The Patriots certainly aren't the only team in the NFL that wants to know every little thing about the opposition.
But what better way to do so than to practice with them? We've already heard of their interest to conduct a joint practice with the Saints prior to their August 9 game at Gillette. Now, the Boston Herald reports there could be another joint practice -- this time with the Buccaneers -- scheduled before the two teams meet on August 24 in Tampa Bay.
Bill Belichick has a longstanding relationship with new Bucs coach, Greg Schiano, formerly of Rutgers. That relationship most likely is the biggest contributing factor in the possible arrangement.
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."
FOXBORO -- The NFL draft has gotten worse since Roger Goodell came in and moved it to prime time. Between the timing, the extra day and it being outside for some reason, it's not what it used to be.
Here's one interesting (though silly) wrinkle that has been introduced of late, and it applies to all drafts: Whenever someone is drafted, somebody finds an old tweet of theirs and retweets it. Nothing will beat Charlie McAvoy's "I hate the Bruins so much" tweet.
For new Patriots offensive tackle Antonio Garcia, it was a tweet sent out during Super Bowl LI in which a compliment for then Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney ended up being a criticism of the man Garcia could one day replace.
The tweet doesn't seem malicious at all, but it's hard to imagine Garcia thought while watching the Super Bowl that he'd end up playing with the guy.