Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 9/7

Aaron Hernandez Arm Tattoos

Just how is Aaron Hernandez going to be unleashed this year? (Photo: US Presswire)

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.

A neat look at the transformation of the Patriots offense over the last few years. (Boston Globe)

But inside the walls of One Patriot Place, the wheels were in motion to fix the offense. The Patriots didn’t have receiver Wes Welker (knee surgery), and his absence reinforced a larger point: the Patriots were limited in aerial weapons. Brady completed just 54.8 percent of his passes and had an embarrassing 3.7 yards per attempt against the Ravens.

A computer thinks the Patriots will win. Okay. (ESPN Boston)

Tom Brady completed 69 percent of his passes in simulations, compared to just 54 percent for Titans quarterback Jake Locker. There is just an 11 percent chance Locker finishes the game with a higher completion percentage than Brady, according to simulations.

Well, this is just a fantastic read on play-calling. (Smart Football, via Grantland)

There’s a new game, and it takes those time-tested plays and blends them into something new. It blends them so seamlessly that it threatens to upend the very idea of “run” and “pass.” These are the “packaged plays,” and because of them real football is ahead of the video games — both old and new. The answer to “What play was that?” is no longer so simple, because it’s increasingly “All of them.”

Big intra-division game this weekend — seven questions for the Bills vs Jets game. (BBD)

The wait is over; the 2012 NFL season is upon us. It was a long and, at times, frustrating preseason for the Bills, but we’re sticking with the old adage that the preseason means nothing. So, things start from scratch with week one against the Jets. The Bills have a re-invented defensive line, a healthy quarterback, running back, and center, and there is a brand new positive attitude among Bills fans.

Russ Lande from NFP thinks that OSU DE/LB John Simon is severely underrated. (National Football Post)

Simon is never going to remind anyone of Dwight Freeney as he lacks that rare first step explosiveness to threaten the corner as a speed rusher. However, he has been a consistently productive pass rusher while lining up in a variety of spots. Unlike the majority of college pass rushers, Simon does an excellent job of maintain good leverage and pad level during rush and has outstanding hand-use/technique to keep the offensive tackle from getting ahold of him

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