Patriots add assets for Tom Brady in NFL draft, but QB question looms

Instead of drafting Tom Brady’s eventual successor with one of their two first-round picks Thursday night, the New England Patriots picked two players who should be able to immediately help their veteran quarterback in the twilight of his career.
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There’s some quarterbacks left in the draft? Caserio joked late Thursday during his news conference in Foxborough, Mass.,聽responding to a question about the passers left on the board.

Game Kids Devin Hester Jersey Look, there’s a lot of good players and a lot of positions. We will recalibrate in the morning see where we are, Caserio said.

Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer remains under contract as Brady’s backup (returning for a second stint in New England last year after Hoyer’s former team, the 49ers, traded for Brady’s previous backup, Jimmy Garoppolo), but the Patriots at some point need to address the long-term future at that position.

Several of the top remaining quarterback prospects could be drafted by the end of the third round Friday night, including Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, Washington聽 Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta and Washington聽State’s Luke Falk.

But the Patriots also need to address some defensive spots in the next few rounds, including linebacker, pass rusher and defensive backs.

If Belichick wants to continue the run on聽Georgia players 鈥?and don’t forget about how he helped lead聽defensive drills during the Bulldogs’ pro day in Athens 鈥?perhaps聽linebacker Lorenzo Carter聽could be an option.

But the Diamondbacks padded their lead in the eighth with three runs, highlighted by Descalso’s two-run homer that made it 8-4.

The game was played on a chilly, rainy night in front of a sparse crowd of 18,195. Much of Philadelphia sports fans’ attention on Tuesday night centered across the street for Game 5 of the 76ers’ first-round series clinching victory over the Miami Heat.

Velasquez took a step back from a strong string of three straight good outings and couldn’t get through Bennie Fowler Jersey the fifth inning, allowing four runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks. It ended a span of 12 straight starts by Philadelphia starters with three earned runs or fewer.

Velasquez entered having gone six or more innings in three straight starts after doing that just three times all of 2017.

Farquhar collapsed in the dugout after coming off the mound during the sixth inning of Friday’s home game against the Houston Astros. After receiving treatment from White Sox medical personnel and on-site emergency medical technicians, Farquhar was transported to nearby Rush University Medical Center, where he remains.

Before Thursday’s game at Kansas City, the White Sox took the field for batting practice wearing black T-shirts that read PRAY FOR 43, with FOR DANNY on the left sleeves.

White Sox reliever Nate Jones also said the team would keep Farquhar’s No. 43 jersey in the bullpen.
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