FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Quick-hit ideas and notes across the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. Taking it to the home: This guarantees to be one of the best Mother’s Day ever for Luisa Turner. A present of a lifetime by her son, Patriots receiver Kendrick Bourne, makes it so.

Turner will spend the day in her new home in Oregon, which Bourne bought for his parents only a few weeks in the past.

While it’s a lot greater than their prior two-bed room, one-lavatory residence — and has the whole lot from a basketball courtroom to a scorching tub and sauna — it is what that house represents meaning probably the most to Mom.

“When I walked in, it simply felt like home. I might see my life — my grandchildren right here, my youngsters right here,” she stated. “It warms my coronary heart that he did this for his household.”

Bourne, who has three siblings, had instructed his parents, Luisa and Eric, of his dream to purchase them a home. He requested them to discover completely different prospects and let him know what they discovered.

That’s when he determined so as to add a playful twist to all of it.

When Luisa instructed him this was the one, Bourne relayed that he spoke with the realtor and they may not have the ability to shut the deal primarily based on one other provide. So he recognized a unique home for them to contemplate.

Luisa was appreciative, in fact, however the location of the second choice wasn’t as preferable as a result of it wasn’t as near Kendrick’s Oregon residence.

Ultimately, Kendrick introduced his parents again to the unique home and handed them a ground mat that learn “Home Sweet Home.” The home was theirs.

“That’s once I burst out in pleasure,” Luisa stated. “Since he was a child, he is been one thing else!”

Bourne’s humorousness, and constructive demeanor, have been staples with the Patriots since he signed a 3-12 months contract value a most of $22 million in March of 2021. His exhausting work as a soccer participant — elevating from undrafted out of Eastern Washington in 2017, to hooking on with the San Francisco 49ers, after which to the Patriots — set the stage for his present to his parents.

“He’s only a nice son — a golden little one,” Luisa stated. “I inform him that on a regular basis.”

2. O’Brien available: Bill Belichick beforehand stated the Patriots’ teaching employees was doubtless full, however that does not imply guests will not be welcomed at numerous instances — and Belichick’s community is deep. Along these traces, gamers took word of present Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien on the sector at Gillette Stadium final week on the voluntary offseason program. O’Brien, in fact, has deep roots in New England as a former Belichick assistant.

3. Groh at Shrine Bowl: Eric Galko, the director of soccer operations and participant personnel for the Shrine Bowl, identified that the Patriots tied for the NFL excessive (with the Titans) by drafting 4 Shrine Bowl gamers.

The gamers are receiver Tyquan Thornton (second spherical), cornerback Jack Jones (fourth spherical), working again Pierre Strong Jr. (fourth spherical) and defensive deal with Sam Roberts (sixth spherical). While it might need been a coincidence, the presence of New England director of personnel Matt Groh all through Shine Bowl week was notable to Galko.

“He was one of many longest-staying executives, there for at the very least 4 days,” he stated. “One of the issues we added this 12 months was plenty of formal interview time. Most all-star video games have 8 to 10 hours of interview time with gamers, generally up till 11 o’clock at evening. Not for us. We had 24 hours of obtainable interview time, all structured all through the day.

“I feel for executives like Matt, who had been there and took benefit, they most likely bought plenty of good character and background suggestions, for positive.”

4. Jones’ character: Jones, the fourth-spherical decide from Arizona State who started his profession at USC, was arrested for breaking right into a restaurant in 2018. A plea settlement diminished the preliminary felony prices to a second-diploma misdemeanor cost of business housebreaking. In 2020, he was additionally suspended at Arizona State for combating throughout observe. Teams needed to examine these points whereas scouting Jones. Galko, who says he bought to speak with Jones at Arizona State earlier than inviting him to the Shrine Bowl, vouches for him.

“I feel lots of people see the one incident he had as an 18-12 months-previous child at USC, and [assume] that is who he’s. It’s actually necessary, when assessing character for a participant, [to consider] it is not about what the participant has carried out earlier than however what they could do sooner or later. Is that previous conduct predictive? …[Jones] made a mistake, he owns it, and it is not one thing he glosses over.”

5. Lofty comparability: While acknowledging he has a vested curiosity in Jones’ success as a Shrine Bowl alum, Galko, who beforehand based Optimum Scouting and was a head personnel government for the XFL, in contrast his potential to among the draft’s prime-rated cornerbacks.

“His ball abilities, timing and response makes him particular. I feel when it comes to pure man protection means, Ahmad Gardner, Derek Stingley Jr., he is in that … ‘upside’ class,” he stated.

Gardner went fourth total to the New York Jets, one decide after Stingley was chosen by the Houston Texans. Jones was chosen 121st, and a few draft analysts imagine that was early.

If Jones delivers on the degree Gardner and Stingley venture to as prime-5 picks, that will be fairly a narrative in New England.



Check out the highlights from Baylor’s speedy huge receiver Tyquan Thornton.

6. Thanks, mother! In an interview with the Patriots’ in-home media, Thornton, the second-spherical decide who ran a 4.28 time within the 40-yard sprint on the NFL mix, (fourth greatest for a receiver since 2006) credited his blazing pace to his mom, Latasha Jackson. Thornton stated she was all the time the quickest in her class. An ideal Mother’s Day word, certainly.

7. Strong report: One NFL scout initiatives Strong, the working again from South Dakota State, to comply with within the footsteps of James White, Shane Vereen and Kevin Faulk when it comes to his function. “He is a pure pace, third-down again,” the scout stated, including that he hoped to see extra toughness from Strong at instances. “He did not dominate sufficient on the finish of this 12 months once they had been making their playoff push to make me say ‘This is the man.’ But he undoubtedly has expertise. Catches the ball. He’s bought traits, the manufacturing is nice, however one query I had is why had been they alternating him in the course of the playoffs towards Montana State?”

8. Schedule preview: The NFL releases its 2022 common-season schedule on Thursday evening, which is able to pair the a lot-anticipated when to the already-recognized towards whom. One of the primary ideas final week, when it was introduced receiver DeAndre Hopkins is suspended for the primary six video games of the season, was if the Patriots may catch a break with an early-season date at Arizona. Ditto with a highway sport towards Cleveland, with the chance that quarterback Deshaun Watson faces an early-season suspension.

9. Older draft class: Patriots first-spherical decide Cole Strange turns 24 in July, and fellow rookies Thornton (22 in August), Marcus Jones (24 in October), Jack Jones (25 in December), Strong (24 in December), and Bailey Zappe (simply turned 23) mirror how COVID-19 made this an older NFL-huge draft class. Age wasn’t a serious concern for the Patriots. “Once you begin attending to a few of these older gamers, it is a issue that you simply take note, and I feel the place performs a think about that,” Groh stated. “But I do not assume there’s that huge of a distinction between a few of these age teams that we’re speaking about.”

10. Did you recognize? The Patriots chosen seven offensive gamers within the 2022 draft, probably the most of any staff within the NFL, and their most in a draft underneath Belichick, in line with ESPN Stats & Information.

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