Coach presser, rookie’s gun arrest show Pats’ worry

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Taken separately, the scheduling of a coach’s press conference and the failure to sign an undrafted rookie camp body aren’t worth more than a mention.

Together, they show how aware the Patriots are of appearances in the wake of the Aaron Hernandez case.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick will address the media for the first time since Hernandez’s arrest on murder charges, when he meets with reporters Wednesday at 2 p.m.

Coincidentally, Hernandez will appear at a probable cause hearing the same day.

But Belichick is being careful to try to limit the distraction, with camp opening Friday. He will have talked by then, and he’s putting out a trusted group of captains (Tom Brady, Vince Wilfork, Logan Mankins, Jerod Mayo, Devin McCourty and Matthew Slater) to talk Thursday, hoping to have the discussion finished before players take the field.

But the other bit of non-business might be more telling.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots appeared ready to sign former Duke defensive tackle John Drew. He had passed a physical and had a contract in his hand when he was told the team had a change of heart.

It might be that Drew’s past came to light. In 2010, he was arrested with two other students for firing a gun in the air on campus, pleaded guilty and was immediately kicked off the team. He finished his college career at North Carolina Central.

Scheduling a press conference at a convenient time is one thing, but turning camp fodder away at the last minute, perhaps because of the gun charge, shows how sensitive the next few days are going to be there.

28 responses to “Coach presser, rookie’s gun arrest show Pats’ worry

  1. Good for the Pats. It’s time teams in this league start punishing these clowns by NOT letting them play a game as their career.

  2. Too bad for the kid. I hope he learns from this and is able to catch on with a team. a stupid mistake by a yound kid and it follows him to the NFL….more specificly, to the Patriots. I think it’s a bit of an over-reaction.

  3. But I bet if this player had possession of another team’s playbook or even better, video clips of practices, Belicheat would’ve signed him in a heartbeat with a former gun charge or not.

  4. mumbles, shifts his shoulders, looks at the ground…
    “the police did a better job than Aaron…they had more evidence than he did.”

  5. Hmm. Discharging a firearm and getting caught while in college? Definitely not the Patriot Way. Next signee, please.

  6. How cute making an example of camp fodder.

    Dennard is still on the team, right?

    The Patriot way, LMFAO.

  7. If they decided not to sign him related to the gun charge why did they bother to paper the agreement first? The guy pled guilty to a gun charger. The Patriots mush have known already. Either Belichick was willing to sign him and Kraft didn’t know the history and vetoed it when he reviewed it, or they canned him for some other reason.

  8. > I think it’s a bit of an over-reaction.

    No way my employer would’ve hired me if they’d found out I’d pleaded guilty to firing a gun on a college campus. That’s a huge liability here because we work with sensitive information.

    In any case, I don’t think it’s an unreasonable to turn someone away for gun crimes at all, even if you don’t work in a sensitive environment. It says a lot about your lack of judgment to do something that stupid.

  9. He discharged a semi-automatic rifle into the air as a college student.

    I think Kraft has stepped in and said we just aren’t taking anymore potential losers.

  10. I would venture to guess Bill reads a statement from the team to the press. Who, of course will flock to Foxborough.

    I will assure you he won’t field questions on Hernandez.

  11. without knowing more of the facts, I tend to agree this is an over reaction. kids do stupid things in college, many of which could get them arrested. if he and his drunk buddies fired a few shots at a can in the dorm parking lot with no one around, this seems like an over-reaction. that said, if he fired a gun at someone at a party and this is a lesser charge he pled down to, then that is a different story.

  12. .

    @mustbechris

    ”Who is Matthew Slater?

    Excellent question! Matthew Slater is the son of former Rams OT Jackie Slater who is among the best of his peers in NFL history. Matthew Slater came into the league as a 5th round choice and has made the pro bowl as a special teamer the last two years.

    He’s a pro bowl person off the field too.

    .

  13. Is it really that hard to type out the words “press conference?”. There’s no such thing as a “presser”.

  14. jimjets says:
    Jul 23, 2013 8:50 AM
    mumbles, shifts his shoulders, looks at the ground…
    “the police did a better job than Aaron…they had more evidence than he did.”
    __________________________
    I’m a Pats fan but bravo, that made me laugh!

    Put me in with the majority in that BB won’t say a word about AH. “We talk about players on our team”.

    I have never thougth BB cared much about having shady guys on the team, that’s a Kraft thing. BB would probably have a murderer on the team if he thought the guy had good football character .

  15. When will the NFL strip the Patriots of their titles, strip Brady’s MVPs and kick the Patriots franchise out of the NFL? I can’t believe they’re going to let them off the hook for Spygate.

  16. Great football minds like Joey Porter and Jim Rome say the Patriots titles are tainted. It’s laughable to watch Patriot fans act like they know more about football than them.

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