Belichick and the Patriots do preemptive strikes better than any other team. When Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins approached free agency with high salary demands, they were considered replaceable and were traded for premium draft picks — a second-rounder for Jones (which was traded for third- and fourth-round picks who turned out to be Mitchell and starting guard Joe Thuney) and a third-rounder in the upcoming draft for Collins.
Trey Flowers, a fourth-round pick in 2015, is proving to be a quality replacement for Jones, as shown by his 2.5 sacks and six tackles in the Super Bowl, along with seven sacks in the last nine regular season games. Veteran Shea McClellin effectively replaced Collins over the second half of the season, and talented rookie sixth-rounder Elandon Roberts will soon challenge for playing time at the position.
With the NFL Combine a week away, the former offensive lineman turned ESPN analyst proved he still possess a sizable portion of the strength that made him a first-round draft pick, a two-time Super Bowl champion and a Pro-Bowler.
In a light-hearted segment Friday, Woody bench pressed colleague Field Yates 19 times.
Granted, Yates only weighs 165 pounds and Woody did 26 reps at 225 pounds when he participate in the combine, but that was nearly 20 years. ago.