"I gave a kind of wonky answer, and it was like, ‘No, that’s a loser’s mentality."
Love them or hate them, since Bill Belichick took the reigns of the New England Patriots they have been a winning organization. Say what you want about the 2019 season, that doesn't erase everything that they've and accomplished over the last twenty years. While a good portion of their success is because of Tom Brady, the mentality of the "Patriots Way", when in reality is the "Belichick Way" has been instrumental to New England's success.
Young Jared Pinkney learned that lesson the hard way when he met with Patriots staff on Monday, and learned that the "Patriots Way" is having a winner's mentality and not a "loser's mentality".
Pinkney had this to say about his meeting with the Patriots:
“It’s interesting, because (with) a team that’s been winning for as long as they have you expect them to come in with a certain mentality and to share that mentality and to spread it and impart it on you,” Pinkney said according to Zack Cox of NESN. “And that’s exactly what happened. I gave a kind of wonky answer, and it was like, ‘No, that’s a loser’s mentality.’ And I was like, ‘OK, my bad.’ (raises hands) They were like, ‘You need to be like this and that and that,’ and I was like, ‘Yes, sir. I’m better.’ ”Ray Rauth live streams about the New England Patriots and other news, rumors, and opinions around the NFL, XFL, and NCAA Football.
Since December Jared Pinkney has been on my short list of tight ends that the Patriots should consider taking in this year's NFL Draft. Pinkey is one of the best tight ends in the 2020 Draft class, and would be probably one of four tight ends that would truly make an impact on an NFL roster come September. The other three candidates are Cole Kmet, Brycen Hopkins, and Thaddeus Moss. I'll also give an honorable mention to Hunter Bryant and Jacob Breeland.
In a year when there's a surplus edge rushers and wide receivers, a quality tight end will come at a premium in the draft.
According to Pinkney he should have known better, he's already been exposed to the Patriots Way when his head coach Derek Mason visited Patriots training camp back in 2018, and shared all the valuable lessons he learned from coach Belichick and his staff.
“After that visit, for two years, it was really just, ‘Bill Belichick did this,’ and ‘Bill Belichick said that,’ “Pinkney said. “What he said to Tom Brady. Eventually, we just got tired of hearing about it. But in reality, it does help an organization, pro level or college, to be able to go and see what it’s like at the highest level and how they operate and then bring it back to your own coaching room.”
If Pinkey can transform his play back to his junior year at Vanderbilt, he could be the steal of the Draft. He recorded 50 catches for 770 yards and seven touchdowns.
Pinkney probably saw his draft stock fall after a miserable senior year. He only managed to catch 20 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He also played for a terrible team, and that probably contributed to his fall. That has contributed to negative Draft profiles.
"He's probably more “Y” than he is and “F” but may be a bit undersized to be an ideal “Y”. He doesn't come off the ball hard in the run or passing game. His hand placement is inconsistent as a blocker and sometimes gets outside of the frame. He’s not a matchup problem in the passing game. Doesn’t do much to threaten the defense vertically in the passing game and appears to get open schematically some. He is only a sufficient route runner and will struggle to create separation against man coverage from safeties and LBs. Needs to do a better job attacking the football in contested catch situations." - Harris, The Draft Network
It’s not a secret that the Patriots are in desperate need of tight end, and I still believe Belichick needs to sign a veteran free agent like Austin Hooper or Tyler Eifert, but one tight end isn’t enough. The Patriots would be better off signing a veteran and drafting a tight end, and just because Jarret Stidham has gotten some negative feedback, there is still a lot of positive things being said about the kid.Ray Rauth live streams about the New England Patriots and other news, rumors, and opinions around the NFL, XFL, and NCAA Football.
“He has good overall athleticism for the position. He also shows the footballs IQ to align in multiple places over the course of a game. In the run game, he is a willing blacker and shows instances of being a finisher. He does a good job of holding the point of attack as a blocker in the run game. He also shows the ability to run after the catch. He shows good release off the line of scrimmage when aligned inline. He also shows sufficient hands in the passing game. He shows good toughness to catch a seam over the middle when contact is imminent. He also projects as a 4 phase special teamer.” - Harris, the Draft Network
Jared Pinkney learned a valuable lesson this week when he met the Patriots. The Patriots have taken a bit of a shine to Pinkney, and as I’ve already mentioned, I think he could be a great pick for New England. Hopefully his “loser mentality” doesn’t get in the way of his success.