|05.02.16 at 7:04 pm ET|
New Patriots guard Jonathan Cooper will play this season in New England, but after that nothing is guaranteed.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will not pick up the fifth-year option on Cooper, which will make him a free agent after this season.
It was an $11 million option and with his inability to stay on the field to start his career, he isn’t the type of player the Patriots invest in.
Cooper was acquired by the Patriots in the Chandler Jones trade along with a second-round pick earlier in the offseason.
The former top-10 pick will be battling for playing time with a number of interior linemen including Bryan Stork, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, Tre’ Jackson and rookie Joe Thuney.
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|05.02.16 at 6:49 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels on Monday sounded like a coach who isn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of Jimmy Garoppolo starting the season as the Patriots quarterback in Arizona.
McDaniels met with quarterbacks Tom Brady and Garoppolo on Monday and went over some material as they begin the long process of working up toward a game plan for the coming season.
Of course, part of that game plan might include Garoppolo calling signals for the first four games if Brady isn’t successful again in restoring his eligibility, which was taken away by the Second Circuit Appellate Court.
“Today, it was a short period of time. I feel comfortable that Jimmy knows what we’re doing,” McDaniels said Monday. “He’s confident and I think the guys are confident in Jimmy. He’s in third year now. He has those qualities. That’s a big part of the reason why you draft a quarterback, is that they demonstrate those things in college. We expect to see those from him and Jacoby and Tommy and anybody else that would be in that room.
“Like most quarterbacks that I’ve ever had a chance to work with, the first year you never feel like you catch up. It’s in some ways overwhelming. He works his butt off. He works hard every day. He cares about football. He loves the game. He wants to be good. This is his passion. And in Year 2, it was better. We’d expect him to take another step forward this year, too. But a lot of that is up to the player. We’re going to push hard and he’s reciprocated with the same level of hard work that we saw from him when he was a rookie. I’m eager to see how he continues to improve this year.”
Garoppolo has appeared in 11 games in his career, but, except for the Bills game at the end of the 2014 season, never with the outcome in question. He attempted only four passes last season, all in the season finale at Miami, completing his only pass of the 2015 season in the game.
|05.02.16 at 6:24 pm ET|
The maneuvering on the Patriots roster continued Monday with the release of two players from the active roster.
The team announced the release of defensive back Rashaan Melvin and linebacker James Vaughters. This follows the drafting of nine college players over the weekend, including two linebackers and corner Cyrus Jones in the second round out of Alabama.
Melvin, 26, was signed by the Patriots to a future contract on Jan. 26, 2016. The 6-foot-2, 193-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Tampa Bay out of Northern Illinois on May 2, 2013. He made the Tampa Bay 53-man roster as a rookie, but did not play in any games that season. Melvin was with Tampa Bay for the first three games of the 2014 season before being released and signing with the Miami practice squad.
He was signed by Baltimore from the Miami practice squad on Nov. 8, 2014, and played in three games with two starts in the regular season and two starts in the postseason. He played in one of Baltimore’s first four games in 2015 before being released on Oct. 13, 2015, and was claimed off waivers from Baltimore and awarded to New England on Oct. 14, 2015. Melvin played in eight games with the Patriots last season and accumulated three tackles and two special teams tackles before released by the Patriots on Dec. 8, 2015. He joined the Patriots practice squad on Dec. 10, 2015, where he remained for the rest of the season.
The 22-year-old Vaughters was originally signed by the Green Bay Packers as a rookie free agent out of Stanford on May 8, 2015. The 6-foot-2, 254-pounder, spent the first month of last season on the Green Bay practice squad before being released. Vaughters signed a future contract with the Patriots on Jan. 21, 2016. He played in 54 games with 18 starts and tallied 119 total tackles and 12½ sacks during his college career.
The two releases leaves the Patriots roster at 83, allowing for as many as seven undrafted rookie free agents to be added to the team, along with veteran free agents.
|05.02.16 at 3:56 pm ET|
At the end of last week, the NFLPA requested a 14-day extension to request a rehearing in the Deflategate case and on Monday, the NFL responded by saying they are not happy with the NFLPA’s request.
Lawyers wrote “there is no need” for a 14-day extension in a filing made to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The first preseason game is just over three months away,” Paul D. Clement, the NFL laywer wrote via USA Today. “Time remains of the essence.”
As it stands now, after last weeks decision by the appeals court, Tom Brady will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season.
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|05.02.16 at 3:10 pm ET|
FOXBORO — WEEI.com’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price break down the return of offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia and what it means to the future of the offensive line, new safeties coach Steve Belichick and his football relationship to his dad and recap the Patriots 2016 draft and what to expect from some of the higher profile selections in their upcoming rookie season.
|05.02.16 at 3:04 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The 68-year-old Dante Scarnecchia knows full well what he’s getting back into.
The new Patriots offensive line coach returned this January after two years off and on Monday, at Gillette Stadium, he strolled down the hallway from the team offices and explained why he came out of retirement.
“After the season, maybe two weeks after the season, my wife and I were out in California doing some stuff for the University of the Pacific and got a call and asked if I would be interested in coming back. Over the next probably 8-to-10 days, we decided to come back. Basically, that’s it.
“It is a tough decision because you get pretty used to a very nice lifestyle. I like retirement. Retirement was great. It was a lot of fun. We saw things we hadn’t seen ever, took trips and spent a lot of time with our grandkids. All that was great and, to a degree, it’s very hard to give up. We talked about it, my wife and I, and decided this would be a good thing on a lot of different levels, as far as the grandkids being able to come to the games for free and just be part of it all.
“And I like coaching football. I love coaching football. I didn’t retire because I didn’t like coaching football. I retired because I got tired of the lifestyle. After two years off, I’m OK.”
Scarnecchia, who still worked out the likes of Bryan Stork and Cameron Fleming in retirement, insisted that the offensive line problems at the end of the season that cost Dave DeGuglielmo his job did not factor in his return. “None,” was Coach Scar’s one-word reply to the question.
Scarnecchia, who began his Patriots coaching career in 1982, made it very clear that if it weren’t for the unique situation of Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and the Patriots, he’d still be enjoying retirement.
“I think the number one thing is if you decide to go back into coaching, you’re kind of at the mercy of the business, that is to say, ‘Who’s going to hire you and where do you have to go?’ So, what makes it unique is that we’re here and everything’s the same and that really makes it easy,” Honestly, I probably would not have gotten back into coaching had I had to to go somewhere else because I was going by myself. She ain’t going. OK? Let’s get that straight. And really, I can’t leave my kids and grandkids. I couldn’t do that.”
|05.02.16 at 2:51 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Not many people within the confines of Gillette Stadium know Kevin Faulk better than running backs coach Ivan Fears.
Fears coached Faulk from 2002 to the end of his career in 2011, so he wasn’t surprised at Faulk wearing a Tom Brady jersey under his jacket when announcing the Patriots’ third-round pick Friday night at the NFL draft.
In fact, he knew Faulk would do something to support Brady, he just didn’t know what it would be.
“Fantastic. Fantastic,” Fears said Monday of what he thought of Faulk’s choice. “You know that’s my boy. If anyone could go out there and do the right thing — you know Kevin and [Tom] Brady are [tight]. You know he was going to do something. I was just waiting to see. I loved it.”
Faulk is also up for the Patriots’ Hall of Fame this summer and Fears said he has his vote.
“He’s got my vote, you know that guys,” he said. “He’s got my vote. What he did here and what he’s been able to do for this program for the years I have been here. The kind of guy, leadership role, definitely my guy.”
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