Eric Mangini: How Patriots "take advantage" of other NFL teams

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  • 2019-04-12 15:21:42Z
  • By NBC Sports Boston

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Former Bill Belichick assistant (and Spygate whistleblower) Eric Mangini explained how the New England Patriots "take advantage" of other clubs when it comes to roster building.

Now an TV analyst, Mangini appeared on Thursday's "First Things First" on FOX Sports 1, and discussed the Patriots' savvy ways:

"I think [Belichick's] great strength is being able to deal in the pro market and being able to deal and take advantage of other organizations that transition, where they want to get rid of guys because they want to bring their own guy in, and get them at a discount."

Discounts have certainly been important to the Patriots, who frequently draft talented players who fall to later spots in the draft due to injury risk, or trade for overlooked veteran NFL players who can fit into the Pats' system.

For instance, Patriots legend and recent retiree Rob Gronkowski was available to the Pats in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft due to his injury history. While Gronk's health was frequently a problem during his NFL career, he was largely unstoppable when he was on the field.

Countless veteran players -- Darrelle Revis in 2014, Martellus Bennett in 2016, Josh Gordon in 2018, to name a few -- have joined the Patriots during their runs of success and been solid contributors before moving on.

But Mangini points out that the Patriots' thrifty ways largely apply to current players, not as much draft prospects, something the team has struggled with.

This could be due to the fact that while veteran players can be had at a discount and are proven, drafted players are risky.

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The Patriots have remained true to form this offseason, adding veterans Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Michael Bennett and re-signing long-time kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

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