Harmon, Andrews named first-time captains for Patriots

Harmon, Andrews named first-time captains for Patriots

FOXBORO -- When the Patriots announced their captains for 2017 this week there were plenty of familair names: Tom Brady, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater, Rob Gronkowski, Dont'a Hightower. 

The team had a couple more named on Tuesday, though: safety Duron Harmon and center David Andrews.

The Patriots use a democratic system to vote in their captains, so that Harmon and Andrews got the nod from their teammates is a sign of the respect they've earned as two of the youngest leaders in the locker room.

Harmon arrived to the Patriots in 2013 draft as a third-round pick out of Rutgers and has turned himself into a valuable member of the New England secondary as its oft-used third safety. In a defensive scheme that frequently deploys three-safety packages, Harmon has played a shade over 50 percent of his team's snaps (including playoffs) in each of the last two seasons, per Pro Football Focus. One indication of his importance to the Patriots on and off the field? He signed a four-year deal with a maximum value of $20 million to remain with the team in the offseason. 

Andrews also signed a new deal with the Patriots before this season, getting a three-year extension from the club with a maximum value of $11 million. The team's starting center arrived to New England as an undrafted rookie out of Georgia in 2015 and earned his first 11 NFL starts in his first season while incumbent starting center Bryan Stork dealt with injury. Andrews won the starting job outright last season and was as durable as any lineman, playing 99.7 percent of the snaps en route to a Super Bowl title. 

Brady is a 16-time captain, while McCourty and Slater will be captains for the seventh consecutive season. Gronkowski and Hightower will serve as captains for the second time.

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did. 


Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

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Eyeing a QB, Jets trade up to No. 3 pick

After missing out on coveted free-agent quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings, the Jets signed Teddy Bridgewater and brought back Josh McCown as short-term solutions at QB, but with the trade they made with the Colts on Saturday, their future franchise QB could be drafted next month.

The Jets acquired the No. 3 overall pick in the April 26 draft from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the sixth overall pick, two 2018 second-round picks (37th and 49th) and a 2019 second-rounder.

UCLA's Josh Rosen, Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield, Wyoming's Josh Allen and USC's Sam Darnold are considered the top QBs in the draft. The Cleveland Browns and New York Giants have the first two picks, the Browns have No. 4, too, and could be eyeing a QB. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could be among the top picks as well. 

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