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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Cal’s Cameron Jordan

01.24.11 at 12:10 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2011 NFL draft.

CAMERON JORDAN

Postion: Defensive end

School: Cal

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 280 pounds

Achievements: Pac-10 First Team; In 2010, his senior season, Jordan totaled 12 ½ tackles for loss,5 ½ sacks and 62 tackles; On final watch list for Ted Hendricks Award.

What he brings: While not an off-the-charts pass rusher, Jordan has the ability to adjust to various schemes. Shows more skills in regard to stopping the run than getting the quarterback. The lineman’€™s power is perhaps his greatest asset.

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Boomer Esiason on D&C: Sunday’s loss shouldn’t change opinions of Rex Ryan

01.24.11 at 10:01 am ET
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CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to break down the conference championship games and talk about the Super Bowl. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Steelers jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead and were able to hang on for a 24-19 victory over the Jets in the AFC championship game.

Esiason talked about how these last couple of weeks have showcased the importance of fast starts. ‘€œCertainly yesterday, a case could be made for both teams that won,” he said. “Quite frankly, I was really shocked at the way the Jets played the first half, the amount of missed tackles. It looked like the Steelers wanted it more.’€

Esiason was asked if Jets fans will remember the game more for the slow start or the near comeback. ‘€œHere, it’€™s all about winning and losing,” he said. “If you lose, they’€™re going to take shots at you. Already there are all sorts of foot references in the articles this morning here [in New York] in the newspapers, really cheap shots if you ask me.

‘€œI would like to think that the true Jet fan, somebody who appreciates how difficult the task was yesterday, comes away from that game feeling pretty good about their football team. Certainly their football team, all year long for that matter, showed a penchant for coming back in the second half.’€

How did they come back? Said Esiason: ‘€œI’€™ll tell you what happened. They got in there at halftime and Rex Ryan chewed them out. That’€™s exactly what happened. He said, ‘€˜You guys have got to be kidding me.’€™ Usually what happens is a coach appeals to a player’€™s pride. ‘€˜What the hell are you doing out there?’€™ ‘€

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NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn

01.23.11 at 1:55 pm ET
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WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2011 NFL Draft.

ADRIAN CLAYBORN

Position: Defensive end

School: Iowa

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 280 pounds

Achievements: First-team All-American (NCAA, AFCA, Walter Camp); First-team All-Big 10; 2010 Orange Bowl MVP; Ted Hendricks Award finalist.
What he brings: Using a low center of gravity, Clayborn is a presence on the defensive line thanks both to an ability to rush the passer and stop the run. Use of hands, and closing speed are his primary weapon in getting to the quarterback, even though some were concerned Clayborn failed to show the same relentlessness this past season as he had as a junior. Established himself as a team leader for the Hawkeyes, exhibiting consistent on-field passion.

Where the Patriots could get him: No. 17 or higher

Notes: Clayborn a name for himself with a junior season in which he made 70 tackles (36 solo), 20 of which were for a loss. He also came away with 11 ½ sacks that season, while forcing four fumbles. Any concern regarding the St. Louis native’€™s future stems from senior campaign in which he managed just 3 ½ sacks and seven tackles for a loss. Some believe that the drop-off in productivity was due to consistent double-teams, but others would suggest that Clayborn didn’€™t produce even when left in man-on-man situations.

Teams will also be keeping an eye on Clayborn’€™s right shoulder. He was born with a condition known as ‘€˜Erb’€™s Palsy,’€™ where nerves are damaged at birth. Another red-flag centers around the lineman’€™s incident in Jan. of 2009, when he was arrested for punching an Iowa City cab driver. He would plead guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, and was not suspended by the Hawkeyes. Despite being invited to play in the Senior Bowl, Clayborn chose not to attend the showcase.

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Ten final thoughts before championship Sunday kicks off

01.23.11 at 7:55 am ET
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Ten mostly Patriots-related thoughts to keep you busy between now and the kickoff of championship Sunday:

1. Is a week enough time to start going back and revisiting what happened in that divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium? If you think you’€™re over it, the guys at the always awesome show ‘€œNFL Playbook’€ (Mike Lombardi and Brian Baldinger, two of our personal favorites) have a look back at how the Jets were able to beat the Patriots. If you can stomach it, it’€™s a fantastic breakdown of what happened last Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

2. Speaking of the divisional playoff, there’€™s an interesting story here from New York Daily News’€™ sports media columnist Bob Raissman, who believes the CBS broadcast crew of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms let Bill Belichick off too easy in the wake of last week’€™s divisional playoff contest, and even suggested they show bias toward the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick. Nantz and Simms responded to the criticism in a Fanhouse story here. A good look at what some broadcasters have to go through on a weekly basis when it comes to chargers of bias, as well as how they respond to them.

3. Another good read here at Pro Football Talk, which picked up the story of former Patriots fullback Heath Evans lacerating the Dolphins for hiring former New England assistant Brian Daboll as their new offensive coordinator. Evans, speaking on ESPN 760, said, ‘€œThe Dolphins probably just got worse. When he was in New England, he was never a guy that I would have considered the brains of the operation.’€ Evans was with the Patriots for two of the seven seasons Daboll was an assistant with the Patriots, but it seems like the two never really got along. ‘€œAs soon as I saw it I second-guessed the decision,’€ Evans said. ‘€œA franchise that is really just struggling for success, why do you take an unproven commodity? I second guess it. I don’€™t know.’€

4. The Patriots had a phony Twitter account pop up this week, one that purportedly belonged to wide receiver Julian Edelman. That one was sniffed out by teammate Darius Butler, who asked the fake Edelman to text him. That was enough for Butler, who said it was no good. (The Patriots official Twitter feed also debunked the idea that Danny Woodhead was on Twitter.) The following are verified accounts: Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Ron Brace, Rob Gronkowski, Deion Branch, Matt Light, Gary Guyton, Leigh Bodden, Sergio Brown, Darius Butler, Tony Carter, Devin McCourty, Jarrad Page, James Sanders and Bret Lockett. A good rule of thumb? If there is any question, check with @realpatriots for verification on the account.

5. There are two local connections in Sunday’€™s championship games that might have gone unnoticed. First, Green Bay’€™s offensive coordinator Joe Philbin has deep New England roots, having been born in Springfield, MA., and having held three different stints as a college coach in the New England region: offensive line coach at Worcester Tech (1986-87), offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Northeastern (1995-96) and offensive coordinator,/offensive line coach at Harvard (1997-98). Second, you could count the number of Cape Cod natives who played in the NFL on one hand, but Wellfleet’€™s Mike DeVito is a defensive end with the Jets who is looking to do the lower Cape proud. (He played at Maine from 2003-2006.)
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New York Jets championship gear is already on the market

01.22.11 at 7:29 pm ET
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Seems that someone has discovered some of these shirts floating around out there. (Credit alert Tweeter @AhoyNickStevens with the picture.) No great surprise ‘€” companies print up batches for both sides to cover their bases and to hand them out to the winners as soon as the game is done (these bring up a tough memory for any Patriots fan) ‘€” but it is a surprise that they have become public, especially in a game where both sides might be angling for some bulletin-board material.

If the Steelers got ahold of these, it wouldn’t be the first time that a T-shirt has played a role in an AFC Championship Game at Heinz Field. Prior to the 2001 game in Pittsburgh, the Patriots discovered boxes of Steelers championship swag next to their locker room. Patriots coach Bill Belichick took one and gave it to New England safety Lawyer Milloy, who put it on the Patriots’ blackboard. And after the Patriots’ 24-17 win, the New England players returned to the locker room and gleefully stomped on the T-shirt.

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Ex-Patriots receiver Terry Glenn arrested again

01.22.11 at 9:32 am ET
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According to Denton County (Tx.) records, former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn was arrested early on Thursday morning and released that same day on $3,011 bond for driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.

Glenn, 36, spent parts of 12 seasons in the NFL after the Patriots took him in the first round (No. 7 overall) of the 1996 draft. He set an NFL rookie record by catching 90 passes in his first season with the Pats, and ended up catching 329 passes over his six years with the Patriots.

But his tenure in New England was also characterized by off-field problems, including an arrest in 2001 for assault and battery on the mother of his son. He was deactivated by the Patriots for most of the 2001 season, during their Super Bowl run, and the Patriots traded him to Green Bay the following summer for two fourth-round draft picks. After one season, Green Bay traded him to Dallas for a draft pick, and Glenn spent the next five years with the Cowboys.

However, since his release from the Cowboys in 2008, he has been arrested multiple times, according to several reports. He was cited and handcuffed but not arrested in late-2005 — while still a member of the Cowboys — for public intoxication when a cop found him urinating outside of a restaurant. In early 2009, he was arrested for public intoxication and marijuana possession. In Jan. 2010, he was arrested on grand theft auto charges for not returning a rented car. In Sept. 2010, according to Denton Co. records, he was arrested and released on a $500 bond for marijuana possession.

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They were fast, but were they good players in the National Football League?

01.21.11 at 3:15 pm ET
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With thoughts of the NFL Draft are cropping up among those Patriots fans choosing to look forward instead of back, let’s take a look at some of the results from the NFL Combine last year and how they translated into production on the field in 2010. Today … the 40-yard dash:

Best 40-yard dash times:

QB: Jarrett Brown (4.54) — The West Virginia product was signed by the 49ers as a rookie free agent, but had to settle for a spot in the practice squad. He was ultimately released, but did sign with the Browns on Jan. 6.

RB: Jahvid Best (4.35) — The former Cal running back was taken 30th overall by the Lions. He played in all 16 games, but rushed for just 555 yards on 171 carries (3.2 avg.), along with four TDs. He battled Turf Toe for much of the season. (To see Best’s run, click here.)

WR: Jacoby Ford (4.28) — (Patriots’ wideout Taylor Price was second at 4.41) — Was drafted in the fourth round by the Raiders after turning in the combine’s best 40-time. He proved one of the league’s best return men, bringing back three kickoffs for touchdowns. Ford caught 25 balls for 470 yards and two touchdowns. (To see Ford’s run, click here.)

TE: Dorin Dickerson (4.40) – The former Pitt star was drafted in the seventh round by the Texans. He played in seven games, but didn’t make a catch.

OL: Bruce Campbell (4.85) — A product of the University of Maryland, Campbell was taken by the Raiders in the fourth round. The Raiders moved him from tackle to guard, and while he did play special teams, the 6-foot-6 lineman had a hard time cracking the team’s starting lineup. (To see Campbell’s run, click here.)

DL: Dexter Davis (4.64) — Hailing from Arizona State, Davis was taken by the Seahawks in the seventh round. He played in 15 games, making 13 tackles while notching a sack. (To see Davis’ run, click here.)

LB: Jamar Chaney (4.54) – The Mississippi State product went in the seventh round to the Eagles. Chaney got his big chance when Philadelphia starter Stewart Bradley dislocated his elbow in Week 14, allowing the rookie to step into the starting lineup. He finished with 42 tackles for the season. (To see Chaney’s run, click here.)

CB: Brandon Ghee (4.45) — After finishing at Wake Forest, Ghee became a third-round pick of the Bengals. He would play in six games, primarily appearing on special teams, finishing with nine tackles. (To see Ghee’s run, click here.) (The Patriots’ Devin McCourty had the fourth-best 40-time among cornerbacks, coming at 4.48. See see his workout, click here.)

S: Taylor Mays (4.43) — After being taken out of USC in the second round by the 49ers, Mays finished with 38 tackles. He made some news when he criticized his former college coach, Pete Carroll, for not preparing him for the NFL Draft. (To see Mays’ run, click here.)

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