FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick and Tom Brady were buffeted by questions about embattled wide receiver Julian Edelman on Wednesday. Neither the Patriots head coach nor quarterback bit on either the Edelman questions nor the broader behavior questions being tossed out. A news reporter from WHDH TV was borderline combative with Belichick, firing off repeated questions in the head coach's morning press conference. There were nine questions on Edelman at the start of the press conference. "I dont have any comment," Belichick said to the initial question. "I think his representatives made their comment on it, I dont have anything to add to it." Belichick allowed that he did speak with Edelman about the issue. He declined to reveal details of the conversation and whether Edelman would be subject to discipline. If he is disciplined by the team, the Patriots won't be sharing what the discipline is. Brady, after deflecting questions at the start of his press conference about Edelman, explained later how the team deals with PR issues that don't directly involve them. "You don't talk about it, answer questions when people ask, you just move on," said Brady. Kevin Faulk was more candid on the issue, referencing his own weed arrest in talking with media in the Patriots locker room. Thats over with now, Faulk said. Were focusing on the Giants right now. It happened. The worst thing that can happen, it happened. Now its over. Keep letting everybody else talk about it. Dont worry about it, you got a game to play on Sunday. I was actually in that situation in the offseason a few years ago. So, its one of those things it happened already, move on."Faulk echoed Brady's don't ask, don't tell approach to dealing with the controversy. Dont talk about it, Faulk said. Its hard for you not to hear it. Because the medias talking about it. But at the same time, its not being talked about in here. The thing being talked about is the Giants. As a veteran player, theres a couple of guys that guys will come talk to. That aspect of what they need to do or what they think. Hes talked to coach, hes talked to Mr. Kraft, and they discussed everything. Now, its a dead issue for everyone else on this team. Now, its for him to talk about it or his attorney.
While Bill Belichick and Matt Patricia represented the Patriots at Ohio State and Notre Dame, respectively, the team had other representatives at high-profile pro days around the country including Stanford, Missouri and Utah.
Here are a few of the players the Patriots were able to get a better look at . . .
Stanford: The Patriots have shown plenty of interest in players coming from David Shaw's program in the past (Cameron Fleming, Jordan Richards), and they'll undoubtedly appreciate the talents brought to the table by two of the school's projected first-rounders in Solomon Thomas and Christian McCaffrey. Thomas is a powerful 6-foot-3, 273-pound defensive lineman who can play just about anywhere up front. McCaffrey, meanwhile, is one of the most athletic running backs in this year's class. He worked out as a receiver on Thursday and could fill a multitude of roles as a pro, whether it's as a back, a slot receiver or a kick-returner. The Patriots would need to trade back into the first round to have a prayer at landing either player.
Utah: The Utes have a handful of draftable offensive linemen and one who is expected to come off the board in the first round. Garrett Bolles, who lit up the combine, might be the top tackle available -- and there are those who believe he's just starting to tap into his potential. Isaac Asiata is a monster guard (6-3, 323, 34-inch arms) who put up more bench-press reps than any other offensive lineman at this year's combine, and center JJ Dielman is an intriguing later-round option. One of the quickest risers in the pre-draft process? Marcus Williams, who is an eye-popping athlete. He was top-five for those at his position at the combine in the vertical, broad jump and three-cone drill, and he looks like a ready-made NFL free safety. The Patriots are pretty well stocked at that spot, but if they're picking at the bottom of the first round and going with the best player available, they may very well think that's Williams.
Missouri: Defensive players were in focus for scouts and coaches at the Tigers pro day, and Charles Harris was the headliner. One of the most impressive players within a very deep class of edge defenders, the 6-3, 253-pounder appears to have the quickness and burst to give NFL tackles fits. One of Harris' teammates up front, Josh Augusta, ran a pretty ridiculous 40-yard dash Thursday, clocking in just a shade under five seconds. Ridiculous, why? Because he's a defensive tackle who wighed 390 pounds during the season. That's moving. Augusta dropped down to 347 after being diagnosed with a thyroid issue in January and is looking to get to 335. Corner Aarion Penton can competes well for the football, but his size (5-9, 177) may scare teams off until late in the draft.
The Patriots and Darrelle Revis have not discussed a deal that would bring the cornerback back to New England, according to CSNNE's Tom Curran.
This comes after CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported multiple anonymous NFL executives were convinced Revis would return to the Patriots.
Revis spent one season with the Patriots in 2014 when New England won Super Bowl XLIX. However, the Patriots did not pick up Revis' second-year option in the following offseason, and he elected to sign with the New York Jets in free agency. He played 14 games in 2015 and 15 games in 2016. He finished last season with 53 tackles, five pass deflections and one interception
The 31-year-old cornerback declined significantly during the 2016 season. Even Tom Brady said he noticed Revis was struggling phyiscally in the Patriots' Week 12 win over the Jets.
"I know he's not feeling great," Brady said in November. "I could see after the game, he winced a few times getting up. It looked like his leg was bothering him a little bit. But he's still very close on a lot of those plays. Even though you're hitting them, he's still very competitive.
"He's been one of the great players in the league for a long time. He's given up more plays this year than in the past, but you've gotta have a lot of respect for his style and his game."