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Kraft to give deposition in Kaepernick case

Kraft to give deposition in Kaepernick case

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of several NFL owners, coaches and executives who have - or in Kraft's case, will - give a deposition in Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case against the NFL, TMZ Sports reports.

Denver Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll have also been questioned. Kaepernick was present earlier this week for Elway and McNair’s depositions. 

Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers QB, is pursuing a grievance, via the league’s collective bargaining agreement, that claims the NFL colluded to keep him out of the league after he became the first player to protest racial inequality and police brutality by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before games.

Kaepernick, 30, did not get any NFL job offers last season.

Kraft was at a meeting between owners and NFL players where Kaepernick and the players’ protest were discussed last fall. 

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule

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Quick Slants the Podcast: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff lauds Bill Belichick; A deep dive into the newly-released 2019 Patriots schedule

1:24 - Tom E. Curran is joined by General Manager of the Atlanta Falcons Thomas Dimitroff, who talks about his impressions of Bill Belichick following the NFL meetings in March.

9:55 - Before letting him go, Tom gets Dimitroff's thoughts on the batch of receivers in the upcoming draft.

13:58 - Tom breaks down each and every matchup of the Patriots 2019 schedule, from their Week 1 opener vs. the Steelers, to their tough Week 5-through-9 stretch  (18:31), to an interesting December with games against the Texans and Chiefs (23:55).

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Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles

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Prototypical Patriots: Athletes available if Belichick is looking for tackles

Two of the Patriots' last seven first-round draft picks have been offensive tackles: Isaiah Wynn and Nate Solder.

And though tackle doesn't seem to be a pressing first-round need this year, there's no doubt that New England could look to beef up that position by going back to the well at some point in this year's draft.

The Patriots don't have an obvious candidate for their swing tackle spot at the moment. Plus, there could be shakeup coming up front in 2020. Joe Thuney will be a free agent, and if the Patriots want the flexibility to move Wynn to guard, then a tackle from this year's draft class would make sense. 

Based on past picks in the Belichick era, Phil Perry takes a look at some tackles who fit the Patriots' mold and could work in Foxboro this fall.

Click here for hsi list of Prototypical Patriots tackles in the 2019 Draft.>>>>

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