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Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors likely will still continue with Browns still not having QB 04.28.17 at 9:55 am ET
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The Jimmy Garoppolo rumors won't go away. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The Jimmy Garoppolo rumors won’t go away. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

The first round of the NFL draft has come and gone and Browns still don’t have a quarterback.

Cleveland had a chance to take Deshaun Watson at No. 12 overall, but instead traded the pick to Houston to move back in the first round and also get a 2018 first-round pick.

So without a quarterback and even more draft assets (two 2018 first-round picks and three 2018 second-round picks), the Jimmy Garoppolo trade rumors will likelt continue no matter how many times Adam Schefter says the Patriots aren’t trading him.

“We won’t rest until we solidify that position,” Browns VP Sashi Brown told reporters after the first round. “It’s not solidified right now, so we know we need the guys here to work their tails off and Hue [Jackson] is going to develop them as much as possible and push them to be their best and we also know that until we get it solidified, we’re going to continue looking for players all over the league and in college.

“That may be in next year’s draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. So But again, Brock [Osweiler], Cody [Kessler], and Kevin [Hogan] are here working hard and we’re going to support them as best we can.”

The Browns are determined to find their quarterback of the future.

“Every day until we solidify the position we leave this building thinking about what opportunities might be out there, so absolutely,” Brown said.

As it stands now, the Browns have Cody Kessler as their starter, but were connected to potentially trading for Kirk Cousins Thursday. They could draft a quarterback Friday, but it seems their search will continue after draft weekend.

With all the picks the Browns have for next year, they still could put together a good package for Garoppolo, but as has been the case all along it doesn’t look like the Patriots will budge.

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What is Jimmy Garoppolo working on this offseason? Allow his personal QB coach to explain 04.26.17 at 11:02 am ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo seems to be staying in New England for 2017. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo seems to be staying in New England for 2017. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Jimmy Garoppolo has worked with Jeff Christensen, the founder of the Throw It Deep throwing academy over 20 years ago, since he was a junior in high school.

Although their training isn’t as extensive as it was years ago, Christensen still checks in on Garoppolo to make sure his mechanics and other things remain on point.

“No one particular thing,” Christensen said when asked what he and Garoppolo have worked on this offseason. “It’s everything and he really has no flaws left. It’s football, right? There are going to be some bad plays. … I am happy to say he really hasn’t had any hiccups, which is why he was 2-0 with five touchdown passes and no interceptions [last season].”

“When you play really, really good, what is there to talk about? Just leave him alone,” he added. “That is like criticizing a guy wrong at what he did after he game when he went 4-for-4 with the Red Sox.”

Christensen considers himself old school and focuses his teachings around a quick release and good hips.

“Well, I always have stuff I come up with and force these guys to do,” he said. “Just little things here and there. Nothing major. I do it the way I do it. It’s old school training and it works. It was how I was taught. It is the only way I know how to teach it and it’s from the ground up with decent hips and how you move and how you set your feet and reset your feet — all those things. With him it is constantly reviewing and updating. Not a lot of major changes going on. It’s not time for that. It’s time now to make sure you’re always working on accuracy and how quick you get the ball out — the little things.”

Garoppolo is entering his fourth year in the league, which have all been spent with the Patriots. Christensen believes they have been a great fit for him and they like him as well.

“Obviously he is being treated like he belongs and a lot of that goes back to Tom [Brady],” Christensen said. “They trust him and have a lot of confidence in him. That is probably the greatest compliment anyone could ever give you is when a Hall of Fame coach and a Hall of Fame quarterback respect you and trust you and care about you. That is probably the greatest compliment he has ever received in his life. It shows in his comfort level as a person, and also the way he plays.”

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Adam Schefter reaffirms Jimmy Garoppolo is not getting traded 04.23.17 at 8:35 pm ET
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Adam Schefter continues to stand by his report that Jimmy Garoppolo will not be dealt. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Adam Schefter continues to stand by his report that Jimmy Garoppolo will not be dealt. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

With the NFL draft coming later this week, certainly rumors are bound to surface, but Adam Schefter continues to dig in — Jimmy Garoppolo is not getting traded.

On Sunday night Schefter tweeted: Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere. His name continues to surface in trade rumors and speculation – not happening.

The week of the NFL combine in late February Schefter said Garoppolo will not be traded and has stood by it ever since. While it is nothing new, the timing is somewhat interesting. In all likelihood, the Patriots have received a number of offers as the draft approaches and this is Schefter’s way of telling everyone it simply will not happen.

While it seems unlikely the Patriots will not pick in the first or second round, as they don’t have a first or second-round pick, it seems almost certain they will not move up because of a Garoppolo trade.

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Browns’ head of football ops implies team will not trade for Jimmy Garoppolo, other veteran QB 04.19.17 at 3:51 pm ET
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It appears Jimmy Garoppolo will be staying in New England. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It appears Jimmy Garoppolo will be staying in New England. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

It looks like Jimmy Garoppolo will be playing 2017 with the Patriots.

As the NFL draft nears, the only team really left in the mix to potentially trade for him is the Browns, but by the way Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown spoke Wednesday, it doesn’t seem like it is going to happen.

Brown was asked at his pre-draft press conference if the team plans to trade for a veteran quarterback?

Without hesitation he said no, via Cleveland.com.

“Could we in theory? Yes,” he said. “But are we planning on it or is that the plan? No.”

With the draft just over a week away, there could be more rumors between now and then, but it appears Garoppolo will be spending another season backing up Tom Brady in New England.

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Nick Caserio addresses Jimmy Garoppolo, Malcolm Butler rumors 04.18.17 at 2:58 pm ET
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There could be more Jimmy Garoppolo rumors between now and the draft. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

There could be more Jimmy Garoppolo rumors between now and the draft. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The biggest storylines with the Patriots as the NFL draft approaches are not who will they take, but rather what will happen to Jimmy Garoppolo and Malcolm Butler.

Garoppolo is a highly-sought after quarterback, but it appears the Patriots want to hold on to him. Still, offers could come in leading up to and on draft day as teams are desperate for good quarterbacks.

Butler remains a restricted free agent who hasn’t signed his tender. The deadline for teams to place an offer sheet on players is Friday, so with that appearing unlikely to happen for Butler, it seems he has no choice but to sign his tender.

Once he does that, the Patriots can discuss trades with other teams. This could heat up around the draft, as teams could want Butler over taking a chance on a rookie cornerback.

Speaking at his pre-draft press conference at Gillette Stadium Tuesday, Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio was asked if Garoppolo strictly isn’t for sale.

“Anything that we do, we’re always going to do what we think is in the best interest of our football team, and that’s how we approach it,” Caserio said. “That’s not going to change. Whatever you think is best for our team for 2017, for that season, then that’s what we’ll do. However that manifests itself, not exactly sure, but that’s where the focus is, is trying to put together the best team possible for the 2017 season. However that comes about, then we’ll take it as it comes.”

Caserio was also asked about Butler, and if the Saints (who Butler visited) proposed a trade, how would the Patriots approach it?

“Our focus and goal is to put together the best team possible,” Caserio said. “However we’re going to improve our team, whatever players we think are going to help our team for the 2017 season, then that’s what we’re going to do.”

The Patriots also do not have a selection until the third round, No. 72 overall in the draft. So are they in a position to try and move up? It doesn’t appear that way.

“I don’t anticipate that many transactions here between now and next Thursday or Friday,” Caserio said. “Could that change? Look, it’s the National Football League. Things can change in a heartbeat. Our focus is on getting ready for the draft and putting together the best team possible.”

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How might Jimmy Garoppolo, Malcolm Butler impact Patriots draft? at 1:40 pm ET
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FOXBORO — How should the Patriots be preparing to use their 7 picks starting in the third round and how does the status of Jimmy Garoppolo and Malcolm Butler affect their approach to the draft? WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable discuss Nick Caserio’s comments from Foxboro.

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Sunday 7: Last week offered fascinating insight into the mind of Bill Belichick 04.16.17 at 6:00 am ET
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Bill Belichick opened up on several occasions this past week. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick opened up on several occasions this past week. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

1. Maybe Bill Belichick is opening up as he gets older. Last week, the now 65-year-old (he turned 65 on Sunday) gave a very insightful interview to CNBC contributor Suzy Welch, the wife of good friend Jack Welch, and also shared some interesting information while being the keynote speaker at Ohio State’s coaching clinic. One of the bigger takeaways from his CNBC interview was when he played a word-association game and the word football was brought up. “More sport than business. But it is a business. That I respect the game for the game and the sport,” he said. It’s become more and more clear over the years Belichick isn’t too fond of the business side of the sport, and the less emphasis put on the actual game (color rush games, extra media appearances, rule changes, etc.). Ultimately, getting so fed up with this could be what forces him into retirement, not age. Speaking to Urban Meyer before the Ohio State clinic, Belichick said at this stage of his career, he wants to coach only players he wants to coach. Perhaps this was a driving force for trading Jamie Collins and Chandler Jones and keeping Dont’a Hightower, as Hightower has a higher “Football IQ” than those other players and doesn’t come with any extra baggage. For Belichick, it seems he would rather have a less talented/athletic player if he knows he can take coaching and knows how to play the game the right way. This could be something to monitor both this year and beyond as it seems with his age he wants to eliminate any BS with his teams and have things solely be about football.

2. Also at Ohio State, Belichick said he considers each coach on his staff like a head coach. “The way I see a football staff being put together is that it’s a group of head coaches,” he said, via Cleveland.com. “The head coach is the head coach, and he has certain restrictions in the program that he’s running — whether it’s academic, salary cap, players in that district, budget constraints, whatever they happen to be. The coaches below that, coordinators, are really head coaches of their respective side of the ball: offense, defense, special teams. Position coaches are really head coaches of the positions they coach, that group of players.” This is consistent with what his coordinators have said over the years, where he gives them the freedom to do what they want, and the narrative that Belichick runs the entire team simply isn’t true. Sure, the coaches need to check in with Belichick each week to go over things, and ultimately Belichick has the final say, but the assistant coaches and coordinators can be themselves and do things their way.

3. It appears the 2017 NFL schedule will be released on Thursday, as Lions president Rod Wood mistakingly revealed last week at a press conference. Obviously from a Patriots viewpoint the game that will stand out most is who they will host on Thursday, Sept. 7 in the Kickoff Game. It’s been reported it won’t be the Falcons after the Panthers, the Super Bowl loser last year, didn’t like facing the Broncos in a rematch to open the 2016 season with everything that came with the game (Super Bowl banner ceremony, etc.). Also, Atlanta is opening its new stadium so it’s likely the NFL would want that in a primetime game. There really are not many good options for the game, so if we had to guess now, it would seem the Chiefs will be coming to Gillette to open the 2017 season.

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