A lot to like about Cal DE Cam Jordan

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A lot to like about Cal DE Cam Jordan

By TomE. Curran
CSNNE.com
INDIANAPOLIS - The question isn't whether or not the Patriots would like a player like Cal's Cam Jordan. The question is whether he'd be around for them to take a run at with the 17 pick. He's a four-year player at Cal, his father Steve was a six-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Vikings, he's 6-foot-4, 282 pounds but has a great build andreally presents himself well. He wouldn't comment on whether he talked to the Patriots on Saturday at the NFL Combine but did say, "I've talked to a couple different teams. East Coast, West Coast, all over."The tweak with Jordan is whether or nota team like the Patriots would use him as a defensive end lined up either on the inside shoulder or outside shoulder of the tackle (3 and 5 techniques) or whether he'd be better standing up as an outside linebacker. Asked what he prefers, Jordan said, "My hand on the ground technically. I have the most experience with my hand on the ground. Whether that be as a three or five (technique), that doesn't matter. If they say Cam, we want you to play middle linebacker, I'd play it. I don't care. I just really love to play football."Jordan is almost a tweener for the Patriots. Even if he bulked up to 290, he might beon the small side forNew England's 3-4.And if he dropped weight and went to outside linebacker, could hetransition smoothly?"I don't like him at all standing up," said National Football Post draft expert Wes Bunting. "At 285 pounds, he's looked at as a 5-technique let alone standing him up. I think he's a base defensive end. I think he can play on the right side (of the defense over the left tackle) if he had to, maybe more on the left side if you had to. But I'd play him in the 3-technique in a 3-4 before I'd stand him up."Last season, the Patriots kicked Vince Wilfork out to defensive end frequently and used some of their younger players (Kyle Love and Myron Pryor) on the nose. With Gerard Warren's contract up and Mike Wright coming back from a debilitating concussion, the Patriots may look to depth on the edge of their defensive line.Big enough to play there? "At 285, he's a strong guy and plays with leverage. He'll be on every team's draft board. He may be better suited for the 4-3. In the 3-4, I could see him playing outside on first and second down and then kicking inside on third down to rush the passer."One other thing that may work in Jordan's favor: some of the other defensive end prospects are underclassmen. They may need all the time they can get to develop before training camp. But if there's a lockout, it's going to be hard for them to prepare on their own. An experienced player like Jordan may be more football ready if there's a lockout. Tom E. Curran canbe reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Solder, Patriots training staff earn Ed Block Courage Awards

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Solder, Patriots training staff earn Ed Block Courage Awards

FOXBORO -- Patriots left tackle Nate Solder has been through a lot over the last few years. 

He battled and beat testicular cancer before the 2014 offseason and then went on to help the Patriots to their fourth Super Bowl title. In 2015, he tore his biceps in Week 5 and spent the rest of the year on injured reserve. Just weeks later after suffering that season-ending injury, Solder's son, Hudson, was diagnosed with a Wilms' tumor in his kidneys. 

A quiet leader in the Patriots locker room, Solder has used his platform with the team to spread awareness stemming from personal hardships in addition to serving as a prominent supporter of the Hockomock Area YMCA. For his devotion to helping those in need, and for the example he sets at his job and in the community, he has been named the team's Ed Block Courage Award winner for 2016. 

Solder also participated in the NFL's My Cause My Cleats initiative wearing cleats to raise awareness for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, which gives financial aid to cancer patients and their families. He also supports The Fresh Truck, which describes itself as a mobile food market on a mission to radically improve community health.

Rob Gronkowski, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Jerod Mayo, Logan Mankins, Wes Welker and Tedy Bruschi have also recently been named Ed Block Courage Awards-winners for the Patriots. 

The team's training staff, led by head trainer Jim Whalen and assistant trainer and director of rehabilitation Joe Van Allen, was also honored on Tuesday as it was named the 2016 Ed Block Courage Award NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year.

"The annual award, named for the longtime head athletic trainer for the Baltimore Colts who demonstrated an untiring dedication to helping others, recognizes an NFL staff for their distinguished service to their club, community and athletic training profession," the Patriots announced in a statement. 

In the release, trainer Daryl Nelson and physical therapist Michael Akinbola are also credited with helping keep the Patriots healthy. 

Others, including head strength and conditioning coach Moses Cabrera and team nutritionist Ted Harper, have a hand in keeping players at their physical peak. Combined, given the overall health of the roster this season, they've all had a hand in keep the team humming as it heads into its sixth consecutive AFC title game.

Tomlin apologizes for language, calls Brown's actions 'foolish' and 'selfish'

Tomlin apologizes for language, calls Brown's actions 'foolish' and 'selfish'

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that stunts like Antonio Brown’s Sunday night video are the kind that get good players shipped out of town.

“He's a great player, respected largely in the locker room but incidents such as this don't help him in that regard,” said Tomlin told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette and others at a Tuesday press conference in Pittsburgh. “That's often why you see great players move from team to team. Don't want that to happen to Antonio Brown.” 

Tomlin, who referred to the Patriots as “a--holes” after the Steelers beat Kansas City in a Divisional Playoff game, apologized for his profanity and the other off-color comments made in the 17-minute broadcast.

“Like to say the language on the video is regrettable, by me and by others,” Tomlin stated.” That's why we go to great lengths to preserve certain moments and interactions between us. As a parent, as a member of the community I take that very seriously. I issue an apology in that regard.”

Tomlin added that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect on the game, on the Patriots, on the Steelers. Game is too big.”

Returning to Brown – who has yet to address why he thought this was a great idea – Tomlin said, “It was foolish of him to do that, selfish and inconsiderate. It was violation of our policy, league policy. He has to grow from this. He works extremely hard, he's extremely talented and those things get minimized with incidents like this."