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FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementFiled under:NFL DraftPatriots NewsPatriots 2019 NFL Draft CoveragePatriots agree to contracts with draft picks Joejuan Williams N'Keal Harry Jersey Patriots , Yodny Cajuste, EDTShareTweetShareSharePatriots agree to contracts with draft picks Joejuan Williams, Yodny Cajuste, the first one to officially be brought into the fold by signing him to his rookie deal.As first reported by NESN’s Doug Kyed, the Patriots and Williams agreed to a four-year contract. With the rookie wage scale being introduced in 2011 as part of the current collective bargaining agreement, contract negotiations for the majority of draft picks have become rather unspectacular: Williams’ deal with New England will be worth a total of $6.6 million with an expected 2019 salary cap hit of around $1.2 million.The Patriots, of course, traded up in the second round to get Williams — despite the team having one of the deepest cornerback depth charts in the league already. The 21-year-old will still add a different element to the group: his size and physicality make him an intriguing rotational option against taller wide receivers and tight ends, as well as more depth alongside the Patriots’ top trio of Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty and J.C. Jackson.[UPDATE] According to the Boston Sports Journal’s Miguel Benzan, New England has also signed another draft pick: third-round selection Yodny Cajuste, brought in with the 101st overall choice, and the Patriots agreed to a four-year deal worth a total of $3.85 million. Cajuste reportedly received a $822,180 signing bonus as the deal’s only guarantee, and will hit New England’s salary cap with a sum of $700,545.Cajuste was the fifth player chosen by the world champions, and he brings considerable upside to the table as a swing-tackle backup with starting potential further down the line. As for now, the West Virginia product offers quality depth alongside presumed starting left tackle and 2018 first-round draft choice Isaiah Wynn, who is coming off a torn Achilles tendon, and veteran free agency pickup Jared Veldheer.[UPDATE] According to The Athletic’s Nick Underhill Youth N'Keal Harry Jersey , the Patriots have also agreed to a contract with a third draft pick of theirs: fifth-round defensive lineman McBride and Ben Volin, the Patriots have also signed fourth-round quarterback Jarrett Stidham to a contract. As is the case with the other non-Cajuste signings, the final numbers have not yet been reported. However, the deal will run over four years per the CBA and have a total value of around $3.2 million with a salary cap hit of circa $650,000 this year.Stidham was drafted 133rd overall by the Patriots to compete for the backup spot behind starter Tom Brady. While the Auburn product did not post the greatest numbers in college, he does have some intriguing skills that could help him beat out fellow depth quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Danny Etling. Either way, Stidham is probably a lock to make the team as at least its third quarterback. Thanks to all who have been checking out my weekly NFL picks this season, and I’m just moments away from unveiling my official pick for Super Bowl 53. But before we get to that, let’s take a moment to talk about how this Super Bowl Sunday is completely jam-packed with Boston sports action.I mean, seriously 鈥?(in my best Chandler Bing voice) 鈥?could there BE any more sports???As if the Patriots playing in their third straight Super Bowl wasn’t enough for one day, the Celtics and Bruins are both playing early games the very same day. And they are both playing huge games against really good teams on national television. This is a humongous Sunday for Boston fans, one that will require about eight straight hours of being parked on the couch with eyes glued to the TV.First, in the early afternoon, the Bruins (reeling from back-to-back OT defeats, but still in the midst of a pretty good season) are in Washington to take on the reigning Stanley Cup champions. The Capitals and Bruins are boasting almost identical records. Hey, this would be a pretty good day for David Pastrnak to complete that hat trick he almost had on Thursday against Philadelphia, am I right?And then a little bit later in the afternoon, the Celtics are at home at the Garden to face the Oklahoma City Thunder, currently the No. 3 team in the Western Conference. With Kyrie Irving going against Russell Westbrook, this could be one of the biggest point guard duels of the season. And by pure coincidence Color Rush N'Keal Harry Jersey , the Celtics and Thunder also have nearly identical records. How weird is that?By Sunday night, we’re going to be completely wiped out (hopefully in a good way). Not only do Boston fans have to deal with Jared Goff and Todd Gurley in the evening, but we also have to survive Westbrook and Paul George in the afternoon. I recommend having plenty of beer on hand, because we might need it.So just to sum up what’s happening in the Boston sports scene this Sunday: the Bruins play the defending champions, the Celtics play one of the NBA’s hottest teams in what could be a potential Finals matchup, and the Patriots play the terrifying Rams in Super Bowl LIII. Are we sure that’s enough for one day?You know what? Just to top it off, I think we should try and convince the Red Sox to play a one-game playoff against the Yankees with the winner earning the rights to Bryce Harper. And now, I present to you my final pick of the season 鈥?the official Super Bowl 53 prediction.SUPER BOWL LIII: Mercedes-Benz Stadium — Atlanta, GeorgiaNew England Patriots (-2.5) vs. Los Angeles RamsGoodness, how times have changed since the last time the Patriots and Rams met in the Super Bowl. Back then, it was the no-name Patriots as 14-point underdogs against “The Greatest Show on Turf.” And what was the result? Patriots 20, Rams 17.Seventeen years later, it’s the dynasty Patriots as 2.5-point favorites against the best Rams team we’ve seen since the “Greatest Show” days. It’s literally a matchup of the past vs. the future.And there are some really interesting connections here. Let’s look at a few points:—It’s the greatest coach ever (Bill Belichick) at age 66 against a guy who could potentially someday be considered one of the greatest coaches ever (Sean McVay) at age 33 — exactly half Belichick’s age.—It’s 41-year-old Tom Brady, who has won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in history with five, against 24-year-old Jared Goff, who might have a couple of rings himself in a few years. Brady was 24 years old when he won his first ring.—The Patriots defeated the Rams in Super Bowl 36, and it jumpstarted the single greatest dynasty in NFL history. Five championships and nine Super Bowl appearances in 17 years. Now, the Rams have a chance to defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl 53, and potentially begin the NFL’s next great dynasty.Am I sensing a little bit of irony here? It almost feels like a script written directly out of Hollywood. But here’s the twist: Brady is far from ready to let another dynasty usurp the one he has built. Remember the absolute fire, determination New England Patriots Jersey 2019 , competiveness, will and spirit that he displayed against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game two weeks ago? You can expect to see more of the same against the Rams on Sunday. Brady is well aware that the whole world is sick and tired of watching the Patriots in the Super Bowl. He knows it, and he loves it. I’ve been saying for two weeks that the game in Kansas City was arguably the most impressive win of his career because it was a game that, on paper, he had no business winning. And yet, he just simply REFUSED TO DIE. No matter how many knock down punches the Chiefs threw at him, he kept coming back, time and time again.One of my favorite movie quotes of all time came from the late, great Tony Burton in “Rocky II.” While World Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed was desperately trying to trash talk Rocky Balboa into a rematch for the title, Burton’s character (Apollo’s trainer) tried to warn him by saying, “I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man kept 鈥?coming 鈥?after you.” That was Brady against the Chiefs. The Patriots kept getting knocked down, and Brady kept bringing them back until they finally won the game, 37-31, in overtime. On Sunday, it’s the Rams’ turn to experience the exact same thing.Prediction: Patriots 35, Rams 34(BEAT LA! BEAT LA!)
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