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Report: Teddy Bridgewater visiting Patriots on Wednesday too

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It looks like Johnny Football will have some company in Foxboro on Wednesday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that the Patriots will be hosting Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for a pre-draft visit. Bridgewater’s trip will come on the same day that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel visits a team that isn’t expected to be in the market for a quarterback when they pick at the end of the first round. The Patriots also met with Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles, who joins Bridgewater and Manziel atop most lists of draft-eligible quarterbacks, last week after his pro day.

Mike Florio suggested on Tuesday night that the Patriots could be using a meeting with Manziel to gauge his potential trade value if he should fall to the later parts of the first round, something that could also be true of Bridgewater and Bortles even if they’ve generated less heated responses on both sides of the fence than the former Heisman Trophy winner.

There are other possibilities for the rationale for using two of their 30 pre-draft visits to team headquarters on quarterbacks expected to be off the board before the Patriots select, including, of course, the possibility that the Patriots want to keep the door open to selecting one should things break a different way. Whatever the reason, Wednesday is looking like a busy day for quarterbacks in New England.

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39 Responses to “Report: Teddy Bridgewater visiting Patriots on Wednesday too”
  1. Marv says: Apr 2, 2014 7:15 AM

    I was always wondering why nobody talked about the possibilty that some teams just want to check those QB’s on their weaknesses. There’s a pretty high chance the Pats will play one of those guys sooner or later. If you know his tendencies, that might actually help the game plan.

    Sounds a lot more logical to me than the “trade value” thing, since that has a whole lot more to do with the other teams than with this workout.

  2. raiderufan says: Apr 2, 2014 7:24 AM

    Wouldn’t they have used 3 visits on QB’s once Bridgewater comes in?

    Anywho….Tom Brady will be 37 at the start of this season and based on the perception of this QB class one of these 3 could certainly be in line for a dramatic fall. They get 30 visits and who knows when they’ll be in position to draft a solid young QB? Using 3 visits on QB’s right now isn’t the craziest thing ever. If one of these guys fall they should pounce.

  3. briman141 says: Apr 2, 2014 7:24 AM

    So it’s your contention that the Patriots wouldn’t take a QB? Why? Brady is what, 38 now? Can he play forever? Wouldn’t the team be wise to get a top QB now and let him learn for a year or two behind Brady? Or would it be wiser for BB to try and patch that position with numerous QBs?

  4. brendangrimaldi says: Apr 2, 2014 7:24 AM

    Bye bye Brady.

  5. csbanter says: Apr 2, 2014 7:51 AM

    Ever since his poor pro day any talk about Bridgewater has been negative. Hopefully he gets an opportunity to prove that day was a fluke.

  6. grogansheroes says: Apr 2, 2014 7:52 AM

    All this is, is Bill picking their brains so he knows their strengths and weaknesses when they play against them.

  7. 6ball says: Apr 2, 2014 7:52 AM

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    At some point there’s a good chance that the Patriots will be facing one of the quality rookies from this year’s draft. As with any business situation, having met an individual on a personal basis is valuable knowledge. Belichick is just doing his job.

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  8. dylude says: Apr 2, 2014 7:57 AM

    Or maybe he will be advising his former assistant, Bill Obrien haha.

    “Who should I draft Poppa Belicheck?”

  9. marima07 says: Apr 2, 2014 8:07 AM

    Keep ‘em all guessing Bill!

  10. 1historian says: Apr 2, 2014 8:24 AM

    It could also mean that BB is just having a little fun to shake things up and see what falls where – he does what he does and the results speak for themselves.

    It probably means that we won’t really know what it means because what BB did will probably provoke some other GM into doing something he ordinarily wouldn’t have done had not BB done what he did.

    Meanwhile stone-face Bill sits back and chuckles, but you can’t really tell that he is. (When he is laughing his left eyebrow arches 1/8″ inch.)

    We DO know that when he does something like this and the sportswriters can’t figure it out – they try to hide the really obvious fact that they are 2 steps behind BB and losing ground rapidly by writing a piece like this.

  11. mortyglickstein says: Apr 2, 2014 8:39 AM

    Everyone said they were brilliant to lock up Mallet for a future trade, that hasn’t panned out. Curious to see how the Patriots look when Brady isnt there to carry them.

  12. realnflmaster says: Apr 2, 2014 8:53 AM

    I can’t think of a worst prospect then this guy. Whoever wastes their pick on Teddy Bustwater will regret it for the next ten years.

  13. bradyisyourdaddy says: Apr 2, 2014 9:02 AM

    I see AJ MCarron as a more likely signing for the Pats…. For those trying to figure Bills thinking… Better not to waste your time….

    Thats like trying to disarm a bomb after watching Keeanu Reeves do it in Speed

  14. lombarditrophies says: Apr 2, 2014 9:30 AM

    Or maybe they’re taking a page from the Packers’ playbook. Secure your replacement franchise quarterback BEFORE your current franchise quarterback runs out of steam.

  15. grimreaper12 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:38 AM

    Teddy and Blake will be gigantic busts. They never played against elite talent.
    #johntacklefootball

  16. themage78 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:43 AM

    Um look at Russell Wilson. He was drafted in what? 2nd or 3rd round? So if Pats can use a 2nd round pick on one of these guys and turn them into the next Brady, why wouldn’t the mad genius Belichek do it?

  17. buffalotom says: Apr 2, 2014 9:44 AM

    Hello Mr (insert qb here)

    So what do you think your biggest weakness is?

    Did ya write down that boys?

    OK, have a nice day…NEXT

  18. ps3988 says: Apr 2, 2014 9:44 AM

    My favorite team had a 36 year old future hall of fame QB and drafted a QB. People questioned it. That draft choice rode the pine for a couple of years learning the system under no duress. When he was given the starting job, things worked out pretty well for Mr. Rodgers and the GB Packers.

  19. factman1000 says: Apr 2, 2014 10:00 AM

    Anyone who thinks BB is working them out so he can learn their weaknesses is a moron. He will know their weaknesses after watching one week of game film.

  20. pftfan says: Apr 2, 2014 10:15 AM

    Wasn’t Ryan Mallett supposed to blossom under Brady and at least retrieve the Patriots a future first rounder? I mean, that’s what Patriots fans have been telling themselves the last 4 years now..

  21. patfanken says: Apr 2, 2014 10:16 AM

    The Pats often interview players who are very unlikely to drop to them in the draft. Why? Because 4 or 5 years from now, some of them WILL be available as FA’s. Now the Pats will have a face to face to go along with all the film study. Its just the Pats being there grind it out, leave no stone unturned selves.

    Another thought is that the Pats mask their intentions by NOT having a visit from players they covet. So they fill them with players they never can get.

    At any rate, after following BB’s drafting strategy for the last 13 years, the only thing I know for certain, is that he won’t do what you expect.

  22. steelerben says: Apr 2, 2014 11:21 AM

    It isn’t unheard of for a top ranked guy at this point in the offseason to tumble on draft day. Geno Smith is the perfect example. If one of the guys this year falls into that range, it makes perfect sense to grab and groom. Brady has 2-3 seasons left in him and you can’t go from Hall of Famer to no plan and expect to succeed.

  23. corkspop says: Apr 2, 2014 11:27 AM

    Are you kidding me? Wasting a visit to learn their strengths and weaknesses when they play against them in future years? Like none of these QB’s will ever learn or improve? Pats are looking at them because Brady will not be playing forever.

  24. red26sox says: Apr 2, 2014 11:32 AM

    You get 30 pre-draft visits. You can evaluate linemen at their pro days but you can pick the brains of skill players at these visits.

  25. bullcharger says: Apr 2, 2014 11:47 AM

    The Patriots are evaluating the QBs because they may draft a QB if a good one becomes available to them on draft day. They have to be ready and without a meeting with them they would not be ready. There has been plenty of talk of these guys dropping to the end of the first round.

  26. SAV says: Apr 2, 2014 11:48 AM

    Time to groom a QB behind the brain of Brady! Smart. You definitely want Brady to tudor and set example for your future QB! So many teams don’t have that luxury!

  27. bennyb82 says: Apr 2, 2014 11:56 AM

    Don’t forget Mallet is in the last year of his contract. If they were going to trade him, they will need another QB on the roster. With Brian Hoyer performing well after some time working under Brady, that might spark the interest of a QB-needy team. So maybe a team trades a high second round pick to the Patriots for Mallet and then the Pats select Bridgewater or Manziel to replace him? That keeps the salary cap lower than signing a free agent backup and the rookie potential is unknown.

  28. bradkaz96 says: Apr 2, 2014 12:04 PM

    Probably going to knock them out and put microscopic wireless microphones/cameras under their skin so he can know what they are doing their whole careers.

  29. bullcharger says: Apr 2, 2014 12:05 PM

    mortyglickstein says:Apr 2, 2014 8:39 AM

    Everyone said they were brilliant to lock up Mallet for a future trade, that hasn’t panned out. Curious to see how the Patriots look when Brady isnt there to carry them.

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    The answer is “not as good”. But it’s not because of Mallet. It’s because Brady is one of the greatest ever and whoever comes next will very likely be worse.

    Belichick will try to manage. Look how well Belichick did in 2008 with Cassel. He’s still praised for that. Yet Cassel had 5 wins less than Brady did the year prior with the same team and the Patriots didn’t make the playoffs that year.

    The simple answer is it doesn’t matter who it is, the Patriots will probably be worse after Brady.

    Do you think the Colts will be the same with Luck? They certainly have a chance to succeed because Luck is a true blue chip player, but he may never do what Manning has done or even come close.

    Was Young as good as Montana? No… He was good enough to win 1 SB, but he wasn’t the next Montana.

    If you have a generational legend at QB they can’t be replaced.

    It’s depressing for Patriots fans, but true.

  30. denverwally says: Apr 2, 2014 12:08 PM

    Patriots = winningest team of the past 20 years. Deal with it haters.

  31. bullcharger says: Apr 2, 2014 12:13 PM

    pftfan says:Apr 2, 2014 10:15 AM

    Wasn’t Ryan Mallett supposed to blossom under Brady and at least retrieve the Patriots a future first rounder? I mean, that’s what Patriots fans have been telling themselves the last 4 years now..

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    I think that’s what the talking heads have said… I think Patriots fans see him as a back-up with the right height and a strong arm that might win a few games if they ever needed him. Teams can’t have a total bum at back up QB. If they had traded Mallet they would have still needed someone. The only reason they got what they did for Cassell is because he actually played in games. No one with trade first round picks for guys that play in the pre-season.

  32. bullcharger says: Apr 2, 2014 12:16 PM

    buffalotom says:Apr 2, 2014 9:44 AM

    Hello Mr (insert qb here)

    So what do you think your biggest weakness is?

    Did ya write down that boys?

    OK, have a nice day…NEXT

    —————

    Belichick doesn’t care about gathering information about some rookie who hasn’t even stepped on the field yet. It would be completely useless and irrelevant agains them in the future as they haven’t even learned a teams system yet. He is actually evaluating them for the draft. Why is that so hard for everyone to believe.

  33. bullcharger says: Apr 2, 2014 12:23 PM

    Marv says:Apr 2, 2014 7:15 AM

    I was always wondering why nobody talked about the possibilty that some teams just want to check those QB’s on their weaknesses. There’s a pretty high chance the Pats will play one of those guys sooner or later. If you know his tendencies, that might actually help the game plan.

    Sounds a lot more logical to me than the “trade value” thing, since that has a whole lot more to do with the other teams than with this workout.

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    How is it logical to interview a QB and find out how to compete with him in the furture on a team that you don’t know with coaches that aren’t yet determined and all that after he’s had a chance to actually play in the NFL and get better. It isn’t about trade value either… it’s about draft value. Why not try to find the next franchise QB guy if you can draft him at the right spot. Mallet is going somewhere in Free Agency next year. The Patriots need a back up in the short term and a new starter in the next 2 or 3 years.

  34. castleanthrax says: Apr 2, 2014 12:32 PM

    IF they draft a QB in the first 3 rounds it will more than likely be AJ McCarron.

    The other three won’t be available at #29 and McCarron is a Saban guy.

    And not to mention having Katherine Webb around would be a nice perk.

  35. lolatpatshaters says: Apr 2, 2014 1:10 PM

    “The New England Patriots are the gold standard franchise of the NFL”
    –Shannon Sharpe

    #yestheyare
    #bowdownhaters

  36. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 2, 2014 1:44 PM

    Most likely scenario is Pats are doing due diligence in case one of these guys falls in the draft and they can take them as trade bait to another team.

    As to how the Pats look like after Brady who knows ? What I do know is Cassel stepped in when Brady was hurt and the team did well, it being a fluke they didn’t make the playoffs that year at 11-5.

    What I also know is one of the weeks last season 3 Belichick selected QBs all won games for their teams, being Brady, Hoyer and Cassel.

    What I laugh at is the people who hate the Pats assuming Belichick has no plans for after Brady and that he’s not already planning when and who to draft as his replacement. And he’ll definitely draft that presumed replacement before Brady retires so he can try him out in the preseason and maybe late in already won games in the regular season to make sure he has someone good to replace Brady with. As well as making sure the guy has the football IQ to understand the Pats system.

  37. bobsnygiants says: Apr 2, 2014 1:57 PM

    here comes a trade

  38. swagger52 says: Apr 2, 2014 2:20 PM

    Perhaps Brady’s coaches so the same thing that Raven’s fans saw – Brady in rapid decline. Patriot Fans not so much. I wish Brady would play forever. Unfortunately, it looks like the Bellichek would like his QB to throw all over the field – not just 5 yards over the middle.

  39. revren10 says: Apr 6, 2014 8:02 PM

    Patriots will look to draft a wide reciever from applachian state over taking a quarterback in this draft because that player has intangibles.

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