Patriots second-year defensive lineman Jarvis Green had good things to say this week about LSU linebacker and former teammate Bradie James. James is a 6-2, 242-pound linebacker who has been widely mentioned as a potential New England selection in the upcoming draft.
"He's a good guy on and off the field," Green said recently following a workout in the Patriots offseason program. "He's a competitor. Also, the defense [at LSU] is similar to this defense. For three years he's topped 100 tackles and not a lot of guys do that in the SEC. Last year he was kind of out there by himself. He was the leader and I watched the games and he was all over the place. As far as linebacker goes I think he's one of the top five in the draft."
Green also said that his current employers have talked to him about his former teammate and asked for his opinions on him.
"They asked me what kind of guy he was," Green said. "That's the one thing I've noticed about the coaches here. They don't ask you if he can play, they ask you what kind of person he is first. [Patriots Head Coach, Bill] Belichick is looking for honest guys on and off the field who will represent the organization. He's a real positive guy."
Patriots in the Community
A number of Patriots will take place in charity fund raising events this weekend. Joe Andruzzi will appear as the Honorary Ringmaster for the Big Apple Circus Big Top Bash in Boston to raise money for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, the camp in northeastern Connecticut provides year-round activities for seriously ill children and their siblings. Over 1,000 children from 7 to 15 years old go to the camp each year, free of charge, from across the United States and abroad. Andruzzi will be at the 9th annual fundraiser for the camp at the performance of the Big Apple Circus on the Fan Pier on Northern Avenue in Boston on Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. … Also Saturday, numerous Patriots and NFL stars will play in a charity basketball game between the Boston Police Department and the Lawyer Milloy Foundation's Celebrity Team. The event will take place at the Catherine Forbes Clark Athletic and Recreation Center at Umass-Boston and tips off at 2:15 p.m. Patriots players on the Milloy team will include Tom Brady, Troy Brown, Ty Law, Tebucky Jones, Willie McGinest and Richard Seymour. Other NFL players in action include Titans linebacker Keith Bullock, Eagles running back Dorsey Levens, Bears safety Larry Whigham and Giants cornerback Will Allen. Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Proceeds from the event will be split between the Lawyer Milloy Foundation and the Boston Police "Kids at Risk Programs" and various summer youth programs. The mission of the Lawyer Milloy Foundation is to provide support of youth development programs, families affected by drug abuse and programs related to battered women.