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Bill Belichick mourns passing of former Patriots DT Ron Brace

04.30.16 at 10:30 pm ET
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Ron Brace tragically passed away last weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

Ron Brace tragically passed away last weekend. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — Last weekend there was the tragic news of former Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace passing away at age 29.

It was later reported by the Boston Globe that the former Boston College Eagle and Patriot died of an apparent heart attack.

Brace was selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2009 draft. He played for the Patriots from 2009-12, before his final NFL season in 2013 with the Redskins on the practice squad.

Bill Belichick coached Brace during his time in New England.

“Obviously, very sad to hear that,” Belichick said Saturday. “It’s a young man that died early so it’s always tragic. The fact that he was in our lives, part of our family, gives us a heavier heart. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers and sympathy go out to his family. It was sad news. Very, obviously unexpected, it’s sad.”

He was a native of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Brace had 24 tackles in his career with the Patriots.

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Bill Belichick not commenting on Tom Brady’s Deflategate case

04.30.16 at 8:36 pm ET
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Bill Belichick didn't want to talk about Deflategate.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick didn’t want to talk about Deflategate.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Although it wasn’t much of a surprise, Bill Belichick wasn’t in the mood to talk about Deflategate during his post-draft press conference.

Belichick was given the chance to address the matter as Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated last Monday, but he didn’t want to go there.

The coach interrupted the question and said, “I’ll talk about the draft. You good on that?”

Although it wasn’t in front of the media, owner Robert Kraft addressed the matter Friday night at the Patriots draft party at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots owner said he and Brady are on the “same page” with the case and have been in “constant communication.”

Besides Brady being suspended, the team lost its first-round pick in the draft. Belichick was asked if not having a first-round pick impacted the team’s overall philosophy in the draft, but he said it didn’t.

“No. You control what you can control,” Belichick said. “What we had, we tried to do the best we could. That’s how we approach it — whether it is picking guys or moving positions or trading into next year, whatever it was, we just tried to make the most of it. We traded up, we traded down, we [got a draft pick in 2017]. Not saying it was great or anything, we just tried to do the best we could.”

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Bill Belichick on Kevin Faulk wearing Tom Brady’s jersey at draft: ‘He always makes good decisions’

04.30.16 at 8:16 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk surprised a lot of people when he showed up to the NFL draft Friday night to announce the Patriots’ third-round pick with a Tom Brady jersey under his sport jacket — showing support for the quarterback who had his four-game suspension reinstated earlier in the week.

A lot of people throughout Patriot Nation approved of the attire, even Bill Belichick.

“Love Kevin. He always makes good decisions,” Belichick said Saturday night following the draft. “Looked sharp out there.”

Faulk explained the move to WEEI.com’s Chris Price earlier in the day.

“It was a move that wasn’t about me,” Faulk said. “It was a move in support of my brother. We’ve been together for a long time, and it was a way for me to show support for Tom.”

He also said Brady texted him afterwards giving his approval.

When announcing the pick, Faulk said, “With the 78th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady select Joe Thuney.”

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Rex Ryan weighs in on Tom Brady’s Deflategate suspension

04.30.16 at 6:46 pm ET
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Another Rex Ryan press conference and another press conference of Rex Ryan talking about the Patriots.

In his post-draft press conference, Ryan commented on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension being reinstated last week.

“It is what it is. We’re gonna play them if Steve Grogan is their quarterback,” Ryan said via ESPN’s Mike Rodak.

The Bills will play the Patriots Oct. 2, which will be the final game of Brady’s suspension.

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Complete rundown of Patriots draft picks

04.30.16 at 6:38 pm ET
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FOXBORO — Here’s a complete rundown of the Patriots picks:

Second round — 60th overall — DB Cyrus Jones, Alabama
Third round — 78th overall — OL Joe Thuney, North Carolina State
Third round — 91st overall — QB Jacoby Brissett, North Carolina State
Third round — 96th overall — DT Vincent Valentine, Nebraska
Fourth round — 112th overall — WR Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia
Sixth round — 208th overall — LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, Eastern Illinois
Sixth round — 214th overall — LB Elandon Roberts, Houston
Sixth round — 221st overall — OL Ted Karras, Illinois
Seventh round — 225th overall — WR Devin Lucien, Arizona State

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3 incredibly early thoughts on Patriots selection of WR Devin Lucien with 225th pick in draft

04.30.16 at 5:49 pm ET
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Wide receiver Devin Lucien was taken in the seventh round by the Patriots. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Devin Lucien was taken in the seventh round by the Patriots. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Three incredibly early thoughts on the Patriots selection of wide receiver Devin Lucien with the 225th pick in the draft.

1. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound Lucien spent three seasons at UCLA before transferring to Arizona State for his senior season. For his college career, he caught 124 passes for 1,826 yards and 12 touchdowns in his four years in the Pac-12. His best year came as a senior when he had 66 receptions for 1,074 yards and eight touchdowns. His quarterback called him “the most competitive person I’ve been around.”

2. Lucien garnered some attention during the pre-draft process when he was named the top sleeper in the draft by Pro Football Focus for several reasons, not the least of which is the fact that he had just three drops in 98 targets: “There are a number of receivers in this class who project as good NFL players, and that depth has pushed Lucien down draft boards, making him a potentially excellent value. He has strong hands and plenty of experience adjusting to poorly-thrown passes at Arizona State, so he can make plays even when covered. He’s effective on the outside and on shorter routes, so look for Lucien to provide an effective option in the second or third tier of wide receiver prospects.”

3. He does have some positional versatility, but he primarily played on the outside over the course of his college career. He did not work much if at all as a return man; a lack of special teams experience means he will face an uphill battle for playing time against the likes of Nate Washington, Aaron Dobson and Chris Hogan for the role as primary outside receiver.

Here are some highlights:

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3 incredibly early thoughts on Patriots selection of G Ted Karras at No. 221

04.30.16 at 5:44 pm ET
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Ted Karras was taken No. 221 by the Patriots. (Matthew O'Haren/USA Today Sports)

Ted Karras was taken No. 221 by the Patriots. (Matthew O’Haren/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — With No. 221 overall and the last pick in the sixth round, the Patriots selected Illinois guard Ted Karras.

Here are three incredibly thoughts.

1. Standing 6-foot-3, Karras started all four years at Illinois at right guard, although he missed the final four games of his junior season with a torn left ACL and MCL. He did bounce back and played all 12 games during his senior season. He was honorable mention All-Big Ten in both 2014 and 2015.

2. Karras comes from a football family as seven members of his family have played Big Ten football and four of them went on to the NFL. The biggest name is the late Pro Bowler Alex Karras, who is Ted’s great uncle. He then went on to star in the TV show “Webster.”

3. He has a unique superstition where instead of listening to music pregame, he pours two large bottles of water over his head and then yells like a Viking, according to a 2015 ESPN story.

“I’m definitely calmer now,” Karras said, without a hint of irony. “I would get so amped up before, I would get so nervous, and I wouldn’t perform as well in the first quarter. I’d just come out and try to kill someone on a block and completely miss.”

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