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Patriots snag versatile Grissom at No. 97

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Patriots snag versatile Grissom at No. 97

FOXBORO, Mass. - Where does Geneo Grissom play? All over the joint. The Patriots third-round pick at No. 97, played defensive end, outside linebacker and defensive tackle at Oklahoma.

A player that many teams may have looked at and scratched their heads had the Patriots licking their lips.

The 6-3, 262-pounder was a front-seven utility guy for the Sooners, said Bill Belichick on Friday night. The 22-year-old played four seasons for the Sooners. His junior year was enlightening to the Patriots.

“In 2013 he played 3-4 defense (starting five at defensive end) … and they didn't have enough depth at defensive end so he played four-technique, actually 4i technique [inside shoulder of the tackle] in 2013 at 260 pounds so he was way undersized but he competed well,” said Bill Belichick. “They didn't knock him off the line of scrimmage. It wasn't like . . . He didn't look like a linebacker in there. You probably wouldn't think he was that light if you didn't know it.

“Then this year they had more depth on the defensive line and moved him to outside linebacker so both last year and this year on third down he played end and also bumped inside to an inside rusher position,” said Belichick. “He's a guy that would move down inside at times he was productive there. He's rushed inside, rushed outside. He's played anywhere from the end of the line five-technique, defensive end in a 4-3, outside linebacker in a 3-4.”

Over the past two seasons, Grissom had 79 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks over his final two seasons and was a particular beast against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in 2013.

Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

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Shawne Merriman's hilarious Father's Day tweet will make Patriots fans smile

Shawne Merriman is no fan of the New England Patriots, but his son's allegiances seems to differ a bit.

The former Los Angeles Chargers star posted a Father's Day tweet Sunday with a photo of his son getting ready to buy a Tom Brady Patriots jersey with a Super Bowl LI patch, and the three-time Pro Bowler's reaction is priceless. 

A Brady jersey probably is the last piece of NFL apparel that Merriman would want his son to buy, given his history with the Patriots.

Merriman still hasn't forgotten about the Patriots coming into San Diego and defeating the 14-2 Chargers in the 2006 AFC Divisional Round. It was the Chargers' best team in a long time, and after the Patriots won in dramatic fashion, some New England players mocked Merriman's sack dance during the on-field celebrations. Chargers players weren't happy at all.

But hey, props to Merriman's son, he knows greatness when he sees it. And he's not alone, evidenced by Brady once again leading all NFL players in royalties from sales of items including jerseys.

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Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

Tom Brady is taking notes from Raptors' massive championship parade

The Raptors saw an estimated 1.5 million people flood the streets of Toronto on Wednesday for the team's first NBA championship parade.

Tom Brady's reaction? Challenge accepted.

Here's the New England Patriots quarterback's simple yet effective tweet upon seeing the massive turnout in Toronto:

Brady knows a thing or two about highly-attended championship parades: Roughly 1.5 million people came out in Boston just four months ago to watch the Patriots celebrate their sixth Super Bowl title.

That attendance number was a record for the city's many Patriots title parades, but it appears the Raptors matched that Monday.

So, Brady and Co. will just have to win a seventh championship to raise the bar yet again next February.

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