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Anthony Davis Jersey Lakers

O astro Anthony Davis é o novo reforço do Los Angeles Lakers. Segundo Adrian Wojnarowski, da ESPN, o New Orleans Pelicans fechou acordo para enviar o pivô de 26 anos para a equipe californiana em troca dos jovens Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart e Lonzo Ball, além de múltiplas futuras escolhas de primeira rodada de draft. Espera-se que a negociação seja oficializada no início de julho.

As seleções de recrutamento cedidas pelos angelinos na negociação começam pela quarta escolha do draft desse ano, que acontecerá dentro de cinco dias. Envolve também uma seleção protegida para as oito primeiras posições de 2021 (e, então, desprotegida em 2022) e desprotegida de 2024. O time da Louisiana ainda ganha o direito de trocar escolhas com o parceiro de transação em 2023 e 2025.

As negociações entre Lakers e Pelicans por Davis se estendiam desde fevereiro, na trade deadline, quando ele fez um pedido público de troca e as conversas foram prejudicadas pelo regular vazamento de informações. Uma extensão de contrato, agora, passa a ser o objetivo dos executivos de Los Angeles: o craque deverá ser agente livre na offseason do ano que vem.

O Boston Celtics também estava interessado na aquisição do pivô, mas a ação do empresário do atleta, Rich Paul, “esfriou” o interesse do time. O controverso agente nunca escondeu ter predileção por colocar o all-star na equipe da Califórnia, ao lado de outro de seus célebres clientes: LeBron James. Em uma entrevista recente, ele chegou a ponto de cravar que o jogador não ficaria em Massachussets após 2020.

Primeira escolha do draft de 2012, Davis é considerado um dos melhores jogadores da NBA na atualidade. O astro acumula seis convocações para o Jogo das Estrelas, três eleições para os quintetos ideais da temporada e três seleções para uma das equipes de defesa da liga na carreira. Ele registrou médias de 25.9 pontos, 12.0 rebotes, 3.9 assistências, 2.4 tocos e 1.6 roubos de bola na campanha passada, mesmo atuando com restrições de minutos em parte do ano.

Após troca, Pelicans ainda tenta negociar quarta escolha do draft

A negociação de Davis foi a primeira decisão de David Griffin como presidente de operações de Nova Orleans. A oferta do Lakers teria sido a que mais se enquadrou dentro das exigências da equipe, que buscava múltiplas escolhas de draft e jovens talentos para liberar o craque. O time, vale lembrar, já tem a primeira escolha do draft desse ano – e, por consequência, Zion Williamson.

De acordo com Adrian Wojnarowski, da ESPN, o Pelicans não pretende ficar com a quarta escolha do draft e já iniciou negociações com múltiplos interessados para repassá-la antes do recrutamento. Atlanta Hawks e Phoenix Suns seriam dois dos mais fortes candidatos para adquiri-la.

Ball, Ingram e Hart já eram parte do pacote oferecido no meio da temporada por Davis e são três dos mais brilhantes jovens talentos que o Lakers selecionou nos drafts dos últimos anos. Os dois primeiros foram titulares na maior parte de sua passagem pela franquia angelina, enquanto o terceiro era um dos principais reservas arremessadores do elenco.

Confira, então, como ficou a troca fechada entre Lakers e Pelicans – com situação contratual e média dos atletas envolvidos na temporada que acabou de terminar:

Lakers recebe

Anthony Davis (US$27.0 milhões a receber até 2020): 25.9 pontos, 12.0 rebotes, 3.9 assistências e 2.4 tocos em 33.0 minutos de ação

Pelicans recebe

Brandon Ingram (US$16.7 milhões a receber, entre opções, até 2021): 18.3 pontos, 5.1 rebotes e 3.0 assistências em 33.8 minutos de ação
Lonzo Ball (US$34 milhões a receber, entre opções, até 2022): 9.9 pontos, 5.3 rebotes, 5.4 assistências e 1.5 roubos de bola em 30.3 minutos de ação
Josh Hart (US$10.6 milhões a receber, entre opções, até 2022): 7.8 pontos, 3.7 rebotes e 1.4 assistências em 25.6 minutos de ação
Três escolhas de primeira rodada de draft (2019, 2021 e 2024)
Dois direitos de trocar escolhas de primeira rodada de draft (2023 e 2025)

DeMarcus Cousins Jersey Lakers

After having offseason surgery for a torn left ACL he suffered playing in a summer pick-up game, DeMarcus Cousins was expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season. Now, that may not be the case, as ESPN’s Dave McMenamin is reporting that the Lakers have not ruled out the possibility of Cousins returning at some point this season.

From ESPN:

“We’ve not closed the door on that,” Vogel said Sunday before the Lakers played the Charlotte Hornets. “We’ll just — we’re going to be a wait and see. With these injuries that are long rehabs, you have to see and take it kind of month to month and see where he’s at. But we’ve not closed the door on a possible return for him.”

Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million with the Lakers this summer, another prove-it deal after he did the same with the Warriors last season in an effort to show he’s still worth a big-money contract somewhere. Cousins never really got the chance to show he was right with Golden State, returning late in the regular season and then hurting his quad in the first round of the playoffs. He came back in the Finals, but wasn’t 100 percent.

The Lakers signed Cousins to pair with former Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis, who doesn’t like playing center and wants another big man next to him, and obviously the two have a certain chemistry having played together in New Orleans. After Cousins went down, the Lakers signed Dwight Howard, and have since applied for and been granted a $1.75 million DPE (disabled played exception), which they have to use by March 10th.

If the Lakers were to use that DPE and Cousins then worked his way back into playing shape, he would still be eligible to return. Who knows if Cousins, who will have missed significant portions of the last three seasons with two major injuries (ruptured Achilles and a torn ACL), would be of any real benefit to the Lakers. He could be a potential trade candidate in certain scenarios.

In terms of recovery timelines for torn ACLs, the typical time frame is 9-12 months. Cousins has surgery in late August. Do the math, and the nine-month mark would be late May — around the time of the conference finals, should the Lakers make it that far. Perhaps he could be a playoff spark if he wanted to risk returning at the front of of the normal recovery timeline, but it’s hard to imagine him being in any condition to truly contribute at a conference-finals intensity level. It seems unlikely, but the Lakers aren’t ruling it out.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Jersey Lakers

O ala Kentavious Caldwell-Pope vai defender o Los Angeles Lakers na próxima temporada. De acordo com Brian Windhorst, da ESPN, a franquia angelina acertou contrato que renderá US$18 milhões em salários ao agente livre até junho do ano que vem, na noite desta terça-feira. O novo vínculo permitirá que o atleta volte a testar o mercado ao fim da próxima campanha.

A contratação foi acertada após um encontro dos representantes do jogador de 24 anos com dirigentes da equipe – incluindo Magic Johnson – nesta terça, em Los Angeles. O acordo curto, de apenas uma temporada, permite que o time angelino preserve sua flexibilidade financeira para tentar investir em reforços de peso na offseason do ano que vem.

Caldwell-Pope era agente livre irrestrito desde a última semana, quando o Detroit Pistons resolveu retirar a oferta qualificatória exercida sobre seu vínculo para confirmar a aquisição do especialista defensivo Avery Bradley. O Lakers venceu ampla concorrência, pois Windhorst apurou que vários times monitoravam a situação do atleta.

Para fechar a contratação, a franquia investiu a totalidade dos US$16.5 milhões que ainda tinha disponível em sua folha salarial e, provavelmente, vai precisar fechar pequenas movimentações paralelas – abrir mão dos direitos sobre algum agente livre remanescente, trocar um de seus novatos recém-selecionados, o pivô Ivica Zubac ou o ala David Nwaba.

Titular do Pistons nas últimas três temporadas, Caldwell-Pope inicia a temporada suspenso de duas partidas em punição a uma recente condenação por dirigir sob efeito de álcool. O jovem ala esteve presente em 76 jogos da campanha passada, com médias de 13.8 pontos, 3.3 rebotes e 2.5 assistências em pouco mais de 33 minutos de ação por noite.

Kostas Antetokounmpo Jersey Lakers

Editor’s Note: For the second year in a row, the Silver Screen and Roll staff is counting down the most interesting Lakers heading into next season. We will be going through all 20 training camp spots before the season begins, and today we continue with No. 17, Kostas Antetokounmpo.

Within minutes of the Lakers claiming Kostas Antetokounmpo off of waivers, the jokes had already started.

Well, I guess they’re going after Giannis in 2021.

Rob has to get word to Giannis about how the Lakers are somehow.

He’s basically the new KCP.

While that might be a cynical way of looking at things, it’s also probably a realistic one. The Lakers did seem to use Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — LeBron James’ fellow Klutch Sports client — in much the same way the year before James signed, so we know this is in their playbook. And it’s not an unreasonable thing to want, either. What team wouldn’t want the league’s reigning MVP to hear good things about them from his younger brother?

But even if there is probably a kernel of truth to such speculation, we also know that the Lakers reportedly also see Kostas as a legit prospect, even if they also do hope he says good things about them to his brother. Decisions can be made with multiple motivations, and they wouldn’t have brought someone on if they weren’t at least close to being an NBA-caliber player, because that would be embarrassing for the organization. Kostas is at least on the fringes right now.

Kostas himself is probably working with just one driving force, though: To prove he’s more than just Giannis’ brother, and someone worth keeping around in their own right. Whether or not he can do so is what will make him interesting to watch this year, something that isn’t always said about two-way players on a contender.

Due to that contract status — and because the Lakers are loaded in the frontcourt — Kostas probably won’t see a ton of playing time on the parent roster this season, instead mostly plying his trade for South Bay in the G League.

And just as the Lakers will surely be trying to show Kostas they’re a first-class organization, they’ll also have an up-close-and-behind-the-scenes look at whether or not the 21-year-old big man can develop into a legit NBA player.

We recently had Mirin Fader of Bleacher Report, who wrote a must-read profile of the Antetokounmpo family last month, on our podcast. It’s worth noting that she spoke to Kostas before he was claimed by the Lakers, and how motivated he already was to step out of Giannis’ shadow and pave his own NBA path as a player teams want outside of any perceived connection to his brother.

Still, does this sound like the type of guy that would see all the jokes about the Lakers signing him just to tamper and not try to prove them wrong?

“There was so much pressure on him, there is so much pressure on him, and he told me he’s felt that since he was 12 (years old). People would always say in Greece ‘you’re not as aggressive as your two older brothers,’ so Giannis and Thanasis. (People would say) ‘you’re lazier than them.’ And that just used to drive him nuts, like that used to motivate Kostas so much, and he would just stay out there, and stay out there, and just shoot, and shoot, and shoot to just try to prove all of these people wrong.

“He has felt slighted since he picked up a ball, to be honest, and he still carries that with him now. And people always ask him all the time, ‘how do you deal with the pressure, how do you handled being third in line,’ … And Kostas was telling me, ‘I just look at it differently, pressure is a good thing. Pressure makes you work harder. When you’re scared, you push yourself beyond your breaking point.’ And he says pressure makes diamonds, you have to keep working. So he has that mentality about him.”

So this is where we have to offer the important disclaimer that Kostas is not Giannis. It is unlikely he’ll ever get anywhere in his brother’s stratosphere.

With that out of the way, we should note that Giannis wasn’t even Giannis at 21. He had shown more promise than Kostas has, and didn’t need to spend time in the G League, but I only bring this up to point out that some players take more time to develop than others. Kostas may not go from averaging 16.9 points per game to MVP-winner in four years (mainly because he’s not going to average 16.9 points per game this season), but he may be able to build on the skills he’s already shown, and seems to have the right mindset to do so.

Kostas averaged 1 point and 1 steal in two games for the Mavericks last season, production that does not portend a high-level of success in his sophomore year. He likely won’t even get many opportunities, outside of the G League. But if he can continue to hone the skills he showed in the G League while averaging 10.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 25.4 minutes per contest over 40 games for the Texas Legends last season, all while also improving his defensive awareness, he might be able to turn himself into a prototypical modern big.

For most second-year two-way players, even that kind of praise would seem lofty, but Kostas has the physical tools to make it happen. It sounds like he has the work ethic to put in the time on it, too. The only question remaining will be if the latter quality can allow Kostas to maximize the former, which is precisely what will make him an interesting Laker to watch this year.

Robert Horry Jersey Lakers

Robert Horry encerrou sua carreira em 2008, aos 37 anos. Ele nunca foi um astro ou algo parecido. Era um jogador esforçado, com boa capacidade nos arremessos de longa distância. Nada muito mais que isso, exceto pelo fato de ter sido campeão em sete oportunidades e por três equipes diferentes. Agora, Horry acredita na possibilidade de ser eleito para Hall da Fama.

“A coisa louca sobre o Hall da Fama é que se você olha para a história do basquete, você vai ver vários caras com estatísticas piores que as minhas”, disse ele. “Se eu não conseguir entrar, tudo bem. Se eu conseguir, tudo bem também. Metade dos caras no Hall da fama não conseguiu metade das coisas que consegui, então não estou preocupado com isso”.

Horry obteve o primeiro título em sua segunda temporada, pelo Houston Rockets. Na época, fazia parte de um elenco que tinha Hakeem Olajuwon e Clyde Drexler. No ano seguinte, ele venceu mais uma vez e foi trocado em 1996 para o Phoenix Suns, onde ficou por apenas um ano e depois foi negociado mais uma vez, para o Los Angeles Lakers. No time californiano, ele foi campeão três vezes.

“Parte de mim espera que eu não entre, porque se eu não estiver lá, ainda terá gente falando sobre você”, afirmou. “Assim que você fica mais velho, as pessoas esquecem de você. Mas no fim do dia, o que mais importa é que as cidades por onde joguei são conhecidas pelos títulos que levei e os colegas que tive sabem que eu fui o melhor colega que eles poderiam ter.”

Em 2003, Horry assinou com o San Antonio Spurs. Foram cinco anos no time texano e mais dois títulos.

Em pouco mais de 1.100 jogos, Horry obteve médias de 7.0 pontos, 4.8 rebotes, e um aproveitamento de 34.1% nos arremessos de longa distância.

Michael Cooper Jersey Lakers

Michael Cooper knows a thing or two about winning championships. As a player, he hoisted the Larry O’Brien trophy in five of his 12 seasons (all with the Los Angeles Lakers). As a coach, he won back-to-back titles with the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and an additional championship with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of the NBA G League. Cooper was a dominant defender, winning the 1986-87 Defensive Player of the Year award and earning eight All-Defensive Team selections.

He has also coached in the NBA (with the Denver Nuggets) and college (at USC). Now, as he’s coaching in the Big3, HoopsHype caught up with him to discuss his experience in the three-on-three league, today’s NBA, the direction of the Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers’ huge summer and more.

You’re coaching the team 3’s Company in the Big3. What made you want to join the league and what has that experience been like so far?

Michael Cooper: My experience has been awesome. The idea was first brought to me when I talked to Clyde Drexler during the first year that the league started. I was wondering to myself, “How are they going to make this work?” The next year, I get a call from my agent and he said that Clyde expressed interest in me joining the league. From there, I got a chance to talk to [Clyde] about it and I thought it would be a great opportunity in men’s basketball with a lot of former NBA players. I liked that I was getting a chance to do something that was totally different.

I have coached and won at almost every level, and this another level I’d like to entertain. Half-court basketball takes you back to your school-ground days, playing three-on-three and the idea is to stay on the court all day. You had to figure out which two guys to pick depending on what your strengths are – maybe you need a big guy who can rebound or you need a guard who can score. Thinking about that and then putting it on this big stage, like Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz have done, it has been a great experience! People may think it just turns into one-on-one, but that’s not the case. There really is a tactical approach to this. I love coaching. I love trying to put a team together and trying to figure it all out. Overall, the experience has been great.

As you mentioned, you’ve had success coaching men and women prior to the Big3. What are some of the biggest adjustments that you have to make when you’re coaching or playing three-on-three?

MC: I think the biggest difference is motivation and getting them to buy into team play. In three-on-three, there can be some one-on-one basketball to a certain degree, but that’s not what is going to win games. When [a former NBA] player sees someone who played a step below them or someone who didn’t quite get there [to their level], they still have that competitive nature and they want to try to get it done by themselves. You have to get them to buy into the system and to ball movement. Even though you only have three players, you still need bodies moving and the ball moving.

The biggest thing has been motivating them to play hard every single point of every single game. That’s been the biggest adjustment; in the NBA, you don’t necessarily have to do that. In the NBA, there are five players out there and if three of them are buying in, sometimes one or two players don’t need to buy in as much and that’s a bit easier for guys. But here? They have to buy in and you need to get them to understand that’s what it takes to win. Yes, it’s about scoring 50 points and you have to put points on the board, but you really need to play good defense if you want to win.

You had a fantastic career, winning five championships as a player and several more as a coach. What are your interactions with today’s players like? Do you feel like today’s players respect their predecessors?

MC: Even if the players haven’t seen my career or heard about it, they know that I’ve won championships and I think that alone brings me some respect. Among the peers I’m coaching against – Dr. J and Rick Mahorn to name just a few – they understand and are telling their players about that. I think we all talk to our players about who we are and what we’d like our team to be. For me, they understand that’s more of a defensive-minded approach with my background. The players we’re coaching in the Big3 have respect. But they’re only going to respect you if they feel you’re committed and putting your all into the game. If you’re just there for a paycheck and just sitting there, letting them do their thing, they won’t respect you as much. I’m not that type of coach, and I don’t think any of the coaches in our league are that way. The respect factor is already there.

Derek Fisher Jersey Lakers

Former New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher is on his way to the altar.

Fisher, 43, proposed to his girlfriend Gloria Govan at a family get-together on April 7, according to TMZ Sports. The two have been dating since 2015. It will be the second marriage for both.

Govan was previously married to Fisher’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Matt Barnes.

The two players have a history between them; they were involved in an altercation at Govan’s home in Los Angeles in October 2015 and a fight reportedly took place. No charges were filed, however, and the two apparently have put aside their differences.

Barnes shared his congratulations on Instagram on Tuesday, writing in part: “You guys want this to be an issue, it’s not! I’ve known about this for a few weeks & I am all for it..
My kids matter to me at this point, that’s it!”

Fisher won five NBA titles as a player with the Lakers and served as the Knicks head coach from June 2014 to February 2016.

After leaving the Knicks, he competed on Season 25 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, but was eliminated in the third round.

Jermaine Eluemunor Jersey Patriots

The NFL season is starting to shape up as to who the playoff contenders are and which teams will be selecting early in the next draft.

This past weekend marked the 10th of the regular season and there were quite a few former Texas A&M players in action.

Though a number were also on their bye weeks, Christian Kirk had his biggest game as a pro as the second-round pick from a year ago is finally healthy this season.

Veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill received his fourth-straight start for Tennessee and led the team to yet another victory, this one coming via a last-minute touchdown drive led by the veteran.

Here is how all the Aggies in the NFL fared over the weekend.

-LB Otaro Alaka, Baltimore: The Ravens beat Cincinnati, 49-13. The undrafted rookie was placed on Injured Reserve (IR) earlier in the season with a hamstring injury. He is eligible to return to the active roster in Week 12.

-DE Michael Bennett, Dallas: Dallas lost to Minnesota on Sunday night, 28-24. In his second game with the team, Bennett finished with two solo tackles.

SEASON: 9 tackles (8 solo), 3.5 sacks, 1 PBU

-K Randy Bullock, Cincinnati: The Bengals fell to Baltimore, 49-13. Bullock hit both of his field goal attempts, connecting from 42 and 39 yards. He also hit his only extra-point try.

SEASON: 13-15 FG (Long 48); 14-14 PAT

-RB Tra Carson, Detroit: The Lions fell to Chicago, 20-13. Carson was placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) two weeks ago with a hamstring injury, though.

SEASON: 18-46 rushing; 4-18 receiving

-OL Jermaine Eluemunor, New England: The Patriots were on their bye week.

-WR Mike Evans, Tampa Bay: The Buccaneers beat Arizona, 30-27. Evans caught four passes for 82 yards in the win.

SEASON: 54-924, 7 TD receiving

-S Justin Evans, Tampa Bay: The Buccaneers beat Arizona, 30-27. Evans is on the Injured Reserve (IR) as he is still dealing with a turf toe injury from last season. He was eligible to return to the roster this week but is still not ready to go.

-S Deshazor Everett, Washington: The Redskins were on their bye week.

SEASON: 8 tackles (8 solo)

-DE Myles Garrett, Cleveland: The Browns defeated Buffalo, 19-16. The second-year pro finished with one solo tackle in the win.

SEASON: 28 tackles (19 solo), 10 sacks, 2 FF

-FB Cullen Gillaspia, Houston: The Texans were on a bye week.

SEASON: 3 tackles (1 solo)

-DE Daeshon Hall, Philadelphia: The Eagles were on their bye week.

SEASON: 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 sack

-OL Germain Ifedi, Seattle: The Seahawks undefeated San Francisco on Monday night. Ifedi started at right tackle and.

-DT Kingsley Keke, Green Bay: The Packers defeated Carolina, 24-16. The fifth-round pick finished with one solo tackle in the win.

SEASON: 6 tackles (1 solo)

-WR Christian Kirk, Arizona: The Cardinals fell to Tampa Bay, 30-27. The second-year pro had the best game of his career so far as he caught six passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns (33, 69, 15).

SEASON: 38-467, 3 TD receiving; 4-45 rushing

-K Josh Lambo, Jacksonville: The Jaguars were on their bye week.

SEASON: 22-22 FG (Long 48); 12-13 PAT

-DT Daylon Mack, Baltimore: The Ravens beat Cincinnati, 49-13. The sixth-round pick was on the inactive list for Baltimore, though.

-OT Jake Matthews, Atlanta: The Falcons beat New Orleans, 26-9. Playing left tackle, Matthews helped Atlanta to 317 total yards – 174 passing and 143 rushing.

-C Erik McCoy, New Orleans: The Saints dropped a contest to Atlanta, 26-9. The rookie second-round pick started at center and helped New Orleans to finish with 310 total yards – 258 passing and 52 rushing.

-LB Von Miller, Denver: The Broncos were on a bye week.

SEASON: 29 tackles (20 solo), 4 sacks

-DS Don Muhlbach, Detroit: The Lions fell to Chicago, 20-13. Muhlbach is in his 16th season as the team’s deep snapper.

-OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Jacksonville: The Jaguars were on their bye week.

-WR Damion Ratley, Cleveland: The Browns defeated Buffalo, 19-16. Ratley was on the active roster for the first time in a few weeks but was not targeted in the passing game.

SEASON: 8-103 receiving

-WR Josh Reynolds, LA Rams: The Rams fell to Pittsburgh, 17-12. Reynolds caught three passes for 49 yards in the loss.

SEASON: 8-156, TD receiving

-TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Cleveland: The Browns defeated Buffalo, 19-16. Seals-Jones was inactive due to a slight knee injury.

SEASON: 9-155, 2 TD receiving

-TE Jace Sternberger, Green Bay: The Packers defeated Carolina, 24-16. In the second week of action for the third-round pick after coming off injured reserve, he served a blocker but was not targeted in the passing game. He had one solo tackle on special teams, though.

-OL Keaton Sutherland, Miami: Miami beat Indianapolis, 16-12. The undrafted rookie was on the active list for the first time last week but was on the inactive list this week.

-QB Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee: The Titans beat Kansas City, 35-32, as Tannehill moves to 3-1 as a starter. He finished 13-of-19 passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns (9, 23) in helping engineer the winning touchdown drive in the final minute. He also ran for 37 yards on three carries.

SEASON: 97-136-4-1161, 8 TD passing; 17-85, TD rushing

-S Armani Watts, Kansas City: The Chiefs lost at Tennessee, 35-32. The second-year pro had two solo tackles in the defeat.

SEASON: 6 tackles (6 solo), 1 sack

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-RB Trayveon Williams, Cincinnati: The Bengals fell to Baltimore, 49-13. The sixth-round pick was on the active roster but did not have a carry.

-S Donovan Wilson, Dallas: Dallas lost to Minnesota on Sunday night, 28-24. The sixth-round pick finished with one assisted tackle.

SEASON: 1 tackle (0 solo)

Marshall Newhouse Jersey Patriots

As can be seen, Brady’s numbers across the board get worse when he is pressured: he is less accurate, throws fewer touchdowns and more interceptions, and posts a lower yards-per-attempt statistic. All of this has to be expected, though, as no quarterback in the NFL is getting better when he is facing pressure. The problem, however, is just how comparatively ineffective the future Hall of Famer gets when opponents disrupt him.

Brady’s passer rating of 47.9 ranks him as the fourth-worst starting quarterback in the league under pressure, while it is simultaneously his worst since PFF started charting players in 2006. For comparison, he ranked 15th in the NFL in passer rating when pressured last season (71.2). The year before that, he led the league with a 96.6 mark. Of course, he also only achieved a 53.4 during a 2014 season that ultimately ended in a Super Bowl win.

The impact that quarterback rating can have on the overall success of a team can be disputed — passes that are thrown away are part of the equation, for example, but preferable to sacks or other negative plays that are not — but the bigger issue still remains: Brady’s performance while facing pressures leaves some to be desired, and the drop in adjusted completion percentage from 81.9% to 55.7% illustrates this very clearly.

So, where does this leave the Patriots? Above all else, they will need to find a way to protect Brady. Getting back starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn, who was placed on injured reserve after suffering a toe injury in Week 2, should certainly help in this regard: Wynn’s replacement, Marshall Newhouse, has been highly inconsistent and is responsible for 21 of the 74 pressures New England’s blockers have surrendered through nine games this season.

Despite that, however, the team still ranks among the best in football when it comes to pressure rate at this point of the season: Brady has been sacked, hit or hurried only just 29.7% of his drop-backs so the protection has actually been fine most of the times (PFF, meanwhile, has New England ranked as the 13th best pass-blocking team in football). That being said, the quarterback’s statistical drop-off resulting from the pressure cannot be ignored.

If Wynn’s return plus the added time the rest of the offensive line has spent together — center Ted Karras, for example, replaced David Andrews just shortly before the season began — can improve the Patriots’ pass protection and give Brady just a few more clean pockets to work with, there is little doubt he can work his magic again. At this point in time, the 42-year-old’s success is closely tied to the level of pressure a defense applies.

The Patriots need to make sure this level is kept at a minimum.

Cody Kessler Jersey Patriots

Patriots re-sign QB Cody Kessler

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they have re-signed QB Cody Kessler. Kessler was signed by New England on Sept. 25 and released on Oct. 15 after being inactive for three games.

Kessler, 26, originally entered the NFL as a third-round draft selection (93rd overall) by Cleveland in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Southern California. 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has played in 17 regular-season games with 12 starts over his three-year career with Cleveland (2016-17) and Jacksonville (2018) and has completed 224-of-349 pass attempts (64.2%) for 2,215 yards with eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Last season with the Jaguars, Kessler appeared in five games with four starts and completed 85-of-131 pass attempts (64.9%) for 709 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while leading the Jaguars to a 2-2 record. He went to training camp with Philadelphia this past summer was and was released on Aug. 30, 2019.