By Tom E. CurranWith well over 600 players being released on Friday, the Patriots pro personnel department has its work cut out for it in updating its evaluations. On Tuesday, the team worked out the following players: QB Mike Kafka (Northwestern), RB Lex Hilliard (Montana), LB Jerrell Harris (Alabama), DB Eric Frampton (Washington State), DB Devin Holland (McNeese State), DB Dante Hughes (California), WR Jaymar Johnson (Jackson State), WR Tysson Poots (S. Utah) , DB Chyl Quarles (Wake Forest)and LB Jason Williams (Illinois).Kafka's name was an eye-catcher because hewas a fourth-round pick bythe Eagles in 2010 and the Patriots released Brian Hoyer. He broke his left hand during preseason and was replaced and overtaken by by Nick Foles and Trent Edwards respectively.The chance exists the Patriots would like to sign him and put him on their 53.You can check off all the requisite boxes next to his name for being a Patriots' fit: smart, excellent leader, tough, hard-worker, accurate.More likely, though, the team wants an updated evaluation on Kafka in case the quarterback they selected in the third round last year - Ryan Mallett - doesn't work out. Kafka is not eligible to be placed on practice squad.
On Monday, Julian Edelman took a light shot at the Steelers when asked about Antonio Brown streaming Mike Tomlin’s postgame speech on Facebook Live.
"That's how that team is run," Edelman said on WEEI Monday. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."
Ben Roethlisberger, one of the players who was speaking during Brown’s video, was asked to respond to Edelman’s comments Wednesday. He did so by saying the Steelers are run in a manner that’s gotten them six Super Bowl championships.
“I don’t think I need to speak much,” Roethlisberger said. “We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family.”
Brown, whose actions were admonished by Tomlin Tuesday, could be fined if the NFL determines that he violated the league’s social media policy. The policy is as follows:
"The use of social media by coaches, players, and other club football operations personnel is prohibited on game day (including halftime) beginning 90 minutes before kickoff until after the post-game locker room is open to the media and players have first fulfilled their obligation to be available to the news media who are at the game."
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