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Witness: Aaron Hernandez ‘aggressive’ in nightclub 2 nights before killing

03.20.15 at 9:28 am ET
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In the Aaron Hernandez trial on Thursday, a woman who had been dancing with Hernandez in Rumor nightclub two nights prior to the killing of Odin Lloyd offered her testimony. Lloyd was with the former NFLer that night and prosecutors have said that Hernandez let the club angry.

The woman, Kasey Arma, said that she had seen Hernandez about a half-dozen times prior to that evening and that he attempted to get her attention by tapping on her hip. After first ignoring him, she then turned to talk to him. He introduced himself as Rock and asked to dance with her. They did for 5-10 minutes before Hernandez left in the middle of the song, telling her he would be right back.

According to Arma, when Hernandez came back roughly 10 minutes later, he was acting much differently than he had before. She said he was being more aggressive, that he brought her next to the main door and told her to dance.

“His whole demeanor was just very different: very on edge, aggressive and kind of arrogant,” she said.

Hernandez’s lawyers played a video of the two dancing by the doorway, in which they talked every so often and then parted ways. Arma said that he was being too aggressive so she didn’t want to dance with him anymore, and after being questioned by defense lawyer Michael Fee, she said that she did not like him after that night and had been talking to him to pump up her ego. She cited his arrogance specifically as something she took issue with.

In addition, another of Hernandez’s lawyers, James Sultan, went after the footprint evidence in the case that had been presented days before, asking how it was collected and matched with Hernandez’s shoes from that night. Massachusetts State Police Lt. Steven Bennett had said that the footprint found at the scene matched the print of the shoe Hernandez was wearing. He also said that he knew a colleague wanted him to link the print with the ex-Patriot before he made the match.

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Live Chat: Talk all things Patriots, NFL with Chris Price, Friday at noon

03.19.15 at 10:01 pm ET
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Who are Bill Belichick’s favorite trade partners?

03.19.15 at 4:13 pm ET
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Based on their relationship and history between the two franchises, Chip Kelly could emerge as a go-to trade partner for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. (Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

Based on their relationship and history between the two franchises, Chip Kelly could emerge as a go-to trade partner for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. (Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

If you’re of the mind that the Patriots need to make some deals in hopes of shoring up the secondary of defensive line in the wake of the personnel losses of Darrelle Revis or Vince Wilfork, you should be checking out the rosters in Houston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay.

History tells us that when it comes to dealing, Bill Belichick has a relatively small circle of teams — and more specifically, individuals — he prefers to deal with more than others. Since he took control of the Patriots in 2000, by our count, Belichick has made 102 trades. In all, he’s made the most deals with Oakland (9), followed by Denver, Chicago, Tampa Bay and Green Bay (all 6). That’s followed by Houston, New Orleans, Baltimore and Philly (5).

The Raiders have been Belichick’s most frequent trade partner, and deals with Oakland have arguably produced the most blockbusters, including the trades of Richard Seymour and Randy Moss. However, it’s worth noting that since the death of Al Davis in October 2011, the Patriots have not made a single deal with Oakland. (The last trade between New England and Oakland came when the two teams swapped picks on draft weekend in April of that year.) That’s not to rule out any sort of future trades between the two teams — only to suggest that the Raiders might not necessarily be the first team Belichick targets when he picks up the phone to talk about a deal this time around.

As for the best of the rest, it’s also unlikely that the Patriots and Broncos look to make a deal anytime soon, given the nature of their rivalry, as well as the fact that old friends Mike Shanahan or Josh McDaniels are no longer with Denver. Tampa Bay and Green Bay remain intriguing trade partners, as the Packers and GM Ted Thompson have shown a willingness to work with Belichick in the past on more than a few occasions over the last decade, with the last trade between the two teams coming last summer when New England acquired defensive tackle Jerel Worthy for a draft pick. And while the Patriots and Bears made a couple of notable deals a little over a decade ago (New England acquired Ted Washington in 2003 and a swap of draft picks that same year netted the Patriots Ty Warren), the two teams haven’t made a deal since 2007.

(Two teams we do know who are likely off Belichick’s trade radar: the Colts and Jets. While New York received compensation for losing Belichick to the Patriots in 2000, since he arrived in New England, Belichick has not made a personnel swap with either Indy or the Jets.)

That brings us to the Texans, Ravens, Eagles and Bucs. All four of these franchises have shown a willingness to work with the Patriots in the past, and given the deep relationship Belichick has with most of the decision-makers in each one of the four teams, it makes it a possibility that they could put together another deal in the not-too-distant future.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Washington OLB Shaq Thompson

03.19.15 at 3:44 pm ET
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Shaq Thompson (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Shaq Thompson is a linebacker, but he also spent some time as a running back for Washington and he had a brief stint as a baseball player in the Red Sox‘ minor league system. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)


Position: Outside linebacker

School: Washington

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 228 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-America first team, All-Pac-12 first team, Paul Hornung Award for most versatile player, 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention, 2012 All-Pac-12 honorable mention, Freshman All-America team

What he brings: Thompson is a versatile player who has successfully played both linebacker and running back, but he has told NFL teams that he is a linebacker. Scouts consider him an athletic linebacker who excels in run defense and consistently finishes his tackles. He has played safety and is great in pass coverage as well. There are concerns about his size, as he doesn’t have the bulk to match up with many NFL linemen.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: ranks Thompson as the ninth linebacker and 62nd overall in the draft. As a running back in 2014, he had 61 rushes for 456 yards and two touchdowns. He was selected by the Red Sox in the 2012 MLB draft and went 0-for-39 with 37 strikeouts in rookie ball that summer before giving up baseball and making the full-time commitment to football.

Related articles:

USA Today: Thompson’s draft diary Thompson on brief baseball career

Video: Here are highlights from Thompson’s 2014 season.

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Wrapping up BC Pro Day: Steve Addazio explains why Eagles provide so many NFL prospects

03.19.15 at 10:55 am ET
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CHESTNUT HILL — With all the image problems the NFL has had over the last year, Boston College coach Steve Addazio has a solution. Look at Boston College.

Addazio made his case to NFL scouts and personnel for all 18 of his players on the field under the bubble of Alumni Stadium on Wednesday during Boston College Pro Day. Then he made his case to the media.

“As I said to [scouts], we’re really proud of our guys. We have a bunch of high-character guys here, guys who do things the right way, they’re fun to be around, they’re fun to coach, they’re accountable. There have been past players here have gone on to do very well in the NFL. They’ve done well because they’re bright guys and have a lot of character. So, they have a tendency of having great staying power and lasting.

“And I talked about each one of the guys, the positive contributions they’ve made here, what I think of their top-end potential and all those things. It’s been good. It’s been a good day. Our guys look good and they represent BC really well so it’s fun to watch them compete.”

Two of the leading prospects from Boston College are center Andy Gallik and linebacker Steele Divitto. Neither took part in the 40-yard dash but both participated in other agility drills during the two-hour session at BC. Gallik projects as a first or second-round selection as one of the best centers in the draft. Grad student quarterback Tyler Murphy garnered a lot of attention as one of the best pure athletes on the field.

“A lot of these guys have had multiple workouts now,” Addazio said. “I didn’t know about some of these different combines that are out there besides the one [NFL] combine. I think these guys know that. And they want to do well today but it’s not all or nothing. These things are… it’s still your tape. These are just things that validate your tape. It’s your tape [that indicate] how good a football player are you. And then if you’re kind of marginal guy and they want to make a case, ‘This guy has a great vertical leap or has great broad jump or ‘Did you see how fast he was?!’ Or ‘he gained 27 pounds since the season!'”

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Ted Johnson on D&C: NFL doctors once knew dangers of concussions, but never shared information

03.19.15 at 9:57 am ET
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Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson is a big advocate of post-concussion syndrome. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Former Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson is a big advocate of post-concussion syndrome. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Former Patriots linebacker and current Houston sports radio host Ted Johnson joined Dennis & Callahan Thursday morning to talk about the concussion dangers in football. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Johnson dealt with post-concussion syndrome after he retired in 2005 and the topic has come up again this week after 24-year-old 49ers linebacker Chris Borland retired because of fears of brain damage.

When Johnson retired there wasn’t much information about the serious dangers of concussions, but can relate to what Borland felt.

“I retired in the summer of 2005, the first day of training camp in 2005,” Johnson said. “I knew almost going into the offseason after we won our Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004, I kinda knew that it might be coming to the end for me, but I wasn’t quite sure. I just knew my head hurt. I knew [from a] behavioral standpoint things weren’t right. I just knew my mood was shifting and something was wrong. I feel like I made the right decision.

“I feel like in a way I was maybe like what Patrick Willis, after his his eighth year shutting it down. I feel like after my 10th year that I was making the right decision even though I wasn’t educated and I wasn’t full informed on what I was dealing with. There was no name to what I had or what I was feeling. … For me I could relate to a lot of what Chris was going through and maybe what Patrick Willis and other guys who have retired because of the way their heads were feeling. I feel like for me in a lot of respects I don’t have a lot of regrets in that regard.”

The former linebacker said he didn’t know what post-concussion syndrome was until after a year after he retired and he started speaking with Chris Nowinski, the co-founder and president of Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching concussions. Johnson said he will be sharing his brain with Nowinski once he dies.

Johnson said the NFL and NFL doctors knew the dangers of concussions when he played, but just didn’t share the information.

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: South Carolina G A.J. Cann

03.19.15 at 9:28 am ET
By   |   Comments will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2015 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.

A.J. Cann (right) (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

A.J. Cann (right) is known as a standout run blocker. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


Position: Guard

School: South Carolina

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 311 pounds

Achievements: 2014 All-American, 2014 All-SEC, 2013 All-SEC, 2011 Freshman All-America first team

What he brings: Scouts see Cann as one of the best run blockers among guards in the draft. He uses his bulk and strength to drive defenders back and create holes for running backs. He is athletic for his size and is expected to be able to move around and get to the area where blocks need to be made. He is not as tall as many other offensive linemen, but experts like how he uses his strength and athleticism to overcome his size difference.

Where the Patriots could get him: Rounds 2-3

Notes: Cann was named permanent team captain to start his 2013 junior year and was named captain again in 2014. He started all but one game through his four years at South Carolina. ranks Cann as the third guard and 60th overall in the draft.

Related articles: Cann’s draft diary

Greenville Online: Cann on NFL-readiness

Video: Here’s an analysis of A.J. Cann’s game from Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage.

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