The Aaron Hernandez story came to a tragic end earlier this week when the former star tight end of the New England Patriots was found hanging in his prison cell in what has since been ruled a suicide. Hernandez was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after he was convicted in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player and friend Odin Llyod. More details have been coming to light in the wake of Hernandez’s death, revealing just how troubled Hernandez may have been, and how he possibly posed a threat to everyone around him, including reporters. Just ask NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, who was a Patriots beat writer back in 2010 when Hernandez was drafted by the Pats.
Last week, Patriots V.P. of player personnel Nick Caserio didn’t slam the door on a possible trade of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Adam Schefter of ESPN now has. Per Schefter, a Garoppolo trade is “not happening.” This doesn’t mean the Patriots would have never traded Garoppolo under any set of circumstances. It means that none of the potentially interested teams (like the Browns, or maybe the Browns) will be making the Patriots an offer they can’t refuse. As PFT understands it, Patriots coach Bill Belichick has decided that, for 2017, he wants Garoppolo to serve as Tom Brady’s No. 2, and that Belichick will worry about 2018 when 2018 comes. As a practical matter, however, Belichick would have
Every time there is something going on in East Rutherford, N.J. involving the New York Giants — a press conference, the draft, OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, whatever — I face a decision. Is whatever is happening at the Giants facility worth the 292-mile round trip from my home outside Albany, and a possible hotel stay? Sometimes it is. Sometimes it isn’t. One of those times it ended up being worth it was Thursday. GM Jerry Reese held his annual pre-draft press conference, which was billed as the primary reason for media being invited to Quest Diagnostics Center. A Reese pre-draft press conference, though, is not an earth-moving event. The same thing always happens. Questions get asked and Reese