Harrison, Tyree relationship got bitter


Harrison, Tyree relationship got bitter

If you're like me, you're all set with the ins-and-outs of David Tyree's helmet catch in Super Bowl 42. It's been broken down in Zapruder-esque fashion and anointed the greatest catch in Super Bowl history even though an argument could be made that three other plays on that final Giants' drive were just as important. (Failed fourth-and-1 stop, Asante Samuel's missed pick, Steve Smith's first-down reception on third-and-12 that set up the Plaxico Burress touchdown). The Boston Globe's Bob Hohler gave us something Sunday that advanced the catch - or at least its aftermath - a little bit. Remember how Rodney Harrison agreed to write the foreword for Tyree's strike-while-I'm-hot book in the wake of the Giants' stunning Super Bowl win? Yeah, that fell apart. Harrison told Hohler that Tyree's intimations that God favored the Giants were irksome. Tyree got hurt by Harrison saying the catch was lucky. He started walking around like he was an all-star, Harrisontold Hohler.It was like, Dude, lets be honest, thats never happened. You were 2 inches away from being really irrelevant. Added Harrison, He was a guy we didnt prepare for. He was a special teams guy who came in and played a great game in the biggest game of his life.That happens. You see guys who are basically irrelevant their entire career make one lucky catch or one big interception and they become relevant all of a sudden.The God thing?

As much as Tyree wants to say he was the hero, they still had to get in the end zone, Harrison told Hohler.So, did God show more favor to Plaxico Burress than Ellis Hobbs? Its still about guys on the field having to make plays.Said Tyree, Its disappointing when I hear him talk about luck like that, especially when we have the same beliefs and values. Obviously, I didnt have the career he had, but I wouldnt call any of his body of work luck.

It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade


It's official: Patriots nab third-round compensatory pick in Collins trade

The Patriots received a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 from the Browns in return for Jamie Collins. That's how the trade was described on the league's transaction wire. 

The "condition" of that fourth-rounder? Well, if the Browns received a third-round compensatory pick in 2017, the Patriots would nab that pick instead. 

On Friday, the NFL announced that the Browns had in fact been awarded a third-round compensatory pick, which meant that almost three full weeks after Super Bowl LI, everything was still coming up Patriots.

In actuality, the odds were pretty good all along that the Patriots would get what they got

Cleveland lost Pro Bowl center Alex Mack in free agency last offseason when he opted to sign with the Falcons. Because compensatory picks are based on free agents lost and free agents acquired, and because the Browns did not sign any similarly-impactful free agents, there was a good chance Mack's departure would render a third-round comp pick that would be shipped to New England.

Had Mack suffered a significant injury that forced his play to drop off or limited his time on the field, a third-rounder may have been out of the question, but he played well (named a Pro Bowler and a Second Team All-Pro) and stayed healthy -- lucky for the Patriots -- missing just 17 total snaps in the regular season. 

The Browns comp pick that will be sent to New England is No. 103 overall. The Patriots were also awarded a fifth-round comp pick, No. 185 overall. That was a result of the league weighing the departures of Akiem Hicks and Tavon Wilson against the arrival of Shea McClellin.

The Patriots now have nine selections in this year's draft: One first-rounder; one second-rounder; two third-rounders; one fourth-rounder*; two fifth-rounders; two seventh-rounders.

The third-round compensatory pick acquired by the Patriots carries additional value this year in that it is the first year in which compensatory picks can be traded. A near top-100 overall selection may allow the Patriots to move up the draft board or build assets in the middle rounds should they be inclined to deal. And we know they oftentimes are. 

* The Patriots forfeited their highest fourth-round selection in this year's draft as part of their Deflategate punishment. They acquired a fourth-round pick from the Seahawks last year. Because that would have been the higher of their two selections, that's the one they'll lose. They will make their own fourth-round pick at No. 137 overall.

Gronkowski says he has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for start of next season

Gronkowski says he has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for start of next season

When it comes to projecting Rob Gronkowski's health, it's been best to steer clear of absolutes. There have been too many injuries, too many surgeries, to predict exactly how he'll feel months in advance. 

Still, in speaking with ESPN's Cari Champion recently, he said he had "no doubt" he'll be ready for Week 1 of the 2017 regular season. 

"Yes, for sure," he replied when asked if he expected to be good to go. 

Gronkowski also fielded a question about his long-term future in the sit-down. Lately it's been his coach Bill Belichick and his quarterback Tom  Brady who receiver all the life-after-football queries, but Gronkowski, 27, was asked how much longer he'd like to play. 

"I’m not really sure," he said. "I mean, I still love playing the game, and as of right now, I want to play as long as I possibly could play. My mindset is to keep on going."

Gronkowski landed on season-ending injured reserve in December after undergoing a procedure on his back -- his third back surgery since 2009. He's had nine reported surgeries -- including procedures on his knee, forearm and ankle -- since his final year at the University of Arizona.