Newswire: More Brady and the Draft Picks

News from around the web includes; Competition for the New England Patriots' rookies and veterans alike; TFY Draft Preview shares his thoughts on the Patriots' draft selections of Day Two; an analysis of Florida's defensive end Jeremy Mincey; and a further look at the Patriots' first round draft pick Laurence Maroney.

-- With free agency behind us and the draft a matter of history, all that remains is how it will all come together. "We'll just see how the competition plays itself out," Belichick said. "I can't say how that's going to go and wouldn't attempt to do it. I try to create the competition, which I think we have, but how people perform and how well they do or don't do relative to somebody else, that's in the players' control."

One of the key battles, as reported by the Boston Herald, will be between former San Diego Charger Reche Caldwell and the #2 draft choice Chad Jackson for the #2 receiver spot. Tom Brady commenting on Caldwell: "We've thrown for four or five weeks. He's working hard. He's been here everyday, he's very skilled. I think he's going to do really well here. He was a Patriots killer last year when he was playing for the Chargers. Hopefully he can become an AFC East killer when he's playing for us."

-- The Patriots' second day Draft picks continued to raise eyebrows as the team remained focused on finding players for offense. Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Preview shares his thoughts on the Patriots' draft selections of Day Two and how they may fit into the New England system as reported by Patriots Insider.

-- Day two selections include; No. 106: Garrett Mills, FB/TE Tulsa; No. 118: Stephen Gostkowski, K, Memphis; No. 136: Ryan O'Callaghan DE, Florida; No. 205: Dan Stevenson, OG, Notre Dame; 206: Le Kevin Smith, DT, Nebraska; and No. 229: Willie Andrews, S, Baylor.

-- Another Day two selection is No. 191: Jeremy Mincey, DE, Florida. Florida coach Urban Myer feels that Mincey has what it takes to become an outside linebacker with the New England Patriots.

A transfer from Butler County Community College in Kansas, Mincey (6-3, 263) started all 24 games in his two seasons with the Gators. As a senior he had 62 tackles (No. 4 on the team), along with 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a team captain and a second-team All-SEC selection, reports The Patriot Ledger.

-- The Patriots' 1st round draft, choice Laurence Maroney, attended Normany High School in one of St. Louis's worst neighborhoods. More members of its freshman class will see a courtroom than a college classroom, police lockdowns are a fact of life, and gangs hold as much sway as guidance counselors. As stated by the Boston Herald

"Everybody always says nobody ever makes it out of Normandy," Maroney said. "Being the first and being able to open doors for everybody else is a great feeling." So Maroney took his dreams from the meanest streets of St. Louis to the University of Minnesota and now to the playing field of Gillette Stadium as a member of the Patriots.

The rest of today's newswire: Friday's Wire

 

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