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The first move of the post-Tom Brady era in New England was reportedly made Tuesday evening as NFL Network indicated the Patriots plan to sign free agent wide receiver Damiere Byrd.

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Byrd spent the first three years of his career in Carolina before joining the Cardinals in 2019. He caught a career-best 32 passes for 359 yards and a touchdown last year in the desert. The 5-9, 180-pound Byrd was originally signed by the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2015 after his career at South Carolina. He spent time on the Panthers practice squad in 2015 and ’16 before being elevated to the active roster toward the end of the season. Byrd also has some experience as a punt returner, averaging 9.4 yards on 12 career returns, 11 of which came in 2018.

For his career, Byrd has 44 receptions for 488 yards and three touchdowns in 28 games including three starts.

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The New England Patriots’ offense struggled with injuries in 2019, and the fullback position was no exception: starter Authentic James Develin Jersey was lost for the remainder of the season after hurting his neck in Week 2; rookie backup Authentic Jakob Johnson Jersey joined him on injured reserve due to a shoulder injury just one month later. New England therefore eventually had to turn to linebacker Elandon Roberts as a third-string emergency fullback.

Heading into 2020, the position remains one of uncertainty. Roberts has left the Patriots in free agency while neither Develin nor Johnson are guaranteed to return to form quickly. Develin in particular is a player to watch this offseason: while there was initial optimism that his injury might not be overly serious and maybe even only of the week-to-week variety, he was eventually diagnosed with a muscle and disc issue in his upper back/neck area.

Adding to this uncertainty is the fact that the Patriots invested in the position during free agency: New England signed Authentic Danny Vitale Jersey to a one-year, $1.3 million deal. While his contract does not guarantee Vitale a spot on the 53-man roster come September, it gives the Patriots another option should Develin’s recovery process not go as hoped. Vitale himself is still an interesting player, though, due to his athleticism and upside in the passing game.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at him.

Athleticism
Even though he entered the NFL as just a sixth-round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vitale brought an intriguing athletic profile to the table: he ran a 4.6-second 40-yard-dash during the 2016 scouting combine and also performed well in the three-cone drill (7.12 seconds) as well as the vertical (38.5 inches) and broad jumps (10-foot-3) — all while being measured at almost 6-foot-1 and 239 pounds.

His general athleticism did not help him earn a roster spot in Tampa Bay, but it did show up regularly during his subsequent stints with the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers. The following two plays from the Packers’ 2019 game against the Denver Broncos are an illustration of that:

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FB Danny Vitale showed good mobility against the Broncos to reach defenders at the second level.

Displayed his standout combine numbers on an impressive downfield reception that nearly resulted in a long TD

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As can be seen on the first play, Vitale (#45) possesses functional movement-skills that allow him to get to the second level and reach defenders on running plays — something New England regularly asked Develin, and to a lesser degree Johnson and Roberts as well, to do within their own zone-blocking concepts. Like the long-time Patriot, Vitale is also not afraid of initiating contact when bursting through the line to clear out running lanes.

The second play, meanwhile, shows his straight-line speed: he finds a hole in the left-side B-gap and accelerates quickly to out-run linebacker Josey Jewell (#47) and get open in the deep portions of the field. While Jewell eventually catches up to the fullback, Vitale makes a good catch in stride and takes the football to the opposing 1-yard line.

Run blocking
Throughout the years, Develin saw regular action in the Patriots’ passing game as a flex-fullback option and de facto tight end. His forte was still run blocking, though, an area that Vitale needs to improve in if he wants to make New England’s roster or possibly even serve as a potential heir to the 31-year-old. The following play shows some of the technical issues that the new Patriot still needs to address as a run blocker:

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Vitale’s hands are really wide and he basically hugs Todd Davis here, allowing the LB to benchpress him and disengage to join the scrum around the ballcarrier

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As can be seen, Vitale’s hands are too wide and he basically hugs Denver strong-side linebacker Todd Davis (#51). This, in turn, allows the defender to easily bench-press the fullback off him and disengage to join the scrum around the ball-carrier. The play itself did not break down due to Vitale’s inconsistent block, but it serves as an example of him lacking the same pop and ability as Develin to create movement in the hole.

The following play is more of the same:

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The new Patriots FB may have Develin beat in the athleticism department, but I’m not seeing the former Pro Bowler’s pop and ability to create movement in the hole.

So far hand placement and power are question marks

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Vitale’s athletic profile — especially his quickness — should help him address some of his issues as a run blocker, but unless he improves his hand placement and upper-body power he will have a hard time carving out a role on New England’s roster. Develin is as technically proficient a fullback as any in the NFL, for example, and Vitale needs to get to a similar level in order to become a consistent difference-maker in the team’s ground game.

Pass protection
While his run blocking has been up-and-down throughout his career, Vitale has looked good as a pass protector. The following play shows this, as he identifies his assignment immediately after the snap and shows some quick feet as well as a wide base and good balance. This, in turn, allows him to successfully mirror linebacker Josey Jewell and eliminate him from the play before it starts breaking down:

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Solid rep in pass pro. Quick feet, wide base and feet, and easy mirroring

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Vitale may not have the most experience as a pass protector, but he has been solid whenever asked to fill that role: according to advanced analytics website Pro Football Focus, the 26-year-old has yet to allow a quarterback pressure in his career on 48 pass-blocking reps.

Passing game
Vitale’s strong-suit is the passing game, even though he has only 15 catches for 145 yards on his 44-game NFL résumé. Still, his athleticism makes him an intriguing target out of the backfield — one that knows how to get open in the underneath area. The following play from last year’s regular season contest against the then-Oakland Raiders shows this, as Vitale gets through the line of scrimmage to catch a short pass for a gain of 22 yards:

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Danny Vitale could fill an Elandon Roberts sized hole in the Patriots passing game

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The play is reminiscent of the last touchdown ever thrown by quarterback Tom Brady in a Patriots uniform: during last year’s regular season finale, Brady hit Elandon Roberts on a similar swing-pass concept that also left him uncovered. Like Roberts, Vitale may not be your usual receiving threat, but he showed some soft hands during the 2019 season — the best of his career from a raw statistical perspective — as well as a feel for route-running.

In general, Vitale could be a mismatch in the passing game if New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can scheme him into space or get him one-on-one opportunities against linebackers. While not as agile as the Patriots’ receiving backs James White and Rex Burkhead, he still has the short-area mobility to gain separation in the short and intermediate portions of the field:

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As can be seen on the first play above, the Packers flexed Vitale out to the right end of the line opposite Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa (#91). The fullback immediately was able to gain outside leverage against Mayowa, and out-ran him after receiving a short pass. The play eventually gained 21 yards due to Vitale’s speed after the reception and ability to quickly turn up the field with the football in his hands.

The Packers may not have moved him around all that much, but he still has experience lining up all over the formation as a look at his 2019 snap distribution shows:

Backfield: 132

Wide: 19

In-line: 13

Slot: 6

Considering that the Patriots also like to use their fullbacks in more than just the lead-blocking role, Vitale should be able to adapt well to his new surroundings. And while he still has room for improvement as a run-blocker, his general athleticism and overall skillset should match well with how New England runs its offense from the fullback’s perspective.

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The Patriots are going to add a quarterback to replace Authentic Tom Brady Jersey — it just might not be immediate.

NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reported the Patriots will pursue another option at the position after parting ways with the future Hall of Famer, but are not in a rush. The Patriots are also “pretty comfortable” with their current quarterback room, Giardi added, which includes Authentic Jarrett Stidham Jersey and Authentic Cody Kessler Jersey.

Kessler has started 12 games and appeared in 17 contests in four seasons, but didn’t play at all in 2019, his first season with the Patriots. He’s taken his fair share of hits, mostly while with the Browns from 2016-2017, but he does have some starting experience.

Stidham, meanwhile, has three NFL game appearances under his belt, completing 2-of-4 passes for 14 yards and an interception.

It’s incredibly difficult to logically envision a season in which the Patriots are sending Kessler out with the first team in Week 1. That’s something that came out of Cleveland a few years ago, not Foxborough.

Then again, Brady in a pewter helmet will look weird, too.

A more ideal scenario would involve a trade, perhaps to bring Jacoby Brissett back to New England after the Colts agreed to terms with Philip Rivers on a one-year, $25 million deal this week. Or maybe a bigger splash awaits us. Either way, it’s unlikely to match the size of the disturbance created by Brady’s entry into an early snowbird phase — but it will be just as important.

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Back in March, before the Antonio Brown saga involved feet and a helmet, it was a relatively standard dispute of a disgruntled player riding an elliptical and demanding a trade from his team. The Steelers had no desire to keep him, but they still thought highly enough of him that they didn’t want a good team to have him. After a false start with the Bills, they believed they’d found a solution by shipping him to the Raiders.

That solution was only temporary. Brown’s relationship with his new team, specifically GM Mike Mayock, deteriorated rapidly over the summer, and when he no longer had any financial security, yesterday he demanded to be cut, which the Raiders quickly did. Hours later, he signed a one-year deal with the Patriots that included a $9 million signing bonus. Brown would be on a perennial playoff team within Pittsburgh’s conference. Whoops.

As reported in a column Saturday night by Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, the Steelers knew in March that the Patriots wanted Brown, but wouldn’t satisfy their rivals’ wishes, even if that meant settling for a lackluster trade return. From Robinson:

According to a source familiar with New England’s interest in Brown last spring – including the talks between the Steelers and Patriots – it came down to this: Pittsburgh didn’t want Brown in New England. The Steelers knew they’d likely have to grapple with the Patriots in the 2019 playoff picture. Beyond that, there was already bitter feelings born out of competition between the two teams (not to mention the whole LeGarrette Blount fiasco in 2014). Sending Brown into the arms of the Patriots and Bill Belichick would not only be costly to Pittsburgh’s own playoff chances, it would border on humiliating. Especially if the deal wasn’t for a significant package in return. It would mean waving the white flag to all the parties the Steelers simply didn’t want to surrender to. From Brown to Bill Belichick to Tom Brady.

“Pittsburgh just wasn’t going to do it,” said a source familiar with the Patriots’ pursuit of Brown. “It was never going to happen. No matter what [agent Drew Rosenhaus] thought or whoever else, there was no way the Steelers were sending him to New England.”

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Pittsburgh didn’t do it, but it happened anyway. And so, at the final tally, the Steelers ended up with a third-round pick, a fifth-round pick, and the hope that rookie receiver Diontae Johnson will eventually make everyone forget about AB; the Raiders ended up with nothing; and the Patriots ended up with one of the best receivers in the NFL on an absurdly team-friendly contract, playing across from Josh Gordon. What did we all learn from this fiasco? It’s unclear, but to quote J.K. Simmons’s character in Burn After Reading, “I guess we learned not to do it again.”
It’s safe to say that Tom Brady is excited about having Antonio Brown as a teammate.

Prior to the New England Patriots’ season-opening showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers, NBC Sports’ Al Michaels said that that Drew Rosenhaus, Brown’s agent, told him that Brady has offered to house Brown during his early stages in Foxboro.

“Brady told Brown to ‘come move in with me until you get settled into New England,'” Michaels said.

Michaels also shared his conversation with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who broke the news to Brady that New England was going to sign the four-time All-Pro. Brady, after initially telling Kraft that was “100 percent in” on the signing, went back to tell Kraft that he is “1 million percent in” on the acquisition of Brown, who led the NFL with 15 touchdown catches in 2018.

If Brown does take Brady up on his reported offer, it would make for the greatest collection of talent under one roof in NFL history. Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history, has six Super Bowl titles and four Super Bowl MVP awards to his credit. During the 2019 season, Brady will move into second all-time in career touchdown passes and passing yards.

Brown, who like Brady was a sixth round pick, is the only receiver in NFL history to record at least 100 catches in six consecutive seasons. His 9,145 receiving yards since 2013 is the most by a receiver in NFL history over a six-year span.

The one thing that eluded Brown during his nine seasons in Pittsburgh is a Super Bowl ring, something he will look to earn with Brady as a member of the Patriots organization. Brown will reportedly sign his one-year deal– that includes $9 million guaranteed — on Monday with hopes of making his Patriots debut next Sunday in Miami against the Dolphins.

“He wants to have a great season. He wants to win a Super Bowl,” Rosenhaus recently told ESPN. “He looks this as a great opportunity for him to sign with a team that has dominated the league for the past decade.

“This is a dynasty, and he has an opportunity for Antonio to play for a dynasty. So the future is now for Antonio. This is a chance for Antonio to do something that he hasn’t been able to do during his illustrious career, which is to win a championship. That’s the immediate goal, and that’s all he’s thinking about right now.”

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Eric Saubert, a reserve tight end who spent his first two NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, has been traded from Atlanta to New England for a 2020 seventh-round conditional pick, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero has reported.

A fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the 6-foot-5, 253-pound tight end has caught just five passes (all coming during the 2018 season) in 30 NFL regular-season games. He received one start in two seasons in Atlanta before being traded to New England, who continues to try to solidify their tight end position following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement.

Matt LaCosse, a 2019 offseason signee who was slated to win the job as New England’s starting tight end coming into training camp, sustained a lower-body injury during the Patriots’ preseason-opening victory over the Detriot Lions and was not present during the team’s practice on Monday. Lance Kendricks, a nine-year veteran who spent the past two seasons in Green Bay, did return to practice on Monday after missing New England’s previous six sessions with an undisclosed injury. Kendricks was joined at practice by fellow tight ends Ryan Izzo and Stephen Anderson.

Ben Watson, a 38-year-old and 16-year NFL veteran who was part of New England’s Super Bowl XXXIX championship team, is back in New England after being talked out of retirement this offseason. Watson will have to serve a four-game suspension to start the season after failing a league-issued drug test in March.

Watson, who recently spent time catching passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees in New Orleans, is excited to be back in New England catching passes from future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady.

“It is amazing how tremendously you can grow as a player when you have the right coach, the right system, the right offensive coordinator, but also the right quarterback,” Watson said, per the Boston Herald.

“There is a certain gene in a lot of quarterbacks that makes them compete and perfect their craft with other players. With Tom and Drew, it was staying after practice and running extra routes, it was in the meeting room and watching on films.

“Them vocalizing helps you grow as a player.”

Watson is the favorite to see the most snaps at tight end on a per-game basis once he returns from his suspension, but the Patriots are likely to use multiple players at the position — a committee approach — in 2019. In the back half of the 2018 regular season, the Patriots shifted to a run-first offense behind 2018 first-round running back Sony Michel. This change in offensive style led to an increase in the usage of multiple tight end personnel packages. This style of offense is projected to carry over into the 2019 season Brady enters his age-42 season.

The Patriots are surely hoping to get some production out of Saubert, who caught 190 passes for 2,253 yards and 21 touchdowns in four seasons at Drake. Despite his production at Drake, Saubert received an extremely negative review from an AFC team regional scout in his pre-draft bio on NFL.com.

“He’s body [is] beautiful but he can’t catch,” the scout wrote of Saubert, an All-American during his last two college seasons. “I don’t think it’s correctable either. I just think he doesn’t see the ball well and doesn’t have good hand-eye. You are drafting an athlete and not a tight end if you take him.”

If anyone can correct Saubert’s mechanical issues, it’s Bill Belichick, who will look to do just that during Saubert’s time in Foxboro.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Shortly after news broke Monday afternoon that free-agent offensive tackle Trent Brown intended to sign a four-year, $66 million contract with the Oakland Raiders that includes $36.75 million in guarantees, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was on SportsCenter making the point that New England offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia is worthy of some commission.

The humble Scarnecchia might disagree, but the results are indeed impressive.

Scarnecchia enters his 36th season in the NFL in 2019, and it will be his 34th in New England. Since being named offensive line coach under Bill Belichick in 2000, consider the “Scarnecchia Effect” and how many offensive linemen have had their value increased by playing under him (list compiled by ESPN’s Stats & Information):

Grey Ruegamer: Signed off the Steelers practice squad in November 2000, he signed a multiyear deal with the Packers in free agency worth more than $1.3 million in 2003.

Damien Woody: First-round pick by the Patriots in 1999, he signed a six-year, $31 million contract with the Lions.

Joe Andruzzi: Signed as a free agent in 2000 — he made less than $4 million over his entire New England tenure — he signed a four-year, $9 million contract with the Browns.

Tom Ashworth: Signed after he was cut by the 49ers in 2001, he inked a five-year deal with the Seahawks in 2006 worth $13 million.

Brandon Gorin: Signed to the Patriots practice squad in 2002, he was traded to the Cardinals for a sixth-round pick in 2006.

Donald Thomas: Signed 11 days after his release by the Lions in September 2011, he landed a four-year, $14 million deal with the Colts in 2013.

Nate Solder: A first-round pick by the Patriots in 2009, he signed a four-year, $62 million contract with the Giants in 2018.

Trent Brown: Acquired with a fifth-round pick in exchange for a third-round pick from the 49ers at the 2018 NFL draft, he reportedly will sign a four-year, $66 million deal with the Raiders.

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The aforementioned deals don’t include those for offensive linemen who signed extensions with the Patriots over the years, a group that most recently includes right tackle Marcus Cannon (five years, $32.5 million), center David Andrews (three years, maximum value of $11.715 million) and right guard Shaq Mason (five years, maximum value of $50 million).

Mason had played in a run-based, option offense at Georgia Tech, with little background as a pass-blocker. So his emergence as one of the best guards in the NFL is also reflective of how Scarnecchia has helped players reach their potential.

For longtime Patriots followers, Scarnecchia’s personnel impact has extended beyond the offensive line. In 1991, when Scarnecchia was the tight ends coach, he scouted Ben Coates out of little-known Livingstone College. Coates, of course, went on to become a Patriots Hall of Famer after being selected in the fifth round that year.

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Two days after saying that he’s learning to deal better with media reports of drama surrounding the New England Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady politely told reporters at his Friday news conference that he’s sticking to football.

“I don’t want to bring on any drama this year,” Brady said, two days before he will lead the team against the Houston Texans in the season opener. “I’m just focused on what I want to do, and be a great football player for this team and be a good example in the locker room, provide great leadership. That’s where my focus is. I know people want to talk about a lot of other things, but I just really want to stick on football and focus on being the best I can be for this team.”

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With the Eagles’ offense struggling, coach Doug Pederson called for a trick play known as “Philly Philly” on Thursday. Nelson Agholor completed a pass to Nick Foles to spark a drive that culminated in a touchdown.

Brady’s answer came after he was asked a question about his personal athletic trainer, close friend and business partner, Alex Guerrero.

The theme continued when Brady was later asked about Nike’s advertisement with quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“I really want to focus on football, not hot topics, and my reaction to a lot of hot topics and so forth,” he said. “Get ready for the Texans — they’re a great team. That’s where my focus is, not on advertisements and so forth.”

Along those lines, Brady took note of the Philadelphia Eagles running the “Philly Philly” play in their season-opening win over the Atlanta Falcons — which members of the Eagles organization said they took from the Patriots, as it was the play in which Brady dropped a pass in Super Bowl LII.

“Good execution wins games,” said Brady, who watched Thursday’s opener with his son Jack. “I think that’s ultimately what we have to do. When you have to make the plays, you either make them or you don’t.”

Brady enters the season with a lighter-than-normal group of receivers, led by Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson as Julian Edelman is serving a four-game NFL suspension.

“I have confidence in them, certainly. Phillip and Chris, I obviously played a lot with them last year. Cordarrelle is new and he’s done some good things and he’s been productive in this league,” Brady said. “To be on this team, you have to be a good football player …. We’re all going to be learning on the fly and you have to build as the season goes.”
Brady, who was elected a team captain for the 17th straight year, said in his “Tom vs. Time” epilogue Wednesday that he hopes to play until he’s 45. But at the moment, it’s a short-term focus for him with the season opener in mind.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “It’s a blessing to be able to do it. I love playing football. I love the sport. I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’m not sure what life would be like without it. I’ve had a few experiences when I haven’t been out there and haven’t liked those very much.

“There’s no place I’d rather be Sunday afternoon at 1 o’clock than playing here, and playing well.”