By TomE. Curran
FOXBORO - It will be fascinating to look back in a few years at the fortunes of the 2011 NFL Draft Class. They are all born under a bad sign. With a lockout marring their transition to the league and keeping them from getting the instruction and orientation, it won't be a surprise if the washout rate is high. How vital is the mentoring and structure a rookie gets? Jerod Mayo's been in the NFL for three seasons. He's been a Defensive Rookie of the Year and an All-Pro. Earlier this week at a predraft gathering at Skipjack's Patriot Place, Mayo explained the importance of having a full offseason after he was drafted. "I was fortunate to have that offseason with guys likeTedy Bruschiand Mike Vrabel," said Mayo. "I wouldnt trade that experience for the world. Those guys really took me under their wing and I became a sponge to learn as much as I could. It's helpful to have guys there who know the system and know how to be a professional (that can pass that knowledge on)."Mayo, talking to Mike Reiss at ESPNBoston.com, made an interesting comment about preparing during this work stoppage saying that, "each team against the lockout" is trying to ready itself despite not being able to use facilities. When I asked Mayo how he'd work with the incoming Patriots rookies - whoever they are - Mayo said, "Hopefully he's already working and he'll come into the league ready to go."You can catch moreMayo and a talkwithfellow Patriots Patrick Chung and Dane Fletcher on the QuickSlants Predraft Special airing Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Sportsnet New England.
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Roger Goodell is doing that damn thing again down in North Carolina this afternoon.
The NFL commissioner -- who once could carry off a press conference with a breezy, in-command air -- came off like a carrot-topped armadillo talking to reporters at the end of the May owner’s meetings in Charlotte.
Defensive, clipped and disingenuous, a monotone-speaking Goodell was asked about Deflategate and Monday’s Congressional report that alleged the NFL had lobbyists trying to pressure concussion researchers into using NFL-approved doctors.
Asked about the appeal for a rehearing of Tom Brady’s case on Monday, Goodell said, “I respect the NFLPA’s ability to appeal if they choose to do that . . . I’m not really focused on that at all.”
Goodell did not answer the second part of the question, whether or not he’d keep Tom Brady off the field if the court case was unresolved.
The answer, one can only presume would be, “Abso-friggin-lutely.”
As for the Congressional report, Goodell had the gall to answer that he “didn’t see the report.”
He then went on to disagree with what was in the report -- meaning his initial response was less than candid.
A few more minutes of short answers and the show was over with nobody much the wiser than when he began.
At the NFL's brief annual spring meeting, which typically lasts about 24 hours, Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft provided some equally brief remarks about his quarterback.
Asked for some comment on Tom Brady's legal situation, Kraft told NFL Media's Judy Battista a version of what he has been saying for the last few months as it relates to Deflategate.
"We've been behind him," Kraft said, "and the whole thing has been mishandled, in my opinion. It's unfortunate, and we hope he prevails."
The NFLPA and Brady's legal team filed a petition to the Second Circuit on Monday requesting that he be granted a rehearing. The Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension upon appeal earlier this offseason.
More to come . . .
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