Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio don’t wiff very often when it comes to bringing talent into Foxboro.
But the Patriots’ brass looks like it failed miserably with the additions of two free agents.
Linebacker David Harris has contributed one tackle, though in fairness to the former Jets star, he’s barely seen the field. Tight end Dwayne Allen, meanwhile, has seen plenty of minutes but, incredibly with how much the Patriots throw the ball, he’s yet to catch a pass from Tom Brady.
And Allen’s been brutal in the blocking game as well.
With the Patriots getting very little out of their last two draft classes, it’s imperative the team hit in other areas.
The signings of Harris and Allen look brutal after five weeks. Allen has the eighth-highest salary cap hit ($4,937,500) of any Patriot and he’s playing like he’s the 53rd man on the roster.
As for Harris, his salary cap hit is $2,843,750 — not exactly chump change. Talk about dead money.
It’s scary to think Jack Eichel could be a senior at Boston University and still playing college hockey. Eichel, who won the Hobey Baker award as a BU freshman, recently began his third season with the Buffalo Sabres.
During Hockey East’s Media Day, BU head coach Dave Quinn said coaching the North Chelmsford native for one season required no heavy lifting.
“People ask me all the time, ‘What was it like to coach Jack Eichel?’ I said three words to Jack all year. ‘Are you tired?'” a laughing Quinn said.
Eichel, with the ink not even dry on an eight-year, $80 million contract he signed with the Sabres, picked up an assist in the team’s season-opening 3-2 shootout loss to the Canadiens.
Here and there
Watching the MLB playoffs, one thought comes to mind: Catchers should not be allowed to visit the mound! Games are long enough and these conferences are not necessary.
Catcher: “Just throw strikes.”
Pitcher: “Ah, thanks. Good chat.”
Julio Jones? Nope. Dez Bryant? Not even close. The best, most consistent wide receiver in the NFL is Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown. Guy brings it every game … Last fall, AJ Dillon was carrying the football in Groton for Lawrence Academy. Now the running back is living up to the hype of one of the top recruits Boston College has netted in years. Dillon has rushed for 298 yards through five games. He ran for a 15-yard TD last week in BC’s 28-8 win over Central Michigan … Ex-UML defenseman Christian Folin has a new NHL team, the Los Angeles Kings, after he didn’t resign with the Minnesota Wild. … Something tells me Rick Pitino won’t be the only casualty of the NCAA basketball scandal. Since the news broke, 100 or so Division 1 coaches probably have spent several sleepless nights. And when does college football get its turn in the spotlight? … It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the Red Sox need power. Look for John Henry to open his wallet in a major way some time around Thanksgiving. … Been blessed to see some of music’s top live performers in the past three decades. My only regret? Not seeing Tom Petty. R.I.P., Tom.
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