Do you remember when the Patriots quietly visited Lamar Jackson? Do you remember that when they secretly worked it out?
Do you remember when they took him on the first lap with the 23rd pick? Oh, wait, they did not do it.
Do you remember when they took him on the first round with the 31st pick? I think you understand what matters.
And that's another point: there's so much bullcrap being distributed to reporters who are under pressure to fill the gap between free agency and draft with news that it's just noise. Yes, we pass on the noise (we also have to fill the void), but we do so by adding the caveat that with so much smoke it's almost impossible to find the fire.
It's even gotten so bad The stuff that's true is considered nonsense, like the Baker Mayfield for the Browns buzz that caught fire this week. Some thought the Browns were just trying to get the jets into 1st place to reach Mayfield.
On Thursday night, the Patriots had two cracks in Jackson, and they did not take him with them. In Pick 31, they decided on a running back – a running back! – about a five-year deployment of the possible successor to Tom Brady. Running backs are everywhere and everywhere. Quarterbacks that revolutionize the game while replacing one of the best players in NFL history are hard to find.
Jackson was allegedly the "if-you-can-not-meet-choice" of the patriots who've been battling mobile quarterbacks since Colin Kaepernick dealt with them in 2012. Yet they passed Lamar Jackson twice.
The media may not be the only ones who took the cheese. Do you remember when former Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds became the epitome of the patriot? The Pats did not design it; the ravens did in round six. And Reynolds has never done anything in the NFL.
Did the ravens care more about Jackson because the patriots pretended to want him? We will never know the truth because no one would ever admit it. Still, there's a chance New England was faking Jackson's interest in getting someone else to hit a guy Bill Belichick privately believes is bankrupt.
Regardless of whether the Jedi mentality on Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome, Belichick's decision to forward Jackson with not one, but two first-round selections, confirms my conviction that if Belichick was interested in Jackson, we would not have known it until the moment Belichick had drafted him.