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A Rundown of All the New England Patriots 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Patriots 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 3, Pick 19 (No. 83 overall, from Titans)

Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State: The wait through 82 picks (including a trade down Friday) was a long one for the Patriots. Landing Rivers could make it worthwhile. He’s a hard-working edge rusher who will provide the defending champs some depth on passing downs. There were some folks who thought he could sneak into Round 1, so mid-Round 3 is a decent spot to find him. Grade: A-

Round 3, Pick 21 (No. 85, from Lions)

Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy: Guess the Patriots were bored after all. After waiting all the way until No. 83 to make their first pick of the draft, they turned around and dealt picks 96 and 124 to Detroit for this spot. Garcia is a developmental talent at tackle, and the Patriots have the pieces in place to buy him some time.? Grade: B

Round 4, Pick 25 (No. 131) Deatrich Wise Jr., DE, Arkansas

Round 6, Pick 28 (No. 211, from Cowboys) Conor McDermott, OT, UCLA

Report: Notes Written in Prison by Former Patriots TE Hernandez Were to Family and Attorney

TMZ clears up a rumor today regarding former Pats TE Aaron Hernandez, that being he was writing notes to a gay lover while in prison.

Here’s the story:

The three notes recovered in Aaron Hernandez’s prison cell were written to his fiancee, his daughter and his attorney, Jose Baez … NOT a supposed gay lover, sources tell TMZ Sports.

The contents of the letters are being kept under wraps for now — but sources familiar with the investigation tell us the ex-NFL player did not leave any sort of a message for another inmate.

There are reports Hernandez had been corresponding with a “gay lover” during his time in lockup — but Baez had previously shot that down as false … saying, “These are malicious leaks used to tarnish somebody who is dead.”

A Look at the 2017 Patriots Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 New England Patriots Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 7 Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 8:30 PM

Sep. 17 at New Orleans Saints 1:00 PM

Sep. 24 Houston Texans 1:00 PM

Oct. 1 Carolina Panthers 1:00 PM

Oct. 5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:25 PM

Oct. 15 at New York Jets 1:00 PM

Oct. 22 Atlanta Falcons * 8:30 PM

Oct. 29 Los Angeles Chargers 1:00 PM

Nov. 5 BYE

Nov. 12 at Denver Broncos * 8:30 PM

Nov. 19 at Oakland Raiders (Mexico City) 4:25 PM

Nov. 26 Miami Dolphins 1:00 PM

Dec. 3 at Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM

Dec. 11 at Miami Dolphins (Mon) 8:30 PM

Dec. 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25 PM

Dec. 24 Buffalo Bills 1:00 PM

Dec. 31 New York Jets 1:00 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: The Pats can get on track quickly with three of their first four at home, including the opening Thursday night game at home against the Chiefs, a usual NFL kickoff game where the home team always seems to rise to the spotlight and play well.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: A three-game stretch where the Pats will be on the road in early December, playing at Buffalo, at Miami on a Monday night, and then a AFC Title game rematch at Pittsburgh against the Steelers.

Super Bowl Hero RB James White Gets a Three-Year Extension with Patriots

Patriots running back James White, who played the best game of his career in Super Bowl LI, has reached a three-year
contract extension with the team, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston . This according to sources.

White, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017 season, is now inked through the 2020 season.

The extension comes on the same day the Patriots extended a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet to restricted free-agent running back Mike Gillislee. The Bills have until Monday to decide to match that offer.

As for the 5-foot-10, 205-pound White, he fills the “passing back” role in the Patriots’ offense, which is significant given how often the team throws the football. His strong pass-catching skills and willingness to pick up the blitz are part of what makes him an asset to the team in that role.

The 2016 season was White’s first full year as the team’s front-line “passing back” and he finished second on the team with 60 receptions for 551 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 166 yards rushing on 39 carries.

Agent for Former Patriots TE Hernandez Says ‘No Chance’ He Took His Own Life

If you listen to Aaron Hernandez’s agent, he’s totally not buying the fact that the former Pats tight end hung himself early on Wednesday morning in prison.

Brian Murphy sent out the following tweet about the turn of events for the former Patriots pass catcher.

Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction, was found dead about 3am this morning and according to Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon he hung himself using his bed sheet.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

He was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

Former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell

Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was a rising star in New England, died after hanging himself in his prison cell early Wednesday, Massachusetts prisons officials said.

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for a murder conviction and just days ago was acquitted of a double murder.

Department of Correction spokesman Christopher Fallon said in a statement that Hernandez was found by guards in his cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley just after 3 a.m.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” the statement said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

He was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial-HealthAlliance Hospital in Leominster about an hour later.

The 27-year-old was in a single cell in a general population housing unit in the maximum security state prison. He hanged himself using a bed sheet that he attached to a cell window, Fallon said.

Hernandez tried to block the cell door from the inside by jamming the door with various items, Fallon said. The spokesmen said he was not aware of any suicide note written by Hernandez.

The ex-Patriot was moved to tears on Friday after he was acquitted of the 2012 fatal shootings of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in Boston. Just before his acquittal, Hernandez was seen blowing kisses to the little girl he fathered with fiancee Shayanna Jenkins. Cameras captured the tender exchange.

But, Hernandez was still serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for his conviction in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee’s sister.

Brady and Butler Absent From First Day Workouts; Should Be Back Tuesday for Pats

The Patriots are among several NFL teams that started offseason training activities today. Traditionally the team has outstanding attendance at these workouts, Tom Curran of CSN New England reports.

Tom Brady is expected to be at the facility on Tuesday. He’s returning to town after a family vacation.

Malcolm Butler, meanwhile, is heading back up to New England later this week after celebrating a family birthday.

Butler has not yet signed his first-round tender with the Patriots, which would pay him $3.91 million for 2017. The restricted free agent corner has the ability to discuss offer sheets with other clubs, but the final day for him to sign elsewhere is April 21.

Patriots Have An Offer on the Table to RB LeGarrette Blount

LeGarrette Blount is still out there looking for a team to pay him, but it sounds like he might not have to go very far.

The Patriots, where Blount played for the last season and a half, reportedly have a deal on the table for him to remain with the Super Bowl Champions, but it will be up to him if he wants to stay or not.

With Blount there’s no doubt the Pats would remain Super Bowl favorites, and make sure you use a jackpotjoy promo code when checking out the best football odds on the table for 2017.

New England is known for not overly investing at running back, it preferring to allow even its most productive veterans walk via free agency. Blount currently has an “offer on the table” from the Patriots, Mike Giardi of CSN New England reported Friday. That he’s yet to accept it may indicate the deal’s numbers and/or structure do not meet his expectation.

Blount at the right price seems the preferred option. The 30-year-old set career highs in 2016 with 299 carries for 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns. He plays the wrong position at the wrong age to be compensated in respect to that production. His limitations in the passing game and an April draft class considered to be deep also curtail his value.

New England isn’t exactly scrounging for bodies, either. It signed Rex Burkhead last month to accompany Dion Lewis, James White, DJ Foster, Brandon Bolden and James Develin.

Blount is really the best option for the Pats, and unless a team swoops in and blows him away, he should do the right thing and take the deal.