Defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois opened the 2017 season with the Packers and closed it as a member of the Patriots, but he doesn’t expect to be back in New England when the 2018 season gets underway.
Jean Francois released a statement through a public relations representative on Friday thanking the Patriots for the opportunity to play for them and said the experience made me appreciate this game a lot more. He also said he’s hoping to find a team he can spend a few years with before retiring.
Detroit is also working on a deal for defensive tackle Ricky Jean-Francois , who played nine games, including postseason, in New England last season under then-defensive coordinator and current Liosn coach Matt Patricia.
Here are the other free-agent visits and signings that we’re monitoring on Wednesday:
Former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns is scheduled to visit the Dallas Cowboys and then the New York Jets this week, Rapoport reported, per a source informed of his situation. The Jags released the wide receiver on Tuesday before he was set to earn $7 million in non-guaranteed money.
It’s a buzzword, right? Analytics. Everybody wants to talk about it, Patricia said, via the Detroit News. But I think analytics have been involved with football forever. We call ’em tendencies. That’s all it was before and now it became ＆analytics.’ So I think that’s important. Every single coach does it, and there’s people in the organization who look at different things that maybe take a lot of time to analyze, while coaches are working on something else.
One of Patricia’s first moves in Detroit was hiring David Corrao as his director of football research, a position Patricia has been tight-lipped about but that is believed to be about analyzing strategies and tendencies. There’s little doubt that Patricia will rely on analytics as coach of the Lions, even as he says that’s nothing out of the ordinary.
The Eagles and general manager Howie Roseman have been manuvering around the salary cap to clear out space in order to acquire new talent.