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Here's what Bill Belichick, Nick Saban talked about at Alabama pro day

Here's what Bill Belichick, Nick Saban talked about at Alabama pro day

What do two of the most successful coaches in football history talk about when they get together?

You know, the usual.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick made an appearance Tuesday at Alabama's pro day, showing love to Alabama head coach and close friend Nick Saban by rocking a bright Crimson Tide pullover.

Cameras also caught Belichick and Saban having a lengthy chat on the field in Tuscaloosa, which naturally got everyone wondering: What did they talk about?

In a media scrum Tuesday afternoon, Saban (a bit reluctantly) shared some of their talking points.

"We're personal friends, so we talked about kids and grandkids," Saban said, via Alex Byington of the Montgomery Advisor. "We talked about personnel, because they're interested in guys that they bring to their team. And then we're both still very involved in the football part of what's going on, so we'll talk quite a bit about X's and O's.

"So, there's a wide range of things. And then there's a little story-telling that goes with it too, because we go back a long ways and we have experiences that we both kind of learn from."

As for Belichick's Alabama attire?

"I didn't give it to him, but I'm glad he got it," Saban deadpanned.

Belichick has been a regular at Alabama's pro day since Saban took over in 2007, both to catch up with his old pal -- Saban was an assistant on Belichick's Cleveland Browns coaching staff during the early 1990s -- and to scout the Crimson Tide's wealth of NFL prospects.

Which Alabama products could the Patriots target this year? Tight end Irv Smith, safety Deionte Thompson and linebacker Mack Wilson are a few names that come to mind, but you can expect Belichick will get the full scouting report on every 'Bama player before making up his mind on draft day.

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

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Patriots Talk Podcast: Could we have predicted Michael Bennett's suspension?

Should the Patriots have seen the Michael Bennett suspension coming? Josh McDaniels on N'Keal Harry, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry break down WR trade targets and more...

2:18 - Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the one-game suspension the Patriots placed on Michael Bennett after an apparent "philosophical disagreement" the defensive end had with coaches last week. Did the Patriots know what they were getting into when they signed him?

16:27 - N'Keal Harry returned the practice field after sitting out the first six games of the regular season. Josh McDaniels answers Tom's questions about how much the Patriots are able to rely on the rookie receiver.

27:53 - Tom and Phil cycle through which receivers are out there that the Patriots are likely targeting before the trade deadline.

35:53 - Rob Gronkowski may have finally put an end to the possibility of his return with the comments he made on WEEI. Tom talks about why it's finally time for Patriots fans to let him go.

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Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

Report: Jaguars trade CB Jalen Ramsey to Rams

One month after requesting a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey got his wish.

The star cornerback was traded to the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday for two first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The news comes on the heels of the Rams trading veteran CB Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and placing Aqib Talib on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Ramsey's move to the NFC is great news for the Patriots, as New England won't have to worry about the two-time Pro Bowler helping out the Kansas City Chiefs' scuffling defense after they were rumored to be one of his suitors.

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