Brady on working with Floyd: 'There's a lot to catch up on'

Brady on working with Floyd: 'There's a lot to catch up on'

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady hasn't spent much time with Michael Floyd since the Patriots claimed the receiver late last week, but they're done what they can. 

"As much as we could," Brady said during his press conference on Thursday. "He’s only been here for a short period of time so there’s a lot to catch up on, especially as a receiver in our offense, but he’s working hard at it."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said earlier in the day on Thursday that rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett has been involved with Floyd's acclimation process, but if Floyd is to play a role on the Patriots offense, he'll need to develop a rapport wth the starter.

"I think it’s just . . . you’ve got to put the time in," Brady said. "I don’t think it’s an easy thing to do by any stretch. I think that’s why offseasons are so valuable, to have that work. We’re pretty late in the year, but we’ll do the things that he’s confident in and that the coaches are confident he can do well, and we’ll see if we can go do something positive."

As involved as the Patriots offense is -- Brady has said many times that it's developed and been built upon over the 16 years he's been the starter -- asking Floyd to be comfortable with it all would be a tall order. But Brady said that he'll keep an open mind with Floyd and the amount that Floyd can pick up between now and the end of the season. 

The Patriots are on the hook for $1.29 million, which is the pro-rated portion of Floyd's salary for three games this season. He's scheduled to become a free agent after the season, and while his time with the Patriots now can be viewed in part as a means of developing an understanding of Floyd on and off the field to see if he'd be a worthwhile investment for the future, there's a hope that he can contribute sooner rather than later.

"You don’t know what’s going to happen and I don’t want to predict what’s going to happen because you really don’t know," Brady said. "Hopefully it’s a lot of great plays. That’s what everyone’s hoping for."

The reason Floyd was available in the first place was due to the fact that he was arrested early last week after passing out behind the wheel of his SUV at a Scottsdale intersection. He was released two days later and claimed by the Patriots on Thursday. Brady said that when he looks at Floyd, he tried not to acknowledge any of the baggage he may bring with him. 

"I’m not focused on any of that. I mean, I don’t make decisions like that," Brady said. "I’m just trying to focus on what I’ve got to do this week and if it’s trying to work on football stuff with particular players, then that’s what I’m going to do."

Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

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Report: Cam Fleming visiting the Cowboys

There's one gigantic hole to fill on the Patriots offensive line.

Replacing Nate Solder is no easy task and it's not exactly clear how the Pats will yet.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport was first to report the Patriots would like to bring back Waddle or Fleming.

It now appears that one of the former backup tackle is taking a serious look elsewhere, according to Ian Rapoport. 

It's not the best offensive line free agency market this season, so the Pats may prefer to bring back a guy they are familar with.

If Fleming is off the board, Waddle still remains as an option for New England.



How the compensatory pick formula may impact Patriots free-agent calls

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How the compensatory pick formula may impact Patriots free-agent calls

How highly do the Patriots value their mid-round draft picks? We'll find out as the run on NFL free agents continues this week. 

If Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio plan to make any signings from outside the organization, they'll have to factor into that decision what they will be giving up. Money and cap space matter . . . sure. But there is draft capital at stake.  

The Patriots are currently projected to land two third-round compensatory picks in 2019 after losing both Malcolm Butler and Nate Solder in free agency. There's real value there, and the decision-makers at One Patriot Place may be reluctant to give that up. 

Recent Patriots third-round picks include Derek Rivers, Tony Garcia, Joe Thuney, Jacoby Brissett, Vincent Valentine, Geneo Grissom, Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan. 


Before we get into how the Patriots might lose those third-round comp picks if they remain active in free-agency, it's worth noting how comp picks are assigned. 

The compensatory-pick formula the league uses has never been published, but we know the basics. It's based on free agents lost and free agents acquired in a given year by a particular team. The level of those players is taken into consideration -- based on salary, playing time and other factors -- and then picks are issued to teams who have lost more (or better) free agents than they acquired. Only free agents whose contracts have expired (not players who've been released) qualify for the compensatory-pick formula.'s Nick Korte is the best in the business when it comes to predicting how many picks teams will land based on their free-agent losses and acquisitions, and he has the Patriots down for two third-rounders in 2019 and nothing else. 

That may sound surprising given the Patriots lost Dion Lewis and Danny Amendola in addition to Butler and Solder, but that's the way the formula broke, according to Korte. The Adrian Clayborn signing (given a sixth-round value by OTC) cancelled out the Amendola loss (sixth-round value). The Matt Tobin signing (seventh-round value) cancelled out the Lewis loss (sixth-round value). And the Jeremy Hill signing (seventh-round value) cancelled out the Johnson Bademosi loss (sixth-round value). 

Why do Tobin and Hill cancel out Amendola and Lewis, despite being lower-value moves? Here's how OTC describes the process. (Free agents who qualify for the comp-pick formula are known as Compensatory Free Agents or CFAs.)

1. A CFA gained by a team cancels out the highest-valued available CFA lost that has the same round valuation of the CFA gained.

2. If there is no available CFA lost in the same round as the CFA gained, the CFA gained will instead cancel out the highest-available CFA lost with a lower round value.

3. A CFA gained will only cancel out a CFA lost with a higher draft order if there are no other CFAs lost available to cancel out. 

That final point is key. An example? The Seahawks recently signed CFA Jaron Brown, a seventh-round value. The only Seahawks "CFAs lost" available to cancel out the move were Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham, both fourth-round values. Even though there's a three-round difference between Brown and Richardson, per Korte's projections, those moves still will cancel each other out. 

With that in mind, the Patriots may want to tread lightly when it comes to signing free agents who will qualify toward the comp-pick formula. They could lose out on the third-rounders they've received for Solder and Butler even if they sign a lower-value free agent.

Players like Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro or Raiders linebacker NaVorro Bowman would count toward the comp-pick formula. Would their value to the team be such that losing a 2019 third-round pick wouldn't matter to the Patriots? Or would their comp-pick impact hurt their chances of being picked up in New England? My guess would be the latter. 

The good news for the Patriots is that re-signing their own players -- like offensive tackles LaAdrian Waddle and/or Cam Fleming -- doesn't impact the comp-pick setup. Neither does signing players who've been released, meaning the Patriots could theoretically make a splash by signing Ndamukong Suh or Eric Ebron and they'd retain their comp picks.

Given the Patriots made just four draft picks last year, and since comp picks can be traded now (that rule was changed last year), it would come as little surprise if retaining those picks weighed heavily on Belichick and Caserio's decisions as they move through the remainder of the offseason.