Morris 'overwhelmed' to be in Patriots HOF


Morris 'overwhelmed' to be in Patriots HOF

By Danny Picard Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard
FOXBORO -- Former Patriots center Jon Morris didnt think hed get in.

Players are voted into the Patriots Hall of Fame by thefans. And Morris figured that most fans who vote werent even alive when heplayed from 1964-74.

So when he got the call from Robert Kraft, it caught him bysurprise.

Im tremendously overwhelmed, said Morris on Thursday atGillette Stadium, after being officially fitted for his red Patriots Hall ofFame blazer.

I had given up hope, he said about his chances of gettingvoted in. I really had. And I was very, very disappointed that I was nevergoing to make it.

Morris was indeed voted in and will be officially inductedinto the Patriots Hall of Fame on Saturday.

But he was in town on Thursday to take it all in, andcompared his playing days to whats going on in New England right now.

It is a different game, said Morris. I didnt playagainst too many guys that weigh as much as Albert Haynesworth weighs. And Iplayed with some good quarterbacks in my career... but Monday night wasthe best quarterback game Ive ever seen, what Brady just did.

Morris also seemed concerned for injured center Dan Koppen,who broke his ankle on Monday night, and will miss 6-10 weeks. Morris canrelate because it was that same injury that ended his career.

I had a terrible feeling when I saw that, said Morris. Isaw Koppen go down, and that happened to me in about the same I think itshis 10th year. It happened to me in my 10th year, in my second game of theyear, and I was out. That was it. That was my last game with the Patriots. Ihope that doesnt happen to him.

It was a sinking feeling when I saw that happen to him. Ivebeen there.

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Sanu on Patriots' Super Bowl comeback: Lady Gaga's long halftime hurt Falcons

Sanu on Patriots' Super Bowl comeback: Lady Gaga's long halftime hurt Falcons

Three weeks removed from his team blowing a 25-point, second-half lead in the Super Bowl, Mohamed Sanu offered a possible explanation for the Atlanta Falcons losing their edge against the Patriots.

Lady Gaga.

More specifically, it was the half-hour-plus halftime show that interrupted the Falcons' rhythm, the receiver said Friday on the NFL Network's "Good Morning Football."

“Usually, halftime is only like 15 minutes, and when you’re not on the field for like an hour, it’s just like going to work out, like a great workout, and you go sit on the couch for an hour and then try to start working out again,” Sanu said.

Sanu was asked if the delay was something you can simulate in practice. 

"It's really the energy [you can't duplicate]," he said. "I don't know if you can simulate something like that. That was my first time experiencing something like that."

Patriots coach Bill Belichick did simulate it. In his Super Bowl practices, he had his team take long breaks in the middle.

Sanu also addressed the Falcons' pass-first play-calling that didn't eat up clock while the Patriots came back.

"The thought [that they weren't running the ball more] crossed your mind, but as a player, you're going to do what the coach [Dan Quinn] wants you to do." Sanu said. "He's called plays like that all the time."


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.