Patriots Sniff Around FIU QB James Morgan

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Despite the availability of an unprecedented number of veteran quarters, the Patriots are unlikely to replace Tom Brady with an established signalman. Rather, they seem to be more inclined to consider adding a recruit.

ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss reports that the Patriots had a videoconference meeting with Florida International quarterback James Morgan. He is not a top hope, but Morgan would have performed well at the East-West Shrine Game. The Green Bay native shaped his game after the Brett Favre Hall of Fame.

That said, it is difficult to attach much importance to a single videoconference, as each team can speak to each prospect for an hour at a time, three times a week.

The highlight reel is impressive, but the level of competition at the FIU is much lower than the greatest in large college football. Then again, the Patriots harvested Jimmy Garoppolo in eastern Illinois six years ago, so maybe they figured out how to spot the ability even if it’s not clear that it will translate into the NFL.

Morgan is not currently considered one of the best quarterbacks in the repechage. But that’s about the time when the guys are supposed to “raise the bar”, which is the code for “the media people who ultimately have no idea what the teams think of these prospects are starting to hear what the teams think and adjust their rankings accordingly. “

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