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Josh McDaniels on Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘I feel comfortable that Jimmy knows what we’re doing’ 05.02.16 at 6:49 pm ET
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Josh McDaniels speaks Monday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

Josh McDaniels speaks Monday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

FOXBORO — Josh McDaniels on Monday sounded like a coach who isn’t the least bit worried about the possibility of Jimmy Garoppolo starting the season as the Patriots quarterback in Arizona.

McDaniels met with quarterbacks Tom Brady and Garoppolo on Monday and went over some material as they begin the long process of working up toward a game plan for the coming season.

Of course, part of that game plan might include Garoppolo calling signals for the first four games if Brady isn’t successful again in restoring his eligibility, which was taken away by the Second Circuit Appellate Court.

“Today, it was a short period of time. I feel comfortable that Jimmy knows what we’re doing,” McDaniels said Monday. “He’s confident and I think the guys are confident in Jimmy. He’s in third year now. He has those qualities. That’s a big part of the reason why you draft a quarterback, is that they demonstrate those things in college. We expect to see those from him and Jacoby and Tommy and anybody else that would be in that room.

“Like most quarterbacks that I’ve ever had a chance to work with, the first year you never feel like you catch up. It’s in some ways overwhelming. He works his butt off. He works hard every day. He cares about football. He loves the game. He wants to be good. This is his passion. And in Year 2, it was better. We’d expect him to take another step forward this year, too. But a lot of that is up to the player. We’re going to push hard and he’s reciprocated with the same level of hard work that we saw from him when he was a rookie. I’m eager to see how he continues to improve this year.”

Garoppolo has appeared in 11 games in his career, but, except for the Bills game at the end of the 2014 season, never with the outcome in question. He attempted only four passes last season, all in the season finale at Miami, completing his only pass of the 2015 season in the game.

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Robert Kraft, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola attend Gisele Bundchen book launch party with Tom Brady 05.01.16 at 5:22 pm ET
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Devin McCourty’s wedding wasn’t the only Patriots-related event Saturday night.

Gisele Bundchen celebrated her book launch with a party at The Bowery Hotel in New York City. Besides her husband Tom Brady, Patriots owner Robert Kraft and wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman attended the event, courtesy of Gisele’s publicist Amber Clapp on Instagram.

Many have wondered about Brady and Kraft’s relationship with the Deflategate saga, but Kraft offered his support for Brady Friday night at a draft party at Gillette and with him attending this event, it shows the two are just fine.

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Bill Belichick not commenting on Tom Brady’s Deflategate case 04.30.16 at 8:36 pm ET
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Bill Belichick didn't want to talk about Deflategate.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick didn’t want to talk about Deflategate.(Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Although it wasn’t much of a surprise, Bill Belichick wasn’t in the mood to talk about Deflategate during his post-draft press conference.

Belichick was given the chance to address the matter as Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated last Monday, but he didn’t want to go there.

The coach interrupted the question and said, “I’ll talk about the draft. You good on that?”

Although it wasn’t in front of the media, owner Robert Kraft addressed the matter Friday night at the Patriots draft party at Gillette Stadium.

The Patriots owner said he and Brady are on the “same page” with the case and have been in “constant communication.”

Besides Brady being suspended, the team lost its first-round pick in the draft. Belichick was asked if not having a first-round pick impacted the team’s overall philosophy in the draft, but he said it didn’t.

“No. You control what you can control,” Belichick said. “What we had, we tried to do the best we could. That’s how we approach it — whether it is picking guys or moving positions or trading into next year, whatever it was, we just tried to make the most of it. We traded up, we traded down, we [got a draft pick in 2017]. Not saying it was great or anything, we just tried to do the best we could.”

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Kevin Faulk explains very public show of support for Tom Brady at NFL draft at 4:50 pm ET
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Kevin Faulk and Tom Brady are longtime friends.  (Elsa/Getty Images)

Kevin Faulk and Tom Brady are longtime friends. (Elsa/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Kevin Faulk pretty much secured his spot in the Patriots Hall of Fame Friday night when he strolled on stage to announce the Patriots third-round pick wearing a Tom Brady jersey.

Faulk, who spent 12 years as Brady’s teammate, walked on stage wearing a blue Brady No. 12. Standing next to executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent — who has played a central role in the Deflategate scandal — he announced: “With the 78th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady select Joe Thuney.”

On Saturday, Faulk walked through the decision.

“There was a process where you got on the green room, and the woman from the NFL comes to get you to bring you to the stage,” Faulk said to WEEI.com. “The person who came to get me, she was a huge Patriots fan. She said, ‘Oh, I love it.’ I got out there, and I heard some cheers and some boos. There will always be some negatives and some positives, but it was mostly positive.”

Faulk said he got a text from Brady afterward. He wouldn’t share the details of the message, but gave the general gist of what the quarterback said.

“Let’s just say that were all all brothers from a different mother,” Faulk said with a laugh.

“It was a move that wasn’t about me,” he added. “It was a move in support of my brother. We’ve been together for a long time, and it was a way for me to show support for Tom.”

Earlier this week, a three-judge panel of the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled 2-to-1 that Brady must serve a four-game suspension to start the 2016 regular season.

“That’s why Kevin Faulk is a potential member of the Patriots Hall of Fame,” Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio said with a smile late Friday when asked about Faulk’s move. “We all love Kevin Faulk. Nobody more than Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick and I was actually able to develop a real good relationship with Kevin Faulk. Kevin Faulk’s one of the best Patriots on a multitude of levels and I think he certainly showed that tonight.”

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Why Patriots chose Jacoby Brissett : ‘We were going to add a third quarterback, regardless’ of Tom Brady at 8:18 am ET
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The Patriots took QB Jacoby Brissett with pick No. 91. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots took QB Jacoby Brissett with pick No. 91. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The re-imposed four-game suspension of Tom Brady did not impact the Patriots decision to draft a quarterback in the third round Friday night.

The Patriots director of player personnel, Nick Caserio, insisted that the team was going to draft a quarterback regardless of what decision was reached by the Second Circuit Appellate Court. It just so happened the Patriots went with Jacoby Brissett, a teammate of the offensive lineman Joe Thuney they took earlier in the third round.

“We have two quarterbacks on our roster so we knew we were going to add a third quarterback, regardless of whatever the situation was,” Caserio said. “So, very rarely have we gone through a spring with two quarterbacks. Sometimes we’ve had three, sometimes we’ve had four. So, we knew we were going to have a third quarterback on the team regardless. That’s always an important position on your team. We felt that it was important for us to have a player that we felt comfortable with. So that’s why we picked Brissett.”

It just so happens the Patriots went with a developmental quarterback over the likes of Connor Cook, Dak Prescott or Cardale Jones, all of whom were available and still undrafted as the fourth round began Saturday. The reason the Patriots drafted Brissett might lie in his work with Charlie Weis and Bill Parcells. It was Weis who helped recruit him to Florida and played for Weis at Florida when Weis was the offensive coordinator.

“Sure, it had been a while since he played with Charlie,” Caserio said. “Charlie was involved with the recruiting process with him there at Florida. There were a lot of moving parts at the time. Then they made the coaching change, the situation just made the most sense for him to leave. I think having experience with Charlie – we all know how good of a coach Charlie is, how demanding he is and some of those types of things. Whether or not the system was the same – I think it is but it isn’t. There’s an evolution on both sides of it, so but having experience with Charlie, he could probably take hard coaching. So, that won’t be an issue.”

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Nick Caserio loves the way Kevin Faulk had Tom Brady’s back: ‘We all love Kevin Faulk’ at 3:02 am ET
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FOXBORO — It was the most Patriotic moment of the night at the NFL Draft. And Nick Caserio and the Patriots personnel loved it.

“The New England Patriots AND Tom Brady select Joe Thuney, linebacker, North Carolina State!” Kevin Faulk said with authority.

The former Patriots running back, who is up for selection to the Patriots Hall of Fame this year, wanted it to be known that he and the Patriots disapprove of the league winning its appeal with the Second District Appellate Court that reinstated Brady’s four-game suspension for Deflategate.

What did Caserio think?

“That’s why Kevin Faulk is a potential member of the Patriots Hall of Fame,” said Caserio, the Patriots player personnel director who spoke about the Patriots four draft picks on Friday. “We all love Kevin Faulk. Nobody more than Mr. Kraft, Coach Belichick and I was actually able to develop a real good relationship with Kevin Faulk.

“Kevin Faulk’s one of the best Patriots on a multitude of levels and I think he certainly showed that tonight.”

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Kevin Faulk announces Patriots pick No. 78 wearing Tom Brady jersey 04.29.16 at 10:34 pm ET
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FOXBORO — When announcing the Patriots’ third-round pick at the NFL draft, Kevin Faulk had a surprise under his jacket — a Tom Brady jersey.

Wearing the jersey, when announcing the selection Faulk said: “With the 78th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots and Tom Brady select Joe Thuney.”

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