Patriots brought Lamar Jackson in for a visit

AP

The Patriots did more than send out smoke signals indicating they had some interest in Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, they brought him to their facility.

According to Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network, the Patriots “relatively quietly” brought Jackson to Foxboro for a pre-draft visit.

That either means (a) they whispered the entire time he was there, or (b) were able to get him in and out without anybody realizing it for at least a week.

It’s probably (b).

They were apparently “intrigued and impressed” with him after the visit, and maybe the fact they were speaking in hushed tones lent the visit an air of intimacy that others lack.

Or maybe they realize they’re going to need a new quarterback of the future sooner rather than later, and they think the former Heisman Trophy winner could be that guy.

And they have four picks in the first two rounds, giving them plenty of ammunition if they need to move up from No. 23.

But ssssshhhhhh, keep it quiet.

66 responses to “Patriots brought Lamar Jackson in for a visit

  1. .
    The Patriots usually like to interview the top QB prospects as background in case they have an opportunity to trade for or sign him at a later date.
    .

  2. Seriously I don’t think there is that much drama to it. Yes teams try to hide their intentions, but it isn’t like you can hide a visit nor does it give you some mythical competitive advantage on draft day. There’s some drama at the top this time but A) everyone knows NE is looking at QBs as they should be, and B) their pick isn’t a coveted one to get at one. So they either trade up, or they don’t, but they’d be the ones asking for the trade, not guarding a pick or a player. That’s when deception or coyness matters. Stop trying to find genius where there isn’t any. This is basic.

    Oh, and bringing people in for visits doesn’t really signal intentions. It signals…wait for it….a desire to get to know someone better than at the combine. Intrigued doesn’t mean there’s a courtship in play.

  3. Yeah…I know life is not fair but this is ridiculous. DO NOT let this team get this man or it will be a continued dynasty, I would like to see someone else represent the AFC in the near future. Please let him go elsewhere….

  4. That’s it, Brady’s retiring and the Patriots are trading their first 4 picks to the Browns to select Lamar Jackson who will immediately take over as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots.

    Sound about right folks?

  5. My Beloved Patriots (Long may they Reign) have Hoyer as a backup. With Tom Brady being the Best there IS, the Best there WAS, and the Best there Ever Will Be there is no need to draft a QB. The Master and Greatest Coach of All Time Bill Belichick is going to replenish the roster and My Beloved Patriots will reign supreme for another 15 years. Suck it Haters!!!!

  6. In addition to having the NFL’s best Head Coach, best Offensive Line Coach, best Quarterback and probably the best Owner, New England also has the best Scouting Dept. Another reason why the Patriots are able to sustain such an incredible run of success is partly a product of identifying players (college and NFL) who can fit into the system.
    Lamar Jackson coming in for a visit is just a case of evaluating potential talent at a closer level. People shouldn’t read too much into this. Maybe Lamar can fit the system, maybe he can’t. No harm in taking a closer look. The Patriots have a lot more high Draft picks this year than usual and Bill is looking for an injection of fresh talent.

  7. If they brought him in then they are obviously interested in someone else……
    Chess VS Checkers!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  8. I’ve read that they were “impressed” by about 5 quarterbacks. I don’t think they would come out and say they hated anyone. Who they really like would never be leaked, only BB’s circle knows the game plan on draft day.

  9. Or they may expect another AFC competitor to draft Lamar and they can get to know his strengths and weaknesses before they have to defend against him. It’s an intelligence game too. How much intel can you gather to help you win?

  10. They brought in Manziel also. Teams do this. They bring in QB prospects to understand their strengths and weaknesses in case they have to play against them.

  11. I knew there would be an idiot on here early yapping about Kap and what he did six or seven years ago, and it’ll be the same idiot yapping on an article next year; but wait, Kap did this or that back in the day.

    Here’s the thing, Kap had a decent year or two and that was it, he’s done, because he’s not very good. Teams don’t want to waste their time with an egomaniac who isn’t that good.

  12. Braz says:
    April 23, 2018 at 8:14 am
    Would be a great pickup for the Pats. Go get him!

    Signed,
    Bills, Jets, Dolphins

    ———————

    No offense, but BB has forgotten more about football than ANYONE in those 3 dopey organizations will ever know.

  13. tylawspick6 says:
    April 23, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Braz says:
    April 23, 2018 at 8:14 am
    Would be a great pickup for the Pats. Go get him!

    Signed,
    Bills, Jets, Dolphins

    ———————

    No offense, but BB has forgotten more about football than ANYONE in those 3 dopey organizations will ever know.

    =======================
    That is probably true but why would the Pats want to move up to pick a guy who is basically their own Geno Smith?

  14. Lamar as a scrambler doesn’t fit the Pats westcoast timing quickpass style. If they don’t like what else is available as a future franchiser they might still take him as a backup because (as Brissett showed) it can upset opponents in a one-off game and be very useful tradebait for the next year.

  15. bvolke says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:24 am
    I couldnt fear who the Patriots get one bit. They draft as bad as any team…
    ——————–
    Wrong! He drafted Brady, Edelman, Gronk, JimmyG, James White, Donta Hightower, Ebner, Butler, McCourtney, Cannon, Chung, Mayo, Slater, Logan Ryan, Solder, Vollmer, Maroney, Mankins, Wilfork, Koppen, Matt Light, Deion Branch… Meanwhile the likes of Mitchell, Valentine, Flowers, Karras, Fleming, Malcolm Brown, Roberts, Harmon and Jones are all developing nicely thankyou. Belichick has always been better than most at both drafting and trading, he’s just been a little unlucky with injuries – in 2017 Pats were the most banged up team in the league (and in 2015 too, alongside the Giants) but still almost won the SB both years.

  16. streetyson says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:36 am

    bvolke says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:24 am
    I couldnt fear who the Patriots get one bit. They draft as bad as any team…
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    Wrong! He drafted Brady

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    Let’s be real. The Pats deserve no credit whatsoever for drafting Brady in the 6th round. No team does. That late in the draft you’re picking up practice squad fodder, longshot prospects and guys you don’t really expect to make the team anytime soon if at all. People talk like they are some geniuses for doing that after they had passed on Brady 5 times in the draft. They get credit for turning Brady into a superstar for sure, but you don’t give a team props for picking up a guy late as an afterthought.

    If the Pats were the geniuses that people say they are, they would have picked Brady with their first pick of the draft.

  17. Braz says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:21 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    April 23, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Braz says:
    April 23, 2018 at 8:14 am
    Would be a great pickup for the Pats. Go get him!

    Signed,
    Bills, Jets, Dolphins

    ———————

    No offense, but BB has forgotten more about football than ANYONE in those 3 dopey organizations will ever know.

    =======================
    That is probably true but why would the Pats want to move up to pick a guy who is basically their own Geno Smith?

    2 2 Rate This

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    Umm, do you know how many rocks BB looks under just to make sure he dots his Is and crosses his Ts?

    I got bad news for you and other trolls/haters: The reason why JimmyG looked pro ready is becaase worked DAILY with him, which he did with NO other back up draft pick QB since 2000, except for maybe Brady early on.

    Translation? None of the back up QBs drafted from 2003 and beyond were ever intended to succeed Brady.

    So, whomever NE drafts, BB will be hands-on, and the new QB will be prepared. There is no guarantee the next prospect will be a slam dunk in terms of how fast he can be ready, but you can bet the odds are very good they’ll hit here, too.

  18. bvolke says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:24 am
    I couldnt fear who the Patriots get one bit. They draft as bad as any team. Look at the last 10 years.

    ———————

    Yes, the best yield of any AFC team since 2010 (or even 2009) in and out of the Lockout, a GM forced to deal off guys because he can’t pay em all under the cap, is really a team that has drafted poorly.

    LOL

    Tell us, how does the greatest GM in any sport ever with a salary cap, looking to lead his team to an 8th straight conf title game, keep costs down with such poor drafts?

    Can you answer this?

  19. A real man says says:
    April 23, 2018 at 8:45 am
    They brought in Manziel also. Teams do this. They bring in QB prospects to understand their strengths and weaknesses in case they have to play against them.

    9 3 Rate This
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    Yep. It’s like “fast scouting”. It’s good way for them to come to you and get everyone’s opinion at once.

  20. ..According to Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network, the Patriots “relatively quietly” brought Jackson to Foxboro for a pre-draft visit….
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    When are BB and Nick Caserio “noisy” about college players they may or may not have an interest in?

  21. Braz says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:21 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    April 23, 2018 at 8:55 am

    Braz says:
    April 23, 2018 at 8:14 am
    Would be a great pickup for the Pats. Go get him!

    Signed,
    Bills, Jets, Dolphins

    ———————

    No offense, but BB has forgotten more about football than ANYONE in those 3 dopey organizations will ever know.

    =======================
    That is probably true but why would the Pats want to move up to pick a guy who is basically their own Geno Smith?

    ——–

    Who in the Pats organization said they want to move up to get his guy? I will wait patiently for your thoughtful response….

  22. ajsjr40 says:
    April 23, 2018 at 8:11 am
    The Pats two first rounders to the 49ers for #9 puts them in a position for Jackson if they so desire. Intriguing.

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    That would be hilarious. Basically gave up Jimmy GQ & their first round pick to get Lamar Jackson.

  23. streetyson says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:36 am
    bvolke says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:24 am
    I couldnt fear who the Patriots get one bit. They draft as bad as any team…
    ——————–
    Wrong! He drafted Brady, Edelman, Gronk, JimmyG, James White, Donta Hightower, Ebner, Butler, McCourtney, Cannon, Chung, Mayo, Slater, Logan Ryan, Solder, Vollmer, Maroney, Mankins, Wilfork, Koppen, Matt Light, Deion Branch… Meanwhile the likes of Mitchell, Valentine, Flowers, Karras, Fleming, Malcolm Brown, Roberts, Harmon and Jones are all developing nicely thankyou. Belichick has always been better than most at both drafting and trading, he’s just been a little unlucky with injuries – in 2017 Pats were the most banged up team in the league (and in 2015 too, alongside the Giants) but still almost won the SB both years.

    —————

    You named off some good players, some average players, & some bad players. Yeah, Bill has drafted a lot of guys. Great point.

  24. No offense, but BB has forgotten more about football than ANYONE in those 3 dopey organizations will ever know.

    ————

    He forgot to play Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl.

  25. 1. Belichick isn’t bringing in Kap for a look because he doesn’t think football is a priority for him anymore.

    2. Kap is not an egomaniac.

    3. Feel free not to respect Kap but he was named GQ Man of the Year, Sports Illustrated’s Muhammed Ali Legacy award winner and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience award winner.

  26. Braz says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:47 am
    streetyson says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:36 am

    bvolke says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:24 am
    I couldnt fear who the Patriots get one bit. They draft as bad as any team…
    ——————–
    Wrong! He drafted Brady

    ==================================
    Let’s be real. The Pats deserve no credit whatsoever for drafting Brady in the 6th round. No team does. That late in the draft you’re picking up practice squad fodder, longshot prospects and guys you don’t really expect to make the team anytime soon if at all. People talk like they are some geniuses for doing that after they had passed on Brady 5 times in the draft. They get credit for turning Brady into a superstar for sure, but you don’t give a team props for picking up a guy late as an afterthought.

    If the Pats were the geniuses that people say they are, they would have picked Brady with their first pick of the draft.

    1 0 Rate This

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    But, they are geniuses. Even geniuses aren’t perfect. They’re also the only team that was likely to draft Brady.

    The only other coach or GM I’ve ever seen on record as liking Brady was former Oregon State coach, Mike Riley, when he was with San Diego.

    But, he was over-ruled when they drafted Seider instead. Other than that, yes, BB does get credit for adding a 4th QB to the roster in the salary cap era FOR Brady because he liked him so much. They didn’t just throw a dart at the wall and hit Brady.

    BB didn’t like Bledsoe’s skill set for the modern game and wanted his own QB to try to build around so he wouldn’t end up with another Kosar like he got saddled with in Cleveland.

    Enough with the “luck” crap. They saw it, liked him and set him up to succeed.

  27. savethebs says:
    April 23, 2018 at 10:09 am
    No offense, but BB has forgotten more about football than ANYONE in those 3 dopey organizations will ever know.

    ————

    He forgot to play Malcolm Butler in the Super Bowl.

    —————————

    Nope.

    1. Malcolm Butler rejected 8 mil per last spring.
    2. Butler then pouted all year and featured a 103 passer rating against, which is horrible.
    3. Malcolm Butler then faked the flu as a middle finger for not being heavily featured in the gameplan.
    4. Butler flew out late to Minny after cleaning out his locker.
    5. Butler then sucked in practice and missed gameplan installation day (Wed).
    6. Butler also had a crappy AFC Title game.
    7. Matt Patricia admitted it was “difficult” gettting Butler “ready” for games all year.
    8. Butler’s own teammates in the secondary were disappointed with his lack of committment to the defense and the trust they once had with him.

    All of these factors are

    Malcolm Butler has himself to blame and he really ruined the legacy he had in New England with his selfish and immature antics.

    Crying on a sideline simply because you are not starting is a reflection of someone you cannot trust in a professional situation. That was not a mirage on your tv screen.

  28. Tell us, how does the greatest GM in any sport ever with a salary cap, looking to lead his team to an 8th straight conf title game, keep costs down with such poor drafts?

    Can you answer this?
    ______________

    Its mainly because Brady gets paid leas than every other starting QB not still on their rookie deal.

  29. bkinacti0n says:
    April 23, 2018 at 10:42 am
    Tell us, how does the greatest GM in any sport ever with a salary cap, looking to lead his team to an 8th straight conf title game, keep costs down with such poor drafts?

    Can you answer this?
    ______________

    Its mainly because Brady gets paid leas than every other starting QB not still on their rookie deal.

    ———

    But you guys claim that Brady is just a system QB and that any High School QB could with with BB and the Pats.

  30. @tylawspick6 says:
    ——————–

    But, they are geniuses. Even geniuses aren’t perfect. They’re also the only team that was likely to draft Brady.

    The only other coach or GM I’ve ever seen on record as liking Brady was former Oregon State coach, Mike Riley, when he was with San Diego.

    But, he was over-ruled when they drafted Seider instead. Other than that, yes, BB does get credit for adding a 4th QB to the roster in the salary cap era FOR Brady because he liked him so much. They didn’t just throw a dart at the wall and hit Brady.

    BB didn’t like Bledsoe’s skill set for the modern game and wanted his own QB to try to build around so he wouldn’t end up with another Kosar like he got saddled with in Cleveland.

    Enough with the “luck” crap. They saw it, liked him and set him up to succeed.
    ==========================================
    Pats picks in that draft before Brady:
    2 Adrian Klemm, OL, Hawaii
    3 J.R. Redmond, RB, Arizona State
    4 Greg Robinson-Randall, OT, Michigan State
    5 Dave Stachelski, TE, Boise State
    5 Jeff Marriott, DE, Missouri
    6 Antwan Harris, CB, Virginia

    So then I take it the Pats liked these guys – who of course were picked for a Bledsoe team – better than Brady? If they wanted to carry that 4th QB (Brady) that much why isn’t Brady at the top of this list? Why were these guys (most of them picked ahead of him?

    Perhaps you’re right that Bledsoe wasn’t that long for a Belichick team but a genius for picking Brady where they did? Not buying it.

    Luck? Absolutely. You need a lot of it to get anything at all from a 6th round pick never mind seeing one of them become an all time QB with 5 rings.

  31. nhpats says:
    April 23, 2018 at 10:57 am

    bkinacti0n says:
    April 23, 2018 at 10:42 am
    Tell us, how does the greatest GM in any sport ever with a salary cap, looking to lead his team to an 8th straight conf title game, keep costs down with such poor drafts?

    Can you answer this?
    ______________

    Its mainly because Brady gets paid leas than every other starting QB not still on their rookie deal.

    ———

    But you guys claim that Brady is just a system QB and that any High School QB could with with BB and the Pats.

    ================
    Who are “you guys”?

    Other than trolls obviously trying to get a rise out of Pat fan – and of course succeeding 99% of the time, that’s why they do it – nobody with a brain says Brady is a system QB and any high school QB could win with the Pats.

  32. baseballiseasymoney says:
    April 23, 2018 at 11:19 am
    To take a page from 700levelvet…

    The…”Most sensitive fan base in all of sports”

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    Look in the mirror. Non_Pats fans aka trolls and haters, are the ones who are sensitive. Your entire lives are on hold living in fear of NE’s continued success.

    You’ll be in an institution and eating fruit cup on Tuesday nights before you know it.

  33. “Sound about right folks?”

    Nope, sounds like you don’t know anything about the Pats or how Bill goes about things.

    “I couldnt fear who the Patriots get one bit. They draft as bad as any team. Look at the last 10 years.”

    Yeah all the Super Bowls and AFC Champions they’ve gotten to are no better than the other 31 teams. Oh wait…..they have done a lot better than all 31 other teams.

  34. They likely feel he will be drafted by a conference or possibly division team, and are getting some scouting info.

    Smart move.

  35. Hard for me to believe Jackson is their guy. I think it’s MRudolf. A lot of gamesmanship goes on this time of yr. They might be trying to bait someone else into taking him(or jumping them to take him) so a player they want(LB) slides another spot towards them. The steelers(who like Jackson) or the Saints for example. Both also have to replace aging franchise QBs.

  36. bvolke says:
    April 23, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I couldnt fear who the Patriots get one bit. They draft as bad as any team. Look at the last 10 years
    ______________________________________

    Actually most independent sources grade them as among better drafting teams. When you consider where their finish has them drafting year after year that’s not too shabby. Hope that wasn’t too objective a position for you to comprehend

  37. tylawspick6 says:
    April 23, 2018 at 11:31 am
    baseballiseasymoney says:
    April 23, 2018 at 11:19 am
    To take a page from 700levelvet…

    The…”Most sensitive fan base in all of sports”

    ———————-

    Look in the mirror. Non_Pats fans aka trolls and haters, are the ones who are sensitive. Your entire lives are on hold living in fear of NE’s continued success.

    You’ll be in an institution and eating fruit cup on Tuesday nights before you know it.

    ————————-

    Good job proving my point.

  38. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    April 23, 2018 at 11:32 am
    The Patriots traded the wrong QB.
    ———————————–

    If you thought that, Mr. or Ms. Jets fan who repeatedly posts that “any QB would be successful with the Pats”, then you would not still be pretending to be a Pats fan on this site.

  39. The Patriots need at quarterback is not urgent. I would look at what happened with Cordarrelle Patterson as an example of why they do this. The Vikings moved up in front of the Patriots to get Patterson, and spent a first-round draft pick, and a few years later the Patriots pick up the same player cheap because they liked what they learned about him back when he was drafted, and what they saw in his few years in the NFL. Jackson will go somewhere, and he might be a quarterback that’s available down the road after a few years in the NFL, cheaper than what they might have to pay now. It’s just scouting.

  40. in 2017 Pats were the most banged up team in the league (and in 2015 too, alongside the Giants) but still almost won the SB both years.

    Man I was totally feeling this guy’s post until he said ☝️☝️☝️… Most banged up team in 2017 funny enough is the team that actually beat them in the super bowl. That argument is weak at best. Other than that yes the pats have drafted some gems over the years!!

  41. ‘They kept the visit quiet’

    As opposed to having a parade followed by a Luau as most teams do when they bring in prospects for a look.

  42. Just a ploy to get ither teams interested in a wasted pick.
    No offense to this kid but speaking on his football IQ hes dumb as a rock and the Pats offense is one of the more read and decision intensive offenses ever. No way, no how does he become a Patriot.
    Honestly, he’s beat suited as a one or two game fill in where he could come come in after an injury and let his legs win the day but if teams ahve a week to prepare for his skill set he’ll lose 9/10…… just like happened to Kaepernick after the league adapted and exposed his inability to read NFL Ds

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