Buzz keeps building on Pats and Navy's Reynolds

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Buzz keeps building on Pats and Navy's Reynolds

The Patriots have gathered a ton of intel on Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, the man who set the NCAA record for touchdowns with 88.

Our guy Phil Perry wrote about the Pats-Reynolds contact points back in January, noting that former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis was Reynolds’ coach at the East-West Shrine Game and that Troy Brown was the receivers coach and worked with Reynolds.

Mike Reiss added on Sunday that, not only did Bill Belichick meet with Reynolds during an awards event at Annapolis, but tight ends coach Brian Daboll worked with Reynolds on portions of the Patriots offense and special teams assistant Ray Ventrone has also been in contact.

The 5-11, 185-pound Reynolds is drawing easy comparisons to both Julian Edelman and converted Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson, who made the switch from QB to receiver with the Jags.

CBS’ Dane Brugler gave a review of Reynolds from the Shrine practices and alluded to Reynolds projection as a running back. Brugler pointed out ball security will have to improve for Reynolds who had 32 fumbles at Navy (high by any measure but mitigated a bit by the fact he ran the triple-option offense).

Watching Reynolds – who wasn’t invited to the Combine – he isn’t quite as fast or laterally quick as Edelman but is comparably strong in the lower body when running the ball.

Depending on which way the Patriots go with Danny Amendola, they could be in the slot market and Reynolds would be an interesting conversion project. There are more polished slots in the draft – Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard being one of them. And Chris Harper, while not a true slot, did have a nice camp and preseason and remains on the roster.

But the time spent on Reynolds is certainly noteworthy. And it’s a certainty the Patriots competitors have also taken note of New England’s interest. So it will be interesting to see if anyone else ratchets up their attention on Reynolds in an effort to keep him out of the Patriots hands. 

Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

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Ohio State LB on Belichick: 'When you first meet him, you're scared'

Even for some of the nation's top athletes, confident 20-somethings with the rest of their (perhaps very lucrative) lives ahead of them, there's a feeling you just can't shake when Bill Belichick walks into the room. 

"When you first meet him, you're scared," said Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, per WBZ. "He's quizzing you. It's like a little test. But after you get done with the test, the quiz or whatever, drawing up the defense, it's pretty cool. They're real down to earth people. Really cool."

Belichick was spotted at Ohio State's pro day getting a closer look at McMillan and his teammates on Thursday. He then headed off to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Wolverines showcase Friday.

During various scouting trips across the country, the Patriots appear to be showing significant interest in the incoming class of linebackers. Belichick spent some extra time with Vanderbilt's Zach Cunningham -- who's projected to be a first-rounder -- at his pro day. The team reportedly scheduled a meeting with a speedy linebacker from Cincinnati. And Matt Patricia caught up with Notre Dame linebacker James Onwualu once his workouts finished up on Thursday. 

As for McMillan, the 6-2, 240-pounder was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big Ten choice. He's instinctive, but there's some question as to whether or not he has the strength to hold up inside at the next level.

PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

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PODCAST: Dan Wetzel on the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial

Tom E. Curran has Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports as a guest to discuss the Aaron Hernandez double homicide trial. Wetzel has been in the courtroom, and wrote this piece about the day Hernandez’s former friend Alexander Bradley testified in court. 

After speaking with Wetzel, Curran has Tim Rohan of MMQB.com on to discuss his day with ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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