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Ex-Patriots scout: Jakobi Meyers should have been a fourth-round pick

Ex-Patriots scout: Jakobi Meyers should have been a fourth-round pick

For a head coach of his caliber, Bill Belichick has a surprisingly poor track record finding talent atop the NFL Draft.

But when it comes to bargain shopping, nobody is better.

Belichick's latest diamond in the rough could be wide receiver Jakobi Meyers, who cracked the New England Patriots' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent out of NC State and could be the third or fourth wideout in Tom Brady's offense.

For many, Meyers came out of nowhere. But Jim Nagy, a former Patriots scout who's now the director of the Senior Bowl, isn't surprised Belichick and the Patriots found him. In fact, Nagy believes they should have found him earlier.

"I thought he was going to be a fourth-round pick when we invited him (to the Senior Bowl). I was shocked he didn’t get picked,” Nagy recently told The Ringer's Kevin Clark.

"But he’s so crafty. He finds the angles. He moves through traffic really well. The Patriots love players who are good at adjusting routes, and really savvy football players like that."

Belichick also covets players with diverse skill sets, such as college quarterback-turned-receiver Julian Edelman or moonlighting defensive back Troy Brown. Meyers, a former high school quarterback, fits that mold, and Nagy believes the Patriots' interest in Meyers is indicative of their ability to find overlooked talent.

"In a lot of (draft) rooms, there’s some tunnel vision," Nagy added. "But the Patriots and Seattle are good at saying ‘Hey, this guy is a wideout, but he had 20 interceptions in high school and can tackle on special teams.' "

New England hasn't had much success with rookie wideouts in years past. But it'd be pretty on-brand for Belichick if the undrafted Meyers thrives this season while first-rounder N'Keal Harry is on short-term injured reserve.

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Stephon Gilmore shares two items he always has when the Patriots are on the road

Stephon Gilmore shares two items he always has when the Patriots are on the road

Everybody has things they like to bring with them when they travel, and Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore is no different.

In an interview with Patriots.com before New England takes on the lowly Dolphins on the road, Gilmore shared the two items he always brings with him these trips: His son's toy truck and his daughter's bow. 

The All-Pro corner prefers to keep his kids in mind when he's away from home, and it's hard to argue with the results. Gilmore is easily one of the five best corners in the game, and leads a secondary that stifled the Steelers offense in Week 1. 

Miami might be the worst team in the league by a wide margin, but the Patriots have always had their fair share of issues beating the Dolphins on the road.

That probably won't make a difference on Sunday given the supreme difference in talent between these two teams, so it's a game where the Patriots can work on their execution and maybe get backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham his first pro reps if the game's completely out of hand. 

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Terry Bradshaw blasts Antonio Brown: 'I wouldn't throw to him'

Terry Bradshaw blasts Antonio Brown: 'I wouldn't throw to him'

Think Antonio Brown had problems with Ben Roethlisberger?

He should be thankful he wasn't around a generation earlier to play for another Steelers quarterback.

Pittsburgh Hall of Fame QB and FOX NFL analyst Terry Bradshaw didn't hold back on his disdain for Brown, who wore out his welcome after nine seasons with the Steelers and only a few weeks with the Oakland Raiders, only to wind up signing with the Patriots.

Brown broke most of the Steelers receiving records set by Bradshaw targets John Stallworth and Lynn Swann in the '70s and '80s, but in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Bradshaw sounded pleased Brown wasn't around in his day.

“I wouldn’t throw to him,” Bradshaw said. 

“Let New England have him,” he said. “Maybe he becomes [the late Reverend] Billy Graham, I don’t know. I seriously doubt it, seriously doubt it.

“I’m not pulling for him, I can promise you that.

“Winning football games is all about the team and all about players caring about one another and everybody pulling together, not pulling apart,” Bradshaw said, warning that the controversy that led to Brown's exits from the Steelers and Raiders will surface in New England. “You can’t have Antonio Brown for all the greatness that they are, do you want the baggage that goes with that crap? I wouldn’t."

Two days after signing with the Patriots, Brown was hit with a civil lawsuit from a former trainer who accuses him of sexual assault and rape. He traveled with the Pats to Miami and is expected to make his debut with New England Sunday against the Dolphins in Miami. 

“I cannot emphasize how I cannot stand and have a disdain totally for players like that,” Bradshaw said. “I don’t want any part of them. I wouldn’t like them. They would hate me if they were on our team. They would hate me because I wouldn’t throw to him.

“I will not put up with that kind of behavior. You don’t win with it. Why haven’t we [the Steelers] won more Super Bowls? There is talent, [but] it’s just guys like him. Let him go and his brand and whatever it is he’s doing.”

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