Two small school receivers have been added to the list of those NFL Draft prospects getting a private workout from the New England Patriots. Cecil Shorts (6-0/205), a receiver at Division 3 Mount Union College, will meet with the Patriots this month according to a source close to the situation. Shorts recently ran a 4.35 at his Pro Day, after racking up some amazing numbers. Shorts scored over 21 touchdowns last year, 17 through the air. Shorts was a decent performer at the Shrine Game, but his track speed has really bumped him back in the battle for a 4th-5th round pick. Andre Holmes (6-4/208) of Hillsdale Community College is the otherworkout target for the Patriots. Christopher Price has a great write-up on the big receiver prospectNEPatriotsDraft
According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, Maryland linebacker Adrian Moten has conducted a private workout with the New England Patriots. At just 6’2″ and 234 pounds, some feel that Moten might be a better fit as a strong safety in some defensive schemes, including that of New England. Moten totaled three sacks and nearly 80 tackles playing linebacker last year. Moten showed defensive back speed at his Pro Day, running a 4.49. He also showed off a 32.5″ vertical leap. As a senior, Moten totaled four interceptions and ten passes defensed, showing off his coverage ability. Special teams would also be a place that Moten could excel.
In an interview with KFAN 1130 AM in Minnesota today, former Patriots receiver Randy Moss let it be known that he still has a soft spot in his football heart for the Patriots. "If you ask me where my heart and where I'm happy is ... I love Tom Brady and I love playing for coach Belichick," Moss said according to the station's Twitter account. That doesn't come as a big surprise. The bigger question is whether the Patriots would consider bringing Moss back as a free agent. One of the big Patriots topics this offseason has been an outside receiver and how badly the team needs to add one. Opinion among analysts seems split. Some look at the playoff loss to the Jets as evidence that the Patriots need more of a presence on the outside. Others look at the final eight games of the regular season and point out that the Patriots -- with the league's No. 1 scoring offense -- totaled more than 30 points in each game.Mike Reiss ESPN Boston
"I don’t think we’ve got your attention," Jones said, according to several players who spoke anonymously to Trotter. "You clearly don’t understand what we’re saying, and we’re not hearing what you’re saying. So I guess we’re going to have to show you to get your attention." Per Trotter, Jones then tapped his fists together. The players interpreted the gesture as a sign that a lockout was coming. (Maybe he was simply using Friends code for giving the finger.) Jones then stood up and walked out. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson reportedly prepared to leave as well, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft put a hand on Richardson’s forearm, prompting Richardson to stay put.Jerry Jones’ gesture may have set the stage for decertification Mike Florio PFT
With Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in attendance at Florida's Pro Day today, it's no surprise to learn that the team met with center/guard Mike Pouncey.
Torrey Smith, a first/second round prospect apparently has conducted a private workout with the Patriots according to someone who has knowledge of the situation.
Dear Patriots Season Ticket Holder: As a Season Ticket Holder, you hold an elite position among Patriots fans, so we wanted to communicate directly with you regarding the recent expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement - the contract between the league and the labor union representing the players. As you may know, for the past three weeks, the NFL and the players' union have been in mediation working to ensure a healthy future for the National Football League. Going into the negotiations, we remained very optimistic that an agreement could be reached if both sides were committed to negotiating. Last week, the league and the owners presented the players' union with a comprehensive proposal that we believe was fair and benefited both parties. We hoped it would serve as a basis to continue negotiating in good faith toward a final agreement. This proposal gave the players many benefits and off-season scheduling changes that they had been seeking. It also offered a 14% increase in compensation, representing a total of $19-20 billion over the next four seasons. Unfortunately, the players' union walked away from mediation and the ongoing negotiations last Friday, without responding to this proposal. Rather than working collaboratively, they chose to initiate litigation against the clubs. While disappointed by their action to decertify and file a lawsuit, we remain confident that an agreement will be reached and that the 2011 season will be played. The NFL, the owners and the New England Patriots organization remain committed to collective bargaining and reaching a new agreement with the players' union. We know that many Season Ticket Holders are feeling frustrated by our inability to finalize a deal with the players' union. We apologize for any role we played in that. Please know that we are working diligently to assure that NFL operations get back to "normal" as soon as possible. As always, we greatly appreciate your support of the Patriots and will continue to keep you informed of any developments as they arise. We encourage you to stay up-to-date on the progress of these negotiations via www.nfllabor.com. If you have any other questions, please contact the ticket office at 508-543-1776 or e-mail email@example.com. Thank you for your patience and understanding.Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft sends letter to season ticket holders.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports today that the NFL Players Association, which is now acting as a trade association, is putting a plan in place that would prevent each top prospect from attending next month's NFL Draft. "The NFLPA already has contacted 17 top prospects that ordinarily would have received an invitation to attend the draft and informed them not to go," Schefter writes.