Breaking down the Patriots approach leading up to the NFL Trade Deadline, possible targets

Breaking down the Patriots approach leading up to the NFL Trade Deadline, possible targets

Here are some of the latest news and notes surrounding the Patriots this week LEE – An armed man was taken into custody following a nearly two-hour standoff with police Saturday that began in the Lee Market Place shopping center after reports that he Since a few days ago, Litecoin (LTC) has been experiencing a downtrend within the channel. The Los Angeles Lakers flirted with the idea of trading for Derrick Rose before February’s deadline, but the talks could get more serious this offseason. One general manager told Sean Deveney of Heavy… The Jets traded veteran defensive tackle Steve McLendon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shortly after Gang Green’s 24-0 loss to the Dolphins Sunday URBANA, Ill. — Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee believes every youth should be given the opportunity to achieve greatness. The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis is a safe learning center where youth are instilled with the dream, drive and determination to succeed in academics, athletics and leadership.

The NFL trading deadline is just a little over two weeks away and Bill Belichick has shown in recent seasons that he’s not afraid to be pretty active in trade talks at this time of the year. Last season, saw New England ship a second-round pick for receiver Mohamed Sanu. Prior to that, Belichick has been a part of a number of blockbusters including shipping linebacker Jamie Collins to the Browns in 2016 and agreeing to send quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco in the midst of the 2017 season. 

So what will 2020 bring? Well, that brings with it a big question: What will the NFL Trade Deadline look like amid the pandemic? 

“It’s a good question,” Belichick said Thursday when asked if he foresees stagnant player movement similar to the end of training camp. “We’ll have to see how much activity there is or isn’t. There certainly are a lot of unknowns going forward, not just this year but even in the next year relative to team building and salary cap and so forth. I think that may have everybody with a little less ability to really plan things out the way they want to do them and that may be causing some hesitation, as well. I think you’re certainly seeing more players stay with the teams that they’re on and teams using those players as depth with the injured reserve rules this year and the practice squad expansion giving teams more of an ability to do that, and I think we’re certainly seeing that play out.” 

That point by Belichick could keep New England closer to the sideline than we’ve seen in year’s past. If they were to make a move, however, linebacker, wide receiver, and tight end are the key areas of need for this club in 2020. Below, you can find some of the more intriguing, higher-end options the Patriots could look at as the Nov. 3 deadline draws closer:

New England has had its eye on Tate for quite a while. The Patriots have tried to acquire the former Pro Bowl receiver in the past, but have never been able to successfully land him in Foxborough. Could that change in 2020? New York is 0-5 to begin the year and Tate doesn’t seem like someone who is in their long terms plans as they rebuild with Daniel Jones under center. The receiver carries an $11 million cap hit in 2021, which is something the Giants would certainly like to get out from under. The 32-year-old would instantly become the Patriots’ No. 1 receiver and lessen the workload for Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry. Could a third or fourth-round pick get old friend Joe Judge to send the receiver to his former boss? Doesn’t hurt to ask.

Ertz’s frustration in Philadelphia has been well documented. He wants an extension and it appears like the Eagles are waiting it out. The team does have third-year tight end Dallas Goedert as an easy plug-and-play No. 1 tight end to replace Ertz when he’s healthy, so it may make sense for Philly to move on after not being able to get a deal done. If they are looking to deal, the Patriots desperately need some production from the tight end position. Rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene haven’t made much of a dent and Ryan Izzo has been solid, but nothing compared to what Ertz is at his height. 

One team’s draft bust, could be the Patriots’ treasure. Reddick has not lived up to his No. 13 overall draft billing for the Cardinals when they took him there in the 2017 NFL Draft. The team declined his fifth-year option, which indicates that they don’t see him as a long-term piece. This could be an ideal situation for Bill Belichick and the Patriots to offer a conditional Day 3 pick for Reddick to see if they can tap into the super athletic linebacker’s potential. After all, he’s only 26 years old and has shown to be pretty versatile along the front seven. 

Before we jump into the other news and notes surrounding the Patriots from the previous week, here’s how you can watch Sunday’s contest with the Denver Broncos: 

Date: Sunday, Oct. 18 | Time: 1 p.m. ET 
Location: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.) 
TV: CBS | Stream: CBS All Access
Follow: CBS Sports App

The Patriots will have both Cam Newton and Stephon Gilmore back for their Week 6 matchup with the Denver Broncos after the two both spent time away from the team following positive COVID-19 tests. For Gilmore, he didn’t miss a single game due to his positive test after New England’s game with Denver was postponed from Week 5. As for Newton, the delay forced him to miss just the Patriots’ Week 4 loss to the Chiefs. 

“It was great to have all those guys back,” receiver N’Keal Harry said of their return on Thursday, via WEEI.com. “They are a big part of this team and they help a lot of us out there so it was great to have them back as well. … [Newton is] a very vocal guy, he likes to have fun out there. Kind of brings back that mood, that fun kind of mood out there so it’s been good.”

On top of the morale boost both of these two stars bring, their presence on the field is massive. While New England may have been able to get back without Gilmore for a game or two thanks to their deep secondary, having the Defensive Player of the Year in the fold is never a bad thing. As for Newton, he was looking more and more like the Cam Newton of old in his first year with the Patriots. Getting back to that form will not only increase that chatter about his comeback but also about New England keeping him around beyond 2020. 

While Sunday’s game with the Broncos is set to go on as scheduled, the Patriots did place another player — center James Ferentz — on the reserve/COVID list on Friday. That explains why New England canceled practice on Friday and worked remotely. This latest positive test not only has New England holding its breath for more shoes to drop, but it does make things much more complicated when they do hit the field. 

Including Friday’s canceled session, New England has had very little practice time this week as they cycled in players out of the facility out of an abundance of caution, which, of course, is less than ideal when preparing for a game. 

As for Ferentz, he got the start at center for the Patriots in Week 4 against the Chiefs and played 75% of the offensive snaps. With him sidelined for this game and David Andrews still on injured reserve, it’ll be interesting to see if All-Pro left guard Joe Thuney once again makes the move to center. 

When Patrick Mahomes signed his mega-extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, he posted a hype video that ended with the quote, “We’re chasing a dynasty.” On the base level, it’s interpreted that Mahomes is, of course, talking about his Chiefs going on a run of multiple championships after winning their first Super Bowl together last season. 

I — and folks around the New England area — also see this, however, as Mahomes putting the Patriots dynasty in the crosshairs, ultimately striving to surpass the level of success New England had under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Within that subplot, it appears like Kansas City is already replacing New England in one key area: being the automatic destination for every top-tier free agent. 

That was evident on Thursday when Le’Veon Bell signed a one-year deal to join the Chiefs, despite the club already having first-round rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the fold. In the past, a Tom Brady-led Patriots team would have been that slam dunk destination for a free agent of Bell’s caliber to sign with and eventually go on a deep postseason run. That title has now been shifted to Kansas City, which is notable as they try to become the first team since the 2003 and 2004 Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls. 

As it relates to this Week 6 matchup with the Broncos, Damien Harris is of central focus for me. While you may have forgotten since New England last took the field nearly two weeks ago, Harris performed extremely well in his 2020 debut. The second-year back earned the start out of the gate after coming off of IR and rushed for 100 yards against Kansas City. 

“He was impressive in camp and was in good condition, ready to go and was able to put together some solid days of practice,” said Bill Belichick this week. “I think that as a coaching staff, we felt that he’d be ready to go Monday night in Kansas City and he was and he ran hard, ran well. So, glad we have him and look forward to having him back out there.” 

His development will be extremely important for the offense as New England does not have another back with the home-run hitting ability that Harris possesses and was on full display in Week 4 with his 41-yard rush. If he’s able to have a similar day against Denver, the Patriots have a devastatingly lethal running attack with Cam Newton’s hand on the steering wheel. 

Source: www.cbssports.com

Author: Tyler Sullivan


Tense moments as armed man fires shots outside busy Lee shopping center

Tense moments as armed man fires shots outside busy Lee shopping center

LEE – An armed man was taken into custody following a nearly two-hour standoff with police Saturday that began in the Lee Market Place shopping center after reports that he fired several shots into the air.

Market Basket and several other stores in the busy plaza near the Lee Traffic Circle went into lockdown as state and local police and SWAT teams from Rockingham and Strafford counties arrived at the scene.

Lee police Lt. Donald Laliberte said the incident began around 11:40 a.m. when police received several 911 calls from shoppers and others reporting that a man brandishing a handgun had fired shots in the parking lot.

The man was later identified as Gordon Falt, 27, of Maine.

Laliberte said Falt was alone near his Ford F250 pickup truck parked between Market Basket and Rite-Aid when the shots were fired.

He said he believes they were fired into the air. The number of shots that were fired wasn’t immediately clear. Laliberte said it was anywhere from one to 13, but said Falt did not aim the gun at police during the incident.

No injuries were reported.

During the standoff that followed, Laliberte said Falt was inside and outside his vehicle at times.

“He refused to comply with any verbal commands so a perimeter was set up and the entire Market Place was placed on lockdown,” Laliberte said.

The incident created some tense moments for shoppers and store employees, who were ordered to remain inside.

A Nu Du Family Salon & Spa owner Teri Weitzman-Filip watched from her front window as police in tactical gear tried to convince Falt to drop his gun.

“He was spinning around and waving and pointing the gun erratically,” she said.

Weitzman-Filip had just finished with a client and was walking her to the door when she noticed some activity around the truck and assumed there had been an accident. She didn’t hear the gunshots, but the client’s husband heard them.

At one point, three SWAT team officers entered the salon as they tried to learn more information about the layout of the businesses in the area.

Weitzman-Filip moved her employees to the back of the salon and kept the door locked as police attempted to get Falt to surrender.

“They were talking him off the ledge and then they finally got him to put the gun down. I was really happy there were no casualties,” she said.

Falt was taken into custody at around 1:40 p.m. without injury after he surrendered to police. He was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Laliberte said police are still trying to determine why he fired shots in the parking lot. He said local police have not dealt with him before.

“We’re so thankful for other agencies that got here quick to put this place on lockdown so quick to prevent anything from happening further,” Laliberte said.

He described the police response as a “textbook operation.”

“Nobody got hurt. The individual is getting help that he needs,” he said.

Market Basket and other businesses reopened and shoppers were allowed to leave shortly after Falt was taken away. Police continued to surround his truck until it was towed from the scene just after 2:30 p.m.

Lee police were assisted by several local police departments along with the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, the Strafford County Tactical Operations Unit, the Seacoast Emergency Response Team, State Police, Fish and Game,

Source: www.unionleader.com

Author: Jason Schreiber Union Leader Correspondent


Litecoin Price Prediction: LTC/USD Resumes the Recovery as Bulls target $50 Resistance Level

Litecoin Price Prediction: LTC/USD Resumes the Recovery as Bulls target $50 Resistance Level

LTC Price Prediction – October 18

Since a few days ago, Litecoin (LTC) has been experiencing a downtrend within the channel.

Key Levels:

Resistance levels: $51, $53, $55

Support levels: $44, $42, $40

LTC/USD is gaining around 1.09% in the recent 24 hours to trade at $47.44 at the time of writing. The coin has been one of the best-performing coins out of top-10 today as the upside momentum has been gaining traction since the early hours of today. However, LTC/USD dipped to the psychological $45.64 a couple of days ago before the recovery resumed today.

The market price is currently displaying a sign of subduing volatility, ready to cross above the 9-day and 21-day moving averages. Meanwhile, taking a look at the daily chart, we can see that the trading volume is coming up slowly while the technical indicator RSI (14) moves above the 45-level, suggesting more bullish signals.

Meanwhile, if the Litecoin price remains above the control of the bulls, it may likely roll to the nearest resistance at $51, $53, and $55 levels. On the downside, any bearish movement below the moving averages within the channel could bring the market price to the support level of $44, $42, and $40 respectively.

Against Bitcoin, LTC continues to trend below the 9-day and 21-day moving averages. In case of a trend reversal, there is a need for an increasing volume and resistance to cause an upsurge in the market.  Now, the coin is trading around the 4133 SAT, traders can expect close support below the lower boundary of the channel at 4600 SAT and below.

Meanwhile, there’s a sign of a bullish movement in the market at the early hours of today’s trading. Therefore, if a bullish movement continues and validates a break above the moving averages; traders can then confirm a bull-run for the pair and the closest resistance may be located at 4300 SAT and above. On the contrary, the technical indicator RSI (14) is seen moving below 40-level, suggesting more bearish signals.

Source: insidebitcoins.com

Author: FOLLOW ON


Lakers Trade Rumors: Derrick Rose Deal to LA with Pistons 'Much More Likely Now'

Lakers Trade Rumors: Derrick Rose Deal to LA with Pistons ‘Much More Likely Now’

Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose goes to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, March 1, 2020.The Kings won 106-100. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Rich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

The Los Angeles Lakers flirted with the idea of trading for Derrick Rose before February’s deadline, but the talks could get more serious this offseason.

One general manager told Sean Deveney of Heavy.com that the Lakers and Detroit Pistons may reopen negotiations:

“I think both sides were reluctant when they went into in January, February. I don’t think the Lakers wanted to make a major move because they thought they could do something on the buyout market. And I don’t think the Pistons wanted to make a major move because Derrick was happy there. You know, the Lakers wanted to be involved in case the Clippers got involved or someone else, the Bucks or the Nuggets, whoever. So there was interest but not too serious. Now, everything has shifted a little. Now, they’re both in a position to where a deal is much more likely now.”

Rose is coming off a stellar season as the Pistons’ sixth man, averaging 18.1 points and 5.6 assists in what’s amounted to a career renaissance. The 2011 NBA MVP was nearly out of basketball after a miserable experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017-18 before mounting a comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Pistons the past two seasons.

The Lakers could look at Rose as a replacement for Rajon Rondo, who is expected to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. Rondo’s playoff performance may take him out of the Lakers’ limited price range, though they do have his limited Bird rights. The Lakers can offer Rondo a contract up to 105 percent of the NBA’s average salary, but the deal must be at least two years without options.

Rose carries a relative bargain contract at $7.7 million. An ideal trade for the Lakers may involve the team getting out from under Danny Green’s $15 million salary for 2021-22, packaging a future draft pick and Green for Rose. The Pistons should have enough money under the cap to absorb Green without sending matching salaries in return.

The Lakers will have limited ability to make moves beyond trades and the mid-level exception, so Rose may be a perfect addition to their repeat hopes.

Source: bleacherreport.com

Author: Tyler Conway


Jets trade Steve McLendon to Buccaneers for future draft pick: source

Jets trade Steve McLendon to Buccaneers for future draft pick: source

The Jets traded veteran defensive tackle Steve McLendon to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shortly after Gang Green’s 24-0 loss to the Dolphins Sunday. Gang Green will get the Bucs’ 2022 sixth-round pick in exchange for McLendon and a 2023 seventh-rounder, according to a source.

McLendon will reunite with Todd Bowles in Tampa after three seasons together with the Jets.

General manager Joe Douglas has made it clear he’l be a willing seller in the final few weeks before the Nov. 3 trade deadline.

Steve McLendon will say goodbye to Sam Darnold and hello to Tom Brady soon.

Steve McLendon will say goodbye to Sam Darnold and hello to Tom Brady soon. (Seth Wenig/AP)

The 34-year-old McLendon, who had career highs in tackles for loss (10) and quarterback hits (7) in his first year in Gregg Williams’ system, was one of the Jets most respected leaders for the past several years. He had 154 total tackles in 64 games with Gang Green.

However, it makes sense for Douglas to turn the page given that the 0-6 Jets are going nowhere fast.

McLendon signed a one-year extension last October. It would have behooved Douglas to get back 2021 draft compensation (and he obviously tried), but it was the right move to trade him. It will also give Douglas & Co. time to evaluate younger players along the line for the rest of this lost season.

Source: www.nydailynews.com

Author: Manish Mehta


Partnership connects urban youth to careers in ag and food innovation

Partnership connects urban youth to careers in ag and food innovation

URBANA, Ill. — Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee believes every youth should be given the opportunity to achieve greatness. The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center in East St. Louis is a safe learning center where youth are instilled with the dream, drive and determination to succeed in academics, athletics and leadership.

Inspired by Joyner-Kersee’s passion to empower her community, new partners have joined efforts to elevate youth potential. The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is providing STEM and ag curriculum with authentic research experiences for K-12 students in genetics, molecular biology and image analytics and offering internships for high school at its innovative research facility in St. Louis.

“We are creating a hands-on STEM education and work force development pipeline from kindergarten to adult that provides opportunities for people to develop marketable skills in urban agriculture, innovation and entrepreneurship while learning about the importance of food production and improving their own communities’ access to nutrition,” said Kristine Callis-Duehl, the Sally and Derick Driemeyer director of education research and outreach at the Danforth Center.

The partnership aligns with outreach efforts launched in 2019 by the University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

Working through the local U of I Extension office, ACES efforts focus on youth engagement, health and nutrition, and economic expansion through metropolitan food production and community education.

“This collaboration epitomizes what ACES strives for in everything that we do — providing pathways for people and communities to thrive,” College of ACES Dean Kim Kidwell said.

“Working closely with our partners at the JJK Center and Danforth Plant Science Center, this project positions youth in the East St. Louis area for successful career pathways to address economic development and food access issues that too often plague inner cities.

“From planting the first seed to harvesting nutritious food at JJK and experiencing hands-on learning at Danforth Center, we hope this program inspires young people to graduate from college with a degree in plant sciences or a related field and then return home to make a difference in their communities.”

Amy Cope, U of I Extension county director for Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties, said each partner believes in dedicating resources to the underserved families of East St. Louis.

“By joining together the impact is endless,” Cope said. “The collaboration strives to provide community education and hands-on instruction in community-supported agriculture programs by establishing community gardens, vertical farming sites and a commercial test kitchen for food innovation.”

Researchers from the Danforth Center will open new avenues for youth in the areas of agriculture, food, STEM and college and career readiness.

The Danforth Center offers time, expertise, energy and facilities in the partnership as they challenge students to connect the food on their plate to the plants that produce the food they eat. Research at the Danforth Center drives innovation to improve the human condition through better understanding of plant science.

“Research conducted by the student interns will contribute to advancing our scientific research projects,” said Ruth Kaggwa, Danforth Center STEM education and outreach manager. “As high school interns gain new skills, they earn expertise badges, mimicking workforce development practices in real world careers.”

Infrastructure development is required to support the goals of the collaboration, and efforts are well underway, Cope said.

The expanded site will be located at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center and will include additional classrooms, demonstration areas, greenhouses, community gardens and a commercial test kitchen, all which will contribute to experiential learning methodology and community engagement.

Source: www.agrinews-pubs.com

Author: Caption


Breaking down the Patriots approach leading up to the NFL Trade Deadline, possible targets


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