Kyle Arrington sits atop a now-cloudy Patriots cornerback position. (NFL Game Rewind)
It was Herman Edwards who once said “a goal without a plan is a wish.”
There is reason to believe a goal is in mind for the New England Patriots after one week of moves. With Darrelle Revis a New York Jet, Brandon Browner a New Orleans Saint, Shane Vereen a New York Giant, and Vince Wilfork a Houston Texan, there’s also reason to believe there is a plan.
But exactly what that plan entails hasn’t been shared by head coach Bill Belichick. And when it is, it won’t be with words.
Time will tell how the organization will address the key positional needs on the roster. It could be told in the coming weeks, in a trade, in the draft, or in the season opener next September. But right now, however it may ultimately be addressed, New England is heading into the second week of the free-agent process with newfound vacancies.
Three months before the 2014 draft, Jimmy Garoppolo was in Indianapolis. (NFL.com)
The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine is set to get underway this Tuesday, with specialists, offensive linemen and tight ends reporting to Lucas Oil Stadium. And after pre-registration, medical examination, orientation and interviews, other prospects at other positions will join them.
On-field workouts will follow.
Head coach Bill Belichick and members of the New England Patriots staff will be on hand in Indianapolis to take note of each one. And while the measurements the Patriots collect from there will not the end-all, be-all to evaluations, they will be pieces to the puzzle.
They were just that in forming New England’s 2014 rookie class. And in turn, here is a look back on how future Patriots fared last February, with videos courtesy of National Football Fans.
Much has changed for Malcolm Butler since his pro day last March. (NFL Game Rewind)
Only 12 months ago, soon-to-be Super Bowl XLIX savior Malcolm Butler was preparing for his pro day. But the numbers the Division II cornerback would ultimately post at it failed to paint the full picture.
Butler was clocked running a 4.62-second 40-yard dash. Yet neither that time, nor the others he clocked that day, kept the New England Patriots from looking further into the unknown prospect with unremarkable athletic metrics.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick explained the process to Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski on Sirius XM College Sports Nation’s Basketball and Beyond with Coach K.
“When we scouted him at West Alabama, the information on him wasn’t accurate, and somehow or other his times and athleticism kind of got lost in the shuffle as sort of a slower corner that was just an OK athlete,” Belichick said.
A week has passed, and the Patriots are beyond a yard out. (NFL Game Rewind)
A week ago today, Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler were on their way to Disney World. Now, the sixth-year wideout and undrafted rookie cornerback are on their way back from the Grammys and into the offseason with the rest of the New England Patriots.
But while the NFL calendar is in its lull, soon it will not be.
Here are a few thoughts on the past week and the road ahead.
Tom Brady discussed Jermaine Kearse’s play on WEEI Tuesday. (NFL Game Rewind)
Tom Brady had just thrown his fourth touchdown of the game, a three-yard pivot to Julian Edelman to bring the New England Patriots back in front. But 2:02 remained on the game clock in Super Bowl XLIX. And the Seattle Seahawks would soon make the most of it, picking up 42 yards in four plays while Brady looked on from the sideline.
The fifth play would pick up 33.
“I couldn’t believe he caught it,” Brady told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning.
Malcolm Butler secured Super Bowl XLIX with 26 to play. (NFL Game Rewind)
Malcolm Butler and Jermaine Kearse met at the 1:10 mark.
It was then, in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX, that the 2014 undrafted cornerback and the 2012 undrafted receiver both got their hands and legs on a spiral from quarterback Russell Wilson.
Butler dove back, and Kearse followed suit behind him as safety Duron Harmon flew overhead and the ball fluttered below. The improbable end result was a 33-yard gain. And the improbable end result sent the Seattle Seahawks to within five yards of a second Lombardi Trophy in as many years.