As soon as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the NFC title game, Brian Pope went shopping for a Tom Brady jersey to wear when he watches them play in the Super Bowl. One problem: Pope lives in Connecticut. And he isn’t really even a Buccaneers fan — or at least he wasn’t, until Brady left the New England Patriots to make another championship run with Tampa Bay.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford reportedly being available this offseason should get the attention of multiple teams, possibly including the New England Patriots.
Just last year, when the team traded out of the first round to draft safety Kyle Dugger, one of the first questions former director of player personnel Nick Caserio had to answer was how the Patriots evaluated a player from the Division 2 level. Dugger, then a senior out of Lenoir-Rhyne, had been earmarked by the Patriots for his explosiveness, speed, and football IQ.