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Patriots Football Daily: How Involved is Jonathan Kraft?

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President of the New England Patriots Jonathan Kraft, left, looks on with owner Robert Kraft, right, before the first half of an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. The Krafts will need to decide on the future of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

Yesterday Dianna Russini of The Athletic reported that the New England Patriots are fielding calls for the No. 3 overall pick in this week’s NFL Draft. No surprise there. Even if New England is content staying at No. 3 in the draft there is no reason for them to not take phone calls and listen to what other teams are willing to offer. But that was not the part of Russini’s report that got the attention of many. She also reported that the Patriots team president Jonathan Kraft is “heavily involved in the decision making.”

Having a team president involved in football decisions would not be surprising for some franchises. This is especially true when a potential franchise-altering selection or trade is at stake, as is the case for New England. The Patriots hold their highest draft selection in the 31 NFL Drafts since Robert Kraft bought the franchise.

ESPN reported in January that “word leaked around the office” that if Bill Belichick did not return in 2024 the football operations would be run by a combination of Jonathan Kraft and Robyn Glaser. New England named Glaser Executive Vice President of Football Business and Senior Advisor to the Head Coach in January, five days after the release of the ESPN article.

Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald laid out a timeline of how over the past three months Robert Kraft, Eliot Wolf, and Jerod Mayo have all refuted reports that ownership, including Jonathan Kraft, would be involved in football decisions.

Whether the report about Jonathan Kraft’s involvement is accurate is unknown at this point. What is known is that the report will put whatever move New England makes under even more scrutiny, something this franchise does not need.

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The Buffalo Bills home stadium (currently known as Highmark Stadium) opened in 1973. The five winningest quarterbacks in the history of the field are:

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