The lull between minicamps and training camps leaves time for the minds of NFL fans to wander to familiar storylines and scenarios.
It’s an annual question for New England as both its roster and coaching staff undergo major overhauls each offseason. And though the supporting cast is forever in flux, the result is the same — winning.
Here are a few headlines from around the NFL, including one Patriot explaining how the team seems to always overcome.
Colts aren’t trading QB Jacoby Brissett … yet
Jacoby Brissett has proven himself to be a fine backup quarterback in the NFL, but he wants to be starter. Unfortunately for him, he’s behind Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.
Colts head coach Frank Reich is a huge fan of Brissett and told The Fan 107.5 he hopes the 26-year-old QB, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, gets a shot down the line, but he wants that insurance policy as long as possible and doesn’t want to trade him to a QB-needy team.
“It’s impossible for me to have a higher opinion of Jacoby than I do,” Reich says. “I said it last year, I think he’s a top 20 quarterback. I still say that. After watching him for a year, this guy’s really good,” Reich said. “I tell (general manager) Chris (Ballard) all the time, ‘Please don’t let him go. I don’t care what anybody offers him. Don’t let him go.’ I love Jacoby. The problem is now I’ve gotten to know Jacoby and, at some point, I hope that it works out for Jacoby. But not now.”
Brissett has 17 starts under his belt, including 15 with the Colts. If a team were to deal with some bad luck at quarterback, Brissett would likely be a top trade target.
Cardinals rookie Kyler Murray talks patience, chemistry before training camp
Kyler Murray delivered a message of patience Wednesday as the Cardinals continue to build chemistry during the offseason.
“Everybody is not on the same page like I was with my guys in college right now,” Murray told Fox Sports Arizona. “I’ve only been here for a couple of months so it’s going to take time, it’s going to take reps. But I’m prepared for the ups and the downs, but so far for me it’s been great. The guys have been very accepting of me and I can’t wait to get the season started.”
— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) June 26, 2019
Murray added that’s he’s anxious to take his game to the next level in July when he steps onto the field fully padded for training camp.
“I think it will all be an adjustment,” Murray said. “Just for all of us rookies, it’ll be an adjustment. But I’ve always been confident in myself, just trust my abilities, trust what I can do on the football field along with coach (Kliff) Kingsbury’s coaching, teaching me. I think us together along with the players that we have can be very dangerous.”
Patriots culture will offset offseason losses, says Kyle Van Noy
The Patriots are never afraid to shuffle their roster, and that’s never been more apparent than this offseason, as numerous key players from last season’s Super Bowl championship team are no longer on the roster.
To recap, here’s a list of notable names no longer with the organization:
- TE Rob Gronkowski
- WR Chris Hogan
- WR Cordarrelle Patterson
- TE Dwayne Allen
- T Trent Brown
- T LaAdrian Waddle
- T Jared Veldheer
- DE Trey Flowers
- DT Malcolm Brown
- DE Adrian Clayborn
- CB Eric Rowe
- Defensive coordinator Brian Flores
But according to linebacker Kyle Van Noy — who is still with the team — the culture in New England’s locker room will make up for each of those guys being gone.
“Bill (Belichick) does a really good job of the culture being set with the players that have been there for their tenures,” Van Noy said on NFL Network. “Like Patrick Chung, Donte Hightower, Devin McCourty, Tom (Brady), they’ve been there for a while, Matthew Slater. Those guys have already been passed on from your generation, the standard. And we’re just trying to keep that legacy going.”
So there really is no good news for other teams when it comes to the Patriots, is there?
LeSean McCoy: Bills QB Josh Allen looks ‘more confident’ entering Year 2
Few people get a better view of Josh Allen playing quarterback than Bills running back LeSean McCoy.
And according to the veteran back, Allen has shown serious improvement entering his second season in the NFL.
“He looks better,” McCoy told The Buffalo News. “I think he looks more confident. I think last year he just played off of talent. Sometimes, when quarterbacks are really talented, you overlook how smart they really are. Josh is smart.”
Allen showed great flashes during his rookie season. In 12 games (11 starts) he had 10 passing touchdowns and eight more on the ground. However, he did throw 12 interceptions.
Allen is in an interesting division for quarterbacks entering their second year in the NFL with Sam Darnold in New York and Josh Rosen now in Miami. How those three QBs progress will be an ongoing storyline in 2019.