The Patriots announced on Tuesday that they have installed a shock pad underneath the turf of their practice facility in order to reduce the likelihood of concussions.
According to research by BioMechanica, LLC the Brock PowerBase pad reduces the chances of a traumatic brain injury by 50 percent when compared to a typical synthetic turf over a stone base.The Patriots, the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer as well as several youth teams and Patriots Cheerleaders all use the indoor Dana Farber Field-House practice facility.
It's rare to hear about a player suffering a concussion during practice, but it's encouraging an encouraging move by the Patriots nonetheless. Whatever small steps can be taken should be taken to limit football's head-injury epidemic.
FOXBORO -- The bullet points from Bill Belichick on the team’s second pick in this year’s draft, Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia:
- He’s a person.
- He’s a left tackle.
- He has played tackle and will play tackle.
- He visited with the Patriots.
- We’re not sure if he’ll play guard at any point.
- We’ll see how it goes.
That’s generally as forthcoming as Belichick was regarding Garcia, a player for whom the Pats moved up from No. 96 to No. 85. Garcia’s selection came two picks after the team made Youngstown State pass-rusher Derek Rivers their first selection of the draft at No. 83.
“He was here last week; [we] had a good visit with him,” Belichick said of Garcia. “So we’ll see how that goes, but we think he’ll be competitive. He’s done a good job for them down there.”
Asked whether the lanky 6-foot-6 player could play guard, Belichick was noncommittal.
“I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “He’s played tackle. He’s got the length and I think the athleticism to play tackle, but we’ll see how he does. I don’t know.”
As for which side, Belichick viewed Garcia “primarily” as a left tackle.
FOXBORO -- The NFL had former and current players announce picks during the second and third rounds of the NFL draft Friday night. Some went better than others.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the Jets were one of the teams that exerienced less-than-smooth sailing. Former Jets fullback Tony Richardson, who was announcing the team's selection at No. 79 overall, attempted the team's "J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets" cheer, but whiffed on the spelling.
"With the 79th pick in the 2017 NFL draft," Richardson said, "the New York J-E-T-E Jets select ArDarius Stewart, receiver, Alabama."