A Weekend Review of All Things Boston
Patriots – A ton of Pats action this week. It started off with Tom Brady leaving the Patriots for the Bucs and ended with Brian Hoyer returning to New England. In between the quarterback moves the Pats signed wide receiver Damiere Byrd, safety Adrian Phillips, defensive tackle Beau Allen, linebacker Brandon Copeland, and fullback Dan Vitale. They also lost Danny Shelton and Jamie Collins to the Lions, Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, and Ted Karras to the Dolphins, and Nate Ebner to the Giants. Free agency will continue into next week and I’d expect the Patriots to continue to be active. Look for them to stock up and the wide receiver and tight end position. Robby Anderson, Chester Rodgers, Jordan Reed, and Tyler Eifert are guys to watch. On the trade market, I’d keep an eye on O.J Howard in Tampa, Gerald Everett and Brandin Cooks in LA and Foster Moreau in Las Vegas.
Celtics – Not a ton on the C’s front this week without any games. The only notable story is that Marcus Smart announced that he has the coronavirus. Hopefully, a speedy recovery will ensue and Smart will be back on the court as soon as possible.
Bruins – Much like the Celtics, not much going on in the Bruins space, although it’s notable that owner Jeremy Jacobs finally stepped up to the plate and succumbed to the pressure of paying his part-time employees as we continue to wait out the coronavirus delays. It’s a nice gesture but it also should be noted that Jacobs was the last owner in the entire NHL to implement a program to compensate his employees during this work stoppage. Not a great look.
Red Sox – Another week and more bad news for the Sox. It was announced that Chris Sale will finally undergo Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow, and will miss anywhere between 12 and 18 months. This is a massive blow to the Sox contention chances this year and next. The best-case scenario for a Sale return would be in the second half of next season. I’d guess we don’t see him until the start of 2022.