Tom Brady files appeal against NFL

(Photo By: LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

(Photo By: LUCY NICHOLSON/REUTERS

Tom Brady filed for his second appeal against the NFL on Monday to a 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals against the NFL’s four game suspension, reported first by ESPN.

“The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it,” NFL Players Association attorney Theodore B. Olson told ABC News in an interview aired on “Good Morning America.”

Tom Brady successfully appealed the NFL last year when they handed down their four game punishment, but the NFL appealed that decision, which was won in a 2-1 vote that Goodell’s  punishment was fair and just in the collective bargaining agreement.

“A divided panel of this Court affirmed Goodell in a decision that repudiates longstanding labor law principles and that, if left undisturbed, will fuel unpredictability in labor arbitrations everywhere and make labor arbitration increasingly capricious and undesirable for employers and employees alike,” Brady’s attorneys said in their filing.

If the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not hear Brady’s case he will then take the appeal to the Supreme Court.

Brady’s win last year was good for the players, a loss this year will be a loss for the players and owners as well, who are now figuring that out.

If Brady ends up serving his four game suspension, I wouldn’t be shock if a players strike follows at some point.

 

 

 

Danny Amendola underwent knee and ankle surgery earlier this off-season

Patriots WR should be ready for training camp. (Photo By: Chris Keane/Associated Press)

Patriots WR should be ready for training camp.
(Photo By: Chris Keane/Associated Press)

Patriots WR Danny Amendola had surgery on his left knee and his ankle earlier this off-season, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. 

He had bone spurs removed from his ankle and is recovering really well so far, and is already moving around well, according to ESPN.

Other news concerning the Patriots is the joint practice between the Bears and Patriots on Monday, August 15th and 16th.

The Patriots may hold a joint practice with the Saints, but jury still out on that one.

Dwight Freeney, former Colts DE, and current Cardinals free agent says he would play for the Patriots.

“Well, that’s hard to fathom. But I’m not against Bill [Belichick],” Freeney said when asked about playing for the Patriots by Peter King of MMQB.com. “I understand the dynamic involved, but at the end of the day, this is a business. My first allegiance right now is to Arizona, if they’re interested. But if it happened that I ended up in New England, I can tell you, both sides would win.”

Rob Gronkowski lands Cover of ‘Madden NFL 17’

Gronk the new Madden Cover Boy! (Photo From Sports Center)

Gronk the new Madden Cover Boy!
(Photo From Sports Center)

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will be on the new cover of ‘Madden NFL 17,’ announced by Gronk yesterday.

My rookie year [in 2010], it was just an honor to be in the game, just using yourself as a player, throwing yourself the ball every single time you can at home, just playing the game,” Gronkowski told Sports Center. “Now it’s a dream come true, going into my seventh season and being on the cover.”

Gronk’s dream came true with landing the cover, making the announcement on the same day he was announced as June’s GQ cover boy.

Gronk also told Sports Center he was with Brady when his four game suspension was reinstated and admitted he thinks Deflate Gate is stupid.

“It was actually a surprise — a surprise to everyone,” said Gronkowski. “I thought it was totally done (the Deflategate saga). It was crazy just even seeing that happen again. It’s kind of getting stupid, getting to the point where it’s at now — why it’s still going on and all.”

He also believes Brady will play every game this season.

“I feel like he’s going to be playing 16 games again,” Gronkowski stated. “I feel that’s the way that it’s been going on, and that’s the way it’s going to work. It’s the same thing as last year. It’s kind of just dragging on. It’s pretty stupid to the point where it’s at — that it hasn’t been resolved yet. But everyone just keeps on grinding. You’ve got to focus on what you’ve got to focus on. Myself, what I’ve got to focus on, is becoming the best player I can be in the offseason right now.”

But, enough of Deflate Gate, this is a huge CONGRATS to Gronk for another dream coming true and landing the Madden Cover.

I don’t believe it is a curse and I’m happy for Gronk to land the cover, he’s the best tight end in the NFL and his AFC Title Game performance was beyond spectacular. He’s one of the best players in the game and he’s the first Patriots player to get the honor. He’s also the first tight end! Congrats!

 

“When I first found out, I was blessed. It was a surreal moment,” said Gronk.

Also, today is Gronk’s 27th Birthday! Happy Birthday Rob Gronkowski!

 

 

Gronk’s GQ Cover Debut

Gronk will be the June cover boy for GQ! (Photo From GQ.com)

Gronk will be the June cover boy for GQ!
(Photo From GQ.com)

Gronk will make his debut GQ cover debut for the June issue, and I’m sure not his last.

GQ’s Devin Friedman went to Miami with Gronk to learn about the Gronk lifestyle and how to party like Gronk.

“Gronkowski seems to exist in a permanent shower of champagne spray and nightclub-foam-party foam, all without ever seeming like a creepy douchebag,” a sneak peak from Friedman’s interview which won’t be released until next week!

Click here to check out all of the photos from the photo shoot of Gronk with model Hailey Clauson.

All of the photos are shot by Peggy Sirota.

 

Julian Edelman undergoes foot surgery

Edelman goes through with a minor surgery on left foot, but on track for training camp. (Photo By: Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)

Edelman goes through with a minor surgery on left foot, but on track for training camp.
(Photo By: Winslow Townson/AP Images for Panini)

Patriots wide out Julian Edelman underwent foot surgery on his left foot but should be ready for training camp, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mike Reiss.

This is the second surgery on the foot for Edelman this past year. The surgery has been reported as a “cleanup procedure.” 

Julian Edelman was also voted by NFL player as the #87th best player heading into the 2016 season. Last year he was voted in at number 91 on NFL’s Top 100 players.

Favorite part of the video for Edelman at number 87 was when the wide out said during a game, “Number 22 is talking *bleep** to Brady…….. I might run him over.”
To watch the video, just click the highlighted words above.

To me, 87 is too low for him, should be top 40 for the games he did play and for the games he missed due to injury. The Patriots really missed him down the stretch of the season and losing out on a first overall seed.

Patriots sign 8 undrafted rookies

Patriots get a RB/WR in the undrafted rookies pool. (Photo By: Matt Kartozian / USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots get a RB/WR in the undrafted rookies pool.
(Photo By: Matt Kartozian / USA TODAY Sports)

The Patriots have signed eight undrafted rookies and eight of their nine draft picks, the team announced.

The Patriots signed:

RB/WR D.J. Johnson (Arizona State),


CB V’Angelo Bentley (Illinois),

CB Jonathan Jones (Auburn),


CB Cre’Von LeBlanc (Florida Atlantic),

DL Woodrow Hamilton (Ole Miss),

LB C.J. Johnson (Ole Miss),

TE Steven Scheu (Vanderbilt),

and

TE Bryce Williams (East Carolina)

They also signed 8 of their 9 draft picks.

They signed 2nd round pick CB Cyrus Jones, 3rd round pick OL Joe Thuney, 3rd round pick DT Vincent Valentine, 4th round pick WR Malcolm Mitchell, 6th round picks LB Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB Elandon Roberts, G Ted Karras and 7th round pick WR Devin Lucien.

The lone unsigned draft pick being third round pick QB Jacoby Brissett.

Danny Amendola takes pay cut for the second straight year, will remain a Patriot

Danny Amendola will remain with the Patriots. (Photo By: David Butler II. USA TODAY Sports)

Danny Amendola will remain with the Patriots.
(Photo By: David Butler II. USA TODAY Sports)

Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola has agreed to reconstruct his contract to a two-year deal worth $7.35 million dollars and has a chance to add $750,000 dollars in bonuses and incentives, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Amendola was slated to make $12 million dollars.

This is the second straight season Amendola has agreed to a pay cut to remain with the team.

Amendola caught 65 passes last season for 648 yards and 3 touchdowns. He added 7 more catches in the team’s two postseason games for 57 yards.

Amendola joined the team in 2013, but really caught on the past two seasons.

In three seasons with the Patriots, Amendola has played in 42 games, catching 146 passes for 1,481 yards and 6 touchdowns.

The 2014 postseason was really a breakout for Amendola during the team’s 2014 run to a Super Bowl win. Amendola caught 11 passes for 137 yards and 3 touchdowns in the team’s 3 postseason games. He caught 5 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots Super Bowl 49 win.

The Patriots will have AmendolaEdelman, and Martin back along with new additions Chris Hogan, Nate Washington, and draft picks Malcolm Mitchell and Devin Lucien. They also have Aaron Dobson, and Chris Harper returning as well. DeAndrea Carter signed a future contract with the Patriots earlier this year, spending last season on the team’s practice squad.

The Patriots will have a great battle at the wide out position this year in what’s looking like a crowded and depth heavy area.

 

Recap of the Patriots 2016 Draft

Former Great Patriots LB Kevin Faulk wore Tom Brady's jersey during the draft Friday Night. (Photo from article.wn.com)

Former Great Patriots LB Kevin Faulk wore Tom Brady’s jersey during the draft Friday Night.
(Photo from article.wn.com)

Best moment for the Patriots may have been when Kevin Faulk, Patriots former RB, announced the pick alongside NFL’s Troy Vincent, wearing a Tom Brady jersey and said “The New England Patriots and Tom Brady select….”

Below will be a quick recap of the Patriots draft day.

The Patriots drafted their first pick of the 2016 draft in the second round, number 60 overall, CB Cyrus Jones from Alabama.

Jones is 5’10 and 197 pounds. He improved every year at Alabama as a corner, once he made the switch from WR to corner as a sophomore. He’s very physical and loves to talk trash and mix it up. He’s a great tackler and excellent in run support. He’s very good at press corner and has been tested against college team’s best wide outs every week. He has the experience on the outside but will most likely play nickel which will be even better for the corner. He’s a favorite in the locker room and loves to play football and study film. An excellent student of the game. He’s a great return specialist too. Return 4 punts for a touchdown last season.

The Patriots traded their second pick of the second round to the Saints for an additional third round pick, giving them three overall and a fourth round pick.

The Patriots drafted OL Joe Thuney in the third round (78th overall) from North Carolina State. He’s 6’5 and 304 pounds. He’s not the biggest OL ever but he has and can play at every position on the line. He’s an excellent run blocker.

The Patriots drafted QB Jacoby Brissett in the third round with their 91st pick overall from North Carolina State. He’s 6’4 and 231 pounds. He’s a big guy who has a lot of mobility and once he left Florida for the ACC really improved. His play reminds you of Big Ben and the Patriots needed one more QB to play behind Jimmy Garoppolo in case the Brady misses the first four games of the season.

The Patriots drafted again in the third round with the 96th overall pick, taking DT Vincent Valentine from Nebraska. He’s 6’4 and 331 pounds. He’s massive and known for taking on double teams and eating up the team’s OL, providing the way for linebackers.

The Patriots drafted WR Malcolm Mitchell in the fourth round, 112th overall from Georgia. Mitchell is an excellent route runner with even better hands. He’s 6’1 and 198 pounds. High character guy.

The Patriots drafted safety Kamu Grugier-Hill in the sixth round, 208th overall from Illinois. He’s a hybrid safety/linebacker. He’s fast, very fast, has the size to go against anybody in a jump ball and can track and catch the running backs or wide outs. His speed can also make him a great blitzer. A lot of potential. He’s 6’2 and 215 pounds.

The Patriots took Houston’s linebacker Elandon Roberts in the sixth round, 214th overall. He’s 6’0 and 235 pounds. Great run stuffer, a great player and person on and off the field and loves to learn. He’s coachable.

The Patriots took Illinois Guard Ted Karras in the sixth round, 221st overall. A four year starter with experience. He adds much needed depth to the line.

The Patriots took WR Devin Lucien from Arizona State with their final pick, 225th overall, in the seventh round. He’s 6’5 and 195 pounds. Works middle of the field, a nice deep threat and nice hands.