Here are some of the latest headlines in the world of the Patriots.
1. Chris Evans threatens to ‘cut ties’ with Tom Brady
Over the last few years, ‘Captain America’ star Chris Evans has made his diehard fandom for the Patriots (and Tom Brady in particular) quite evident, with frequent mentions on his social media pages or on talk shows. However, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Evans said that he is considering cutting ties with Brady, due to the quarterback’s alleged support for President Donald Trump. I don’t expect Brady to respond or comment on the matter, as he has done his best to steer away from any sort of discussion on politics, due to the influence of his wife, Gisele Bündchen.
2. Greg Schiano steps down
At the beginning of the offseason, the Patriots hired former Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano to serve as the replacement for Brian Flores. Unfortunately for the team, Schiano didn’t even make it to training camp, as he stepped down today due to a need to focus on his ‘faith and family’. Most pundits expect Bill Belichick to take on an even greater workload, and serve as the primary defensive play-caller for the 2019 season. It will be interesting to see how the defense turns out after all this upheaval.
3. The Pats are reportedly ‘showing interest’ in Josh Rosen
According to Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt, the Patriots are one of the three teams (along with the Chargers and Giants) currently showing the most interest in trading for Arizona’s embattled quarterback Josh Rosen. Klatt mentions that one of these three teams has already offered the Cardinals a second-round pick, but Arizona is holding out for a first-round pick, which they are unlikely to receive. As I have mentioned earlier, I am in favor of the Pats trading for Rosen, as I believe that acquiring him and his team-friendly contract would help the front office prepare for a post-Brady future.
4. Jerod Mayo is joining the coaching staff
Former Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo announced via Instagram that he is rejoining the team as an assistant coach.
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Dear Friends, Family and Patriots Nation, It is with great excitement, passion, and sense of purpose to share with you that I have accepted Coach Belichick's offer to rejoin the New England Patriots as a Coach. I am eager to get started and work hard alongside so many of my former coaches and teammates, all who I know to be solely focused on maintaining the winning culture we have come to know as the Patriot Way. I want to thank my loved ones, The Kraft Family, Bill Belichick and most importantly my wife Chantel and our four children, for their constant support as we enter this exciting new chapter of our lives. LETS GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! #lfg #i'mback #unfinishedbusiness #patriots
Mayo was drafted by the Pats in the first round in 2008, and was the team’s starting middle linebacker until his retirement in 2015. Mayo’s return to the team sparked responses from current and former Patriots, such as Julian Edelman, Dont’a Hightower, Tedy Bruschi and Aqib Talib, who were clearly elated by the news.