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Hal Bent of Patriots Insider did a post-draft depth chart analysis for New England, and he had plenty to say about former BYU Cougars Kyle Van Noy and Harvey Langi.

Speaking of Van Noy and Shea McClellin, Bent wrote, “McClellin and Van Noy are both versatile and a full offseason and training camp should help integrate both into the defense.”

After mentioning some other candidates at linebacker, Bent looked at Langi, saying, “Langi was tied to the Patriots throughout the draft process and has the best chance of any of the undrafted free agents to make the roster. He is great against the run and also capable dropping into coverage. At BYU, he was versatile and played inside, outside and nickel linebacker as well as defensive end.”

While breaking down the secondary, two former Utes Eric Rowe and Jason Thompson were also discussed. Bent mentioned Rowe as a “likely outside cornerbacks heading into 2017,” and said, “a full offseason and training camp will help Rowe assimilate to the defensive scheme.”

As for Thompson, Bent wrote, ” (Damarius) Travis and Thompson are the most likely to compete for the strong safety position with good size. Thompson was a former college quarterback and athletic.”

Gobert and Ian Clark reflect on their playing days in Utah

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Richard Farley of FourFourTwo looked at the career of Real Salt Lake‘s Kyle Beckerman and discussed how he should go down as an all-time great in MLS.

After talking about Beckerman’s humility, Farley wrote, “Beckerman has helped guide RSL from competitive obscurity to a model of franchise growth. He’s won an MLS Cup, another Western Conference title, is a multi-time All-Star and is the captain of one of the most iconic squad cores in league history.”

Farley then mentions comparing Beckerman to Derek Jeter, Tony Gwynn and Kevin Garnett, before diving into what Beckerman has done in MLS, saying, “The legacies of those athletes, both Hall of Fame-caliber in their sports, float in rarified air, but perhaps Beckerman’s should, too. His position doesn’t lend itself to lofty attacking numbers, but in his defensive midfield role, he has accumulated more appearances (412), starts (403) and minutes (34,117) than any field player in Major League Soccer history.”

After talking about Beckerman’s role at the international level, Farley continues, “Kyle Beckerman is Hall of Fame material. He’s not only a legend in Salt Lake; he’s a legend of the entire league.”

The Utah Jazz got good while no one was watching

Chris Herring of FiveThirtyEight looked at how the Utah Jazz turned into a contender under the NBA radar.

After looking at how the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets made improvements, Herring turned his attention to the Jazz, saying, “The Jazz’s improvement isn’t as straightforward as the Rockets’ or Sixers’, though — they did it by tinkering with the margins of a roster that had missed the postseason for four consecutive years, and they’re capitalizing on their two young stars finally coming of age.”

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While the Los Angeles Clippers have dominated the series in recent years, the Utah Jazz still hold an 83-47 advantage in the win column since the Clippers moved to Los Angeles from San Diego. Utah also holds the advantage in postseason play as they have won both series’ the two teams have played, including a 3-game sweep in the first round in 1997 and a 3-2 win in 1992.

Even though the record is lopsided in favor of the Jazz, there have still been some incredibly intense and meaningful matchups between the two organizations over the years.

Here is a look at the most memorable of those games — the games that die-hard Jazz fans won’t forget — whether good or bad.

February 19 and 20, 1988

While the Jazz won both games handily, it was the nearly flawless play of John Stockton that make the two games memorable as he produced his first back-to-back 20-assist performances. In the first game, he totaled 19 points on 8 for 9 shooting from the floor while handing out 21 assists and collecting eight steals in a 98-88 victory. The following night was nearly a mirror image as he had 16 points on 7 for 8 shooting to go along with 21 assists and six steals while committing just one turnover in a 120-103 win.

April 4, 1992

After a sluggish start that saw them trail by 12 at the break, the Jazz used a big second half to knock off the Clippers 98-89 and advance to the second round of the playoffs. Jeff Malone was the catalyst for Utah in the clincher with 25 points while Karl Malone chipped in with 19 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.

February 2, 1996

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