Wisconsin's Moffitt could be a Patriot fit

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Wisconsin's Moffitt could be a Patriot fit

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com

INDIANAPOLIS - There's a wide range of opinions on Wisconsin guard John Moffitt. Wes Bunting, draft expert for the National Football Post, has him 10th among offensive guards; Pro Football Weekly's early scouting reports has him fifth. For a team like the Patriots, though, he may be highly regarded for three reasons: versatility, nastiness and the Badgers' offense. With Stephen Neal coming off another shoulder surgery and Logan Mankins in contractual strife, a guard will likely be on the Patriots draft-day checklist. Adding in the fact center Dan Koppen will be 32 when next season begins, that's a spot New England has to look at as well. Enter Moffitt. "I think for a team like the Patriots, I'm a versatile player," he said Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine. "I can play center and guard . . . The thing that helped me was working in a pro-style offense. I'm familiar with a lot of the concepts that are being thrown at me now. The game knowledge is something I can really carry over."Moffitt is 6-4, 314 and very powerfully built. He acknowledged that he needs to improve in pass blocking and that he has to get better with his hands but he also pointed out that the Badgers' style will help him at the next level."Physically, it helped that we are a 'bigger' offensive line and played a North-South kind of run game," he explained. I need to get a little more detailed in my pass protection but I think the pro-style offense at Wisconsin will carry over well to the NFL."A player like Moffitt would be a likely third-day pick in the fourth through seventh-roundrange.

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.

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