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Patriots continue showing interest in quarterback prospects

Seth Lobato AP

The Patriots don’t have an immediate need at quarterback, but they’re continuing to show interest in drafting one.

Our list of pre-draft visits shows that the Patriots have spent time with Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas. According to Boston.com, the list of quarterbacks the Patriots have spent time with at Pro Day workouts also includes Eastern Illinois’s Jimmy Garoppolo, Ohio State’s Kenny Guiton, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, South Carolina’s Connor Shaw and Ball State’s Keith Wenning.

And the latest name to the list of quarterbacks the Patriots have been linked to is Northern Colorado’s Seth Lobato, a raw, 6-foot-6 former basketball player.

The Patriots might be thinking now about what they’ll do at quarterback when Tom Brady retires. Or they could be trying to light a fire under Brady. Or they could be trying to pick the brains of as many quarterbacks as they can, as offensive schemes increasingly migrate from college to the NFL. Whatever the reasons, by the time of the draft in three weeks, it appears that the Patriots will have talked to just about every available quarterback.

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  1. dudermcrbohan says: Apr 19, 2014 11:40 AM

    It has to be done. Look at the teams that have been in the cellar for the last decade, no stability at QB. Kudos to them for really putting in the work.

  2. citizenstrange says: Apr 19, 2014 11:41 AM

    Domo Arigato Seth Lobato

  3. raymondtx says: Apr 19, 2014 11:43 AM

    Actuallly, they are just implanting microchips into every prospect to spy on them once they get to the pros.

  4. icewalker946 says: Apr 19, 2014 11:44 AM

    Ryan Mallett is over there waving his arms like, “Hey, you have me on the roster, too, guys.”

  5. dcrance7 says: Apr 19, 2014 11:44 AM

    This is the luxury of having a franchise quarterback who is on the back 9 of his career. Similar to the Green Bay Favre/Rodgers situation. Bring the kid in now and let him develope under Tom. As a Bills fan, its frustrating to see an organization continue to do things right.

  6. nflinsider711 says: Apr 19, 2014 11:45 AM

    Tom Brady hasn’t won a bowl in 10 years. Its time to move on. My sources are telling me that they are trading Tom Brady to Texans and are drafting Clowney. They will pick a quarterback in the later rounds to compete with Mallett.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 19, 2014 11:45 AM

    I just made a mock yesterday and I had the Patriots selecting a QB with their 1st Round pick when one dropped that they thought highly of. They could trade Brady in the future, or hold the prospect as insurance and the backup in case of injury, or groom him for the long-term, or they could trade him for a premium at a later time after the prove to everybody else that they aren’t messing around. Maybe you should pick up the phone after they call his name since they have 2 franchise QBs if you are a team still looking for your first.

    Whatever that QB is worth to the Pats, maybe he should be worth more to your team, so make an offer now that your worst nightmares have materialized? Since the Pats would have lots of options to go different ways with it you can’t exclude the possibility that they go with a BPA strategy even if that means taking a QB.

  8. icewalker946 says: Apr 19, 2014 11:46 AM

    citizenstrange says: Apr 19, 2014 11:41 AM

    Domo Arigato Seth Lobato
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    domo….domo…

  9. gothapotamus90210 says: Apr 19, 2014 11:55 AM

    I guess Mallet isn’t the guy.

    If for nothing else, it’s worth talking to these guys from the perspective of scouting an opposing player.

  10. jeffouzala says: Apr 19, 2014 11:57 AM

    They are moving Brady possibly in this draft

    If matt Cassel can go 11-5 in Brady’s lost season, so can’t almost any other QB mallet knows the system, had a stronger arm and is more mobile.

    And this will be belicheck’s chance to prove it’s his coaching and not Brady’s QB play.

    If not this year than next.

    The new coach of the texans was Brady’s offensive coordinator in his best year.

  11. brownsclown says: Apr 19, 2014 11:57 AM

    Is Dumbturdi doing anything besides fetching coffee and snacks for the coaching staff?

  12. nyctraffic says: Apr 19, 2014 11:58 AM

    Brady is the most competitive guy in football. He’ll sneakily teach the new kid how to throw the ball into coverage and mess up his footwork. I wouldn’t trust Brady as a mentor. The guy will be around till he’s 41 or 42.

  13. 6ball says: Apr 19, 2014 12:00 PM

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    The Patriots maintain top secrecy going into the draft. It’s almost a mockery to include them in mock drafts, as none of the information has basis in fact.

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  14. edzo82270 says: Apr 19, 2014 12:00 PM

    Light a fire under Brady? The most passionate player on the team? That’s poor journalism. Trade Brady? The guy who got you to the AFC Championship game with N O T H I N G to throw to? That’s just stupid.

  15. pj1983a says: Apr 19, 2014 12:02 PM

    This is why I find all the Ryan Mallett trade rumors so ridiculous. If the Patriots really thought he was capable of being a starting QB they wouldn’t be 1) willing to trade him and 2) so eager to replace him.

  16. mclovin07 says: Apr 19, 2014 12:04 PM

    Trade Brady?

    You guys are crazy!

  17. packerbackernj says: Apr 19, 2014 12:06 PM

    @thestrategyexpert man, you might be more delusional and out there then logicalvoice and the Vikings trolls.

  18. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 19, 2014 12:06 PM

    I’m still laughing at the guys touting Ryan Mallett as a potential NFL QB….

  19. dynaco says: Apr 19, 2014 12:11 PM

    Didn’t we get Tebow as our backup QB?

    Besides who needs a QB when #WEGOTREVIS#

  20. jeffouzala says: Apr 19, 2014 12:17 PM

    Belichick is all about improving the team and getting the most value.

    He’s bringing in QBs so that when he had the texans first overall pick he can trade down a slot or two with a team that coverts a QB and still get clowney and other picks

    He is a genius when it comes to these things.

    Mike vrabel to KC, randy moss to Vikings, Super Bowl MVP Deion branch to Seattle, Drew Bledsoe to Bills, the list goes on

    And not resigned or cut: Adam viniatieri, Ted Washington, Ty Law, Corey Dillon, willie McGinnest, to name a few of the guys that played a big role in their Super Bowl victories.

    I’m a past fan and I support it. Get value while you can.

  21. redrew says: Apr 19, 2014 12:21 PM

    Brady just fashioned a new line of man purses called Metro Saks….and TMZ is stationed outside his villa waiting for TB to display his latest hair style. Julian Edelman waits at the gate as well to copy the look.

  22. mattseas says: Apr 19, 2014 12:33 PM

    Ryan Mallett is in the last year of his rookie deal, and likely won’t be resigned. So the patriots must find a QB to groom to be Brady’s backup in 2015.

  23. rockislander says: Apr 19, 2014 12:45 PM

    mattseas says:
    Apr 19, 2014 12:33 PM
    Ryan Mallett is in the last year of his rookie deal, and likely won’t be resigned. So the patriots must find a QB to groom to be Brady’s backup in 2015.

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    We got bingo. It’s really as simple as the post above. They’re determining the value of a QB prospect that might be available in the 3rd, 4th, 5th round against some of these guys who go in the first two. Mallet will not be on the roster in 2015 so they will groom his replacement, not Brady’s.

  24. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 19, 2014 12:45 PM

    Laughing at the people who thing the Pats are trading Brady during the draft this year.

    The Pats have made it to a Super Bowl and the AFC Championship the other 2 of the last 3 years. They didn’t lose those games because of Brady.

    What Belichick is doing is planning for life after Brady. As someone mentioned above like they did in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers. They’ll take a good QB sometime in the next 2-3 years who will be the intended Brady replacement. They want the next guy to learn from Brady and be ready to run one of the couple most complex offensive systems in the league. No rookie can come in and do that.

  25. winstonjed44 says: Apr 19, 2014 12:52 PM

    Makes sense, Ryan Mallet is on the last year of his contract and will likely have enough interest around the league that it’ll cost more than the Pats want to pay, so they probably won’t resign him. Brady isn’t playing forever, and he can get hurt at any time so it’s smart to start planning for the future now.

  26. nobreak1269 says: Apr 19, 2014 12:55 PM

    The cheating pats main question they ask prospective qbs:Are you willing to sacrafice your integrity for Superbowl ‘wins’?
    Brady obviously answered yes.No way the untalented 6th round draft pick would have ‘won’ 3 Superbowls without SPYGATE.
    Sorry pat fans-no one outside of new england respects those ‘wins’-and they NEVER WILL.

  27. smithopher says: Apr 19, 2014 1:08 PM

    Or they can draft a good prospect coach him up behind Brady and if he’s good they play him at the end of the season once the pats clinch a playoff berth, show what he can do and get it on tape, and have some trade leverage for a couple years down the road. QB is a valuable commodity and coming from that franchise, the kid could learn a thing or two. I hate the patriots but it’s true.

  28. andrewluck12 says: Apr 19, 2014 1:11 PM

    I’m sure bill has something sinister planned.

  29. beachsidejames says: Apr 19, 2014 1:15 PM

    In 2 years Tom will be 40. Not a bad idea to start looking at a qb replacement.

  30. drohanimal says: Apr 19, 2014 1:16 PM

    LOL. Light a fire under Brady? No. It’s just Belichek realizing Tom’s not going to be around forever. Brady is going to start his decline soon too. Sorry Pats fans, it’s true. Great player though.

  31. lbcoach34 says: Apr 19, 2014 1:20 PM

    light a fire under Tom Brady?!?!?

  32. terripet says: Apr 19, 2014 1:29 PM

    The pats know BRADY is done

  33. waxthat says: Apr 19, 2014 1:48 PM

    They want Manziel.

  34. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 19, 2014 1:50 PM

    The way it’s done nowadays in the NFL is to draft a QB, then play him immediately. This business of a draftee watching from the sidelines for two or three seasons is so yesterday.
    Soon, hopefully, team owners will also realize that drafting a QB in the first round is unnecessary … as is paying a QB more than a third of his team’s payroll. With all the rule changes favoring offenses, finding a productive QB isn’t as difficult as it seemingly once was.

  35. voidhelix says: Apr 19, 2014 1:54 PM

    I predict AJ McCarron in the third.

  36. bourque801 says: Apr 19, 2014 1:58 PM

    Agree with the Patriots “Looking at Quarterbacks” this year In the draft….Brady’s getting close to 40 and It would be stupid not to have a back up plan when Brady eventually retires….

    Thank You

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 19, 2014 2:02 PM

    @terripet,

    Yes, 4300 yards and 25 TDs is “done”. You only wish your team had a QB as good as Brady.

    He’s still got 3-5 years left sorry to tell ya Pats haters.

  38. sean6886 says: Apr 19, 2014 2:09 PM

    As someone who hates the Pats, it’s a good move for them. Get someone who can study under Brady for several years.

  39. edelmanfanclub says: Apr 19, 2014 2:14 PM

    Lol to anyone thinking they are trading Brady. Again, LOL. In all seriousness, they arent impressed with Mallett and are looking for Brady’s successor or setting up smoke screens for teams that want to trade back into the 1st round for a QB

  40. RE LEE says: Apr 19, 2014 2:16 PM

    Light a fire on Brady? The rest of the elite QBs ought to be completely torched then. — The pats are preparing for the long term. Maybe there’s another brady-caliber rough gem among these qbs. That’s all the pats are doing. BB might just be conjuring his chess moves. He is the master after all.

  41. jameslongstaffe says: Apr 19, 2014 2:17 PM

    I think they may be looking at a possible Ryan Mallett trade on draft day, & then draft replacement.

  42. twinfan24 says: Apr 19, 2014 2:46 PM

    Maybe Brady has let the Pats know that he will play out his current contract and then retire. And, I believe Mallett is only signed for another year or two, so it makes sense to start thinking QB now if they find one they like that they can draft later.

  43. terripet says: Apr 19, 2014 2:55 PM

    Brady the 5 yard passer any pass pass 10 yards is incomplete or intercepted.

  44. dcs126126 says: Apr 19, 2014 3:00 PM

    rockislander says:
    Apr 19, 2014 12:45 PM
    mattseas says:
    Apr 19, 2014 12:33 PM
    Ryan Mallett is in the last year of his rookie deal, and likely won’t be resigned. So the patriots must find a QB to groom to be Brady’s backup in 2015.

    ——————————————-

    We got bingo. It’s really as simple as the post above. They’re determining the value of a QB prospect that might be available in the 3rd, 4th, 5th round against some of these guys who go in the first two. Mallet will not be on the roster in 2015 so they will groom his replacement, not Brady’s.

    ————————————————-

    Agree with both these posts…wouldn’t be surprised “if” Aaron Murray falls to the 3rd or 4th round (IMO because of his injury late last year) the Pats draft him…coming off injury can learn the system and get back to full health next year while Mallet backing up during Mallet’s last year of his contract…and then Mallet leaves prior to 2015 season, and Murray serves as his Brady backup, more than likely for the final 3 years of Brady’s career, and then takes over with 4 years under his belt learning a complicated system from one of the best in the game…dont discount the fact that he was a 4 year starter at UGA, BB loves that stuff, and although he lost many big games, he also won a few and showed toughness and leadership in the process…perfect Pats/BB pick here.

  45. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 19, 2014 3:09 PM

    watch the great BB retire after Brady does….. always gave Brady far more credit than BB for the Pats “AFC” success

  46. badmoonrison says: Apr 19, 2014 5:16 PM

    Some young prospect will soon be taken under the shadowy wing of Ernie Adams and be indoctrinated into the fine craft of cheating.

  47. winstonpark says: Apr 19, 2014 5:27 PM

    Houston Texans trade their 2nd round pick to New England Patriots for Ryan Mallett.

  48. genericcommenter says: Apr 19, 2014 5:39 PM

    Tom Brady is old. They need to groom someone at some point, and the likelihood of finding another round 6 HOFer at the position is not that great.

  49. nite2al says: Apr 19, 2014 6:01 PM

    I don’t like the Patriots, but push Brady? Ludicrous!

    How about preparing for the future or getting a backup QB?

  50. scw1993 says: Apr 19, 2014 6:43 PM

    Jets….45 years and counting

  51. Noel Thomas says: Apr 19, 2014 7:08 PM

    LOL @ Pats haters. You guys slay me. Nothing more fun than watching you post.

  52. u4iadman says: Apr 19, 2014 8:18 PM

    Factually, he hasn’t won in 10 years, and that was mired in spy and tuck, or no SB wins. The D won those Bowls statistically too per the NFL Post reports that drill down on such trends. Brady has been missing open receivers for 3 years now, and is getting older, by NFL standards. Smart move to draft QB’s now and prepare to move on and recover the salary cap.
    I tend to agree with most analysts that say it’s the coach and system, not Brady who was successful as evidenced by Cassels year taking over.

    Go Pats.

  53. brobroski says: Apr 19, 2014 8:40 PM

    voidhelix says:
    Apr 19, 2014 1:54 PM
    I predict AJ McCarron in the third.
    —————————-
    This would not shock me in the least. I’d put this prediction at about 60%. Makes sense on many levels.

  54. jaggedmark says: Apr 19, 2014 9:27 PM

    Light a fire under Tom Brady? He’s already the most intense QB in the league.

  55. nobreak1269 says: Apr 19, 2014 9:52 PM

    Joe Namath Superbowl win Is > than Spygate Brady 3 Superbowl ‘wins’

  56. ytownjoe says: Apr 19, 2014 10:23 PM

    The secret is out. Kenny Guiton will not be drafted but will be invited to Patriots camp.

  57. goindy2006 says: Apr 19, 2014 10:46 PM

    I’m a colts fan and Brady has done more with less then any QB that I’ve seen in my life. Much respect for him as a competitor. Mr. Kraft and Bill would be smart to let him finish out his career there in NE. No need to ever light a fire under Brady.

  58. vikingdoode says: Apr 19, 2014 10:51 PM

    looks like they are looking at qb’s or are they telling the qb hungry team at 29 trade up….or else

  59. jeffouzala says: Apr 20, 2014 8:15 AM

    What would your team give up for 3-5 years of Tom Brady?

  60. bigearl61 says: Apr 20, 2014 10:33 AM

    Here it is… mallett in last year of rookie deal will be subject to transition tag that the pats will place a second round distinction on…With them taking a quarterback in this years 3rd round they would essentially pick up 2nd round pick for him,for we all know bill will NEVER resign him for that, all while grooming this years pick to replace Brady in 3 years…for Bill its the cost benefit analysis…

  61. bullcharger says: Apr 20, 2014 10:53 AM

    They aren’t trying to light a fire under Brady. He just sold his giant custom built mansion to move to Boston full time. He cares plenty. He had an up and down year last year stat wise, but he was by far the most clutch player in the NFL. He beat New Orleans, Denver and Cleveland in complete miracle come backs that were 100% on his shoulders. He had five 4th quarter comebacks… more than anyone and he made them a 12-4 team instead of an 8-8 team or worse, which is what they were without Brady.

    In terms of his own performance, I’d put that season 5th after 2003, 04, 07 and 10.

  62. zinn22 says: Apr 20, 2014 11:01 AM

    The simple answer is Mallet has one more year left and the pats need to replace him.

    Replacing Brady may come sooner than later but I doubt that is on their minds yet. The immediate need is replacing Mallet.

  63. lolatpatshaters says: Apr 20, 2014 11:34 AM

    Light a fire under Brady – I doubt it.

    Under Mallett…maybe.

  64. motionaway says: Apr 20, 2014 6:44 PM

    There are going to be 3 or 4 franchise quarterbacks in this years draft from but not limited to: Bortles, Manziel, Bridgewater, Carr, Savage, Garoppolo, Mettenberger, and McCarron.

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