|Report: Tom Brady goes deep to score in 10-hour hearing, coming across as ‘an A-plus, 10 kind of guy’||06.23.15 at 11:09 pm ET|
Maybe, just maybe Tom Brady won’t be serving any time after all.
After a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, it sounds like Brady did himself proud in his 10-hour hearing before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal his four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.
Schefter reported the following Tuesday night, following a 10-hour hearing before Goodell, NFL attorney Jeff Pash and the author of the Wells Report, Ted Wells.
“I was told Tom Brady was his greatest ally. He was in that room the entire time and came off, on a scale of 1-10, in the words of a person in that room, as an A-plus, 10 kind of guy,” Schefter reported.
“He gave sincere, genuine answers. He had an explanation for everything that went on in the Wells Report, and anyone who knows and has dealt with Tom Brady knows how genuine he can be. I’m told that genuineness shined through during the course of that appeal, which I think is going to make life more difficult for Roger Goodell to make a decision on.”
The two sides agreed to a confidentiality order from the Commissioner, meaning the details of who said what during the 10 hours of testimony and discussion will likely not be made public until Goodell renders his decision.
But, as Schefter’s report shows, that didn’t keep some from attesting to the tone of the proceeding, which may be just as important as the content and information that was shared.
It’s unknown just how long it will take Goodell to consider the information and testimony collected Tuesday in New York.
‘ Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 24, 2015
The Tom Brady appeal hearing concluded tonight after 10 hours of testimony. No further hearings are scheduled.
‘ Greg Aiello (@gregaiello) June 24, 2015
Many questions about Tom Brady‘s appeal & how it went down. It may come out eventually. But confidentiality order might mean we have to wait
‘ Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 24, 2015
|Report: Patriots sign quarterback Matt Flynn||06.11.15 at 4:18 pm ET|
FOXBORO — One day after working him out, the Patriots have reportedly signed quarterback Matt Flynn.
ESPN reported Thursday afternoon that the team has signed the seven-year veteran as a back-up plan for back-up Jimmy Garoppolo. With the suspension of Tom Brady looming, the team will likely be in need of another quarterback on the roster, at least to open the season.
On Wednesday ESPN’s Dianna Marie Russini reported the Patriots worked out veteran quarterback. Thursday afternoon, Russini reported the deal was done.
Flynn made a name for himself in 2013 with the Packers when he led them to to a 2-2-1 record in his five appearances, including a remarkable 37-36 comeback against the Cowboys to keep the Packers‘ playoff hopes alive with Aaron Rodgers out with an injury. The Packers did not re-sign him following last season.
In 51 career NFL games, Flynn has completed 219-of-357 passes for 2,541 yards and 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
Currently behind Brady on the depth chart, the Patriots have Jimmy Garoppolo and Garrett Gilbert. All three have been taking reps at Patriots OTAs. Patriots mini-camp begins on Tuesday in Foxboro.
I’m told Patriots and Matt Flynn have agreed to a deal
‘ Dianna Marie Russini (@diannaESPN) June 11, 2015
|Patriots release rookie DB Eric Patterson||06.09.15 at 3:57 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots continued their roster manipulating Tuesday with the announcement they have released rookie defensive back Eric Patterson.
Patterson, 22, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Ball State on May 8, 2015. The 5-foot-10, 193-pounder, started in 28 of 41 games during his four-year career at Ball State and finished with 135 total tackles and six interceptions.
He was used as a kickoff returner as a senior in 2014 and was named to the 2014 All-Mid-American Conference First Team after finishing with 23 kickoffs for 590 yards.
|Travaris Cadet is ‘open to playing anything’ with the ‘A-1′ Patriots||06.05.15 at 9:59 am ET|
FOXBORO — Travaris Cadet knows a great opportunity when he sees one.
With the Patriots, the fourth year running back out of Appalachian State sees a chance to contribute to one of the best organizations in sports.
Cadet, speaking after OTAs on Thursday outside Gillette Stadium, has seen the Patriots from afar. Now, up close and on the team, he believes he has a real appreciation of what makes the Patriots so dominant and why he wants to be apart of a franchise coming off its fourth Super Bowl title.
“It’s an A-1 organization, very competitive. It’s a great team, a great unit,” Cadet said. “It seems like coaches put everybody in the right position to make plays. It’s an unselfish group. Everybody doesn’t want to just be known as ‘I’. They want to be known as ‘We’. And that’s why they’ve been on top for the past years. There’s a strong family tradition that’s built here. Everybody is willing to do whatever they can for this team so they can win. It’s a pleasure to be a part of this organization.”
As an undrafted rookie in 2012 out of Appalachian State, Cadet made the Saints roster. That summer he came to New England, took part in the joint practices and played in the preseason game at Gillette Stadium against the Patriots. A year later, he was on the Saints team that lost on the last-second Tom Brady-to-Kenbrell Thompkins touchdown pass.
“Actually, we played New England in ’12 and that was the first time came to their practice field,” Cadet recalled Thursday. “Then we played in the preseason game. Then in ’13, we played New England here so pretty much I didn’t pay attention to the area because I was on a business trip. My main focus was my task at hand, the game, my studying and getting ready because there’s a difference between when you’re on vacation and going somewhere and when you’re on a business trip. You want to be locked in because you have to understand and know that your coaches are depending on you and your teammates are depending on you. It’s about the team. It’s about the team.”
In New Orleans, Cadet found a role in a crowded offensive backfield as a reliable third-down back. Last year, he caught 38 passes for 296 yards and touchdown. He ran just 10 times for 32 yards.
“We had a couple of great guys. We had Pierre Thomas, we had Mark Ingram, we had Chris Ivory, we had Darren Sproles. Me and Sproles are close and I learned a lot from him because we were put in similar roles. I learned from all those guys. They’re great talents and I was fortunate that I was a teammate of those guys. We all learned from each other. It was a great backfield but we all move on sometime.” Read the rest of this entry »
|Devin McCourty: ‘I want to play safety but it’s out of my control’||06.04.15 at 1:46 pm ET|
FOXBORO — If he has anything to say about it, Devin McCourty will be staying put at safety.
But when asked Thursday following the latest OTA outside Gillette Stadium, the six-year veteran confirmed that his preference is to stay where he’s become a fixture in the defense for the last several seasons.
“It’s up to the coaches,” McCourty said. “I want to play safety but it’s out of my control. Whatever the coaches decide is what it will have to be.”
Has it been discussed?
“You have to ask the coaches about that,” McCourty added. “I’m not in the staff meetings.”
The Patriots did bring in several veteran corners like Chimdi Chekwa, Bradley Fletcher and Robert McClain to add to the likes of Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler. They also drafted Darryl Roberts out of Marshall. Chekwa has already been cut while the others remain on the roster.
McCourty has always been a good soldier for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. McCourty came into the league in 2010 as a first-round pick at corner and earned a Pro Bowl berth in his rookie season as well as All-Pro mentions on several postseason lists.
What’s important to note is that the Patriots play so many different defenses with multiple looks that occasionally safeties are asked to play different roles, including corner.
“I think for us we do so many different things defensively, game-plan wise,” McCourty said. “Right now, it’s not as much since we’re not game planning for an offense. Whether you want to call it a safety playing a linebacker role, a corner playing a safety role or a safety playing a corner, depending on a match-up or how we want to play a team, yeah all that can happen.
“That’s what’s good about this time of year. You know we’re just running defense and guys are playing positions and going out there competing. That helps us as we get into the season.”
|Roger Goodell refuses motion for recusal in Tom Brady case: ‘None of the arguments’ has merit||06.02.15 at 3:07 pm ET|
Roger Goodell has shut the door on removing himself from hearing Tom Brady‘s suspension appeal.
In a letter obtained by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport Tuesday, Goodell outlined his reasoning for remaining the sole arbiter in the case that will determine if Brady’s four-game suspension will be reduced or revoked.
In announcing he will exercise his right as Commissioner to hear the Brady appeal case, Goodell points out that the most recently negotiated collective bargaining agreement gives him complete control as a hearing officer in any appeal” involving conduct detrimental to the integrity of the league.
The letter is as follows:
Our Collective Bargaining Agreement provides that “at his discretion,” the Commissioner may serve as hearing officer in “any appeal” involving conduct detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence in, the game of professional football. I will exercise that discretion to hear Mr. Brady’s appeal.
I have carefully reviewed the NFLPA’s recusal motion of May 19 as well as Mr. Nash’s response of May 22. (Neither party requested to be heard on the matter.) Based on the unambiguous language and structure of the CBA, as well as common sense, I conclude that none of the arguments advanced by the NFLPA has merit.
First, the NFLPA argues that I may not serve as hearing officer because Mr. Brady’s discipline letter was signed by NFL executive vice president Troy Vincent rather than by me. I disagree. The identity of the person who signed the disciplinary letter is irrelevant. The signatory’s identity does not influence in any way my evaluation of the issues; any suggestion to the contrary defies common sense. (I note that NFL executives other than the Commissioner have signed disciplinary letters in numerous proceedings in which the Commissioner or his designee later served as hearing officer. I am not aware of any objections by the Union to that practice. To the contrary, as Mr. Nash’s letter points out, the Union has confirmed its acceptance of this procedure.)
There can be no dispute that this is an appeal ofCommissioner discipline: As the letter signed by Mr. Vincent explains in its first sentence, “The Commissioner has authorized me to inform you of the discipline that, pursuant to his authority under Article 46 of the CBA, has been imposed upon you … .” I did not delegate my disciplinary authority to Mr. Vincent; I concurred in his recommendation and authorized him to communicate to Mr. Brady the discipline imposed under my authority as Commissioner.
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|Tre’ Jackson not taking anything for granted despite working with Bryan Stork in past||05.28.15 at 4:27 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The past is the past.
No one needs to remind Patriots rookie offensive lineman Tre’ Jackson of that old adage.
When the Patriots drafted Bryan Stork’s old Florida State teammate in the fourth round (111th pick overall) on the third day of this spring’s draft, many assumed that meant he had a place secured on the Patriots’ roster for the 2015 season. There are some who even suggested that Jackson may have the best chance of this year’s rookie class to step in and start on the offensive line if Dan Connolly doesn’t return.
After all, these were two of the five space-eaters that protected Jameis Winston on Florida State’s run to a BCS national title in January 2014. Stork was the center and Jackson, who weighs in at around 330 pounds and stands 6-foot-4, was the right guard.
But now in Foxboro, with the defending Super Bowl champs, all that means is some familiarity. Beyond that, there’s a lot of work to be done.
“Being able to play with him is a great thing, but all my teammates that are out here now have been a great help,” Jackson told reporters on the steamy Gillette Stadium turf Thursday. “I can go to anybody and get advice. All the guys on the offensive line, I can go to them and they’re there to help.”
Jackson said the championship experiences over the last two seasons at Florida State provided great experience but that’s all in the past now.
“I had great experiences at Florida State,” he said. “Now I’m just trying to transfer it and do the things that my coaches need me to do as far as getting better on the field, off the field [and] things like that.”
While Jackson figures to be competing for playing time with fellow rookie offensive lineman Shaq Mason, drafted 20 picks after Jackson in the fourth round, Jackson said there’s no pure competition at this point.
“Of course not. He’s a teammate right now. He’s just going to make me better,” Jackson said. “I’m going to make him better. Competition makes everyone better.
“It’s great to have someone who is in the same boat as you; just trying to get better with him. You’re making him better, he’s making me better. Just to be there and be a resource to him; he’s been a big resource to me ‘ helping each other study the playbook at night and things like that.”
If Jackson impresses the coaches enough, he might find himself protecting the back and backside of one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game.
“It’s great to be with a guy like that,” Jackson said. “But it’s not just Tom Brady. Being with all the Patriots, just walking through the locker room, being able to go to all those Patriots and get advice from them, guys that you looked up to for the longest time, being able to go get advice from them.”