Chargers drafted Dan Feeney at 71, Patriots wanted him at 72

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The Chargers got the man they wanted in the third round of the NFL draft, and not a pick too soon.

Dan Feeney, a guard/center from Indiana, went to Los Angeles with the 71st overall pick in the draft. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN, the Patriots were set to take Feeney with the 72nd overall pick.

With Feeney off the board, the Patriots traded down, sending the 72nd pick to Tennessee for the 83rd and 124th overall picks.

Reiss notes that one of the Patriots’ first priorities after the draft was giving center David Andrews a contract extension. If the Patriots had been able to draft Feeney, they might not have extended Andrews. So the Chargers’ selection was bad for the Patriots, but good for Andrews, who got some job security out of the deal.

53 responses to “Chargers drafted Dan Feeney at 71, Patriots wanted him at 72

  1. Those Pats. All they are capable of is winning championships. Watch out though, Brady is on Madden.

  2. Circus

    Is it truly that difficult to systematically operate a football-deflating program, while simultaneously properly executing your Draft plan inside the Patriot war room?

    I wouldn’t have thought so, but only Belichick knows for sure

    God knows they’ve been doing it now for years

    Perhaps a Patriot beat writer will have the guts to ask Belichick about it, but I seriously doubt it

  3. smart?collegefootball says:

    says:
    May 14, 2017 12:45 PM
    Circus

    Is it truly that difficult to systematically operate a football-deflating program, while simultaneously properly executing your Draft plan inside the Patriot war room?

    I wouldn’t have thought so, but only Belichick knows for sure

    God knows they’ve been doing it now for years

    Perhaps a Patriot beat writer will have the guts to ask Belichick about it, but I seriously doubt it

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    Not bad for a Single A Troll.

    Keep working at it, it’ll get easier

  4. Lol, listen to all the haters jumping in here. You guys are letting your envy show. You all know that Belichick dealt with that little setback just like any other, simply moved on to his next best option and kept going. The way he does that is why he overcomes the little setbacks to beat your team again and again and again and again and….

  5. He gets to start his career playing in front of crowds smaller than his high school games.

  6. Please, Feeny is stoked. Gets to live in So Cal, makes a new bff in Frorrest Lamp and most of all, gets to be part of the impetus that sends the Chargers back to the playoffs. Not everyone wants to live in Boston and work for Bill Belichik and Tom Brady.

  7. bencoates57 says:
    May 14, 2017 12:45 PM
    It’s also bad for Dan Feeney. So sorry, man.

    ————

    At least he won’t have to work so hard.

  8. Hopefully Feeney works out for the Chargers and the Pats get a hit on Derek Rivers and/or Antonio Garcia, whom the Pats traded up to get with the ammo from trading out of #72.

  9. If I’m Dan Feeney…..do you want to play in LA or for the milk ya dry cold weather clam chowdas? A second contract is always better money wise anywhere but in lobsterville.

  10. Feeney is a really good lineman. Given that the Patriots moved back and still fill 2 immediate needs I doubt they’re overly upset about it at the moment.

  11. trubroncfan07 says:
    Surprised the NFL did not make the Chargers just give the pats the player since they cater to the Pats.
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    Have you been living in a cave on a mountain somewhere in the wilderness??? The whole Deflategate pass right by you? You know, the witch hunt that thoroughly disregards science that nearly went to the US Supreme Court? The Pats had their star QB suspended for 1/4 of the season and lost a 1st and 4th round draft pick? Any of that sound familiar???

    DOES THAT SOUND LIKE A TEAM BEING CATERED TO ?!?!?!?!

  12. Did Reiss provide any attribution to his comment? If not, or if he used the ‘unnamed sources’ cop out, well that is the BSPN way.

    FWIW, I have no idea if any of the Pats “draft” picks will work out, but on paper I like the Pats draft.

    Brandin Cooks, Kony Ealy, Mike Gillislee, Dwayne Allen, Derek Rivers, Antonio Garcia, Deatrich Wise Jr., Conor McDermott. Looks like a pretty good start.

  13. jackedupboonie says:
    May 14, 2017 1:13 PM

    A second contract is always better money wise anywhere but in lobsterville.
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    Gillislee, Burkhead, Ealy, Cooks, and Allen would disagree with you.

  14. PATRIOT THIS PATRIOT THAT ,THE NFL WILL B BETTER OFF WHEN BRADY RETIRES,AND then and ONLY then can u measure belechks,genius…PS,how did he do in Cleveland w out A bradyclone….Nada,nuthn,loser, average Co. At best…it’s coming pats fans,mediocrity…welcome to my bills nightmare

  15. “Surprised the NFL did not make the Chargers just give the pats the player since they cater to the Pats.”

    Lol coming from a Donks fan. Few teams are catered to like the Donkeys, they’re one of Roger’s Super Six – Giants, Jets, Donks, Ravens, Steelers and Colts.

    Those 6 teams and their players are frequently let off the hook with no penalties of any form for things the other 26 teams are regularly hit on.

  16. One mention of the Patriots and all the “Cry Bullies” come out in force.

  17. Surprised the NFL did not make the Chargers just give the pats the player since they cater to the Pats.

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    I hope you are a troll because the alternative is you are just stupid.

  18. piazza5987 says:
    May 14, 2017 1:41 PM
    PATRIOT THIS PATRIOT THAT ,THE NFL WILL B BETTER OFF WHEN BRADY RETIRES,AND then and ONLY then can u measure belechks,genius…PS,how did he do in Cleveland w out A bradyclone….Nada,nuthn,loser, average Co. At best…it’s coming pats fans,mediocrity…welcome to my bills nightmare
    ~~~~~~~~
    Belichick took a 3-13 Browns team to 11-5 and the playoffs – without a Brady clone – before Modell cratered the program by announcing a move to Baltimore early in the following season.

  19. I would feel some type of way if I was David Andrews knowing I was a fallback plan.

  20. Good luck Feeney. Life all comes down to a few key moments. You have had the misfortune to be drafted by a team of losers when one more spot you would enjoy success, likely Super Bowls and the privilege of playing with Tom Brady.
    However, it may have been better to never know how close he came to be a Patriot and protecting the greatest of all time.

  21. PS,how did he do in Cleveland w out A bradyclone

    Cleveland has yet to equal Belichick’s 94 season in the years since.

    That’s how.

  22. The Patriot hate is strong today.

    I’m thinking a lot of fans saw their rosters and coaches after the draft and realized they’re just as screwed now as they were last year…..so bitterness has ensued.

  23. I’m thinking a lot of fans saw their rosters and coaches after the draft and realized they’re just as screwed now as they were last year

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    It’s dumb to say the Pats don’t deserve respect for their success in the new century, but it’s also “pride before the fall” territory to think your team is invincible vs. other rosters. The other team in this article has been hacked up the last 6 years but have now quietly crafted a roster with talent and depth on top of finally adding a coach with some chops. I guess we’ll see which team is trending where when the play each other this season. See you then.

  24. In their roster handling to date the Patriots have shown a lot of faith in Andrews. It’s a lot more likely had they gotten Feeney it would have been with an eye towards Mason’s replacement.

  25. I’m sure the world champions will make out just fine. You know it, too. All too well.

  26. I’m glad it worked out the way it did….
    The Pats got some much needed pass rush depth & 2 OL players that Scar can shape & develop while the current O-Line keeps making strides at becoming z fine tuned unit…
    Andrews did a great job & he’s locked up for a few years like MOST of the line is….
    Life is good in Patriot Nation…REAL GOOD!!!

  27. jackedupboonie says:
    May 14, 2017 1:13 PM
    If I’m Dan Feeney…..do you want to play in LA or for the milk ya dry cold weather clam chowdas? A second contract is always better money wise anywhere but in lobsterville.

    —————-

    But right now this is about his first contract. And rookie deals are fairly preset so he is not going to make much more or less in one place than another. So…..If you are Dan Feeney you want to spend that rookie contract playing in a championship cluture getting the best coaching the NFL has to offer. Make yourself into a strong contributor for a team that puts some rings on those fingers. Then with that resume in your hand and rings on your fingers now you are in a position to start thinking about how that second contract will look and where you want to play. Meanwhile that guy that was losing games in LA is hoping he can get a second contract doing a couple years building up in New England so he can go get a big third contract before his window passes.

  28. thereyougo2 says:
    May 14, 2017 12:38 PM
    Look at the picture Feeney is unable to get up himself.

    ___________________

    Maybe you should look at it again because he’s lifting up a teammate

  29. Has Carson signed him yet? They need to because they have “0” fan base in Carson or L-a-L-a land for that matter. With all the other entertainment options residents have there, who is going to say, hey, lets go to a Carson game this weekend. They won’t be able to get tickets because they’ve all been re-sold to opposing teams fans. There are NO home games for Carson. The disastrous re-location mess made sure of that.

  30. nzaz says:
    May 14, 2017 3:21 PM

    The other team in this article has been hacked up the last 6 years but have now quietly crafted a roster with talent and depth on top of finally adding a coach with some chops. I guess we’ll see which team is trending where when the play each other this season. See you then.
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    Patriots by 47.

  31. I honestly thought for a second that this was about the Chargers wanting to draft a player at 71 years old, and the Pats wanting the same guy a year later.

  32. Why would you have to depress Feeney like that?

    He was one spot away from going to the best team in the league and perhaps a SuperBowl in his rookie year. Now … basement.

  33. “it’s also “pride before the fall” territory to think your team is invincible vs. other rosters. ”

    Pats fans definitely feel that way at times but thankfully Belichick and Brady never do. They know how fast things can go wrong on an NFL field.

    They will probably go into the season with one of the best 2 or 3 rosters in the league, but Belichick will have them feeling like they’re nowhere near that. Its that way of motivating the players so they work as hard or harder than anyone else in the league that has led to so much success.

  34. In their roster handling to date the Patriots have shown a lot of faith in Andrews. It’s a lot more likely had they gotten Feeney it would have been with an eye towards Mason’s replacement.

    —-
    bingo

    they need a spot/reserve center, but feeney would
    have pushed mason out to a spot player instead of a starter

    mason is a great run blocker but he needs
    work with pass blocking

    feeny and andrews have nothing to do with
    another. reiss is clueless on this one

    basically, bb wants another koppen/hochstein or connolly/wendell
    type situation and he is looking to find it

  35. nzaz says:
    May 14, 2017 3:21 PM

    have now quietly crafted a roster with talent and depth on top of finally adding a coach with some chops.
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    Anthony Linn has “chops”? OK. From my perspective, he was an interim-coordinator for one of the leagues worst head coaches playing in a one dimensional run first offense in a passing league, and that somehow prepared him to be a HC surrounded by coordinators who already failed as HCs.

    How this is cause for optimism is beyond me.

  36. Nice to see the majority of young football fans decked out in Zpattiots gear. May the winning continue and the fan base grow.

  37. Anthony Linn has “chops”? OK. From my perspective, he was an interim-coordinator for one of the leagues worst head coaches playing in a one dimensional run first offense in a passing league, and that somehow prepared him to be a HC surrounded by coordinators who already failed as HCs.
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    As in the dude was a player in the league on winning teams and commands the room. After 10 years of Turner and McCoy (sounds like an 80’s cop show) I’ve been desperate for a HC like that. There is no debating the success of his running schemes and as far as Buffalo, that team was a mess and he was in a no win situation from the jump. The owners made him hold out his starting QB in his one game as HC which I think shows the level of rediculousness. Despite that, Buffalos run game was still at the top end of the league. All new coaches have to start somewhere. Tomlin and Harbaugh both had less experience then him when they started and they worked out ok. As far as coordinators, you obviously are stretching. Wisenhunt and Bradley are top three in both their positions. Do I need to rattle off all the amazing coordinators that didn’t work out as HCs for one reason or another? If you know anything about football I shouldn’t have to.

  38. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    May 14, 2017 2:46 PM
    I would feel some type of way if I was David Andrews knowing I was a fallback plan————-
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    Yep, that contract extension with the dynasty of the millenium must have really shook him up something terrible.

  39. First of all, how does this guy know this to be true?
    Second of all, any time the Patriots are mentioned in here, it makes many fans cry and pout and call them cheaters and other silly names. They conveniently forget that the Broncos and 49’ers cheated with the salary cap and got caught — during their Super Bowl winning years.
    Finally, to all the haters — Patriots, Brady, Belichick, Kraft, Patriots, Brady, Belichick, Kraft.
    That ought to keep you crying for a while.

    And — I’m a Packers fan, not a Patriots fan. But they have been the best team in the NFL for the last 15 years because of one reason — they do things better than everyone else — including the Packers. I have immense respect for what they have been able to do and all the criers are just jealous whiners.

  40. thereyougo2 says:
    May 14, 2017 12:35 PM
    Those Pats. All they are capable of is winning championships.

    =============
    and cheating.
    you and the donkos are connected at the asterisks!

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