FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick thoughts and notes about the New England PatriotsNFL:
1. Take it to your houseLuisa Turner promises this will be her best Mother's Day yet. Patriots receiver, her son, gave this gift of a lifetime. Kendrick BourneIt's possible because it is.
Turner will spend the entire day in Oregon's new home that Bourne just bought for his parents a few short weeks ago.
It is larger than their previous two-bedroom, 1-bathroom home and includes everything from a basketball court to hot tub and sauna. But it's Mom who truly values this space.
It felt like home when I walked in. She stated that I could see my family, my grandchildren and my children. It warms my heart to know that he did it for his family.
Bourne is a father to three children. He had shared his dreams with his parents Luisa (and Eric) about buying a house for them. He asked them for different possibilities and they let him know their findings.
This is when he decided that a playful twist would be added to everything.
Bourne was told by Luisa that it was the right one. Bourne also said that he had spoken to the realtor and might not be able closing the deal based upon another offer. Bourne identified another house for them to take into consideration.
Luisa was grateful, but the second option was not as desirable because it wasn’t as close Kendrick's Oregon home.
Kendrick ultimately brought his parents back home to their original house and gave them a floor rug that said “Home Sweet Home.” They were granted the house.
Luisa said, “That's when he burst out in excitement.” “Since his birth, he's been a special person!”
Since Bourne signed a contract for a maximum of $22million in March 2021, his sense of humor and positive demeanor have been hallmarks of the Patriots. His hard work as a footballer — from being undrafted in Eastern Washington in 2017 to signing on with the Patriots in March 2021 – has been rewarded. San Francisco 49ersHe gave his gift to his parents by donating his time to the Patriots and his second to them.
Luisa declared, “He is just a great boy — a golden kid.” He hears that every day.
2. O'Brien on hand: Bill Belichick stated previously that the Patriots' coaching team was likely complete. But, that doesn't necessarily mean that visitors won’t be welcome at other times — and Belichick’s network is extensive. Players also took notice of Bill O'Brien, the current Alabama offensive coordinator, on Gillette Stadium's field last week during the voluntary offseason program. O'Brien has deep roots in New England, having worked as an assistant to Belichick.
3. Groh at Shrine BowlEric Galko, director of football operations for the Shrine Bowl and player personnel, said that the Patriots were not among the “best” teams. tied for the NFL high(with the Titans), by drafting four Shrine Bowl athletes.
Receivers are the players Tyquan Thornton(second round), cornerback Jack Jones(fourth round), running in reverse Pierre Strong Jr. (fourth round), and defensive tackle Sam Roberts (sixth round). Galko found it remarkable that Matt Groh, New England's director for personnel, was present throughout Shine Bowl week.
He said, “He was one the longest-staying executives. He was there for at most four days.” “This year, we increased the amount of formal interview time. The majority of all-star games allow players to interview for between 8 and 10 hours, sometimes until midnight. We were not one of them. We had 24 hours to interview, and the interviews were all organized throughout the day.
“I think that Matt and other executives, who were there and took benefit, probably got a lot good character and background information, for sure.”
4. Jones' character:Fourth-round selection from Arizona State, Jones was arrested in 2018 for breaking into a restaurant. A plea deal was reached. reduced the initial felony chargesto a second-degree misdemeanor for commercial burglary. He was also suspended from Arizona State in 2020 for fighting during practice. These issues were discovered by the teams while Jones was being scouted. Galko says that he spoke with Jones at Arizona State and invited him to the Shrine Bowl. He vouchsafes for him.
“I think that a lot of people will see the one incident he had at USC as an 18 year-old child. [assume]That's his identity. This is a crucial aspect of character assessment for players. [to consider]It doesn't matter what the player did before, but what they might do in the future. Can past behavior be used to predict future behaviour? …[Jones]He made a mistake. He owns it. And it's not something he ignores.
5. It's a lofty comparisonGalko acknowledges that Jones is a Shrine Bowl alum and has a vested in his success. However, he also compared Jones' potential to some of the top-rated cornerbacks in the draft.
“His timing, reaction and ball skills make him unique. I view him as a pure man coverage expert. Ahmad Gardner, Derek Stingley JrHe stated that he is in the… “upside” category.
Gardner finished fourth overall in the New York JetsOne pick was made after Stingley by the Houston Texans. Jones was selected at 121st. Some draft analysts believe this was too early.
Jones delivering at the level Gardner & Stingley expect, it would make New England a very interesting place.
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6. Thanks, mom!Thornton, the Patriots' second-round selection, spoke to the media. His 4.28-second time in the 40 yard dash at the NFL combine was fourth best by a receiver since 2006. credited his blazing speed to his mother, Latasha Jackson. Thornton claimed that she was always the fastest of her class. This is a perfect Mother's Day gift.
7. Strong reportOne NFL Scout Project Strong Strong, the running back for South Dakota State, will follow the lead of James WhiteShane Vereen, Kevin Faulk were his closest friends in terms of their roles. The scout stated that Strong is a speedy, third-down back. “He wasn't dominant enough at the final game of the season when they were pushing for their playoff push to make it clear that he was the man. He has talent. He is a great catcher of the ball. Although he has some good traits, his production is excellent. However, I was curious as to why they were alternating him against Montana State during the playoffs.
8. Schedule preview:On Thursday night, the NFL will release its 2022 regular season schedule. This schedule will include the highly-anticipated WhenTo the already-known Whom?. When it was made public, one of my first thoughts was “. DeAndre HopkinsIt was thought that the Patriots could catch a break by playing Arizona in the early part of the season. Ditto for a road match against Cleveland. With the possibility of quarterback Deshaun WatsonFaces an early-season suspension
🏈Home: Ravens and Bengals, Colts Bears, Colts Bears Lions, Bills Dolphins, Jets
🏈Away: Browns, Steelers, Raiders, Packers, Vikings, Cardinals, Bills, Dolphins, Jets
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) January 10, 2022
9. Older draft class:Patriots pick in the first round Cole StrangeTurns 24 in July. Thornton (22) in August. Marcus Jones(24 October), Jack Jones (22.5 in December), Strong (22.4 in December), and Bailey ZappeThis 23-year-old reflects how COVID-19 made it an older NFL-wide draft group. The Patriots didn't consider age a concern. Groh stated, “Once you get to some of the older players, it becomes a factor that is important that you keep in your mind, and I believe that the position plays an important factor in that.” “But I don’t think there’s that much difference between some age groups that are being discussed.”
10. Did you know? The Patriots selected seven offensive players in the 2022 draft, the most of any team in the NFL, and their most in a draft under Belichick, according to ESPN Stats & Information.