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Report: Patriots bring in college QB-turned-CFL CB for workout

Report: Patriots bring in college QB-turned-CFL CB for workout

The New England Patriots have already begun evaluating players for the 2020 season.

According to ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots hosted former Indiana and Illinois State quarterback Tre Roberson for a workout on Wednesday. The 27-year-old currently plays in the Canadian Football League as a cornerback.


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Roberson went undrafted in 2016 before signing with the Minnesota Vikings. He was released during the 2017 preseason.

Switching to the other side of the ball in 2018 with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders and had three interceptions in 16 games. In 2019, he had the second-most INTs in the league with seven.

Roberson would be far from the first converted QB to join the Patriots roster. Other notable former QBs include wide receivers Julian Edelman, Mohamed Sanu, and Jakobi Meyers.

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Best safety in 2020 NFL Draft had formal meeting with Patriots at NFL Combine

Best safety in 2020 NFL Draft had formal meeting with Patriots at NFL Combine

Alabama star Xavier McKinney is rated by several experts as the best safety in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he's an intriguing option for the New England Patriots with the 23rd overall pick in the first round.

McKinney told reporters Friday that he had a formal interview with the Patriots at this week's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Our Patriots insider Phil Perry actually had McKinney going to the Patriots in his first 2020 mock draft last month. Here's what he wrote about McKinney's potential fit in New England:

The Patriots have so many avenues to pursue come draft weekend. Quarterback? Sure, if Jarrett Stidham (who has impressed behind the scenes) isn't ready to take the reigns and if Tom Brady is out. Tight end? Of course, though there don't appear to be any surefire first-rounders there this spring. How about safety?

That's where I could envision McKinney (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) sliding in. He's a do-it-all type for the Crimson Tide. He plays in the box. He blitzes. He covers tight ends, which has been a problem for the Patriots at times this year. He led Alabama in tackles this year, forced four fumbles, picked off three passes and broke up five more. With Patrick Chung closer to the end than the beginning, perhaps McKinney could someday fill that type of role. A versatile, tough, consistently-productive two-year starter and first-team SEC defensive back who studied under Nick Saban? That'd be worth a first-round choice for Bill Belichick.

The Patriots had one of the league's best secondaries last season, but adding some youth to the group makes a lot of sense. Veteran safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty are both 32 years old. McCourty will be an unrestricted free agent in March unless he and the team agree to an extension beforehand.

It's also possible McKinney could just be the best player available at No. 23, and even though the Patriots have more pressing roster needs than safety, it's not easy to pass on a player as talented as McKinney, especially when you also factor in the amount of high-pressure games he's played in at Alabama.

The Patriots have selected five Alabama players since 2010, and four of them were on defense, including linebacker Dont'a Hightower.

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How Gisele handled inevitable Tom Brady discussion in Instagram Q&A

How Gisele handled inevitable Tom Brady discussion in Instagram Q&A

The fan bases of Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady don't have much overlap.

But when you hold a lengthy question-and-answer session on Instagram, it's only a matter of time before your New England Patriots quarterback husband gets brought up somehow.

As she fielded questions Thursday, the Brazilian supermodel first was asked where her and her family would be living next year. That question obviously is tied to where Brady decides to work in 2020 when he becomes a free agent on March 18.

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Here's Gisele's diplomatic response:

"I would love to know where I’m going to be living this year but I don’t know that yet. But hopefully somewhere nice. And wherever my husband is happy playing, so we will see."

If you want to over-analyze, Gisele's "hopefully somewhere nice" line suggests she would prefer Brady not re-sign with the Patriots in free agency and choose a warmer destination. (Tennessee, Las Vegas or Los Angeles, perhaps?)

But the Brazilian supermodel later was asked if she enjoys living in New England and responded with this:

"Yes, I love it. I’ve been living there for 12 years. My kids love it. They love the snow. As a Brazilian, I have a little harder time with the cold but I really can appreciate the beauty of the seasons there."

It sounds like Gisele wouldn't hate migrating south after over a decade in New England. And based on where things currently stand with Brady and the Patriots, there's a real chance she gets her wish.

Gisele has been supportive of her husband's career choices in the past, though, so it sounds like she'll be on board with whatever the 42-year-old QB decides.