|Complete list of teams and players in attendance at BC’s pro day||03.23.11 at 4:36 pm ET|
The following players were listed as being in attendance at Boston College pro day on Wednesday afternoon:
BC: Alex Albright, Anthony Castonzo, Thomas Claiborne, DeLeon Gause, Mark Herzlich, Rich Lapham, James McCluskey, Jordon McMichael, Damik Scafe.
American International College: Robert Parent, Jashawn Williams
Assumption College: David Canney, Matt Sidebottom, Herb Woodard
Bentley University: Paul Branco
Curry College: Matt Alksninis
Fitchburg State: Kyle Callahan
Framingham State: Jason Patterson
Harvard University: Gino Gordon, Marco Oannuzzi, Chuks Obi, Brent Osborne, Collin Zych
Holy Cross: Anthony DiMichele, Alex Johnson, Mudiaga Ohimor, Freddie Santana
Marist College: Rory Foley
Merrimack College: Greg Abelli
University of New Hampshire: Hugo Souza
Stonehill College: Clark Leger
University of Massachusetts: John Griffi, Kyle Havens, Mike Mele, Juan Anthony Nelson, Greg Niland
Union College: Elisee Pompilus
Vanderbilt University: David Giller
Worcester State: Tyler Russell
The following coaches and scouts were listed as being in attendance at Boston College pro day:
Atlanta Falcons: Regional scout Marvin Allen
Baltimore Ravens: Scout Andy Weidle
Cleveland Browns: Scout Pat Roberts
Green Bay Packers: College scout Lee Gissendaner
Houston Texans: Coordinator/college scouting Mike Macagnan
Indianapolis Colts: Associate director of player personnel Kevin Rogers, Jr.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Regional scout Brian Simmons
Kansas City Chiefs: Director of college scouting Phil Emery
New Orleans Saints: National scout Brian Adams
New York Giants: Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty and scout Chris Pettit
New York Jets: Regional scout Brendan Prophett
Oakland Raiders: Scout William Thomas
New England Patriots: Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, director of college scouting Jon Robinson, assistant director of college scouting Brian Smith
Philadelphia Eagles: Scout Ahmad Russell
San Francisco 49ers: Regional scout Todd Brunner
Seattle Seahawks: Regional scout Charlie Jackson
Tampa Bay Bucs: College personnel assistant Jared Kirksey
|Anthony Castonzo and Mark Herzlich headline BC pro day||03.23.11 at 3:18 pm ET|
Offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo and linebacker Mark Herzlich headlined a group of almost 40 area college football prospects who worked out at Boston College pro day on Wednesday afternoon under the practice bubble at Alumni Stadium.
Under the watchful eye of scouts and coaches from 17 different teams ‘ including Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia ‘ prospects from Boston College, Harvard, UMass, Holy Cross and UNH, as well as several other schools were put through a series of drills, including the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, shuttle runs and blocking and receiving drills.
Castonzo, believed by many to be one of the best ‘ if not the best ‘ offensive tackle in this year’s draft ‘ spent much of his time getting some hands-on work with Scarnecchia and Giants offensive line coach Pat Flaherty. Afterward, he said he was happy with the way things turned out.
‘I think it went real well,’ said Castonzo, who measured 6-foot-7 and 313 pounds on Wednesday. ‘It was just about what I expected. The coaches kind of let us know that it was going to be pretty intense work in a short amount of time, and we just got through everything.’
Castonzo was noncommittal about who he has spoken to, but did acknowledge that he has talked with the Patriots. He certainly sounded happy for the chance to work with Scarnecchia.
“He was coaching us up,” Castonzo said. “It was like a practice. It wasn’t like he was running us through drills, it was like he was actually coaching us. It was nice. I actually learned some stuff today.”
As for Herzlich, he remains one of the most inspirational stories in college football the last few seasons. The linebacker battled cancer, but after missing the entire 2009 season, returned to the field last fall and played all 13 games in 2010, finishing third on the team with 65 tackles and 50 solo stops.
‘Things went well. ‘¦ I felt good ‘ I think that’s the biggest thing. I think position drills went well too,’ Herzlich said after a workout that ran for more than two hours. ‘I feel great, health-wise. That’s something I am positive about. I have no issues right now. I’ve been checked out by 32 team physicians and a bunch of other doctors, and I’m fine.’
As for local connections, Herzlich sounds like he’d welcome the chance to continue playing in New England.
‘I know about the Patriots from TV and ESPN, and from what I know, they have a great system, a great work ethic, great coaches. A lot like Boston College,’ he said. ‘But it’s all about getting into the right system and making whatever system I go to work.’
|New edition of the It Is What It Is Cast: Breaking down the draft, post-combine||03.22.11 at 3:19 pm ET|
In the latest edition of the “It Is What It Is Cast,” Christopher Price and DJ Bean discuss the latest happenings regarding the NFL draft, including which one-time fit might not be as logical for the Patriots, and whether Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo is this year’s best offensive tackle. Also discussed are the Patriots’ preferences when it comes to drills and why a 26-year-old player with limited experience could be worth a first-round pick. To listen or download, click here.
|Matt Light: Players are simply seeking ‘fair split’ of the revenues||03.22.11 at 1:35 pm ET|
Patriots player representative Matt Light said Tuesday morning the players aren’t asking for more money than they have in the past, but instead a ‘fair split’ of the roughly $9 billion in revenue that the NFL generates annually. Speaking on WAAF’s ‘Hill-Man Morning Show’ (click here to listen to the full interview), Light outlined two of the major sticking points that remain between the sides in the work stoppage that has now stretched into a second full week.
‘Health care is a big one. We don’t have any guaranteed heath care. Everybody understands what these guys go through ‘ you see guys struggle when it comes to their health, five, six, 10, 20 years after football,’ Light said. ‘The way it stands right now, none of us have any health care. The other way that’s set up is that usually, in the old agreement, guys who have health care for five years after they retire, after they were done playing, then you could go out, and hopefully at that point, you’d have a job, and they’re trying to take that away. Heath care is a big issue.
‘And then the second point is just really a fair split of the revenue. That’s all we’re asking. The reports are that we get 60 percent. That’s ludicrous. It’s an accounting nightmare. We get, right now, it’s a fair split. It’s 50-50. We get 50 percent of all revenue. They talk about total revenue. Again, nobody wants to hear that. Nobody wants to get involved with all that kind of stuff. But at the end of the day, it’s a fair split, and that’s all we’re asking moving forward.
‘There are so many points to go over, but as I’ve said in the past, the minute that the NFL is ready to get a deal done, we’ll get a deal done. It’ll happen probably real quickly as well. It’ll be a two-, three-day period where they actually come, they’re ready to work on it, they’re ready to make a fair split, and we’re willing to do that. And we have the people ready to make those decisions today.’
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|Jonathan Kraft: I hope Tom Brady was ‘conflicted’ about lawsuit||03.21.11 at 9:21 pm ET|
Speaking at the league meetings in New Orleans, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said he hoped New England quarterback Tom Brady was ‘conflicted’ before he made the decision to be a part of the NFL Players Association antitrust lawsuit against the league.
‘On a personal level, myself ‘ and I think every member of my family ‘ feels extremely close to Tom. I’d like to think Tom was conflicted before he made that decision, but you’d have to talk to Tom about it,’ Kraft told reporters on Monday. ‘He obviously feels like, I guess, that he made a business decision that was the right thing for him. I’d like to think he was conflicted in making it, but I don’t know that. I haven’t talked to him about it, so he didn’t consult me when he was making it.’
|The Big Board: Updated list of Patriots’ private workouts||03.20.11 at 3:08 pm ET|
Here’s an updated list of players who have had or will have private workouts or meetings with the Patriots. This is by no means a complete list ‘ simply a rundown of those we have independently verified:
Hillsdale wide receiver Andre Holmes
Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey
Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith
Kentucky wide receiver Chris Matthews
Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams
Nevada tight end Virgil Green
TCU quarterback Andy Dalton
TCU wide receiver Jeremy Kerley
Citadel defensive back Cortez Allen
Miami defensive lineman Allen Bailey
Northwestern defensive lineman Corbin Bryant
Missouri defensive back Kevin Rutland
In addition, it’s been reported by multiple outlets the following players will have or have had private workouts or meetings with the Patriots:
Connecticut running back Jordan Todman (via National Football Post)
Mount Union wide receiver Cecil Shorts (via NEPatriotsDraft.com)
Montana State offensive lineman Mike Person (via Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts (via SI.com)
Maryland running back Da’Rel Scott (via SI.com)
Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb (via SI.com)
Kentucky running back Derrick Locke (via SI.com)
Maryland linebacker Adrien Moten (via National Football Post)
Fresno State defensive back Desia Dunn (via Fresnostate.scout.com)
Louisville defensive back Johnny Patrick (via ESPNBoston)
(UPDATE, Sunday at 4:20 p.m.: Temple defensive back Jaiquawn Jarrett also has a workout scheduled with the Patriots, according to the National Football Post.)
And here’s the Pro Day schedule for the next few days:
March 21: Abilene Christian, Iowa.
March 22: Georgia, Iowa State, Mississippi, Nevada.
March 23: Arizona State, Boston College, Central Florida, Connecticut, East Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Tennessee-Chattanooga.
March 24: Boise State, Fort Hays State, San Diego State, South Florida.
|Matt Light says he’s disappointed in Robert Kraft for missing final days of negotiations||03.20.11 at 2:59 pm ET|
Patriots left tackle Matt Light said he was disappointed that owner Robert Kraft was not present in the final hours of collective bargaining last week between the NFL players and owners.
‘No doubt, 100 percent,’ Light said when asked by Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe. ‘I’m not going to lie to you.’
Kraft, who was on a previously planned trade mission to Israel with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, did get updates over the phone, but that didn’t prevent some members of the players’ association from expressing disappointment that one of the most powerful men in the NFL wasn’t there during such a crucial stage of the negotiations.
‘Look, again, like [Mike] Vrabel stated, like everyone else has said, we had people in that room that could get a deal done at any point. Do I know how they’re structured within the league? No, I have no clue.
‘But I can tell you one thing: they [league negotiators] didn’t seem to have the ability to do any of that when they had to the leave the room, make a phone call, you guys representing the league. If it was men, I was in that model, I would have every one of my guys in those seats making sure that we had one voice and we could get a deal done,’ Light said.