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Patriots Football Daily: Is Jayden Daniels the Next Jim Kelly?



Potential New England Patriots draft pick and Heisman Memorial Trophy winner, Louisiana State quarterback Jayden Daniels, watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Reports have surfaced with concerns about NFL Draft prospect Jayden Daniels playing for the New England Patriots. These rumors are based on reporting from NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry. However, as with most nuggets of truth, Perry’s report has been misrepresented in some parts. There are two different statements made.

Perry writes, “There are questions among NFL coaches as to how Daniels — who is from California and played at Arizona State and LSU — would adapt to the playing conditions in New England.”

This first comment is the belief of “NFL coaches” and is just a general comment. As Perry points out, Jayden Daniels has spent his entire life in warm weather environments. It is natural for there to be some concerns about the cold weather transition. This is not unique to Daniels. The knowledge of the NFL coaches specific to this situation is not known.

“It’s my understanding there are those in his camp who prefer Daniels doesn’t end up in the Northeast,” was Perry’s other statement. It is unclear why this is the case. Daniels’ family lives in California, so it could just be a matter of not being as far from them. There is also certain to be more media scrutiny in places like New England or New York than in some other NFL destinations.

Neither of these comments are necessarily attributed to Jayden Daniels.

It is also worth noting that Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was once in a similar situation. Kelly played college football for Miami. He opted to join the USFL’s Houston Gamblers instead of heading to the NFL. Prior to the draft Kelly reportedly told his agent:

“I don’t want to play for Green Bay. I don’t want to play for Minnesota. And I sure don’t want to play for the Buffalo Bills.”

Things worked out well for Kelly in cold weather. These rumors shouldn’t dissuade the New England Patriots or their fans from being excited about selecting Jayden Daniels if he is available to them at number three.

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