Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 8/15

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Brandon Spikes loves the Discovery Channel. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.

The Jets safeties plan on intimidating the Patriots tight ends. Good luck with that. (ESPN New York)

Anyone who watched the Jets last season knows their safeties, Jim Leonhard and Eric Smith, struggled to cover tight ends. They were too small and too slow. In one game, New England Patriots stud Rob Gronkowski was unstoppable, making the Jets resemble the Washington Generals. The Jets identified safety as their top defensive priority in the offseason, so they jumped on Landry early in free agency. When Bell was released by the Miami Dolphins, the Jets wanted him so badly Rex Ryan made one of his famous home visits (shades of the Bart Scott midnight rendezvous), flying to South Florida the day after the draft.

Brandon Spikes always keeps it interesting. Always. (

Keeping his helmet on while talking to reporters (see: Ricky Williams), Spikes was asked about how comfortable he felt after offseason knee surgery and how aggressive he feels after being in the Patriots system the past two years, he sounded inspired by the special time of year that’s dedicated to one of nature’s most terrifying predators.

Dane Fletcher cleared waivers and ten other nuggets from training camp. (WEEI)

The biggest news came off the field as the team confirmed that linebacker Dane Fletcher cleared injury waivers and was immediately placed on season-ending injured reserve. The team also confirmed that wide receiver Britt Davis was released outright after an injury settlement, meaning he is not eligible to rejoin the team on injured reserve. Tuesday’s moves leaves the active roster at 88 players.

We added a new site to our network – a Seahawks Draft site. (

Irvin displayed the get-off and explosiveness that we’ve heard everyone (myself included) rave about since Seattle selected him in April. He explodes out of his coil and keeps the pads low when hitting the edge. He never outright blew by anyone on Saturday, and struggled to turn back to the inside when the outside edge was sealed, so he’ll need to continue developing a repertoire that will make him a threat beyond just out-running his opponent to the edge. He did flash good arm extension and leverage on a couple of occasions with a single arm bar to the chest of his blocker and impressive drive to push a significantly larger opponent backward, but that will not be where Irvin makes his living at this level

Are you and X’s and O’s guy? You’ll love hearing Nick Saban talk about the “Star” and “Money” positions that he used with Coach Belichick. (Smart Football)

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