Former Patriots vice president of player personnel and former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli joins Michael Robinson and Mike Garafolo on NFL Total Access: The Locker Room to give insight into his days as a scout, stories of drafting Tom Brady and working with Bill Belichick. First, Pioli gives a locker room story from his early days as a scout with the Cleveland Browns. Then, he discusses his connection with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, while working for the Patriots. After that, Pioli gives his thoughts on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots Week 4 matchup. Next, he gives a flashback to the draft room in 2000, when the Patriots drafted Brady. Following that, Pioli talks about how the Patriots kept four quarterbacks on the roster and gives an evaluation of Brady early in his career. To wrap up the show, Pioli tells a story which describes Brady's incredible work ethic.
Week 14 NFL game picks: Raiders down reeling Rams on Thursday; Brock Purdy-led 49ers beat Buccaneers
Do the reeling Rams stand a chance against the red-hot Raiders on Thursday night? Can Brock Purdy guide the 49ers past Tom Brady's Buccaneers? Gregg Rosenthal makes his picks for every Week 14 game.
Desmond Ridder to take over as Falcons' starting quarterback; Atlanta to bench Marcus Mariota
The Atlanta Falcons will be turning to rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder as their new starter, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. Ridder will be replacing Marcus Mariota, who had a 5-8 record as the starter this season.
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