Patriots Provide Inside Look At Making Thursday Night’s Draft Trade — From Home

Working from home -- or Nantucket -- didn't keep the Patriots from being the Patriots when the 2020 NFL Draft kicked off.

Patriots Provide Inside Look At Making Thursday Night’s Draft Trade — From Home

BOSTON (CBS) — The 2020 NFL Draft is extremely different than any other draft, as it’s being done completely virtually with teams working from home. Or in Bill Belichick’s case, his fancy digs on Nantucket.

But that didn’t stop the Patriots machine from working like everything was business as usual Thursday night. In typical Belichickian fashion, the team traded out of the first round to land two picks on Friday night. The Patriots swapped the No. 23 overall pick with the Los Angeles Chargers, receiving a second- and third-round pick in return.

While there were concerns about possible hiccups in the process leading up to the draft, the Patriots provided an inside glimpse of Thursday night’s trade coming to fruition. As you can see, there were no such hiccups as Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio hashed out the deal with Los Angeles and then informed the league:

Looked fairly standard. And with all that table space, imagine what else Belichick can get done with 13 picks over the next two days.

Caserio spoke with reporters on a conference call after the first round concluded, and said process didn’t feel too much different than previous drafts.

“I’d say it actually went very similar to how it goes in the draft room. We were able to connect to the league. Essentially what you have to do is just make sure both sides of the trade are coordinated,” he explained. “You go through the league office, which you normally do anyways in the draft room. ‘We’re trading with the Chargers; here are the terms.’ They confirm it on the other side. From that perspective, it went pretty smoothly.”

Caserio said there are safety nets in place — just in case.

“Look, the power could go out tomorrow and we could be doing faxes,” he said. “I would say today was pretty smooth.”

No teams made any trades until the 13th selection, and Caserio said that swap between the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers — which saw Tampa trading up to draft a new tackle for Tom Brady — eased any concerns about making deals.

“I think once people probably saw the trades, there wasn’t any issues, they were more inclined to do it. For the most part I’d say it was pretty smooth,” he said. “The league has done a great job in terms of handling that. Our IT department has done a great job here over the last few weeks just making sure it’s as seamless as possible given the circumstances.”

And though Bill Belichick may be doing his draft work virtually on an island, Caserio said he’s the same ole Bill.

“I’d say a virtual Bill is similar to draft-room Bill,” he joked. “Our group has worked together for a number of years. Everybody has an understanding of their responsibilities. We all have worked together well with each other for a number of years now. A lot of credit goes to the preparation and the people and work that’s put in.”

The Patriots currently have five selections on Friday night — one second-round pick and four third-round picks — but Caserio hinted that more moves could be coming.

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Lysol Maker: Don’t Ingest Cleaning Products To Protect Against Coronavirus

The company that makes Lysol is urging customers not to consume its cleaning products.

Lysol Maker: Don’t Ingest Cleaning Products To Protect Against Coronavirus

(CNN) — The company that makes Lysol is urging customers not to consume its cleaning products after President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of injecting disinfectants to protect people from coronavirus.

Reckitt Benckiser, a British company, warned Friday that human consumption of disinfectant products is dangerous. It issued the statement following “recent speculation and social media activity.”

“As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must be clear that under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route),” the company said in a statement.

RB said products should only be “used as intended and in line with usage guidelines.

“We have a responsibility in providing consumers with access to accurate, up-to-date information as advised by leading public health experts,” the company said.

The statement followed remarks from President Trump on Thursday on the use of disinfectants.

“And then I see the disinfectant where it knocks it out in one minute. Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning … it would be interesting to check that,” Trump said. “It sounds interesting to me,” he added.

CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta was quick to point out that this is simply wrong.

“He also said it needs to be studied. Actually, it doesn’t. I mean we know the answer to this one,” he said on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 on Thursday. “I think everybody would know that that would be dangerous and counter-productive.”

Ingesting or injecting disinfectants is dangerous, according to a medical expert employed by the Trump administration. Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Stephen Hahn told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I certainly wouldn’t recommend the internal ingestion of a disinfectant.”

The US Food and Drug Administration regularly warns the public against drinking bleach, or even inhaling fumes from bleach. It’s also irritating to skin.

On Monday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said calls about poisonings with cleaners and disinfectants had increased more than 20% in the first three months of 2020 — as coronavirus cleaning increased — than from the same period a year earlier. Among cleaners, bleaches accounted for the largest percentage increase in calls from 2019 to 2020.

The CDC recommends using soap and water or bleach to kill the virus. Rubbing alcohol that’s at least 70% alcohol will also kill it on surfaces; 60% for your hands.

— CNN’s Maggie Fox and Rich Phillips contributed to this report

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