INDIANAPOLIS — There’s a Michigan quarterback at the NFL Scouting Combine who currently has a sixth-round grade on Pro Football Focus’ draft guide. Did you think we weren’t going to ask him about Tom Brady?
Shea Patterson, perhaps unsurprisingly, is a big fan of the New England Patriots free-agent quarterback.
“As far as mindset goes, I’d say him and Kobe Bryant were the two guys that I looked at the most and I tried to emulate,” Patterson said. “Just his ability to keep working no matter what and overcoming odds and not really caring what other people think of him and then truly believing in himself and just being a student of the game throughout his career and just having the ability to win year in and year out. It’s pretty awesome. He’s someone I look up to.”
Patterson said he hasn’t met Brady nor has he spoken with the Patriots yet at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he would cherish the opportunity to learn behind the legendary quarterback if the opportunity presented itself.
“I don’t think you could ask to be in a better situation,” Patterson said. “He’s the most winningest quarterback to ever play the game, and I think I would be foolish to say it wouldn’t be a great opportunity to learn from the best.”
Patterson completed 56.2 percent of his passes in 2019 for 3,061 yards with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He took a step back after his best college season in 2018 when he completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 2,600 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Patterson began his career at Ole Miss before transferring to Michigan in 2018. PFF compared him to NFL QB Josh McCown and likes his ability to move out of the pocket and make “wow” throws.
Brady is no guarantee to return to the Patriots as a free agent. The Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders all left the door open — some wide open — to pursue Brady while members of their respective organizations addressed reporters this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Lyon and Juventus have become familiar foes.
The teams will face off Wednesday at OL Stadium in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series. This will be the fifth time Lyon and Juventus have met in a competitive matchup, with each of the previous four coming in the last six years. Juventus won both games in the 2013-14 Champions League quarterfinals, and the teams split their two contests in the 2016-17 Champions League group stage.
Lyon currently is in seventh place in Ligue 1 (French league) but has progressed to the French Cup semifinals and the final of the French League Cup.
Juventus is in first place in Serie A (Italian league) and has reached the semifinals of the Coppa Italia (Italian Cup).
Juventus will host Lyon on March 17 at Allianz Stadium in the second leg.
Here’s how to watch Lyon versus Juventus:
When: Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: FuboTV — free trial | B/R Live
Jayson Tatum’s remarkable ascension continued Tuesday night in Portland, and Carmelo Anthony couldn’t help but be impressed by the 21-year-old star.
Tatum dropped 36 points — two days after pouring in 41 against the Los Angeles Lakers — in the Boston Celtics’ 118-106 win over the Blazers. And after the game, Anthony heaped praise on the Celtics’ third-year forward.
“I love him. He’s a guy that is establishing himself as we’re all witnessing, we’re all watching,” Anthony said, via The Athletic’s Jay King “I love his game, I love watching him play.”
Tatum now is averaging 23.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists through 53 games this season. The Duke product is averaging 28.5 points over his last 14 games.
The Celtics return to the court Wednesday night when they visit the Utah Jazz.
All signs point toward the Cowboys trying to sign Dak Prescott to a long-term contract extension.
But what if things go south in their negotiations with the franchise quarterback? Should Dallas enter the Tom Brady sweepstakes?
Orlando Scandrick joined Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to kick around that question Tuesday on FS1’s “Undisputed,” and the NFL cornerback fully supported the idea of Dallas shifting gears and targeting Brady if talks with Prescott sour in the coming weeks.
“Absolutely. You try to sign (Brady) to a two- or three-year deal and chase a Super Bowl,” Scandrick said. “The offensive line has been together a long time; they’re getting up there in age. You’re paying top dollar for Ezekiel Elliott. Getting Tom Brady allows you to have some flexibility to pay Amari Cooper as one of the top receivers in the NFL. You go for it.”
“Six Super Bowls,” he later added, referring to the number of rings Brady owns. “When you’re coming over with that and you’re a proven winner, what’s the value on that? What’s the value on six Super Bowls? When you’ve got people out here selling their whole franchises to win one Super Bowl.”
Scandrick spent nine seasons with the Cowboys between 2008 and 2017 before playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles in 2018 and 2019, respectively. He has seen Prescott’s potential up close and personal — they played together for two seasons (2016 and 2017) — so the 33-year-old made sure to clarify Tuesday he simply was speaking in hypothetical terms: Go after Brady only if locking up Prescott isn’t an option.
“If things go south, then you absolutely chase (Brady), but you don’t sell your future,” Scandrick said.
Prescott, who turns 27 this offseason, is entering his fifth NFL season after a 2019 in which he totaled career highs in passing yards (4,902) and passing touchdowns (30) while posting his best QBR (71.2) since his rookie season. Brady, meanwhile, will enter his 21st season at age 43 after a 2019 in which his numbers with the New England Patriots dropped across the board.
This isn’t the first time the Cowboys have been floated as a potential landing spot for Brady — Michael Irvin recently sent everyone into a frenzy by raising the idea — but it still seems like a long shot, albeit a fascinating one, at this point.
INDIANAPOLIS — A former teammate of N’Keal Harry’s shared some interesting insight about the New England Patriots’ top 2019 draft pick.
Wide receiver prospect Brandon Aiyuk played one season with Harry at Arizona State and remains in contact with the young Patriots wideout. During Tuesday’s media availability at the NFL Scouting Combine, Aiyuk was asked what advice Harry has given him about navigating the pre-draft process.
His response added some context to Harry’s underwhelming rookie season.
“We were a signal offense (at ASU),” Aiyuk said. “So for (Harry), going into camp, he was hearing NFL play calls and verbiage for the first time. So that’s one thing I’ve been working on this offseason, even before I get into camp, just so I can get used to hearing it.”
Coincidentally, Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock mentioned that same issue — a lack of experience with pro-style play-calling — when explaining why so many highly drafted receivers flame out. (The Patriots took Harry 32nd overall last year, marking the first time in the Bill Belichick era they’d used a first-round draft pick on a wideout.)
“I think there are several reasons,” Mayock said Tuesday during his combine news conference. “The lack of quality press coverage in college football. When you’ve got a grown man trying to keep you from getting off the line of scrimmage, that’s competent, long and tough. That’s a different issue.
“No. 2, when you are able to get off the line of scrimmage, the picture changes, the coverage changes. You could go from being the third option on the backside, to the first option on the front side. And you have to filter that on the run without slowing down. So think about it, when you have to slow down, and you’re thinking, what happens? Physically, you’re slower. You’re not there. Why do guys not look as quick as they were in college? That’s usually the biggest telltale, because they’re confused. They don’t know where they’re going.
“And No. 3, it’s just how much offense you have to absorb. If you met with some of the college wideouts already this year, and what they’re doing, half of them are doing this (turning their head) pre-snap. They look over to the sideline, and they have their own individual coach telling them what route to run. Jon Gruden’s head would explode. You’d better get in there and get in the huddle, and you better learn three positions, not one. What he’s asking you to learn is mind-boggling, so those are the three main reasons why rookie wide receiver production isn’t where it should be in the NFL.”
Harry made several acrobatic catches during his first Patriots training camp but struggled to consistently create separation from New England’s defensive backs. Then, he suffered an injury in the Patriots’ preseason opener that landed him on injured reserve and kept him out of practice for 10 weeks.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder was able to return for the second half of the regular season but made only sporadic contributions, catching 12 passes on 24 targets for 105 yards and two touchdowns with five carries for 49 yards in seven games.
The Patriots, who have met with more than a dozen receiver prospects during the pre-draft prospects, are hoping the obviously talented Harry can take a step forward in Year 2.
The soccer world will pay close attention when Europe’s old and new royals collide.
Real Madrid will host Manchester City on Wednesday at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series. The glamour matchup pits two of the world’s richest and most-star-studded teams against one another, and the victor undoubtedly will be among the favorites to win European soccer’s elite competition.
Real Madrid is in second place in La Liga (the Spanish league) and is looking to avoid a second consecutive Round of 16 elimination from a tournament it has won a record 13 times, including four of the last six editions.
Manchester City is in second place in England’s Premier League and is competing in the Champions League knockout rounds for the seventh consecutive season. However, City never has reached the final, and this season might represent its best chance for some time due to a looming two-year Champions League ban.
Manchester City will host Real Madrid on March 17 at Etihad Stadium in the second leg.
Here’s how to watch Real Madrid versus Manchester City:
When: Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. ET
TV: TNT; TUDN USA; UniMás
Live Stream: FuboTV — free trial | B/R Live
Tom Brady very well could have a long list of suitors next month, but Terrell Davis believes they all pale in comparison to what the star quarterback already has.
Brady can officially become a free agent when the new NFL year begins March 18. It seems like a few teams, including the Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, already are poised to kick the tires on Brady should he reach the open market, and it’s easy to imagine any of those teams playing football next January with Brady under center.
Still, Davis believes New England is the best place for the future Hall of Famer.
“I believe so and the reason is, Brady, it’s hard to leave that place, right? You have a legacy there, you won six Super Bowls,” Davis said on Yahoo Sports’ “THE RUSH with Jared Quay” when asked if he believes Brady will remain with the Patriots. “Where are you going that’s better than Foxboro?”
It’s a fair question.
Yes, Brady and the Patriots largely were unimpressive in the second half of the 2019 season and limped out of the playoffs. That said, New England’s issues might not be as severe as they’re made out to be, as a legitimate offseason weapon or two could reposition Bill Belichick’s team back into the group of Super Bowl contenders. A relocation would force Brady to learn a new system for the first time in two decades and break away from all the consistency he’s benefitted from dating back to 2000.
Davis’ former teammate, John Elway, agrees with the Hall of Fame running back’s take. The Denver Broncos president and general manager seems to believe the challenges of joining a new team will outweigh the excitement for Brady.
Before heading to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, Bill Belichick made a stop in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to check out a prospect who didn’t receive an invite to Indy.
The New England Patriots head coach visited Middle Tennessee State University on Monday to watch defensive end Tyshun Render run through drills in a rainstorm.
The workout yielded some pretty remarkable photos, as shared by Middle Tennessee’s official Twitter account:
The mastermind behind 6 Patriots Super Bowls was on campus yesterday to watch Tyshun Render workout as he prepares for his professional career.#BlueRaiders | #MT | #EATT | #MiddleMade pic.twitter.com/EJrZatS1eI
— Middle Tennessee FB (@MT_FB) February 25, 2020
Render is an under-the-radar prospect who currently does not have a draft profile on NFL.com and is not included in Pro Football Focus’s 2020 draft guide.
Listed at 6-foot-4, 256 pounds, he started 12 games for the Blue Raiders in 2019, tallying 49 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception. His most productive outing came in a season-opening loss to seventh-ranked Michigan, during which he forced and recovered a fumble, broke up a pass and registered seven tackles.
On-field combine workouts begin Thursday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Tom Brady’s marriage with the New England Patriots might be on life support, but his union with Gisele Bundchen is alive and well.
The supercouple celebrated their 11th anniversary Wednesday, and Brady commemorated the occasion with a heartfelt social media post. It remains to be seen whether the post contains any potential clues about where Brady intends to play next season.
“The first photo is where we met and the second is what we’ve become,” Brady wrote. “You have always been the one to hold us up and you love us the way no one else can. And we love you so much in return. Happy Anniversary Love of my Life ”
Take a look:
The first photo is where we met and the second is what we’ve become. You have always been the one to hold us up and you love us the way no one else can. And we love you so much in return. Happy Anniversary Love of my Life @giseleofficial pic.twitter.com/nlEbseIMnP
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) February 26, 2020
Brady’s been on a bit of a social media winning streak lately. His Kobe Bryant tribute post, in particular, drew rave reviews from even some of his harshest critics.
Patriots fans aren’t the only ones who want to see Thaddeus Moss in a New England uniform.
Moss, son of Patriots great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss, will be one of the more interesting tight end prospects available in the 2020 NFL Draft. The LSU product is ranked as high as second in some tight end rankings, while other draft experts don’t even have Moss in their top 10.
Regardless, Patriots legend Tedy Bruschi wants Bill Belichick to take a chance on Moss.
Check out this tweet:
Make it happen, Bill. https://t.co/lCQS3JWC6q
— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) February 25, 2020
For what it’s worth, Moss readily admits how cool it would be to work with Tom Brady, like his father before him.
Moss, 21, hauled in 47 passes for 579 yards and four touchdowns last season for the Tigers. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound tight end also is considered a capable if unspectacular blocker.
Though Moss certainly would fill a need for the Patriots, New England might have its eyes set on one of the best tight ends in all of football.