Belichick on draft: 'We all make a lot of mistakes'


Belichick on draft: 'We all make a lot of mistakes'

PALM BEACH -- It was as honest and revealing a phrase as Bill Belichick uttered in his 45 minutes speaking with the media on Tuesday.

And it's an important one to keep in mind as full attention now becomes directed at the 2012 draft.

Speaking about scouting, Belichick said, "You see different levels of competition in college, so you try to project how all that will transfer up to the NFL level and more specifically your team. Its very challenging. And thats why we all make a lot of mistakes in the draft process. Its far from an exact science."

The Patriots currently hold six draft picks. Two each in the first and second rounds; single picks in the third and fourth and no picks in rounds five through seven. There's little doubt the team will make deals to add picks for the late rounds because they've always gotten good value late. That's when the Patriots are prone to taking some gambles.

"Whenever you take any player you have everything that comes with them. So, whatever that is, their personality, their size, their speed their instincts, their . . . everything," Belichick answered when asked about weighing conduct concerns. "You get the whole thing, so put them all together, its a mosaic of components and thats what you have and you put some kind of value on it. Whatever thats worth.

"Some things increase the guys value, maybe his position flexibility or his leadership or whatever it is, and other things may pull it down a little bit, whatever those happen to be," he added. "But in the end, you have to establish some type of value in what you think the persons role would be on your team. But based on that, you either put him on your team or dont put them on your team. But it all comes once you have them, then you have all that with it . . . Sure, there are definitely things that push some players down, keep you from taking them higher, absolutely."

As always, the projection from the college game to the NFL is the hardest part of the evaluation process.

"Thats always a challenge, project a guy from one system to not only a higher level of play, but also a different style of play," said Belichick. "And that affects both sides of the ball, really. Guys who are playing defense are defending what they see in college and what they see at this level is a little different from what they see in college. Not saying its good or bad, its just different."

A Pierce-Doc-Garnett reunion with Clippers - if only for a day


A Pierce-Doc-Garnett reunion with Clippers - if only for a day

Less than a week after announcing his retirement on Instagram, Kevin Garnett was back in the gym with old friends Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers.

Cue the comeback rumors?

The tweet from the Clippers called Garnett a “special guest” at the team’s practice on Thursday. 

Rivers, the current Clippers and ex-Celtics coach, told ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan last week he was willing to bring Garnett, who has a home in Malibu, to Los Angeles for one last season but KG, 40, chose to retire. So, apparently, the reunion Thursday with Doc, Pierce and Garnett was only temporary.

The Akron Beacon Journal reported that Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, a former Celtics assistant under Rivers, wants Garnett to join his staff. 



Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice report: Garoppolo, Brissett practice again


Thursday's Patriots-Bills practice report: Garoppolo, Brissett practice again

FOXBORO -- The Patriots held a walkthrough on the field behind Gillette Stadium one day after both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) tested their arms during the team's practice in full pads n Wednesday.

Both quarterbacks were back on the field, but for the second consecutive day they were limited, according to the injury report. That injury report was, in fact, unchanged from Wednesday's, meaning tight end Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) and linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee) were also limited. 

There was one significant alteration to the Bills practice report, however, as tight end Charles Clay (knee) was back on the field Thursday. Receiver Sammy Watkins (foot) remained out. 

Patriots coach Bill Belichick described Watkins' explosive abilities in Buffalo's passing game earlier this week. 

"Watkins is big, he is good after the catch, he’s obviously good on the deep balls," Belichick said. "But he is good on catch-and-run plays. He can take those intermediate routes or crossing routes and turn a 10, 15-yard catch into 40. So, a hard guy to tackle, big, fast, very athletic."

If he can't go, the Bills will have to find other ways to try to manufacture yardage. 

Here's Thursday's practice participation report for the Patriots and Bills.


QB Jacoby Brissett (right thumb)
OT Marcus Cannon (calf)
G Jonathan Cooper (foot)
LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulder)
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder)
TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
CB Eric Rowe (ankle)


OL Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle)
OL Patrick Lewis (knee)
DB Jonathan Meeks (foot)
WR Greg Salas (groin)
WR Sammy Watkins (foot)

DB Colt Anderson (foot)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
DB Ronald Darby (hamstring)
OL Cordy Glenn (ankle)
QB Cardale Jones (right shoulder)
DB Aaron Williams (ankle)