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Super Bowl Champs.

7 Things for Sunday: Part I.

By TOM

Greetings Pats Fans,

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Waiting For The Playoffs To Begin.

By TOM

1. More Than A Feeling- This is going to be one of those ugly games. The Pats just have to get an early lead and let the Jets quit. This is the last game of the season for the Jets, and the all the players know it. If the Pats are up a touchdown or two going into the 2nd Half the game will be over.

However, if they let the Jets think their season isn't over yet this could get ugly. The Pats don't need a battle to the finish. They want a slow and steady surrender through the 2nd Half. They want to end the Regular Season as soon as they can, because they are already in the Playoffs.

2. Drafting Patriots- Oh my goodness there is a good Bowl game on tonight for Pats fans. Tons of needed talent on two teams. The Pats have three picks in Rounds Two and Three (and maybe five or six if they trade out of the 1st Round;). The USC Vs Ohio State game is loaded with Day Two talent.

#14 **Sam Darnold- QB, Soph, 6-4, 225- He should stay in school to become a better QB, but probably has to come out and start his NFL career. It is not smart to pass on a top two pick in the NFL Draft. Either he or Rosen will be Number One to the Browns (or Number Four;), and the other could go Two to NJG, or 6 to the Broncos at the lowest.

He throws a great accurate ball to the 2nd level, when the pocket is collapsing around with amazing consistency. He was using his TE more as the season went on. Puts too much under it sometimes, you'd like his arm to be a little stronger. I love how he throws to the outside shoulder of the receiver going down the sideline.

He loses accuracy when he looses control of his feet. He will loose some accuracy when he gets to his third option, and goes deep. Much better thrower on the run than Rosen. Great job leading the RB swinging out of the backfield, so he can catch the ball in full stride without an adjustment. He will block for his WR on the reverse sometimes. 

#25 Ronald Jones II-RB, Jr, 6-1, 195- Jones is a 1st round talent at RB who is going to go in the 2nd. Tough kid. The Pats will not take an RB in the 1st. However, we know for a fact that BB will take RBs on Day Two. In fact, he has taken two RBs on Day Two in the same Draft (Vereen and Ridley).

I love his nose for the endzone inside the Five. He looks like he is running a foot off the ground as he flies full speed into the goal line defense. Great slasher late it the 4th when they are trying to run out the clock. He can take a hit behind the line on short yardage, and still power to the line. Then he had the huge first down run on 3rd and 1 to end the game against UCLA, when every defender was moving forward before the snap to stop him.

#80 Deontay Burnett- WR, Jr, 6-0, 170- The Pats love the small, fast; and ultra-quick WRs. In fact, they seem to value quicks over speed. Burnett is one of those guys. He is a guy who I think is a little overvalued, so he is likely to go on Day Two. If the Pats trade down in the 1st or 2nd and end up with an early 3rd, he could be an interesting addition to their depth.

Small but extra feisty WR. He has great speed and competitiveness. Great feet and hands on the sideline. To reach up and snag the high pass, but keep his tiptoes inbounds. Not as productive as I thought he's be this season. But he can add a lot to a passing game.

#74 Nico Falah- OC, 6-3, 280, RS SR-

2017: The reliable Falah returns as the starting center as a senior in 2017.

2016: After seeing action off the bench in the Alabama opener, Falah started the final 12 games at center as a junior in 2016 (he was also able to play offensive tackle). He also played on special teams.

#60 Viane Talamaivao- ORG, 6-2, 315, SR- Four year starter who could be a Day Three developmental pick up for Pats.

2017: Talamaivao, USC’s most experienced offensive lineman, returns for his fourth season as a starting guard as a senior in 2017.

2016: Talamaivao returned for his third season as a starter at right offensive guard as a junior in 2016. Overall in 2016, he started all 13 games and made 1 tackle (against California).

#4 Steven Mitchell- WR, 5-10, 190, RS SR– Hands can be too bouncy sometimes. He is a smaller quicker WR that the Pats usually like. Could be an undrafted free agent pick up for the Pats.

2017: The fleet Mitchell aims to bounce back from a 2016 knee injury and once again be a key component of USC's wide receiver corps as a senior in 2017. He could be limited in 2017 spring drills while recuperating from the knee injury.

2016: Mitchell was making a vital contribution at wide receiver as a junior in 2016 before a mid-season knee injury ended his season. Overall in 2016 while appearing in USC's first 7 games and starting 3 times (Alabama, Arizona State, Colorado), he had 24 catches for 226 yards (9.4 avg) with 1 TD, 5 kickoff returns for 91 yards (18.2 avg), a 1-yard punt return and 2 carries for minus 3 yards (minus 1.5 avg).

 

 

 

 

 

#35 Cameron Smith-ILB, Jr, 6-2, 245*- He has a good knack for leaping up in the inside blitz to knock the ball down. He does a nice job getting in the passing lane, and leaping up to try and bat the ball down. Terrific instincts in the run. He moves laterally into the hole very well. Most over valued prospect in this Draft. He should stay in school.

2017: The intense, physical Smith, who is always around the ball, returns for his third year as a starting inside linebacker as a junior in 2017.

2016: Smith, coming off an eye-opening first-year performance in 2015, returned as a starting inside linebacker as a sophomore in 2016. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games, he had a team-best 83 tackles, including 7 for losses of 24 yards (with a 6-yard sack), plus 4 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble and he returned an onside kick 7 yards. He made the 2016 Campus Insiders Sophomore All-American first team, All-Pac-12 second team and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team. He won USC’s 2016 Trojan Way Leadership Award. He was limited in 2016 spring practice while recovering from 2015 knee surgery, as well as rehabbing a shoulder sprain.

#8 *Iman Marshall- CB, Jr, 6-1, 200- He can go through the WR to get both hands on the ball, and should catch it. He just does not have good hands. Elite athlete who doesn't have great hands or ball instincts. He was thought to be 1st Round pick before the season. He could be an option for the Pats on Day Two. Terrific build and athlete. Reminds me of a pumped up Gilmore, elite athlete who doesn't always look like he knows what he is doing. But when he is on he shuts guys down.

2017: The physical, veteran Marshall returns for his third year as a starting cornerback as a junior in 2017.

2016: Marshall, coming off a stellar rookie performance in 2015, returned as a starting cornerback as a sophomore in 2016. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games, he had 51 tackles, including 3 for losses of 5 yards, 8 deflections and 3 interceptions. He made 2016 Campus Insiders Sophomore All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

2015: Marshall started USC's final 12 games at cornerback (and appeared in all 14) as a first-year freshman in 2015. Overall in 2015, he had 67 tackles (fourth on USC), a team-best 3 interceptions and a team-best 9 deflections. He was a 2015 USA Today and Sporting News Freshman All-American first teamer.

#45 Porter Gustin- EDGE, 6-5, 260*- Junior edgerusher who should stay in school.

CAREER: He has 94 tackles, including 20 for losses (with 11 sacks), plus 4 deflections in his career. He has 15 career starts.

2017: The high-energy Gustin, often a disruptive force in an opponent's backfield, returns as a starting outside linebacker as a junior in 2017.

2016: Gustin started all season at outside linebacker as a sophomore in 2016 and proved to be a dominant force. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games, he had 68 tackles (second on USC), including a team high in tackles for loss (13 for 58 yards), plus he had 5.5 sacks for 42 yards and 4 deflections. He made 2016 Campus Insiders Sophomore All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He won USC's 2016 John McKay Award (underclassman with the most competitive spirit) and Lifters Award.

#42 Uchenna Nwosu- EDGE, SR- He will spy the QB sometimes, and he can leap up and knock the pass down. He had a nice senior season as a captain, and passrusher. Great bust up field. But struggles to bend inside against power. He is quick and fast, but a little undersized. Protects the edge with his hands nicely.

He is really mostly a upfield charger, who gets by on athleticism. He is a one trick pony that needs a counter move or three to succeed in the NFL. Undersized one trick ponies don't succeed in the NFL, even if they are elite athletes.

#4 Chris Hankins- S, 5-11, 185- Team captain. Nice blitzer. Said to be a very smart kid and coach on the field. Not sure about his speed.

2017: The experienced Hawkins, the veteran of USC's secondary, should again play a key role at safety as a senior in 2017.

2016: Hawkins saw significant action at strong safety as a junior in 2016. Overall in 2016 while appearing in all 13 games (starting 4 times, versus Alabama, Utah State, Stanford, Oregon), he had 44 tackles, including 4 for losses of 16 yards (with a 10-yard sack), plus 2 deflections and 2 forced fumbles. He made 2016 All-Pac-12 honorable mention. He was limited in 2016 spring practice while recovering from 2015 post-season ankle surgery.

#98 Josh Fatu- SR/TR/1- NT, 6-4, 290, SR-

2017: Fatu will battle for a key role at defensive tackle as a senior in 2017.

2016: Fatu, a junior college transfer who came to USC in the fall of 2016, served as an often-used backup defensive tackle as a junior in 2016. Overall in 2016, he appeared in 12 games (all but UCLA, which he sat out with a ankle sprain suffered at Washington) and started once (Arizona), and he had 21 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 5 yards (with a 5-yard sack). He had a tackle against Alabama, 4 tackles (with a sack) against Utah State, 2 tackles at Stanford, 1 tackle against Utah, 2 stops (0.5 for a loss) against Arizona State), 1 tackle versus Colorado, 2 tackles at Arizona, 1 versus California, 4 against Oregon, 1 at Washington and 2 versus Notre Dame.

#6 *Sam Hubbard- DE, 6-5, 265 RS-JR- My kingdom for a speed rusher. Hubbard had a bit of a down year, but he is still a Day Two talent all day. His speciality is running the arc. He is not the fastest speed rusher around the arc, but his size and strength allow him to still get to the QB. He has the bend of Vrabel, and the Pats will be looking very close at him on Day Two.

He can get outside and over the top of the WR when the CB zones the flat. Relentless in pursuit. He protects his edge. When Mayfield took off, to the other side, he tracked him down in traffic for the Sack. Great speed and athleticism. And he is not a small guy. He is listed at 265, and looks a little bigger this year than last. Relentless edgerusher with a great stop and go move that beats OLTs with second and third efforts. 

#59 Tyquan Lewis- DE, 6-4, 260 RS SR- Another DE/edge-guy who had a down year, and looks like he could drift into the 3rd to me. He is a guy I thought the Pats could get in the 2nd last year. If they get an early 3rd, it would be a steal for the Pats to snag him in the 3rd.

He is a lot bigger this year, and because of all the edge guys Ohio State has, he is playing inside more. They line up with four DEs, to rush on passing downs, and he lines up inside. Great burst past the ORG when they line him up inside. With his burst and hands he is barely slowed sometimes. Terrific hop forward after his initial burst that can get him past big OLT.

#11 Jalyn Holmes- DE, 6-5,270.  SR- This kid can really move on the field. Nice hand fighter with great quick feet. He has that knack for finding the ball. He is massively undervalued to my eye. He is a Day Three guy that could be a steal if you ask me. One of my guys.

#93 Tracy Sprinkle- DE, 6-3, 293, SR- I'm not his biggest fan, so he is definitely a guy the Pats could take on Day Two (to make me look stupid;-).

Great burst right up the gut. When he guesses the count he is the backfield fast. He reminds me physically of Jonathon Allen (But it might be the 93). After two games, I really like this kid as a guy who can make an NFL team and develop. But I think he is more of a one-gapper like Easley.

Ohio State Overview: Tracy Sprinkle is a fifth-year senior and one of the leaders of a deep and talented defensive line ... he worked hard to become a starter for the Buckeyes but injured a knee in his first career start last year, and now he is working hard to become a starter once again ... he has played in 17 games and has earned one Varsity O letter ... he graduated in May 2017 with his degree in family resource management.

#35 Chris Worley-  LB 6-2, 230, LB, SR- Worley is an interesting guy who could slide into Day Two. He is likely to be a pick 64 option for the Pats. BB has been endlessly searching for a cover LB who can fly all over the field. Worley is still more athlete than football player. But his biggest weakness, football intelligence, clearly took two, three, or four steps forward this season. But he still takes false steps and misreads plays sometimes. But he is an elite athlete who can look like he can do anything he wants on the field sometimes.

He flies up fast to hit the RB coming out of the backfield. I just love the way he is moving on the field this season. Makes checks and calls. He will still take a misstep or two sometimes.

#17 *Jerome Baker-  Will, 6-2, 230, LB, RS-JR- He is another great athlete playing LB. The NFL needs these smaller LBs who can stand up against the run, and be effective in coverage. He is likely staying in school.

Ohio State Overview: Jerome Baker is a true junior and a two-year letterwinner with 12 starts among the 20 consecutive games he has played as a Buckeye ... he has 86 career tackles with 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.

Notable: Baker makes big plays in big games ... he returned an interception 68 yards for a touchdown to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 lead at No. 14 Oklahoma ... he had 13 tackles in an overtime win at No. 8 Wisconsin ... and he had a career-high 15 tackles against No. 3 Michigan, plus a critical interception late in the third quarter with Ohio State down by 10 ... the interception led to an Ohio State touchdown in a game that took two overtimes to win.

#33 *Dante Booker-  Sam, 6-4, 240, RS-JR- Nice speed on the edge. Another small cover linebacker who can stick his nose into the run game. He is likely to stay in school as well.

Ohio State Overview: Dante Booker is a fourth-year junior who missed the 2016 season after injuring his knee in the first game of the season ... he was a starter before his injury and was the No. 1 strong side linebacker throughout 2017 spring drills ... a veteran of 23 games and a two-time Varsity O letterwinner, Booker enters the season with 31 career tackles ... he was a high school team mate of Buckeye wide receiver Parris Campbell and is majoring in sports industry.

#12 *Denzel Ward- CB 5-10, 191, JR- Top two Corners in this Draft. He and Josh Johnson are the two best guys in this years Draft moving backwards in coverage. The Pats have the ammo to go and get him, but that's highly unlikely to happen. I think the Pats will be happy to dominate Day Two in this deep Draft.

Overview: Denzel Ward is by many attributes – game experience, intelligence, skill, athletic ability – the next Ohio State cornerback with high NFL Draft pick potential … “he’s a gifted player,” cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs said this spring … the true junior has played in 25 consecutive games for the Buckeyes going back to the second game of his true freshman season in 2015 and he’s also been timed as the fastest Buckeye … he enters the season a leader of the unit and with 30 career tackles and nine passes defended … he is majoring in sport industry.

#7 Damon Webb- FS, 5-11, 195, SR- He is a former Corner, who turned Safety last year. He is still learning the position a little, but could be the ultra valuable FS, who can step into the slot and cover the third WR in a team's base defense.

Ohio State Overview: Damon Webb is the lone returning starter in the Ohio State secondary after the loss of three players who were starters last year and, subsequently, first-round NFL Draft picks this spring … Webb is a veteran of 28 games played with 13 starts and, thus, a key leader within his unit … he has recorded 70 career tackles along with five passes defensed (one interception and four pass break-ups) … he is majoring in sport industry.

#10 Kendall Sheffield- CB, So- JuCo kid. 

#34 Erick Smith- SS, SR,-  He is a sure tackler. When he plays the last line of defense that is very important.

 

 

#16 J.T. Barrett- QB 6-2, 220, SR- He is a guy I like. He has worked hard to make himself much more of a pocket passer. He has also shown well in the clutch, but often will run when he has to make a play rather than throw. He could be a nice developmental QB for the Pats to pick up on Day Three. He will need 3 to 5 years of development, like most QBs coming out of college.

He needs to throw it more. Great ball faker. Still a little inconsistent with his arm. Finds his TE over the middle short with some nice passes. Holds onto the ball on option and runs with it too much. He took a huge hit running the ball, then got up and two plays later faked a QB draw, and hit the WR in tight coverage outside with the ILB Riley Bullough blitzing up the A-gap, and hitting him while he threw.

He was sacked by three guys in the 2nd quarter against Mich ST. on the next play. He tried to throw, but kept it and run instead. I don't like that. But then on 3rd and 9, he hit the tight end for a 1st with a nice throw in the pouring rain.

#54 Billy Price- OG/OC 6’3” 315 rsR*- He remarkably moved to OC as a Senior. Smooth and easy shotgun snap. He does not struggle snapping the ball at all. He adds a lot of power inside at OC. Power running teams have to look at this kid in the 2nd. He is a 1st Round talent playing a Day Two or Three position, OC.

#25 **Mike Weber – 5-10, 214, RB, RS-SO- He was suspended for the first game. But he showed his elite burst to the second level against OK. But then got hurt in the 2nd quarter. He got healthy in the second half of the season, and has looked like another 1st Round talent at RB in this Draft. Ohio State leaked that he is a 4.3-guy, and that would certainly sprint him into the 1st Round. He was listed at 225 last season, and 214 this year. Look for him to come out, after a terrible injury plagued season. He matched Ezekiel Eliot almost stride for stride last season when he got on the field.

#74 * Jamarco Jones- OLT, 6-5, 310 JR- Great in pass pro. He is great moving backwards. Smooth and effective. Okoronkwo was rushing, and he just rammed into him and knocked him past the LOS in a shocking move in pass pro. He is probably my top OLT right now. Not sure he was coming out, but now I believe he is. He will be added as a top 15 pick to my Player Ratings and Mock Draft (as soon as I can;).

#85 Marcus Baugh- TE 6-3,– Excellent blocker in run game and pass pro. They really rely on him in the run game. Great hands catching the ball. His question is speed. He has everything you want in a tight End, except NFL speed. He could be a nice developmental pick for the Pats on Day Three.

#5 Parris Campbell- H-Back, - He is a freak athlete who is turning into a football player. He has the speed and dynamic athleticism to play WR at 6-2, 208. He is also a terrific kick returner. He is the kind of jack of all trades that BB likes to take on Day Three and see what happens.

Elite on field speed. When he has the ball in his hands he is as good as anyone. The problem seems to be getting the ball in his hands. He is listed as smaller than I thought he was. His official position was H-back, so I though he was 6-2/6-3 and 220/230. At 6-1 208 I'm not sure where he goes in the Draft.

Ohio State Overview: Parris Campbell is a fourth-year player in the program who enters the 2017 season with junior eligibility … a veteran of 21 games and 12 starting assignments, Campbell is one of the key receivers on the roster and is being counted on to provide plays and big plays … he was one of the most talked-about players coming out of spring drills because of his fine play throughout … he has 13 career receptions for 121 yards and a 9.3 yards per reception average with all of those stats coming during the 2016 season … he is also a fine return specialist and led the Big Ten in 2016 in kickoff returns.

#5 Corey Smith- WR 6-1, 195. RS-SR- Super speed WR, who really came through for Ohio State this season. 5th year Senior who had a medical Redshirt, which could keep him out of Day Two. He really opens up the offense for everyone else with his elite speed that draws secondaries backwards. He is Barrett's number one option. He could be a very interesting speed option for the Pats on Day Three. Struggled to stay healthy until this season. But he has been as dynamic as he was expected to be this season.

2016 Ohio State Overview: After earning a medical red-shirt year in 2015 when he broke his leg in Week 5, Corey Smith is in his fourth year with the Ohio State football program and is a sixth-year student … he worked on rehabilitating his injury the past year and is expecting a full return to the field this fall camp … meanwhile, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Spring 2016 in African American and African studies … he is the first junior college prospect to sign with Ohio State since Larry Grant signed out of Community College of San Francisco in 2006 … Smith red-shirted the 2013 season with the Buckeyes and then saw considerable playing time for the Buckeyes during their national championship season of 2014 (played in 14 of 15 games) … enters the 2016 campaign with 104 career catches for 1,488 yards and 11 touchdowns, including 25 catches for 317 yards wearing Ohio State’s scarlet and gray … also is a valuable asset on special teams, particularly kickoff coverage.

 

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Be A Citizen! Not a Subject! 

Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Jerkballs is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:

 

The 1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written by mankind. It is the truest diagram of how to ensure a free Country of citizens survives. But is is also a list of what to attack when you want to be a fascist dictator. President Jerkballs is attacking every article in the 1st Amendment. Beware suckers, or you will be subjugated:

 

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