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Bedard’s Weekend Briefing 04.26.19: Pats get a WR, Bruins win Game 1, RIP Hondo, Sox win

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"So Tom, I finally got Bill to give you a young weapon. Don't freeze him out, mkay?"

Good morning!

A few random thoughts while I wonder how many of their five picks the Patriots will use tonight (setting the o/u at 3)...

  • Only in Boston can its NHL (playing a game) and NBA teams be in the second round of the playoffs, and be completely overshadowed by the NFL draft. But this is Patriots Country.
  • Patriots finally got a chance to make a pick and — boy is that Bill Belichick full of surprises — they took a receiver for the first time in the first round under The Hoodie.
  • The opinion in the scouting community seems pretty split on whether or not N'Keal Harry went a little early (most had D.K. Metcalf, Hollywood Brown and A.J. Brown ranked ahead of him) but his film looks pretty good. Once you get past No. 20, you're dealing with all guys without first-round grades so it's dealer's choice.
  • ASU coach Herm Edwards loves the pick.
  • Now we'll just have to see if, a) Harry can assimilate into the offense, and b) earn the trust of Tom Brady.
  • My pick for the Patriots, Miss State DT Jeffrey Simmons, went to Mike Vrabel and the Titans at 19.
  • Unanswerable questions: Was WR was the plan all along for the Patriots, or just the way the board went because all six first-round DTs were gone?
  • The Bruins completely dominated the rusty Blue Jackets ...  and nearly lost thanks to a couple of Columbus redirects. And then Charlie Coyle and Marcus Johansson came to the rescue again — just like we all predicted a month ago.
  • Bruins PK is on fire.
  • RIP John Havlicek, one of the greatest sportsmen this city has ever known.
  • Hey, the Sox won a game. And here come the Rays...

Time to hit the links


Bedard: Desperate for help at WR, Belichick finally takes first-round plunge with versatile N’Keal Harry
Herm Edwards on Patriots’ first-round pick N’Keal Harry: New England ‘perfect spot’ for WR
First and 10: So how do you feel about the Patriots drafting N’Keal Harry?
Bedard: The Patriots’ first-round selection will be …
Live Coverage: Patriots take WR N’Keal Harry at No. 32
Five for the 2019 Draft: Safeties – Early, middle and late prospects that fit what the Patriots are looking for
Seven for the 2019 Draft: DTs – Early, middle and late prospects for Patriots – Some plug and plays
Seven for the 2019 Draft: Interior o-line – Early, middle and late prospects for Patriots – Depth needed
Completed Q&A: Bedard on Patriots/NFL Draft 04.25.19
10 pre-draft thoughts on Patriots and what they might do this week


McAdam: Starting rotation settles in for Red Sox
BSJ Game Report: Red Sox 7, Tigers 3 – Offense continues to do damage


Three crucial x-factors for the Celtics-Bucks series
John Havlicek passes away at age 79


From trial by fire to ‘all-world plays’, Coyle-Johansson’s chemistry has sparked at perfect time for Bruins
BSJ Playoffs Report: Bruins 3, Blue Jackets 2 (OT) – Coyle provides heroics in OT as B’s rally back
Video: Charlie Coyle on providing heroics for hometown team – ‘Pretty cool to be living it’
Video: Bruce Cassidy: ‘That second goal (for Coyle) is an all-world play’
Jake DeBrusk, family dealt with death threats during Maple Leafs series
Video: Jake DeBrusk on death threats during Toronto series – ‘It was something that I didn’t really expect, ever’
10 questions facing Bruins & Blue Jackets ahead of their 2nd-round showdown


BSJ Match #9 Breakdown & Review: Montreal 3, Revolution 0 – Goalkeeping blunder the tip of the iceberg




3:30 p.m.: PGA — Zurich Classic (Golf)
7 p.m.:
NHLCarolina at NY Islanders (NBCSN)
7 p.m.: MLB — Rays at Red Sox, NESN (McAdam)
7 p.m.: NFL Draft, ABC/ESPN/NFLN (Price, Bedard)
10 p.m.: NHL — Colorado at San Jose (NBCSN)
10 p.m.: NBA — Denver at San Antonio (TNT)


Noon: NFL Draft, ABC/ESPN/NFLN (Price, Bedard)
3 p.m.
: PGA — Zurich Classic (Golf)
3 p.m.:
NHLDallas at St. Louis (NBC)
4:05 p.m.: MLB — Rays at Red Sox, NESN (McAdam)
7:30 p.m.
: NBA — Philadelphia at Toronto (TNT)
8 p.m.: NHL — Columbus at Bruins, NBC (Ryan)
8:30 p.m.: MLS — Revolution at Kansas City (NBCSN)

10 p.m.: NBA — San Antonio at Denver (TNT)


1 p.m.: MLB — Rays at Red Sox, NESN (McAdam)
1 p.m.: NBA — Celtics at Bucks (ABC)
3 p.m.: PGA — Zurich Classic (Golf)
3 p.m.: NHL — Carolina at NY Islanders (NBC)
7:30 p.m.: NBA — Philadelphia at Toronto (TNT)
7:30 p.m.: NHL — Colorado at San Jose (NBCSN)

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