|05.30.16 at 3:04 pm ET|
A few weeks before the NFL draft, we wrote about the rule of 26-27-60, and how it relates to quarterback prospects. Basically, history tells us that quarterbacks who score at least a 26 on the Wonderlic, start 27 or more games in college and complete at least 60 percent of their passes as a collegian will go on to be successful in the NFL. (For a closer look at a historical breakdown, as well as some notable exceptions to the rule, check out that story here.) With the Wonderlic numbers from most of the top-level quarterback prospects now available, here’s a full look at how the rule of 26-27-60 applies to the full class of signal-callers. Who will make it and who will miss out? Add your opinion in the comments:
Carson Wentz (drafted by the Eagles): 40 on the Wonderlic, 42 games started, 64 percent completion rate
Jared Goff (drafted by the Rams): 34 on the Wonderlic, 37 games started, 62 percent completion rate
Paxton Lynch (drafted by the Broncos): 18 on the Wonderlic, 38 games started, 63 percent completion rate
Connor Cook (drafted by the Raiders): 25 on the Wonderlic, 43 games started, 58 percent completion rate
Christian Hackenberg (drafted by the Jets): 24 on the Wonderlic, 38 games started, 56 percent completion rate
Cardale Jones (drafted by the Bills): 25 on the Wonderlic, 23 games started, 62 percent completion rate
Dak Prescott (drafted by the Cowboys): 25 on the Wonderlic, 33 games started, 63 percent completion rate
Jacoby Brissett (drafted by the Patriots): 24 on the Wonderlic, 26 games started, 60 percent completion rate
Kevin Hogan (drafted by the Chiefs): 38 on the Wonderlic, 46 games started, 66 percent completion rate
|05.30.16 at 11:15 am ET|
While NFL training camps are still two months from opening, Canadian Football League camps opened this week. (The CFL opens its regular season on June 23.) There are a handful of players who spent time in Foxboro recently who are currently in camp with a CFL team:
British Columbia: wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins — Hawkins was signed by the Patriots in the spring of 2013, but the Cal product was cut a few days in training camp. He had 39 catches for 673 yards and three TDs last year for BC.
Edmonton: running back Akeem Shavers — Shavers spent a portion of 2013 with the Patriots, but didn’t see any meaningful action.
Hamilton: wide receiver Tiquan Underwood — Underwood spent a portion of the 2011 season with the Patriots, catching three passes for 30 yards. He gained a small measure of fame after he was released the day before Super Bowl XLVI. The former Rutgers standout had 557 yards receiver last year for the Tiger-Cats.
Montreal: defensive lineman Aaron Lavarias, quarterback Jonathan Crompton — Lavarias was on and off the practice squad in 2011 before he was one of the final cuts prior to the start of the 2012 season. The 28-year-old has 87 tackles and 11 sacks in three seasons with the Alouettes. Meanwhile, Crompton was a practice squadder who was on the roster for roughly half of the 2010 season before being cut loose in favor of Ryan Mallett. In his three years in the CFL, Crompton has 19 touchdown passes.
Toronto: Defensive back Kanorris Davis — This gonzo defensive back who made his name with some solid special teams work is in camp with the Argonauts. He was on the New England roster for a portion of the 2013 season.
|05.29.16 at 9:20 am ET|
Maybe there was something to Malcolm Butler not being present at Thursday’s OTA for the Patriots.
According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, Butler has told teammates and friends he plans to push for an adjustment to his contract prior to the 2016 season. Staying away from OTAs limits his injury risk and also could send a message to the organization.
Reiss does note the cornerback was at the team’s “Fantasy Camp” with high-paying sponsors last Wednesday at Gillette Stadium and a local high school playing basketball with teammates a few weeks ago, so he is in the area.
Butler is scheduled to make $600,00 this season as he was an undrafted free agent in 2014. He will be a restricted free agent after this season.
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|05.27.16 at 12:38 pm ET|
NFL officials have confirmed to NFL Media that they plan to speak with the players who were linked to performance-enhancing drugs via a report from Al Jazeera last December.
Peyton Manning, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal were among those named in the story.
“We have been working with U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and Major League Baseball since these allegations were raised,” NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. “Working with the NFL Players Association, we expect to talk directly to the players sometime next month.”
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|05.27.16 at 10:57 am ET|
FOXBORO — Dont’a Hightower’s contract is up at the end of the 2016 season, but he’s not talking about it.
The linebacker didn’t have much to say on Thursday when asked about the potential for a new deal, instead setting a new land speed record for most use of the phrase “get better” in a five-minute stretch. (Per Erik Frenz of Boston.com, Hightower used the word “better” as a response to 18 of the 22 questions that were asked of him on Thursday.)
“I ain’t got nothing to do with any of that,” Hightower said when he was initially asked about the potential for a new deal. “I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates.”
Reminded he does have something to do with it — if he wants to stay, he can actually make that happen — he shrugged.
“That might be it, but there’s a time and place for everything,” he said. “And right now I’m just out here trying to get better.”
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|05.27.16 at 10:14 am ET|
Rex Ryan hasn’t been afraid to poke at Bill Belichick and the Patriots over the years, and now his brother Rob is joining in.
Rob joined the Bills this past offseason as a defensive assistant and within a long interview with MMQB along with Rex, Rob took aim at Belichick and the Patriots.
At the end of the interview the Ryan brothers were discussing their dad and how he’s struggling health-wise, but they hope he can make it through a few more seasons.
“He’s not going to be able to watch us coach for much longer, I don’t think,” Rob said. “But hopefully he can see this one, because we have got big plans. Bring Belichick on. We got him.”
Going into this season, the Patriots have won 23 out of the last 25 meetings between the two teams and the last loss was the final game of the 2014 season and had no impact on playoff seeding so the Patriots rested the majority of their players.
It wasn’t all shots at the Patriots and Belichick as Rob noted he worked under Belichick for four years and learned a lot, but still feel the Bills can take New England down.
“All the respect in the world for Bill Belichick,” Rob said. “That was fantastic training working for him for four years, and I learned a ton. Look, he is the No. 1 nemesis of every coach in this league. So it’s not just Rex. Now, I think if you ask their offensive staff, the worst they ever play is against Rex. People say, ‘well, he hasn’t beat them [nine out of the last 10] tries.’ Yeah, well, he has beat the hell out of that offense. I am sure the respect is mutual.
“But I know one thing, we are going to beat them. We are together, we’re going to beat the best. It’s two against one. Him one on one against any coach in the league, that guy is pretty damn good. And he’s also got his best buddy Tom Brady with him. He trained him, and he single-handedly made him great as well.”
|05.27.16 at 10:09 am ET|
FOXBORO — Chris Long sounds like a guy who’s really ready to re-start his career in New England.
The 31-year-old defensive end signed a one-year, $2 million deal in New England in March after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Rams.
Long finished his first week of OTAs with his new team on Thursday in the heat on the grass fields outside Gillette Stadium. And while this time of the offseason is usually centered around learning, the competitor in Long knows he definitely has something to prove to his new employer and teammates.
“I love the way we go about business,” Long said. “I love getting out here and competing. It was a competitive couple of days. I have lot to worry about to get to the point where I can do my job the way I want to do it here. There’s a lot of learning for me. I’m excited to learn and pick it up. You’ve just got to be a sponge.”
Long is trying to regain the form he showed earlier in his career with the Rams that made him one of the most effective defensive ends in football. In 2011, the Virginia product had a career-best 13 sacks. The next season he had 11.5. He’s played just 18 games in the last two seasons, racking up four sacks and 24 tackles.
“Great thing about that is that’s yesterday. It’s in the past,” Long added. “I’m out here with a great attitude every day, trying to get better and every day you try to re-prove yourself. As a player, you should come out every day trying to re-prove yourself and that’s all I try to do every day. New situation, old situation, whatever, it’s just one day at a time for me.
“I came in with no expectations either way. I’m just here to do my job and do what I’m asked to do. Whatever the coaches want me to do, wherever I line up, I didn’t have any expectations. I just want to come in here and compete and help this team. It was awesome. It was a great day to get to work. We had a great week. I’m excited to look at the film and see how we can get better after three days. It was really fun to be out here, playing football, and competing.”
Long was part of an offseason defensive re-boot for the Patriots, as he figures to slot in and help take the reps of Chandler Jones, who was traded to Arizona. He was out on the field this week, along with fellow veteran newcomers Terrance Knighton, Shea McClellin and E.J. Biggers.
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