Though he was wearing a suit rather than a uniform and holding a microphone instead of a football, Patriots first-round rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry made his debut on the Gillette Stadium turf Thursday afternoon.
The playmaking pass catcher out of Arizona State joined Patriots Chairman Robert Kraft and team President Jonathan Kraft on the inside Gillette for the traditional photo opportunity afforded to the New England top pick each spring. Harry then answered questions from assembled reporters afterwards.
The Boston Globe fulfilling expectations this fall won’t be easy for Harry. A day after the Red Sox visited Washington, the Globe notes that a date has not yet been set for the world champion Patriots to visit the White House.
The Boston Herald says that if/when the Patriots do visit the White House, safety and co-captain Devin McCourty won’t be part of the trip. The Herald has Harry looking for a strong connection with the Patriots.
ESPNBoston.com reveals that Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman is going to graduate from Kent State this weekend, fulfilling a promise to his parents while setting a “great example” for his young daughter. ESPNBoston.com also has word that veteran tight end Ben Watson is indeed signing with the Patriots, the team that drafted him in the first round way back in 2004.
WEEI.com writes that Harry’s introduction to New England should make the Patriots feel good about him succeeding. WEEI.com passes on word that a man who pointed a laser at Tom Brady in last January’s AFC title game in Kansas City won’t apologize. WEEI.com wonders what’s going on with a Patriots possible White House visit.
NBC Sports Boston writes that “mechanically sound” rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham has a chance to shine at rookie mini-camp this week. NBC Sports Boston has five takeaways from Harry’s “unveiling.” NBC Sports Boston has its version of the White House and Edelman stories. Even with the reported Watson signing, NBC Sports Boston writes that the Patriots are “flying by the seat of their pants at tight end.”
NFL.com is already projecting the compensatory picks for next year’s draft, with the Patriots in line to get four selections including two following the third round. NFL.com has Odell Beckham clarifying his comments that the Browns will be the next Patriots. NFL.com has the projected starters for all 16 AFC teams, including New England.
NESN.com writes that after the draft, competition abounds on the New England offensive line.
Now in Buffalo, the Buffalo News has LaAdrian Waddle saying that the “Patriots guys definitely respect the Bills.”
Boston.com has five position battles to keep an eye on this summer in New England.