|07.07.14 at 10:10 pm ET|
Aaron Hernandez will be moved from the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth to a jail closer to Boston, a judge ruled Monday.
The former Patriots tight end attended the hearing and gestured to his mother and brother in the courtroom.
Prosecutors revealed last week that they would not object to the request to move Hernandez so that he could be closer to his lawyers. However, they dismissed accusations that Hernandez’s privacy and due process rights were violated by the jail administrator — claims that were not addressed in court Monday.
Bristol County Judge Susan Garsh also said that she was concerned that the tentative trial date of Oct. 6 for the murder of Odin Lloyd is not realistic due to the amount of evidence as well as motions she expects to be filed. She set the next hearing for Aug. 11.
Hernandez also is charged with double-murder for a 2012 shooting in Boston. He has pleaded not guilty.
|07.07.14 at 1:31 pm ET|
Giants linebacker and former Boston College star Mark Herzlich joined Middays with MFB on Monday morning at his charity golf tournament at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth to discuss his battle with cancer, his road to the NFL and the criticism that Eli Manning deals with on an almost daily basis. To listen to the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.
Herzlich, who missed the entire 2009 college football season after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma, is in his fifth year of hosting the Liberty Mutual Invitational celebrity golf tournament. Proceeds from the event go to Uplifting Athletes, a non-profit that funds sarcoma research.
“It was all kind of a whirlwind,” Herzlich said. “The first year I was back, I said, ‘OK, we want to do something to give back,’ so Jayme Parker at NESN was very helpful throughout the process and so Jayme said, ‘Let’s do a golf tournament.’ … Liberty Mutual jumped in and said, ‘OK, we’ll be your sponsor,’ and since then it’s just been rolling and this is our fifth one.”
After his playing days at Chestnut Hill, Herzlich signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent on July 26, 2011. Herzlich has recorded 84 combined tackles during his three seasons in New York. While the former ACC Defensive Player of the Year has carved out a solid career for himself in the NFL, he admitted that returning to the gridiron after missing a whole year battling cancer was a long and trying process.
“The first year I was back, it was night and day,” Herzlich said. “My brain was saying, ‘You can do this,’ and my body was saying, ‘You can’t do this.’ I was going in drops and breaking and missing tackles and luckily I had Luke Kuechly behind me to make all the rest of the tackles that I was missing. … Now I feel like I’m as good or better than I was then.
Tom Brady‘s supposed decline has been a hot topic across New England this season. While Herzlich said he still believes Brady is an elite-level signal caller, he also noted that Giants fans would not come to Eli Manning‘s defense the same way Patriots fans have for Brady.
“I think that there are Eli lovers and Eli haters. There’s no one who’s like, ‘Yeah, Eli is pretty good, or whatever.’ … He does know when he has a bad game, and the problem is that every single person in New York and across the country knows he has a bad game, too, because they let him know. It’s tough, and he’s very strong-minded to get over that stuff, but I couldn’t imagine.
“Some of the stuff that’s on Twitter — he doesn’t have Twitter, and I’m glad he’s not on Twitter. As far as Brady not being an elite quarterback, that’s kind of ridiculous to me.”
|07.04.14 at 11:24 am ET|
It’s no surprise New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski enjoyed himself at the Beyonce-Jay Z concert Tuesday night, but it was somewhat surprising who joined Gronkowski dancing in the crowd at Gillette Stadium — Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
If it wasn’t clear in that video, Gronkowski was in the blue shirt dancing alongside Kraft.
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|07.03.14 at 6:17 pm ET|
Seventh-round picks by the New England Patriots have actually panned out fairly well with Patrick Pass (2000), David Givens (2002), Tully Banta-Cain (2003) Matt Cassel (2005), Julian Edelman (2009), Brandon Deaderick (2010) and Alfonzo Dennard (2012).
This season, the Patriots selected Michigan wide receiver Jeremy Gallon in the seventh-round, No. 244 overall. Being versatile, athletic and having a tremendous work ethic, Gallon could be the latest Patriots success story coming from their final pick in the draft.
“He was our rock,” said Jeff Hecklinski, the Michigan wide receivers coach in a phone interview. “He was the guy that you were shocked when Jeremy didn’t make a play or didn’t make a block. He was a guy that wouldn’t come off the field. I gave the guy his rotation and he said, ‘Coach, I’ll handle my rotation.’ I said, ‘When you’re tired, you let me know,’ and he would never let me know. He is a coaches dream.”
Working primarily as an outside receiver at Michigan, Gallon improved each year during his four years as a Wolverine and finished his senior season totaling 1,373 yards receiving, which broke the school record for receiving yards in a season, previously held by Braylon Edwards.
“I think at first he had a lot of skill and didn’t really understand the game of football, he just played the game on a lot of instinct,” Hecklinski said. “I think as he grew at understanding the game — the techniques and fundamental’s of being able to see coverages, understand coverages and really understanding the total concept of the game — how people are trying to defend, what they are trying to defend and how do I get open within that coverage. I think by the time he became a senior, he could work within the system and the coverages to find openings and get open.”
Going from 450 yards receiving his sophomore season to 1,373 yards receiving didn’t come easy — he put in the work. Often spending extra time with his coaches in the meeting room and extra sessions in the weight room, the 24-year-old turned into one of the better players on the entire Michigan roster.
“The one thing about Jeremy, is Jeremy is going to work,” Hecklinski said. “He doesn’t know anything different. To him this is his job now and he will be there from 7:30 in the morning to whenever, as late at night as he needs to be. He is a gym-rat in those regards and I think that’s one of the things I loved most about him. He is one of those guys. He loves being in the office and the weight room, he loves being on the field.”
|07.02.14 at 12:31 pm ET|
Tom Brady will turn 37 years old in a month, but that doesn’t mean the quarterback is losing any respect among top league insiders.
In an ESPN poll (insider only), NFL Insider Mike Sando anonymously polled 26 league insiders, including eight general managers, two former general managers, four pro personnel evaluators, seven coordinators, two head coaches, two position coaches and a top executive to get their ranking on each of the projected 32 starting NFL quarterbacks. The rankings were given on a 1-5 scale, with one being the best and five the worst. Sando then was able to separate the quarterbacks into tiers, 1-4.
Brady came out at the top with a 1.04 average rating, tying Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees. Those four and Andrew Luck (1.5 average ranking) made up the first tier. Only one voter did not put Brady in the top tier as that pro personnel evaluator only had Manning in tier 1.
“Brady did a lot of good things with limited resources, but I saw holes when they put the onus on him to carry it all, as you saw when Denver beat him,” the personnel evaluator said. “Brady has to have more of a running game at this stage. He cannot line up with five wides and win it as consistently as before. I still think Brady is a top-five quarterback, but I would not say he is the best right now.”
Another veteran offensive assistant doesn’t see things the same way and said Brady, Manning and Brees were all pretty much interchangeable.
“Brady might be the best because he does it with the least every year, just about,” the offensive assistant said. “To me, there is no falloff with that guy. If he played with what Rodgers and Peyton and Brees have played with, it would not even be close. He has not had an outside guy since Randy Moss. These other guys have outside guys coming out of their ears, especially Peyton and Rodgers. It is such a difference when you have outside guys that can stretch, like Manning had in Indy. Then he’d kill you with the inside guys. Brady doesn’t have half the skill players that Manning has. The thing that is scary is that sneakily, the Patriots were pretty good last year anyway.”
|07.01.14 at 1:03 pm ET|
Fans of the Florida Gators turning their calendars to the month of July today may be in for a bit of a surprise when they see who is the featured picture — Aaron Hernandez.
— Jimi Kunkel (@JimiKunkel) June 30, 2014
The official Florida Gators football Twitter account responded to questions of the legitimacy of the photo, so it would seem to imply the calendar is in fact real. Also, a University of Florida spokesman told Fox News the school approved the calendar last spring and the calendar is just one of thousands of Gators-related merchandise the school reviews.
@OurTwoBits these projects are typically approved over a year in advance, so likely was approved spring of 2013
— GatorZone Football (@GatorZoneFB) June 30, 2014
Hernandez was charged with the murder of Odin Lloyd on June 26, 2013 was indicted on two counts of first-degree murder related to a 2012 double homicide on May 15, 2014.
|06.30.14 at 8:45 pm ET|
Although he’s only been a member of the New England Patriots for just over three months, it’s become quite apparent the organization has made a good first impression on their new cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Revis has already openly praised head coach Bill Belichick after once calling him a “jerk” and quarterback Tom Brady following being division rivals from his time with the Jets — now, following the Patriots’ mini camp he’s admiring the organization as a whole on how they operate.
“They work their butts off in New England,’’ Revis told the Tampa Tribune. “As soon as you get into the offseason program, it’s non-stop. They want to be winners. They know what I can bring to the table and at the same time, we want to win. As a Jet, we had a rivalry with (the Patriots) and from the outside looking in, I looked at them differently.
“We respected them, but you want to beat them. Inside looking out now, I’ve got way more respect because I’m there. I get to see everything, how it operates every day.’’
The 28-year-old said his torn ACL suffered in the opening month of the 2012 season is 100 percent healed after playing through the 2013 season not at full strength, but still earning Pro Bowl honors. Revis said the decision to join the Patriots was based on them giving him a good chance to win.
“I’m really excited,’’ said Revis. “I went down a list of teams where I thought I could win and New England kind of stuck out for me. It’s been great and I can’t wait for training camp.’’
Revis is entering his eighth season in the league and will return to the AFC East after spending just one season in Tampa Bay.
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