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Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia at Michigan pro day, who could they be looking at?

03.24.17 at 11:52 am ET
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On Thursday, Bill Belichick was at Ohio State and Matt Patricia at Notre Dame, and on Friday the two met up at Michigan for its pro day.

The pair joined a number of prominent NFL names also in attendance including Sean Payton, Marvin Lewis, Mike Tomlin and Todd Bowles. Also joining Belichick and Patricia are Belichick’s two sons — Steve, the Patriots’ safeties coach and Brian, who joined the staff this past year as a scout.

There are a few intriguing Michigan players the Patriots could be interested in.

Many have connected them to Jabrill Peppers. He played all over the field for Jim Harbaugh playing both safety and linebacker, while also playing some receiver on offense. Some believe the versatility naturally makes him a fit for New England, while others say it is just hype.

Another name to keep an eye on is tight end Jake Butt. He suffered a torn ACL late in the year, but on Friday he told the NFL Network’s Mike Mayock he will be ready to play again in mid-July, which is ahead of schedule.

New England could be interested in selecting a tight end, and they could get good value on Butt as he will likely slide down in the draft due to the injury.

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Roger Goodell weighs in on Tom Brady’s stolen Super Bowl jerseys being found

03.24.17 at 9:59 am ET
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Roger Goodell discussed Tom Brady's jersey being returned to the Patriots. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Roger Goodell discussed Tom Brady’s jersey being returned to the Patriots. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

On Thursday, Tom Brady’s stolen jerseys from Super Bowl XLIX and LI were returned to the Patriots by the FBI after they were discovered in Mexico.

The jerseys were stolen by Martin Mauricio Ortega, a former newspaper executive, as he took the jerseys following both Super Bowls from the Patriots’ locker room.

After an in-depth investigation involving a number of law enforcement agencies, the jerseys were found early this week.

Appearing on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike on Thursday, commissioner Roger Goodell offered his thoughts on the case.

“We did support the federal officials of the FBI and other law enforcement authorities, the Patriots security team and our security team. They all worked together and worked through what I thought was a very extensive investigation,” said Goodell. “As it turns out it was in the possession of a credentialed member of the international media, so it actually went outside the country here.

“It’s still an ongoing investigation, so I can’t add an awful lot to it or a lot of specifics to it, but we’re happy we were able to retrieve the jerseys, get it back to Tom [Brady] and I think that’s a good outcome here.”

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Patriots, Darrelle Revis reportedly have not discussed contract

03.24.17 at 9:38 am ET
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Darrelle Revis and the Patriots reportedly haven't talked about a contract.  (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis and the Patriots reportedly haven’t talked about a contract. (Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

If the Patriots are indeed interested in Darrelle Revis, they haven’t acted on it yet.

According to CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran, the Patriots and Revis have not discussed a deal that would bring the cornerback back to New England.

On Thursday, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora quoted a NFL personnel man who said he is convinced Revis will return to the Patriots.

“We did our work on him. He can still play,” the personnel man told La Canfora. “He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”

 

Revis, 31, was released by the Jets before the start of free agency, but is still owed $6 million from the team, so whatever team signs him likely doesn’t need to give him a big contract.

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Robert Kraft thanks FBI for getting Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys back

03.23.17 at 5:05 pm ET
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Robert Kraft will be on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on Tuesday. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft thanked the FBI for getting Tom Brady’s jerseys back. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys are back where they belong — in the hands of the Patriots.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft put out a statement thanking the FBI for getting the jerseys back after they were stolen following Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI.

“We want to thank the FBI, the Mexican authorities and the many different local agencies that were involved in the investigation and ultimate recovery of Tom Brady’s Super Bowl LI jersey,” Kraft said in a statement. “Working along with the Patriots and NFL security, those agencies collectively coordinated an investigation that also led to the recovery of Tom’s missing Super Bowl XLIX jersey.

“It was great to have both jerseys returned to Gillette Stadium today. I don’t know that any agency could have accomplished this independently, but collectively multiple agencies – both in the U.S. and in Mexico – worked together to achieve the goal of retrieving the stolen property. It is another example of the importance of teamwork and what can be accomplished when everyone works together. We appreciate the effort of everyone involved and look forward to returning these jerseys to Tom when he gets back to New England.”

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Patriots have been successful with leaping over line to block kicks in recent years, but NFL now looking to ban play

03.23.17 at 3:35 pm ET
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The NFL is looking to ban leaping over the line of scrimmage to block kicks. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

The NFL is looking to ban leaping over the line of scrimmage to block kicks. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

Remember back in 2015 when Jamie Collins jumped over the line or scrimmage to block an extra point against the Colts? If not, what about this past year when Shea McClellin leaped over the line to block a kick against the Ravens?

Well, leaping over the line of scrimmage to block kicks might be illegal next season.

Next week at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona when rule changes are brought up, that will be one of the things owners vote on to change.

Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino explained why the league is looking to ban the play on a conference call Thursday.

Ultimately, it comes down to being a safety issue.

“The issue, we’ve looked at a lot of tape on the jumper, is how it’s being defended at this point — whether it’s the snapper or the guard raising up and attempting to make contact with the jump, we’ve seen several examples where players have been flipped over, land on their head, their neck, and the potential for a serious injury certainly increases when you have a player in a vulnerable position who is now going to be knocked off balance and really can’t control the way they land,” Blandino said. “So I think that’s probably the biggest thing, and we have seen that on tape as to why the proposal will be voted on.”

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Patriots will visit Donald Trump at White House on April 19

03.23.17 at 2:03 pm ET
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Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick are set to return to the White House on April 19. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick are set to return to the White House on April 19. (Geoff Burke/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots officially will be the first sports team to visit Donald Trump at the White House.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the president will welcome the team to White House on April 19.

Following the Super Bowl win, six Patriots said they would not attend the ceremony including Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Devin McCourty and LeGarrette Blount.

Not all were for political reasons.

President Trump has a good relationship with owner Robert Kraft, as he was even on Air Force One with him this past weekend.

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick both supported President Trump around the election with the coach writing him a letter and Brady calling him two days before the election.

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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NFL personnel man ‘convinced’ Patriots will sign Darrelle Revis

03.23.17 at 1:41 pm ET
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Despite the fact that he won a Super Bowl with the Patriots, Darrelle Revis left no doubt as to where his allegiance lies these days. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis could potentially return to the Patriots. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Maybe there was actually something to the rumors of Darrelle Revis returning to the Patriots last weekend.

Speaking with CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, a NFL personnel man said he’s convinced the cornerback returns to the Patriots for the 2017 season.

“We did our work on him. He can still play,” the personnel man told La Canfora. “He can cover. He doesn’t have that long speed anymore; he’s not going to cover a No. 1 receiver deep. But he can cover in tight spaces and he has great instincts. The film is not as bad as some would have you believe. He’s a perfect fit in that quarters scheme Belichick runs, and they have the kind of safeties who can help him out, too. We’re convinced he’s going back to New England. It just makes too much sense.”

The Patriots could have a need at cornerback if Malcolm Butler indeed goes to the Saints.

After being released by the Jets before free agency, he’s still getting paid $6 million from the Jets for the upcoming season, so a team that signs him doesn’t need to give him a huge contract. Perhaps, Bill Belichick sees that as value and takes a chance, but Revis had his worst season as a pro last year and reportedly was out of shape most of the year.

For how signing Revis doesn’t make sense for the Patriots, here’s a column from earlier in the week.

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