

On his social media Wednesday, Brady posted a photo from his workout at Boston College with a caption that read “I’m ready, anyone want to run it back.”

Brady and the 2019 Patriots will attempt to accomplish something that hasn’t happened in 15 years, a Super Bowl repeat.

An accomplishment of course, last set by Brady’s 2004 championship team.

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@nfl, I’m ready, anyone want to run it back?

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ICYMI: Julian Edelman Remembers Pat Tillman

Robert Alvarez
at 9:59 pm ET

Monday marked the 15th anniversary of the death of Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman.

Tillman played four seasons with the Cardinals from 1998-2001 before choosing to walk away from football to enlist in the United States Army.

In the months following the September 11th attacks, Tillman enlisted in May 2002.

Tillman served during the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and with the US Army Rangers in Afghanistan in 2004.

On April 22, 2004 Tillman was tragically killed in a friendly fire incident.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman paid tribute to the former NFL player turned soldier on Twitter.

Best Of Social Media: Patriots Root On Boston Bruins

Robert Alvarez
at 9:59 pm ET

Tuesday night the Boston Bruins squared off against the rival Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the National Hockey League’s first round playoffs.

In an effort to help push the Bruins to victory, members of the Super Bowl champion Patriots voiced their support throughout the night.

Things kicked off when Julian Edelman was named a Bruins fan banner captain before puck drop.

Edelman wasn’t finished, he later chugged a beer while shown on the TD Garden jumbotron much to the delight of the fans.

After the game, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy jokingly thanked Edelman for helping fire up the crowd.

Throughout the tight contest, a few other Patriots tweeted out their Bruins reactions.

The Bruins went on to win the game by a final score of 5-1 to advance to the second round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Bruins series win marked the eighth consecutive playoff round victory for a Boston sports team dating back to the Red Sox 2018 ALDS last fall.

Who has it better than Boston?

ICYMI: The Patriots Wish Bill Belichick A Happy Birthday

Robert Alvarez
April 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm ET

On Tuesday, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick celebrated his 67th birthday and a few of his players chimed in on social media with some wishes to the future Hall of Famer.

Of course, its unlikely Belichick will actually see any of the below postings.

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HBD to Mr. All Smiles #GOAT

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Since his head coaching debut with the Cleveland Browns in 1991, Belichick has amassed 292 wins over his career with six Super Bowl championships in nine appearances.

Belichick will enter his 24th season as an NFL head coach in 2019 and his 19th in New England.

PHOTO: Tom Brady Reflects Back On Draft Anniversary

Robert Alvarez
at 8:15 pm ET

On April 16th 2000, the New England Patriots selected Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick (6th round) in that years NFL Draft.

At the time, nobody could have foreseen the career Brady would end up having.

During his rookie season, Brady was third on the Patriots depth chart behind Drew Bledsoe and Michael Bishop.

On Instagram Tuesday, Brady had some fun at his own expense with a throwback picture from the 2000 draft that saw six quarterbacks taken before him.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BwUs8HThlHs/

The Patriots shared some of Brady’s best moments from his career through the eyes of Steve Mariucci, Mel Kiper Jr. and his father, Tom Brady Sr.

Also check out the original conference call Brady had with the media following his selection.

New England Patriots 2019 Mock Draft 3.0 Trading Up Time

Steve Balestrieri
April 15, 2019 at 6:30 am ET

In our first two mocks, we went with the basic assumption that the Patriots would keep all 12 of their draft picks. But we all know, they’re not going to do that. So we’ll go with a commonly believed scenario that they try to trade up to get a playmaker that they sorely need.

Our first Mock Draft can be seen here: Our second Mock Draft is here:

I used the outstanding Fanspeak Your On the Clock draft simulator again this year. And once again depending upon the Big Board that you use (when it comes to draft prospects)…your results will differ enormously. So Let’s Go Drafting…

Patriots Mock Draft 3.0:

**** Trade**** New England packages #32 and #73 to Seattle for Pick #21

Round 1, Pick 21 – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa:  Fant was still around on the board and he may not have lasted until #32. T.J. Hockenson, the most complete tight end in the draft was taken at #12 by the Packers in this mock.

Fant is a very athletic 6’4, 249 tight end from Iowa who excels open spaces. His yards after contact and ability to stretch the seams will immediately make him a very coveted receiver in the offense.

He is a versatile player that can be moved around the formation outside, in the slot or as an H-back. Despite playing in a run-heavy Iowa offense, scored 18 touchdowns in his last two seasons. A standout basketball player, Fant has excellent jumping ability and agility (6.81 3-Cone Drill).

He needs to get bigger and stronger to become a better blocker in the running game but with Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the other side, he’ll have time to develop in that area. However, as a receiving threat, he should be an immediate impact player.

Round 2, Pick 56 – J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford: Arcega-Whiteside comes from an athletic family. He was born in Spain and both of his parents were basketball players. He brings very good size, 6’2, 225 to the WR position. He’s got a quick release off the line, very good hands and a large catch radius.

He had excellent production in 2018 with 63 catches, for 1059 yards (16.8-yard average) with 14 touchdowns. He posts up like a basketball forward in the red zone and is a very good target there, (28 TDs in three seasons).

He has good but not blinding speed at 4.48 but he’s best utilized in the possession game. He can move the sticks and gets better the closer the team gets to the red zone. He’s gotten better every year and should be a very nice pro receiver who can occasionally stretch the field.

Round 2, Pick 64 – Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama: Miller was just a one-year starter but nevertheless had a very productive final season for the Tide. He made 36 tackles with 11.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He tips the scale at 6’3, 247 and is a very athletic edge player.

He has the long arms and above-average athleticism that coaches look for in edge players. He’s versatile and has a quick step off the snap either standing or with his hand on the ground. He has above average pursuit and can drop into coverage and cover backs in the flat.

He’ll need to get stronger at the NFL level to be a three-down edge player but he should immediately see snaps as a sub-package edge rusher with the Patriots defense.

Round 3, Pick 97 – Bobby Evans, T,  Oklahoma: Another surprise to still see him on the board at #97, Evans was a three-year starter for the Sooners, two at RT and then at LT in his final season. Evans plays with a bit of a mean, nasty streak and should immediately reap the benefits of playing for Dante Scarnecchia.

He’s considered a bit short at 6’4 for the position but has long arms and can solidly punch the chest of pass rushers to fend them off. While not considered overly athletic, he has the agility to get outside and pull on running plays.

He has excellent core strength and is very tough and will immediately vie for the swing tackle position with the ability to become a starter in short order.

Round 3, Pick 101 – Will Grier, QB, West Virginia: Grier is a developmental QB prospect for the Patriots offense. While he has marginal size, (6’2, 217, similar to Jimmy Garoppolo), and arm strength, he has a kind of “it factor” where he can galvanize the rest of his team. See the Oklahoma and Texas games where he led late comebacks.

Had very good numbers in 2018, 266-397 (67.0%), for 3864 yards with 37 TDs and 8 INTs in 11 games. He’s very accurate in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field. He reads defenses well and is a good leader in the huddle and the locker room.

His mechanics can improve but he has a good body of work to work off of. He’ll immediately step into the #3 position and vie for the backup job in Year 1.

****Trade**** Patriots Trade Picks #134, #205, to the Seahawks for Pick #124

Round 4, Pick 124 – Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford: Smith is a big 6’5, 255 “Y” tight end from “Tight End U” who is good as an in-line blocker, played in a pro-style offense and can serve as a safety blanket underneath.

Smith will be able to step in and contribute in the running game right away as his blocking is good but will improve over time with improved technique and a bit more core strength. He has a wide catch radius with very good hands, but won’t be a threat to attack the seams. He’s more of a short, safety valve, ball control guy with the upside to improve.

Round 7, Pick 239 – Renell Wren, DL, Arizona State: Wren is an intriguing prospect with good size, 6’5, 318. In college, they played him over the nose but he may be a better fit as a pure defensive tackle.

He possesses freaky athleticism for a big man but he’s a project and may require a lot of work with Joe Kim who helped Patriots DL work on their hand usage. Has a lot of upside but may take a year or two to blossom.

Round 7, Pick 243 – Kendall Joseph, LB, Clemson: Joseph is an undersized but productive inside linebacker who may have benefitted from playing in a loaded defensive front seven. He’s just 6’0, 233 but had 84 tackles, five TFL, and four sacks during the Tigers National Championship run.

He does have good instincts and showed good coverage, but he may have to carve out a role on STs to make the roster in 2019.

Round 7, Pick 246 – Penny Hart,  WR, Georgia State: Hart is a small, very small (5’8, 180) wide receiver who had excellent production at a lower level of competition. But got an invite to the Senior Bowl and looked uncoverable. He’s a very twitchy slot receiver who can return punts and kickoffs.

Round 7, Pick 252 – Saquon Hampton, S, Rutgers: Hampton is our requisite Rutgers pick as the Patriots address the safety position late in the game. He’s a natural leader and a team captain, something the Patriots look for, with good size at 6’1, 206. Said during an interview, he tries to emulate Patriots safety Devin McCourty. Sold. Welcome to New England.

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Best Of Social Media: The Patriots Attend Red Sox Opening Day

Robert Alvarez
April 10, 2019 at 11:55 am ET

The City of Boston saw a “double dip” in championship celebrations on Tuesday.

At Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox raised their 2018 World Series championship flag and gave out their rings in a special pregame ceremony that also included the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

The Patriots and Red Sox have combined for 10 of Boston’s 12 professional sports championships in the “Big Four” leagues since 2001.

After winning the World Series last fall, the Red Sox went to Gillette Stadium on duck boats before the Patriots game against the Green Bay Packers.

Check out all the best sights and sounds from the festivities below, including the first pitches thrown by Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Stephon Gilmore.

City of Champions.

https://twitter.com/RedSox/status/1115678793602084866?s=20
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Trophies.

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Best Of Social Media: Stephon Gilmore Hosts Twitter Q&A Session

Robert Alvarez
at 10:53 am ET

In the social media age, platforms like Twitter allow fans to interact with their favorite players with a simple click.

On Monday, New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had some free time, so he elected to host a Twitter question and answer session with his fans and followers.

Check out some of his best responses below.

https://twitter.com/BumpNrunGilm0re/status/1115249844946395137?s=20

ICYMI: Patriots Show Their Support For Ryan Shazier

Robert Alvarez
at 10:45 am ET

Over the weekend, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier shared incredible video of himself doing box jumps 16 months after a tackle during a game left him unable to walk.

On December 5th 2017, Shazier suffered a spinal injury that ended his professional football career.

On social media, a few Patriots shared words of encouragement to Shazier during his inspirational progress back to being able to walk.