Charlie Weis: Michael Floyd should already know 75 percent of the offense

Charlie Weis: Michael Floyd should already know 75 percent of the offense

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have been through this song and dance before. Veteran receivers from Joey Galloway to Chad Ochocinco to Reggie Wayne have joined the the team and had difficulty, for whatever reason, adapting to the way things are done in New England. 

But according to Michael Floyd's college coach at Notre Dame, former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, that shouldn't be an issue this time around. Because of Floyd's experience in Weis' system, he should already know the language that distinguishes the Patriots' offense from others. That language, Weis explained, hasn't changed all that much since he was last on Bill Belichick's staff in 2004.

"How many places can you go to where you're going to know 75 percent of the verbiage walking through the door?" Weis told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show. "The verbiage is the same verbiage, with Josh's tweaks and what's matriculated over the past decade, the verbiage is still the same . . . There's just a 25 percent spinoff in every system. You've got a guy who comes in here who doesn't have to learn the system all over again. Mentally, you've got a big advantage over other guys because you already know what to do."

Belichick was more reluctant to declare just how much information Floyd will be able to absorb this season. 

"I don't know," Belichick said Friday morning. "He's been here a couple hours . . . Look, this isn't the first time a player's ever come to the team during the season. So we're not talking about a historical event here. Whether it was Alan Branch two years ago, whether it was Kyle Van Noy this year, whether it was Jonathan Casillas, whether it was Griff Whalen a week ago. It's the same thing we've talked about with every one of those guys. We'll see how it goes."

For Weis' part, the expectation is that it will go relatively smoothly.

"Where he's coming from," Weis said, "he played under me, he knows all those words."

Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

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Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

Johnny Manziel said 10 days ago, "I'd go to New England in a heartbeat," when asked about the Patriots as a potential landing spot.

That seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but they're taking a look at him...along with 12 other NFL teams, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. 

Tom Brady's current backup Brian Hoyer is, like Manziel, an ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback. Manziel would again be competing with Hoyer for the Pats' No. 2 job should New England take a chance on "Johnny Football", the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, who's been out of football the past two years because of substance abuse and emotional problems.

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman had it at 12 teams watching Manziel work out at the University of San Diego and said the Patriots gave Manziel a weigh-in.


Report: Patriots keep OT LaAdrian Waddle with one-year deal

Report: Patriots keep OT LaAdrian Waddle with one-year deal

The Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal to retain offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Waddle could potentially take over at left tackle for Nate Solder, who signed with the New York Giants.

Waddle, who, along with another ex-Pats offensive tackle, Cameron Fleming, made a free-agent visit last weekend to the Dallas Cowboys, turns 27 in July and was signed from the Detroit Lions in 2016 and appeared in 12 games last season, starting four. 

More to come...