|04.06.10 at 5:44 pm ET|
Syracuse defensive tackle Arthur Jones will work out for the Patriots this week, according to multiple outlets.
A former state wrestling champ, Jones is a 6-foot-3, 301-pounder who was slowed by a knee injury at the end of the 2009 season (it caused him to miss the final three games of the year for the Orange and the Senior Bowl, as well as the combine in February), but still managed to land a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team. In 2009, Jones recorded 19 tackles, including 12 solo and seven for a loss of yards. He also had 1.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Jones played nose tackle the past two seasons — as a junior, he made 60 tackles, including 13 for loss and 3.5 sacks. In addition, he had 17 tackles for loss as a sophomore. During his collegiate career, Jones recorded 38.5 career tackles for loss, the most in SU history by an interior defensive lineman and third on the school’s all-time list.
|04.06.10 at 12:05 pm ET|
The Patriots are going to hold a private workout with Connecticut punter Desi Cullen Wednesday in Hartford, according to a league source.
Cullen, a 23-year-old out of Louisville, averaged 42.8 yards per punt this past season (good 28th in the country). A 6-foot, 201-pounder, he’s best described as a combo guy who can punt (he was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award), handle kickoff duties for the Huskies, as well as hold for field goals and kick some long field goals. (Here’s a quick look at some of his collegiate highlights.)
Cullen gained a measure of notoriety last season after he gave an emotional speech in the wake of the death of teammate Jasper Howard. (He led a prayer service the next evening at a candlelight memorial.) A popular player at UConn who gave himself the self-deprecating nickname “The Kentucky Hammer,” the Huskies coaching staff clearly thinks the world of Cullen — he was the first specialist named a team captain in UConn coach Randy Edsall’s 11-year tenure.
“Both my sons draw pictures of Desi at school — and not dad — so my family has really embraced him,” Connecticut’s special teams coordinator Lyndon Johnson told reporters last season. “He’s not just a player anymore for me. He is part of my family and he always will be.”
According to several draft experts, there are few punters worthy of draft consideration, but Cullen likely part of a group that includes Michigan’s Zoltan Mesko and East Carolina’s Matt Dodge, along with Fresno State’s Robert Malone and Virginia Tech’s Brent Bowden. (The Patriots have already contacted Mesko about a workout, according to scout.com.)
Cullen also has private workouts scheduled with the 49ers and Eagles this week.
|04.06.10 at 12:58 am ET|
WEEI.com isn’t batting an eye when it comes to the 2010 NFL Draft. From interviews with experts to original mock drafts to weekly looks at potential Patriots, this is the place to be leading up to draft weekend, April 22-24.
The three-day holiday that is the NFL Draft is now just over two weeks away, yet draft boards and projections can still be rocked … as was seen with the trade of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in exchange for the 37th overall pick as well as a 2011 pick. Lucky for the readers, draftniks never sleep, so here’s the latest mock roundup and how they see things shaking out for the Patriots:
|04.05.10 at 9:41 am ET|
In Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback at SI.com, former Patriots wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth recounts the events of March 14, 2009, when he hit a man with car, causing the man’s death. Stallworth, who was charged with DUI, served a brief jail sentence and received a one-year suspension from the NFL. Stallworth says that he did not feel like he was driving impaired, and he explains in detail what happened when he saw the man was crossing the busy highway.
Stawllworth says he received a text from Tom Brady on the day of the accident. It read: “A lot of people know the kind of person you are. You’re a good person.”
Stallworth also says he understands people’s frustration with the fact that he served less than a month in jail.
“I understood why people were angry about the sentence,” Stallworth says in the story. “I understand human psychology; I majored in psychology at Tennessee. Everyone wants every story to be black and white, but sometime they’re not. It was an intricate case. People hear ‘alcohol’ and they hear ‘deceased’ and they tie the two together. But this case just wasn’t that easy. I can tell you from being in the middle of it, the police did extensive investigation into the case, and they had no reason to let me off easy.”
|04.05.10 at 6:00 am ET|
A league source said there is no pre-draft visit to Foxboro scheduled for UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price. The source did say there was an initial trip scheduled, but with time growing short between now and the NFL draft, the two sides couldn’t make it fit logistically.
However, according to Price’s agent, Chuck Price, the Patriots have expressed interest in the 20-year-old. “There was interest in getting him there for a pre-draft visit,” said his agent.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com reported Friday that Price had a pre-draft visit lined up with New England.
While he doesn’t have the pre-draft buzz of some other defensive tackles (including Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy), Price’s stock has risen as the draft draws closer — he’s recently visited with Philadelphia, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and San Diego, and has been projected as a first-rounder by many.
The 6-foot-1, 301-pounder was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year last season, recording 48 tackles, 23-1/2 for losses and seven sacks. Known as an explosive player, at the combine, the 20-year-old hit 34 reps and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.12 seconds. He also posted a 28-1/2-inch vertical leap and an 8-foot broad jump.
Price, who was a was a two-time all-conference lineman, a third-team All-America selection by The Associated Press and a first- or second-team choice on several other All-America teams, said the decision to come out a year early wasn’t a difficult one.
“I wanted to compete against the best. I wanted to prove that my name should be mentioned among the best,” Price said at the combine. “That’s why I came out.”
“I want what’s best for Brian Price,” UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel told the Los Angeles Daily News after Bruins’ finale last December. “Obviously, we would love to have him back — he’s a big-time football player — but if it’s a good decision for Brian and his family to move on, we wish him the very best.”
|04.04.10 at 8:47 pm ET|
As far-fetched as it sounds, the reported deal that sends Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins for a pair of draft picks does have consequences for the Patriots.
McNabb had been rumored to be on the trading block for some time, with one of his possible landing spots being Oakland — where he would have presumably been the replacement for the corpulent JaMarcus Russell (or even journeyman Bruce Gradkowski). Prior to the 2009 season, New England obtained the Raiders’ No. 1 pick in 2011 for Richard Seymour, so the Patriots have a great interest in making sure Oakland finishes … how shall we put this delicately … as poorly as possible this upcoming season.
If McNabb was dealt to the Raiders, there was an excellent chance that the Oakland offense would get demonstrably better in 2010. McNabb is not the Pro Bowl quarterback he used to be, but would still be the best quarterback to play for the Raiders since Rich Gannon led them to Super Bowl XXXVII, and would represent a sizable upgrade from Russell or Gradkowski.
That’s not to say Oakland still couldn’t upgrade the quarterback position via the draft (either by selecting a collegian or making a deal for someone like the suddenly expendable Jason Campbell), but the bottom line for the Patriots is that with McNabb in Washington and Russell or Gradkowski still calling signals in Oakland, that No. 1 pick continues to look like a good one for New England.
|04.04.10 at 8:30 pm ET|
Quarterback Donovan McNabb has been traded from Philadelphia to Washington for a second-round pick this year and either a third- or fourth-round selection next year, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 33-year-old McNabb, the first-round pick of the Eagles in 1999, had taken Philadelphia to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl and is the Eagles’ all-time leader in pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns.
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