Patriots trade a pick for a special-teamer for the second time this week


Patriots trade a pick for a special-teamer for the second time this week

FOXBORO -- For anyone who needed a refresher on just how much Bill Belichick values execution in the kicking game, for the second time this week he dealt away a draft pick for a special-teamer.

The Patriots announced on Saturday that they acquired Johnson Bademosi from Detroit, and in return they'll send a 2019 sixth-rounder to the Lions. It was the latest example of an approach the Patriots have taken headed into Week 1 of the regular season: If there's a player out there you want, you have to be aggressive to go and get him

The Patriots traded away a seventh-round pick for 2018 earlier this week and received Marquis Flowers from the Bengals in return. While the Patriots are always on the look out for special-teams depth, their needs in that area may have been more pressing now for a couple of reasons.

First, they're dealing with injuries to some of their core special-teamers. Matthew Slater missed large chunks of training camp and did not participate in any preseason games. Nate Ebner has missed practice time recently, though he returned to the practice field for Saturday's fully-padded session. Shea McClellin has been injured and out of action for weeks. And Harvey Langi, an undrafted rookie who appears to have gained some trust from special teams coordinator Joe Judge this summer, missed all of practice last week and the preseason finale. Like Ebner, Langi was back on the field Saturday as well. 

Second, the Patriots will see one of the best return units in the league next Thursday in the season-opener when they take on the Chiefs, featuring speedster Tyreek Hill. Though Belichick and his staff are building a roster for the 2017 long haul, there's some value in picking up plug-and-play pieces in the kicking game if they're out there to be found.  

In Bademosi, the Patriots receive a corner who can replace Justin Coleman (traded Friday to the Seahawks) as the No. 5 corner on the depth chart behind Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe and Jonathan Jones. But Bademosi's biggest contributions will likely come as a core special-teamer. 

Lions general manager Bob Quinn, whose last job was in New England as the college scouting director, signed Bademosi as a free agent last year to help bolster Detroit's kicking-game units. After one season, the Lions were ready to move on with others at his position, allowing the Patriots to pounce and pick him up for a day-three draft pick. 

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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