He was barred from this year’s NFL Scouting Combine under a conduct policy, but has made the rounds since then, meeting with the Broncos, Raiders and Chargers, among other clubs. Lions GM Bob Quinn said at the combine that Mixon was on Detroit’s draft board.
Per the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft declined to address Mixon specifically this week, but said his policy on domestic violence goes back to 1996, when he demanded a Patriots draft pick, Christian Peter, be released days after the draft when he learned of domestic-violence allegations against Peter.
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Despite all the pregame chatter and anticipation of a high-scoring shootout in Houston, the Patriots would be wise to play this game at a snail’s pace. Sure, we’ve seen Tom Brady carve up defenses with surgical precision throughout this season, but the Falcons’ biggest vulnerability could be their suspect defense.
The NFL’s 25th-ranked defense surrendered 104.5 rushing yards per game during the regular season and struggled against teams committed to playing power football. Granted, the league has fewer teams that lean on the run these days, but the Falcons’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 10 might’ve exposed the unit’s fatal flaw. In a 24-15 win, the Eagles rushed for 208 yards with Ryan Mathews topping the century mark (109 yards) on 19 carries and Wendell Smallwood adding 70 yards on 13 attempts. Studying the All-22 Coaches Film, I was surprised at how effective the Eagles were running the ball — between the tackles, as well as on the edges — from run-heavy and spread sets. Mathews, in particularly, gashed the Falcons’ defense on an assortment of runs.
Asked about the potential pitfalls facing young players in Las Vegas due to the Raiders’ future relocation, Goodell pointed to the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.
“I think we have an obligation to do that with all 32 teams,” Goodell said. “My experience is that 21-year-olds can find trouble in a lot of different places, by the way. That’s one of the reasons we have focused so much on our personal conduct policy. It’s educating, helping players make better judgments, giving them better information so they avoid problems. These are the types of things that have been very effective.”
The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will visit the White House on April 19, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced Thursday.
This will mark the fifth time Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and cheap jerseys and the Patriots organization have met with the President of the United States in Washington, D.C.
In what would be considered his breakout year in 2016, Gillislee rushed for 577 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and eight total touchdowns. He was only targeted 11 times in the passing game but caught nine of those balls for 50 yards and another score. A former member of the Miami Dolphins, Gillislee was picked 164th overall by the Dolphins in 2013.
Gillislee, who is a strong north-and-south runner, defies some expectations. Though he is not on the heavier side for running backs, he packs a strong punch and is relentless in the red zone. He would not be a one-for-one replacement for someone like LeGarrette Blount if Blount’s contractual stalemate with the Patriots continues.