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Star trainer predicts Patriots' N'Keal Harry will have 1,000-yard rookie season

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Star trainer predicts Patriots' N'Keal Harry will have 1,000-yard rookie season

The New England Patriots' selection of N'Keal Harry in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft received rave reviews in expert draft grades, but media members aren't the only people excited for what the future holds for the former Arizona State wide receiver.

Famed trainer Travelle Gaines, whose clients have included NFL stars such as Saquon Barkley and Antonio Brown, worked with Harry before the draft. Gaines explained on the latest "Lefkoe Show" from Bleacher Report why he's confident Harry will be a success in the NFL.

"How focused he is," Gaines said. "He's almost oblivious to what's going on outside around him. He's just focused on training and playing football."

Well, that sounds like the ideal player for Bill Belichick and the Patriots. 

Gaines also was asked what type of player Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is getting in Harry.

"(Brady) has an athlete that's going to compete and he has an athlete that can go up and get (the ball)," Gaines said. "And he's a lot faster than people think. He returned kickoffs and punts this year. He wasn't just a receiver. Again, I definitely think he's going to be a 1,000-yard receiver as a rookie. I definitely think he's probably going to win NFL Rookie of the Year. And I'm not saying that because I trained him, I'm saying that because he's in the best position of all offensive rookies in the NFL this year."

Oddsmakers are a little less optimistic about Harry's chances of winning Rookie of the Year. Caesars Palace had him at +1000 (fourth-best odds) to win the award earlier this month.

He's not a bad bet, though. Harry has a real chance to be a critical player in the Patriots' offense, especially after the offseason departures of tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receivers Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson. We also don't know if suspended wideout  Josh Gordon will be eligible to play at all in 2019.

It's not unreasonable to think Harry could hit the 1,000-yard mark and be a top contender for Rookie of the Year. And according to Gaines, the young wide receiver certainly has the work ethic needed to reach those goals.

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Does Caserio's contract clause with Patriots violate NFL rules?

Does Caserio's contract clause with Patriots violate NFL rules?

The tampering dispute between the Patriots and Houston Texans over Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio appears to be settled - for now - after an exchange of statements Friday between Robert Kraft and Texans CEO Cal McNair.

Still, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out that the clause in Caserio's contract that keeps him from leaving for other teams being questioned. "Some in league circles are now asking whether the Caserio clause complies with league rules," as Florio puts it.

Other teams thinking the Patriots are violating league rules? When has that ever happened?

This is the part of the NFL's anti-tampering rule that's the focus of the issue:

"..the inquiring club is prepared to offer a position as a high-level employee . . . the employer club may not deny the employee the opportunity to discuss and accept such employment.”

Seeking a Patriots employee to become your team's general manager would certainly qualify as "high-level." Florio reports that one source says at least one other team's non-"high-level" employee had a similar clause and when it was challenged, the NFL ultimately invalidated it.

The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Texans asked what they would have to give up in a trade to get Caserio, whose Patriots contract is up after the 2020 draft.

The Texans will reportedly go without a GM this season. Sounds as if this is far from over.

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

Chandler Jones has settled in as a member of the Cardinals, but he isn't getting too comfortable.

The former Patriot knows the nature of the business in the NFL and that he can be traded any given moment. Jones found that out the hard way when he was traded from New England to Arizona back in 2016, and he still uses that trade as motivation three years later.

“I feel like at any time I can be traded,” Jones said, via Kyle Odegard of azcardinals.com. “It might sound bizarre to say, but I’m someone who has been in that situation. I’ve been traded before and that little sense of rejection is a crappy feeling, honestly. That’s what drives me. That’s what motivates me. I never want to get traded again.”

Jones shifted from defensive end to linebacker after joining the Cardinals, and he continues to produce at a high level. The 29-year-old has racked up double-digit sacks in each of his three seasons with Arizona (11 in 2016, 17 in 2017, 13 in 2018).

But it appears Jones may have learned a valuable lesson from his time under Pats head coach Bill Belichick: it isn't all about stats.

“It’s not about getting double-digit sacks,” Jones told Odegard. “The big thing is just being consistent. Speaking from a coach’s perspective, you want a player that’s consistent. You want a player that you know what you’re going to get day in and day out, on and off the field. A lot of that gives credit to some of my numbers, and hopefully I can stay consistent.”

Jones signed a five-year, $82.5 million extension in 2017, so using his trade from the Patriots as fuel certainly seems to have paid off.

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