Time nears for undrafted players to find teams

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Time nears for undrafted players to find teams

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
Tom Brady said it on June 3, Robert Kraft said it on June 9 and this week has brought more of the same good news regarding the NFL lockout. Progress has been made, optimism reigns and the end of the labor strife looms. Once the lockout ends, all the college players who went undrafted in April will finally have a chance to hook on with NFL teams. Players like Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin, Oregon defensive lineman Brandon Bair and West Virginia running back Noel Devine are going to finally be able to say, "Mom, Dad... I have a job."Our friends at NEPatriotsDraft.com have a list of the prime undrafted guys. For the Patriots, a player like Bair may be very attractive. He's 6-6, 276 pounds and can play that five-technique defensive end spot the Patriots really didn't address in the draft. He's 26 years old having spent two years away from college on a Mormon mission. Normally, undrafted free agents are quickly signed by teams immediately after the draft. Because of the lockout -- even though teams and agents cannot have contact about players -- there's probably been a lot more time for research on the part of the undrafted free agents to figure out where they'd like to work. And there's been more time for teams to set their targets as well. "For undrafted guys, (agents) have to strike fast and get those players in because you don't want to be left standing up without a chair when the music stops," said agent Joe Linta."You need to know from your research prior to the draft theone, two or 10 teams who would be interested. For an undrafted guy, it will be sign first, ask questions later."

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Tom Brady congratulates Jordan Spieth on British Open win with Facebook video

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Tom Brady congratulates Jordan Spieth on British Open win with Facebook video

Jordan Spieth's wayward drive on the 13th hole was nothing more than a speed bump on his way to the British Open title on Sunday.

On Facebook, Tom Brady congratulated his fellow Under Armour endorser in a post shared with another world famous UA pitchman, the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry.

Brady quoted Curry and posted a short video of Spieth climbing the hill well off the fairway on the 13th hole at Royal Birkdale, where Spieth recovered from a wild tee shot and rallied over the final holes to win the Open Championship. A smiling Robert Redford from "Jeremiah Johnson" nodding in appreciation finishes off the clip.

Drive on #13? As Steph says, make that old. Congrats Jordan Spieth 🏆🏆🏆

Posted by Tom Brady on Sunday, July 23, 2017