Former Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel is in New England and is set to meet with the Patriots Wednesday, according to a report by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Louisville standout Teddy Bridgewater will also meet with the Patriots Wednesday, according to the report.
Manziel's agent, according to Rapoport, would not confirm the meeting.
The Patriots have the eight picks in the 2014 NFL draft, including the 29th overall in the first round. Manziel is one of the top rated quarterbacks in the draft and is expected to be selected on the first day. It would be tough to believe the Patriots would pick up the electric Manziel, either by moving up in the draft or otherwise, because of the dearth of talented college quarterbacks. And not to forget, Tom Brady is signed through 2017.
But that doesn't mean Bill Belichick would shy away from Manziel. He could see value in the talented quarterback that others don't, especially if Manziel drops in the draft because of character issues. He did that with Ryan Mallett, the team's current backup quarterback. And there's always the due diligence for the Patriots to consider, scouting Manziel ahead of his NFL career. An up close look could help the Patriots determine if Manziel is worth any value at their current position in the draft or if he'll cause them trouble on the field in the future.
Bridgewater threw for 9,817 career passing yards and 72 touchdowns while at Lousville. The Patriots visited Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles in Orlando last week, according to multiple reports.