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 »


Wrapping up the 2015 draft class.

May 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

It has been an interesting couple of weeks for the Patriots and their fans.  The team made a surprising 11 picks in the draft, but those players have been overshadowed by the Deflategate controversy and everything that has come with it.  I won’t go into my particular feelings on Deflategate here, but I will say that I do think the NFL went way too far on their punishment.  I have posted a couple of articles on a few of the draft picks already, but I wanted to recap the rest of the class before moving on to the 2016 class.  Here are my thoughts on the Patriots draft selections in the 2015 NFL draft.

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Eyes On the Competition : AFC East

May 21st, 2015

 

The Patriots could find themselves in a tricky position if they start slow this year.

The Patriots could find themselves in a tricky position if they start slow this year.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

If you’re tired of reading about the dreaded ‘deflategate’ and how New England cuts another cornerback once a week, you have come to the right place.  Eyes On The Competition returns post-draft to breakdown the AFC East, and how things could wind up next year after the draft makeover.

The Tom Brady suspension is still up in the air, but it is safe to assume he will at least miss SOME time.  One game?  Two games?  Personally that’s how I think it will fall.  But who knows, four games is still in play with Captain Touchback hearing the appeal. Read the rest of this entry »


Analyzing Athleticism: NFL 2015 WR Class

May 18th, 2015
Kenny Bell tested well at the Combine earned a 5th Round selection from Tampa Bay (Photo: US Presswire)

Kenny Bell tested well at the Combine and earned a 5th Round selection from Tampa Bay (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Marc Sluis

Nowadays analytics and statistics are part of the vernacular teams and even fans use to discuss sports. Finally numbers have been given the attention they deserve, although some (hey Charles Barkley!) are very skeptical. To me, all analytics do is provide data. That’s it. Numbers on a page mean nothing, it’s all about the context and application of those numbers. This article is by no means as sophisticated, statistically speaking, as I’d like but until I get the requisite training to do more advanced work, I’ll do what I can. Hopefully this will be insightful or at least interesting enough to get you thinking about how we can effectively data from the Combine to help evaluate prospects. Maybe the answer is the entire process is overblown. Maybe the current battery of drills are ineffective at delineating anything significant. Maybe we don’t look for the right attributes. Or maybe, we are given a wealth of data that can be used in some small way to inform our decisions. Maybe.

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