The New England Patriots roster is in a bit of transitional period, as the start of free agency has seen several key players from last years squad moving on to greener pastures.
Contracts former Patriots have agreed to this week, per reports:
Danny Amendola: two years, $12M
Malcolm Butler: five years, $61M
Dion Lewis: four years, $23M
Nate Solder: four years, $62M
Patriots weren't paying those prices for any of those players.
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) March 14, 2018
And by greener pastures I mean that these players are quit literally frolicking in an a meadow comprised of the absurd amount of dollar bills opposing teams shelled out to acquire them.
Because of this mass exodus, the Patriots are exploring all possibilities to acquire playmakers this offseason. Sure the team will be active in free agency and the draft, but Bill Belichick is exploring an alternative avenue to unearth players with untapped potential.
To fill in the voids on the roster, Belichick is planning to hold an open tryout at Gillette Stadium sometime in the near future. Though anyone is technically allowed to attend this tryout, a source close to the situation has told me that Belichick has several specific qualities that he is looking for in potential targets. Now I may get in trouble for doing this, but I am going to give you a rundown of the qualifications Bill is looking for and how to help you stand out during your tryout.
1. Versatility. Instead of listing a specific position, simply identify yourself as a “football player”, that let’s Bill know that you’re a team first guy and are just as comfortable filling in at long snapper as you are roaming the field as a free safety. Position versatility=value, and you know there’s nothing Bill loves more than finding good value.
2. Regardless of where you attended college, just say you graduated from Rutgers. Just don’t claim that you actually played on the football team, as Bill has every Rutgers roster since 1987 permanently seared into his memory. Being identified as a Rutgers guy is one of the easiest ways to separate yourself from the competition as someone with a high football IQ.
3. Wear some sort of Navy apparel to the tryout that belonged to your Grandfather who served in WWII. Because, if there’s one thing Belichick admires more than Rutgers University, it’s the armed forces, more specifically the Navy. This lets Bill know two things- that you support the troops and that you’ll stand during that national anthem. Identifying yourself a no distractions, no nonsense type of player.
4. Practice your three cone drill. I’ve heard that this will be the only combine related task at the tryout. No bench press, no 40 yard dash. Bill Belichick bases a vast majority of his life decisions on the three cone drill. What he’s having for breakfast? What movie he’s going to watch? What WR he’s going to draft in the 7th round? All based off the three come drill.
Now, I can’t guarantee that following this advice will get you a spot on the Patriots 53 man roster but at worst it will probably get you an invite to training camp.