Brady Not Surprised by Quarterback Pick (MMQB.com)
New England's draft selection of Eastern Illinois quarterback may have come as a shock to some but not to Patriots long-time quarterback Tom Brady.
"I felt like I had a pretty good idea we'd take a quarterback. Coach Belichick doesn't care who the quarterback is here. He's always going to play the guy who he thinks gives him the best chance to win," Brady told TheMMQB.com's Peter King. "It's not my role to choose players here, thankfully. And this is not the first time they've taken another quarterback either. There's no entitlement in the NFL. I don't expect to be given anything. I just hope I'm the one most entitled to play that position for a long time here."
Even though Brady turns 37 in August, he is committed to doing whatever is needed to stick around for as long as possible.
"You know you don't have to suck when you get older," said Brady. "It's hard to explain this to people, but the commitment I make, in terms of keeping my body in shape and my nutrition right, should make me healthy. I feel better today than when I was 25, and I know that's hard for people to believe, but I do. I work at it. Basically, I work all off-season to prepare my body to not get hurt. I can't help the team if I'm on the sidelines. I've got to be durable."
The Patriots selected Garrapolo with their second-round pick (62nd overall) in the 2014 NFL draft, the highest selection used on a quarterback since Brady has been with the team. For now, the rookie will join New England's other backup Ryan Mallet on the sidelines. Mallet has only thrown four passes during his three years with the team.
Hoomanawanui Taking a Leadership Role with Rookies (Boston Globe)
Going into his fifth NFL season, Patriots tight end Micheal Hoomanawanui is using his own knowledge and experience to help his new teammates adjust.
"It's not necessarily something you sit down and they say, ‘do this' or ‘do more of that,' it's just something you grow into going into your fifth year or being a ‘veteran' guy around," Hoomanawanui told reporters on Thursday. "We've been with the rookies for a week now and it's kind of funny to look back and remember where you were when you were a rookie and the struggles that they go through, the long days, the long meeting times. People don't realize, there's a lot of meeting time for them.
The 25-year-old tight end just signed a two-year contract extension with the team, hoping to join Gronkowski's level of contribution this season.
"Who doesn't want to be that guy? Spent a lot of time this offseason looking at the best tight ends in the league, and hopefully we can learn from that, myself and other guys. Hopefully we can put that in the toolbox," Hoomanawanui explained.
"I realize my role in the passing game hasn't been what Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski have done, but it's definitely something I'm working on and hopefully can be a part of this season."
Belichick Proposes Replay Change (ProfootballTalk)
During an interview with on SiriusXM NFL, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick proposed the idea of allowing coaches to throw a challenge flag on any play to which they believe the replay could show officials made a wrong call.
The long-time head coach is not asking for more than the allotted two challenges, instead more opportunities to fix wrong calls made by officials.
"It wouldn't give the coach anymore challenges. It would just give him a chance to challenge a play he thought was ruled incorrectly," said Belichick. "In the grand scheme of things, I think what we all want is to get the play right and for the best team to win and for the game not to be decided by a missed call. To not have the opportunity to correct that type of play, it just doesn't seem like it's the right way to do it. We had a situation this year where we added another exception to the replay rule because of a play that came up during the season, and it seems like that's kind of the way it goes — something happens, and then, we have something else to challenge or make another play challengeable that wasn't in the past, and we're just going to keep adding to that. I'd just like to clean it up and have a coach have two challenges, and if he gets them right, he gets a third, and that's it. He can use it on whatever play he wants."
While the coach's idea was voted down, he hopes to gain support for the rule in the future.
"I think we probably would bring it up again — maybe change our presentation or try to assemble a little bit more support for it," said Belichick.
Patriots' Franchise Ranks Fourth in Best Owner Investments (NESN)
New England's reign of success in the past decade has translated well in returns for owner Robert Kraft. Business Insider ranked New England among the top five professional sport franchises to bring the most value to their owners in the last ten years. Ranked fourth, the Patriots franchise value has increased by $1.06 billion since 2004. The Brady-Belichick era has produced a regular-season record of 124 wins to only 36 losses along with three Superbowl wins. While the top spot went to the New York Yankees, the Patriots came in second among NFL teams, following the Dallas Cowboys' $1.45 billion value increase in the last decade.
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