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Trump nominates Belichick to Sports and Fitness Council

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Trump nominates Belichick to Sports and Fitness Council

Apparently, President Donald Trump and Patriots coach Bill Belichick were talking about more than Tom Brady on the phone this week.

Trump has nominated his friend Bill Belichick to the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition.

Yankees future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, Olympic volleyball player Misty May Treanor and Pro Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker were nominated as co-chairs of the Council. Walker signed with the Trump-owned New Jersey Generals of the USFL back in 1983.

Among the other Trump nominees for two-year terms on the Council, which has among its goals encouraging kids to get involved in sports, are ex-Red Sox and Yankees outfielder Johnny Damon, TV's "Dr. Oz" - Dr. Mehmet Oz - and the "Incredible Hulk" - actor Lou Ferrigno, the former bodybuilder who played the Hulk in the late '70s TV series.  

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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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