A look at Patriots' rookie allotment


A look at Patriots' rookie allotment

Thanks to last week's minicamporientation, the Patriots rookies now know how to get to the stadium, where to park, how to get to the locker room and where the practice field is.

Learning to hide from the media in the trainer's room comes later.

The other big curiosity for any new employee also has to be nagging these young men though: When do I get paid and how much?

Because of the adjustments made to the new CBA, there's not a lot of mystery.

There is an allotment for every rookie player based on where he was drafted and a total allotment the team cannot exceed. There is also a minimum amount a team can pay in base salary, signing and workout bonuses and performance incentives.

Second-round pick Tavon Wilson, for instance, has already signed his deal. The 48th overall pick had a maximum allotment of 766,891 in Year One and a minimum allotment of 598,533 according to figures obtained by Comcast Sportsnet (thanks to my CSN Bay Area compadre Matt Maiocco on this).

The Patriots total allotment for their seven rookies in 2012 is 5,402,958. Their total allotment for the rookies over the life of all contracts is 29,716,269.

Here are the respective Year One Formula Allotments for each of the Patriots seven picks.

Chandler Jones, No. 21

Dont'a Hightower, No. 25

Tavon Wilson, No. 48

Jake Bequette, No. 90

Nate Ebner, No. 197

Alfonzo Dennard, No. 224

Jeremy Ebert, No. 235

EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?


EX-PATS PODCAST: Why does it seem Patriots secondary is playing better without Gilmore?

On this episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast...

0:10 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen give their takeaways from the Patriots win over the Falcons including the defense coming up strong against Atlanta but New England still taking too many penalties.

2:00 - Why it felt like this game meant more to the Patriots, their sense of excitement after the win, and building chemistry off a good victory.

6:20 - Falcons losing their identity without Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and their bad play calling and decisions on 4th downs.

10:00 -  A discussion about Matt Ryan not making the throws he needed against the Patriots and if he has falling off the MVP caliber-type player he was last season.

14:00 - How and why the Patriots secondary seems to be playing better without Stephon Gilmore and why Malcolm Butler has been able to turn up his play as of late.

Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study


Mother Nature gets between Belichick and his Patriots-Falcons film study

If your team makes a goal-line stop in the fourth quarter, but you can't see it on the All-22 tape, did it even happen? 

Bill Belichick said the fog that hovered above the Gillette Stadium turf on Sunday night didn't impact the play on the field, but it did make its imprint on the game in other ways. First of all, spotters and coaches up at the press level had some difficulty relaying information to coaches on the sidelines. Video on the hand-held tablets for sideline use -- as well as the old-school still-frame pictures Belichick prefers -- was also obstructed. 

Then on Monday, as coaches tried to digest the film, the fog butted in on the process again. 

"It affected us a lot this morning because it’s hard to see the game," Belichick said during a conference call. "The fourth quarter is – I don’t know – pretty close to a white-out on the sideline film. The sideline cameras are at the top of the stadium, so that’s a tough shot.

"The end zone cameras are a little bit lower and they get a little tighter shot, so the picture is a little bit clearer. But, on that shot, a lot of times you’re not able to see all the guys on the perimeter. It’s kind of an in-line shot.

"Yeah, the first half, start of the third quarter, it’s all right. As they get into the middle of the third quarter and on, for those of us with aging eyes, it’s a little strained to see it, and then there’s a point where you can’t really see it at all, especially from the sideline. So, yeah, it affected us."

Belichick re-iterated that the fog didn't do much to the product on the field (other than maybe making life difficult for kick and punt-returners), refuting Julio Jones' claim from late Sunday night. When it came to digesting the film, though, that was another story.

"It was more, I’d say, just tougher for, whether it be our video camera or the fans that were sitting in the upper deck. It’s just there was too much interference there," Belichick said. "It was probably hard to see the game. I know when we tried to look at the pictures in between series – you know, I don’t look at the tablets, so I won’t get into that – but the pictures, it was kind of the same thing. It was hard to really be able to make out exactly what you were seeing."