If you think the Patriots have had a wild offseason since NFL free agency began, just wait until they’re on the clock in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Gone from the reigning AFC champions are notable names like cornerback Malcolm Butler, left tackle Nate Solder, right tackle Cameron Fleming, running back Dion Lewis and wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks. The notable arrivals so far include cornerback Jason McCourty, wide receivers Jordan Matthews and Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive linemen Danny Shelton and Adrian Clayborn.
After one blockbuster trade last season (Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers) and a the surprise move this offseason (Cooks to the Rams), the Patriots are up to eight draft selections later this month, with half of them coming in the first two rounds.
Another possible scenario for Jacksonville is a trade back. If the Jags are not enamored with any prospects available at No. 29, are fine with having Bortles as the clear starter or have a quarterback-needy team on the line looking to snatch one up, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t entertain that possibility to trade back, rack up a few more picks and help add even more depth.
Outside of finding an inside linebacker and tight end to push for the starting role, the Jaguars should focus their Day 2 (and Day 3) on finding depth. This team didn’t lose much in free agency, and it has built a winner that had a legitimate shot at making the Super Bowl last season. The Jags don’t need to try to hit on starters, so finding solid role players to make this roster that much stronger is the way to go.
Last year, the Bears declined corner Kyle Fuller’s fifth-year option. After making a big leap in 2017, Fuller earned a multiyear deal a season earlier than if Chicago had exercised the option. Fuller was coming off a year-long injury at that time the Bears declined the fifth season. White now hopes to follow in Fuller’s footsteps. Given his meager contributions through three years, the Bears would be thrilled if the wideout just stayed healthy throughout 2018.
With the blast, Didi, who earned AL Player of the Week honors for the period ending April 30th, became the fourth player in team history to club 10 round-trippers in April, joining Graig Nettles (1974), Alex Rodriguez (2007) and Judge (2017). In addition, the clutch round-tripper resulted in his 30th RBI on the season, the third-highest April RBI total in franchise Cheap Official NHL Jerseys history (since RBI became an Cheap Patriots Jerseys official statistic in 1920).