AFC East: Chad O'Shea
ESPN reporter David Amber files this video from New England Patriots minicamp on the progress of slot receiver Wes Welker, who is recovering from knee and shoulder surgeries.
"Wes has done an unbelievable of job of working hard to get back where he is," Patriots receivers coach Chad O'Shea says in the clip. "He's come out here and done everything that we've asked him to do and the doctors and trainers have allowed him to do so far."
The Vikings grabbed him at No. 22.
Childress figures the Patriots weren't worried the Vikings would take Harvin because he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL scouting combine. The Vikings have been extra careful about drafting character players since their infamous Love Boat scandal.
Patriots receivers coach Chad O'Shea was a Vikings assistant for three years.
"New England was right in there," Childress said in Hartman's column. "They were right behind us. No, they didn't think we'd take him [because of off-the-field] issues. Remember, they have our receivers coach there now. So they thought they could hold ... and he'd come to them."
Hartman writes the Vikings worked out Harvin the day before the Patriots did. Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Florida coach Urban Meyer are close friends.
The Patriots supposedly swore Harvin to secrecy, but Childress claims he extracted the info from him.
The Patriots ended up trading their No. 23 pick to the Baltimore Ravens and then traded with the Green Bay Packers to back out of the first round completely.
"They were down there working him out the day after I was there," Childress said. "And [Harvin] wasn't supposed to tell anybody, and I was trying to pull that out of him, who that was. So it was a little cat-and-mouse game that occurred."
- Marshawn Lynch's mother says she's prepared to yank his leash, writes Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle.
- Buffalo News reporter Allen Wilson reminds us the Bills once owned the draft pick that was used on running back Fred Taylor, but traded it for quarterback Rob Johnson.
- Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero explores the growing trend of teams restricting access to the media.
- Lost in the combine coverage was this Palm Beach Post spring-training story from over the weekend about Bill Parcells and his love for baseball.
New England Patriots
- Boston Herald reporter Karen Guregian previews Fred Taylor's meeting Wednesday with the Patriots.
- Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Vikings assistant Chad O'Shea is joining the Patriots as receivers coach.
New York Jets
- New York Daily News reporter Rich Cimini writes the Jets might have made a big mistake by cutting right guard Brandon Moore.
- Dave Hutchinson of the Newark Star-Ledger reports kicker Mike Nugent has rejected a contract offer and will go to market.
- Bergen Record reporter J.P. Pelzman takes a gander at the attractive free agents Rex Ryan might woo from Baltimore.