Syracuse' Jones, Melo ready to start Boston careers

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Syracuse' Jones, Melo ready to start Boston careers

Syracuse orange is making its way to Boston one sport at a time.
Former 'Cuse defensive end, Chandler Jones, was selected to the New England Patriots as the 21st player in the 2012 NFL Draft. Fab Melo, another former Syracuse athlete just joined his fellow schoolmate in the Boston area after he was selected by the Celtics with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Something seems to be in the water up at Syracuse, and Boston teams are taking advantage.
The former classmates sent texts of encouragement to each other after Melo was drafted. Cusenation has become Bostonnation.

Quick convo with the newest Boston @celtics @Fabpmelocusenation instagr.ampMcMNakrs1L Chandler Jones (@Chan95Jones) June 29, 2012

Breuer identifies picture as Patriots staffer Jastremski: ‘Absolutely’ him

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Breuer identifies picture as Patriots staffer Jastremski: ‘Absolutely’ him

Toucher & Rich try to get to the bottom of comedian Jim Breuer's ‎Deflategate story. Breuer IDs a picture of Patriots equipment staffer John Jastremski as the man he met last year at a resort in Mexico who told him he was the key guy in the controversy.

Watch the video for more. 

Before first open OTA practice, a quick look at Patriots media policy

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Before first open OTA practice, a quick look at Patriots media policy

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will hold their third OTA session of the spring on Thursday. It will be the first that is open to the media and will run for about two hours starting at 10:55 a.m. 

Because the Bills made headlines this week with their media policies during OTAs, below is a quick reminder of what is allowed and what isn't at Gillette Stadium during OTAs.

The policies have gone essentially unchanged since last year. Live tweeting or blogging during the practice is prohibited during a closed practice like Thursday's, but tweets following the session are allowed. (During practices that are open to the public, like training camp sessions with fans in attendance, some live updates are permitted.)

Here are the rules in detail, courtesy of the Patriots media relations staff . . . 

Media attending practices during OTAs are asked to cooperate in observing the following practice policies:

1. Please do not report on strategy. This includes describing formations, personnel groups, first-team/second-team groupings and non-conventional plays.

2. Live streaming of any video during practice or open locker room periods to the Internet or any other social media platform while on team premises is prohibited. 

3. Please do not quote, paraphrase or report the comments made by coaches or players during a practice session.

4. Please do not provide any live report updates during practice, this includes tweeting, blogging or posts to any social media platforms.

5. Please do not report on players who line up in positions different from the one listed on the roster.

If there are any questions regarding these policies during a practice session, please ask for clarification from a Patriots media relations representative in advance. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

The Bills irked the Pro Football Writers Association earlier this week when it unveiled its new media policy for OTAs. 

The team has prohibited referencing plays run or game strategy, including trick plays or unusual formations. It has also banned media members from reporting on personnel groupings, sub-packages, players who are practicing with individual units (first-team, second-team, goal-line offense, nickel defense, etc.), special plays, who is rushing the passer, dropped passes, interceptions, quarterback completion percentage and other statistical information.

PFWA president Jeff Legwold wrote an email to the Associated Press this week that called the policy "a vast overreach of the guidelines in the [NFL’s] current media policy" and "not only unnecessary, it is not in compliance."