Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat. Today’s chat kicked off at 11 a.m. ET, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Revisiting the NFL’s annual meeting and the vibe around Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
2. Patriots, Jets and tampering.
3. Draft thoughts and why a defensive tackle like Florida State’s Eddie Goldman could fit the bill.
4. Revisiting cornerback Darrelle Revis’ remarks about the Patriots not being in the ballpark of what he was looking for financially. more
Isaiah Thomas did not appreciate the long look Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade gave him after suffering a hard fall in early March. more
Mike Sando of ESPN.com’s Insider puts together his initial thoughts/grades on each NFL team’s free-agency moves, tapping the analysis of scouts and front-office personnel. It’s always an enjoyable read.
As they were last year, these grades will be revisited in the coming months and adjusted so corrections can be made. For example, the Buccaneers were widely lauded as having the best free-agent approach at this time in 2014. Fast-forward to 2015 and they are picking No. more
PHOENIX — Closing the book on the NFL’s annual meeting with a few leftover thoughts and notes:
1. The league’s rule change to restrict the usage of eligible receivers as ineligible was obviously a direct result of Bill Belichick’s strategy from the playoffs. I look forward to seeing what Belichick has up his hoodie sleeve in the 2015 season that forces the NFL to make another change. Arguably no one knows the too-big-for-its-own-good rule book better than Belichick, who it sometimes seems is operating on a higher level than his coaching peers. more
How competitive the Patriots’ contract offer was in free agency. “I’m obviously not going speak the numbers. But I had the option, the $20 million option they could have exercised and they didn’t. Then we tried to work on a deal, and the deal, we felt that it wasn’t in the ballpark of what we were looking for. more
PHOENIX — What type of player are the new england patriots getting in seven-year veteran cornerback Bradley Fletcher?
Fletcher seemed to lose confidence last season with the Eagles, who decided that a fresh start would be best for both sides. But Eagles coach Chip Kelly had complimentary things to say about the 6-foot-0, 200-pound Fletcher.