NFL personnel criticized Patriots pick Wilson

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NFL personnel criticized Patriots pick Wilson

According to a report, personnel people around the NFL criticized the Patriots when they selected defensive back Tavon Wilson in the third round.

From TheSidelineView.com:
After two selections which were largely lauded by the scouting community, the Patriots' second-round selection was largely criticized. S Tavon Wilson, according to multiple personnel sources, should have been selected farther down in the draft. In fact, two personnel executives said their respective teams had third day grades (fifth or six round). Wilson played cornerback and safety at the University Illinois and has the positional versatility that Belichick covets, but one of the sources said the rookie doesnt possess any outstanding qualities, which could explain why the selection was so heavily criticized.

The site goes on to say that, of course, Bill Belichick could care less what personnel people around the league have to say. When he has a type of player in mind, and he thinks that player can thrive in New England's system, he takes him. End of story. Not a whole lot of relying on Mel Kiper's Big Board when it comes to the Patriots' draft strategy -- something we should all know by now.

The Sideline View breaks down all of New England's picks, giving the franchise credit for taking Jake Bequette, special teams specialist Nate Ebner and draft-day-slider Alfonzo Dennard. Overall, the Patriots got a B- for their draft.

Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

Report: Amendola has high ankle sprain, may be out until playoffs

The Patriots lost another offensive weapon when, days after Rob Gronkowski underwent season-ending back surgery, Danny Amendola hobbled off the field with a foot injury in New England's 26-10 win over the Rams on Sunday.

On Monday morning, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the extent of the injury:

Amendola's absence creates an immediate issue on special teams, but also thins the wide-receiver corps as the team heads down the final stretch and attempts to secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: Rawls leads Seahawks to 40-7 rout of Panthers

SEATTLE - Behind Thomas Rawls bouncing off and through tacklers and a big-play punch from Tyler Lockett, the Seattle Seahawks rediscovered their offensive star power on Sunday night.

It came at a significant cost to their defense.

Rawls ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, Lockett took a reverse 75 yards for a score to open the second half and the Seahawks routed the Carolina Panthers 40-7 on Sunday night.

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