Robert Kraft: Patriots obviously have to think about drafting QB

When rating the possibility of the New England Patriots selecting a quarterback within the first three rounds of the NFL draft, I went all-in as part of the 32-team NFL Nation piece on the topic. The Patriots have traditionally had a developmental prospect on their roster and this looks like a good year for them to add another to the pipeline.

The topic also came up over the last two days at the NFL’s annual meetings.

The Patriots’ history of drafting quarterbacks in Belichick’s tenure, especially recently, ties into this.

No other explanation holds enough water. Is Beckham a truly unique case from that standpoint, though Receivers have always, sometimes rightfully, been viewed as divas, with all-time greats like Terrell Owens and Randy Moss needing to be managed in different ways for them to succeed. Beckham hasn’t been accused of domestic violence and isn’t in constant trouble with the police. So why have the Giants taken such a strong opposition to the behavior of an ultra-talented 25-year-old with the world at his feet but who clearly has immaturity issues, rather than, say, kicker Josh Brown Brown was re-signed by the Giants in 2016 even after he admitted to being physically abusive to his then-wife.

New York only decided to part ways with him after the allegations came to light later that year in an incident that took some serious shine off the team’s reputation as one of the NFL’s best-run franchises. Beckham’s sidelines outbursts aren’t appropriate, but neither is Tom Brady’s, but the latter’s are accepted because he’s able to back it up on the field, and no one ever questions Brady’s locker room presence because of them despite playing a position that’s deemed to need mature, leader-type qualities. The Giants are just as at fault for Beckham’s issues as he is, as they only really became a serious issue after Tom Coughlin was replaced by the disastrously inexperienced Ben McAdoo, who also clashed with seemingly every defensive back last season before being fired after Week 12. In the NFL, talent always outweighs every negative factor.patriots_121-223x223

Gurley won’t say if Beckham said he wants to come to L.A., but it’would be awesome’

It’s only been a few days since Giants owner John Mara firmly stated that Odell Beckham Jr. is not on the trade block. Of course, that has not stopped the speculation that Beckham might be headed elsewhere at some point this offseason, with the hot destination of choice being the Los Angeles Rams.

Reached by the Los Angeles Times this week, Rams running back Todd Gurley didn’t hide the fact that he’d be excited for Beckham to join him in LA. He did, however, decline to say whether or not Beckham has personally expressed interest in making the move.

Hmm, I don’t want to say all that, he said, smiling, per The Times. That’s my boy.

The Rams have already made several star-caliber additions this offseason, bringing in Marcus Peters from the Chiefs, Aqib Talib from the Rams, and Ndamukong Suh in free agency. Those additions, however, are all on the defensive side of the ball. The most notable offensive move the Rams made was letting Sammy Watkins walk in free agency.

That pick prompted this response from Francesa: You better have somewhere to kneel and pray that they stay healthy, especially Cespedes.

Francesa on the Yankees: Over 94.5.

I don’t think they’ll win it easy and I don’t think they’ll win 100. But I think they’ll win the division comfortably. I think (Neil) Walker is a perfect fit for the Yankees. They have young kids that are ready to play. They’ll do whatever they need to win. They are ready for a very big season.

Ellis also said that the team hopes to find out if they have been selected in May when league owners convene for more meetings.

It’s a competitive process, and we’re excited to move one step closer to bringing the NFL draft to Denver, Ellis said in February when Denver was announced as one of five finalists to host a future draft.

The other potential host cities being considered are Cleveland-Canton, Kansas City, Las Vegas and Nashville.

Anyone who follows his career shouldn’t be surprised. Townes scored 1,863 points in high school and is second in St. Joe’s history to Jay Williams, one of New Jersey’s best players ever. That includes his famous teammate Towns, who just dropped 56 points for the Timberwolves in a recent game.patriots_018-223x223