Wes Welker knows a thing or two about being a productive wide receiver on the Patriots.
He's easily been the most consistent receiver on the team since joining before the 2007 season, and by all accounts wants to remain a Patriot down the line.
Asked about the Patriots biggest offseason acquisition in wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, Welker had high praise for the player and the signing, with a hope that Lloyd will be able to grasp the playbook early on having familiarity with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Denver and St. Louis.
"I think he definitely does some things really well in the way that he's -- some of the catches I've seen him make are pretty phenomenal and what he's been able to do. I think he's going to be a great addition for us and as far as knowing the offense and all those different things with Josh here in Denver, and St. Louis and things. Hopefully we can keep bringing him along and he can make some significant plays for us."
With Lloyd streaking down the sidelines, Welker in the slot, and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez more than in the mix, the Patriots offense should be high-flying all season long.
BOSTON – Jayson Tatum was all smiles after hearing his named called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as the number 3 pick by Boston in Thursday night’s NBA draft.
And as he made his way towards the commissioner and put on the customary Celtics hat, a bright future surely awaited him.
But is it going to be in Boston?
CSNNE.com confirmed an earlier report by Yahoo Sports! the Vertical that the Celtics were indeed engaged in trade talks with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George.
Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is no stranger to taking chances that most GMs would not consider or take a pass on.
Trading for George, who informed the Pacers that he would not re-sign a long-term deal with them and would instead prefer to play for the Los Angeles Lakers when he hits free agency in the summer of 2018, is a huge risk.
While the particulars of the possible trade are still being discussed, Boston will likely have to include the number three pick – Jayson Tatum – in a deal for George.
Ainge appears willing to gamble that a season in Boston will be enough to convince George to re-sign a long-term deal in the summer of 2018 which would be a win-win in terms of bolstering their chances to compete with Cleveland for Eastern Conference supremacy, and keep him away from the Lakers.
Celtics draft pick Jayson Tatum will go from one highly regarded coach to another, and he said shortly after being drafted that Mike Krzyzewski had nothing but good things to say about Brad Stevens.
Tatum said Coach K’s praise for Stevens came after the Celtics traded the first overall pick, thus establishing they would not be selecting Markelle Fultz.
“He called me and talked about that Boston was wanting me to come up there for a workout. He was just ranting about how great of a person Brad Stevens is, and [that] Coach K would love the opportunity if they would pick me and he really wanted me to go up there and work out for them,” Tatum said. “I was all for it. It worked out. I had a great time up there on my visit and obviously they enjoyed me.”
Krzyzewski and Stevens coached against each other in the 2010 national championship, which Duke won by two points when Gordon Hayward’s potential game-winning half-court shot nearly went in, but hit the rim. Hayward and Stevens could be reunited this offseason given that the veteran forward will be a free agent.
Tatum spent one year at Duke, averaging 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.