Patriots Comprehensive Training Camp Preview

July 25th, 2015
Malcolm Butler needs to follow up his Super Bowl performance with a strong 2015 Season.

Malcolm Butler needs to follow up his Super Bowl performance with a strong 2015 Season.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Patriots rookies officially reported to camp this week, which means it’s time to close the book on the exhilarating roller coaster that was the 2014 Season and focus on what lies ahead. To get readers ready for training camp I’ve crammed all the pre-requisite preview articles into one long piece. In here I breakdown topics such as “camp battles”, the most important players heading into the 2015 Season, what to expect from newcomers and rookies, and of course an early “roster projection”.

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2016 Prospect Primer-QB’s and RB’s

July 23rd, 2015

 

Well, it is that time of year again.  Training camp is about a week away and football is just over a month away.  It has been awhile since I posted anything, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t working hard on next year’s draft class.  Since shortly after the draft, I started working on my list of prospects for the 2016 draft.  Right now, it is too early to predict where guys will get drafted and what positions the Patriots might look to target, so this list is not Patriots specific.  My list is a mix of the top rated guys at their positions as well as some other guys that intrigue me from a Patriots perspective.  Today I break down the Quarterbacks and Runningbacks and over the next week or so, I will do the remaining positions as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Eyes on the Competition : Cincinnati Bengals

July 23rd, 2015

 

For the Bengals it starts and ends with their signal caller.

For the Bengals it starts and ends with their signal caller.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

On the fringes of the Tom Brady news, we continue Eyes on the Competition with everybody’s favorite AFC punching bag come playoff time –the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals, led by Andy Dalton, have made four consecutive postseason appearances.

The Bengals, led by Andy Dalton, have yet to win a playoff game in that span.

Cincy finds themselves in NFL purgatory – much of which is reflective of their quarterback situation. Good enough to make the playoffs, not good enough to be legitimate Super Bowl contenders. Read the rest of this entry »


Eyes on the Competition : Green Bay Packers

June 25th, 2015

 

The Packers figure to be in the Super Bowl mix once again.

The Packers figure to be in the Super Bowl mix once again.

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Continuity and consistency are two of the most valuable traits any professional organization can have, and the NFL is certainly no different.  The Green Bay Packers have exemplified these two words to a tee and then some. Read the rest of this entry »


Snapshot: Patriots’ Tight Ends

June 11th, 2015
Rob Gronkowski will be looking for a new running mate as Tim Wright was waived Thursday.

Rob Gronkowski will be looking for a new running mate as Tim Wright was waived Thursday.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Tight End has been the position of conversation in New England ever since the team invested two relatively high picks in the 2010 NFL Draft selecting Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.  Tight End continues to be a big topic of discussion, as the Patriots made headlines this morning when they released youngster Tim Wright.

It may have caught some people as a surprise this morning as the Patriots moved on from 25 year old Tim Wright.  The former Rutgers’ product was acquired in the Logan Mankins trade last season, and caught six touchdowns last year for the Patriots.  Read the rest of this entry »


Eyes on the Competition : Philadelphia Eagles

June 8th, 2015
Shady - Gone.  Foles - Gone.  Maclin - Gone.  A new day is upon us in Philadelphia.

Shady – Gone. Foles – Gone. Maclin – Gone. A new day is upon us in Philadelphia.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Eyes on the Competition moves out of conference today, checking out the completely remodeled Philadelphia Eagles, a 2015 opponent of the Patriots.  Name me another team that have made more moves (both of quantity and quality) than the Eagles.  You can’t.

The Eagles are highlighted in the NFC because yes – you better believe they can potentially be Super Bowl contenders.  Personally however, I’m on the fence.  I haven’t yet decided if this new make-over (three years in the making) will either blow up in their face or land them a Super Bowl appearance.

In the flurry of moves that have been made, I’ll make a great effort to organize the madness Chip Kelly has caused this off season. Read the rest of this entry »


Re-drafting the 2011 NFL Draft

May 26th, 2015
Where will these stars land in our re-draft? (Hint: they will not be waiting long in the Green Room).

Where will these stars land in our re-draft? (Hint: they will not be waiting long in the Green Room).

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Now that the draft has come and gone, the instant analysis is pouring in.  Who are the ‘Winners’ and ‘Losers’ are the big hot button topics discussed in draft talk nationwide.  But truly, how do we know who the true winners and losers are?

Fact is, we don’t. We make educated guesses, sure.  But at the end of the day none of us have a crystal ball.  The only thing better than a mock draft is a re-draft, and as the top players from the 2011 draft approach the end of their rookie deals, we’re going to take a look at the real winners of the 2011 draft. Read the rest of this entry »







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