Ask PFW: Mid-May roster assessments

May 22, 2018

How many undrafted free agents will stick this year and who will contribute? J.C. Jackson seems solid, Trent Harris could strengthen the interior. Jason Bickel Bill Belichick’s Patriots have a history of keeping at least one undrafted rookie (often more than that) on the 53-man roster to open the season, a streak that dates back nearly a decade and a half. It’s come all over the depth chart and with…

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OTAs underway minus Brady, Gronk

May 22, 2018

The Patriots held their first 2018 practice in front of reporters Tuesday, and as many media observers had predicted, there was no sign of quarterback Tom Brady or tight end Rob Gronkowski. Both players are believed to be healthy, but choosing not to partake in the voluntary portion of New England’s offseason program. A number of other players of note were not on the field for today’s session, although their…

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Jets trade Christian Hackenberg to Oakland Raiders

May 22, 2018

The New York Jets traded quarterback Christian Hackenberg to the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, Jets coach Todd Bowles told reporters. The Jets are receiving a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft for Hackenberg. Around The NFL will have more on Hackenberg soon.

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Gronk takes a crack at field hockey

May 22, 2018

For Shannon Quinlan, a sophomore field hockey player at Assumption College, it was another day on the field hockey pitch. Until it wasn’t. Shannon and her sister Sarah, who are from Buffalo, took some time over the weekend to practice at Williamsville North High School in New York. They were dribbling, shooting and passing when one of the school’s most famous alumni made a surprise appearance.  Gronk hit the football field…

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Draft Review: Izzo ready to do whatever it takes

May 22, 2018

Tim Brewster believes Ryan Izzo is exactly the type of player Bill Belichick and the Patriots would love to work with. Considering he was once one of the players trying to catch Belichick’s attention, Brewster should know. Brewster was Izzo’s tight ends coach at Florida State, and as a rookie tight end with the New York Giants in 1984 he learned how Bill Parcells and Belichick tried to create a team. Ultimately…

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Transcript: Bill Belichick Press Conference 5/22

May 22, 2018

Head Coach Bill Belichick BB: Good turnout today. Well it’s always good to get back on the field and be working with everybody in phase three. We were able to do a little bit in phase two against air and get some teaching instruction in but this is much better. [We’re] able to progress faster and just do more with our team starting yesterday and for the next couple weeks….

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View from Above: Remain calm, all is well – for now

May 22, 2018

It’s a classic moment from a movie that will live on for generations. A young Kevin Bacon as an ROTC neophyte in the cult-flick “Animal House,” trying to keep order as rioting and looting had begun during a homecoming parade – and pleading with the good citizens of the fictional town of Faber to “remain calm! All is well!” He was immediately trampled. And so I stand here now (figuratively,…

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