NEPD Editor: James Christensen
Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.
Bill Belichick himself talking about the offensive line. (Patriots.com – Video)
Some very interesting developments on the Patriots vs Cardinals injury front. (ESPN Boston)
Patriots guard Dan Connolly (head) was limited in his return to practice on Thursday, the team announced in its injury report. For the Cardinals, cornerback Patrick Peterson was added to the injury report as limited with a groin injury.
The Patriots are #3 in Football Outsiders DVOA ratings. (Football Outsiders)
In fact, it’s not just a good idea to preach caution after Week 1. It’s also a good idea to preach caution after Week 2. Once upon a time, the NFL had six preseason games and only 14 regular-season games, and in some ways the first two weeks of the year still show a bit of that “preseason” feel, with teams figuring out what works and doesn’t work with their current personnel. I did some research last year which grouped every two-week period during the season, and figured out the correlation of DVOA in those two weeks to the team’s total win-loss record for the entire season. The lowest correlation, as you might expect, was Weeks 16-17, when some teams are sitting starters.
Ray-Ray Armstrong – former highly-touted safety from Miami – is probably done in college football. (Sun-Sentinel)
Armstrong was dismissed from the Hurricanes on July 18 after a suspension-plagued junior season. Armstrong was allegedly dishonest with the school during an internal investigation. Lawyers representing Armstrong threatened to sue Miami for reinstatement to the program before deciding to enroll at Faulkner.
Take a look at the route combinations the Jets receivers are running. This is clearly a “shot” play with all three of their receiving threats going deep. Holmes (to Sanchez’s right) and Hill (to the left) are running streaks, and Jeff Cumberland is running a rounded post in the middle.