NFL scouts, coaches attend BC pro day


NFL scouts, coaches attend BC pro day

Mark Herzlich just wants to keep playing.

The Boston College linebacker missed the 2009 season while he battled Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He returned, cancer free, for his final season in 2010, and now he's looking to continue his football career in the NFL.

Herzlich was one of several players from New England-area schools who worked out for NFL coaches and scouts at B.C.'s pro day.

"No one's guaranteed to get drafted," said Herzlich, who is expected to be taken in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. "No one's guaranteed to play football. It's kind of like recess in elementary school. They say it's a privilege to get to recess.

"Being able to work as an NFL football player, that's a privilege. Football's been a great thing and a great privilege to play, and if I get to keep on playing, that's the best thing I could ask for right now."

Also at the workout was B.C. offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo, who could be taken as high as the first round in this year's draft.

"I was talking to a coach the other day and he said, 'Would you be adverse to us drafting you,' " said Castonzo, who started every game during his college career. "I'm like, 'Are you kidding me? I'm not adverse to anybody drafting me.' "

The Patriots had four representatives at the Heights for the workouts, including offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who helped run offensive linemen drills.

Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments


Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments

It's funny how during a week like this one, a singularly ridiculous act -- such as Antonio Brown's live stream of the Steelers postgame locker room celebration last weekend -- can lead to a series of brush fires that pop up only to be peed on and put out. 

That was the case yesterday as a comment Julian Edelman made to WEEI earlier this week about Brown's Facebook Live video was spun as a sort of vicious burn directed at the Steelers franchise. 

"That's how that team is run," Edelman said, a comment that read as a more serious indictment than it actually sounded. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."

That led to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being asked about Edelman's comments, and defending the honor of the Rooney family, during a press conference on Wednesday.

"I don’t think I need to speak much," Roethlisberger said. "We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family."

And on and on it went. Later in the day, Edelman was asked about his comments during a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters.

So just in case you're keeping score, a Steelers player streamed a video of coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots "a-holes," which prompted a response from Edelman. That response prompted a response from Roethlisberger, whose response to the response then led to a response to the response to the response from Edelman.

Got it?

"Yeah, I mean I think it was taken out of context," Edelman said. "I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don’t know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it’s not the way we would do it here. That’s just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it’s whatever. That’s what the media does, try to make stories."

Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh


Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.

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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath

13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell

27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy

32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship

36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences

44:50 Matt Light interview