Will the real Brett Hundley please stand up? Week 13 is his show and there’s no bones about it. Yes, #8 Ole Miss vs Arkansas and #20 Missouri vs Tennessee will be crucial in SEC division races. #15 Arizona vs #17 Utah and Oklahoma State vs #7 Baylor will certainly be games worth paying attention too. But there’s no denying that we all will have a much clearer opinion of highly criticized UCLA QB Brett Hundley. Read the rest of this entry »
November 21st, 2014
November 19th, 2014
NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
This week I decided to leave my comfort zone and do a report on one of the more difficult positions to scout in my opinion. The Safety position can be tough when scouting off of TV because most of the time the view does not show us where exactly the Safety is lining up on each play and depending on the play call we may never see exactly what the player did on that particular play. Watching games this year, Cody Prewitt kept popping up for the plays he was making so I decided to give him a closer look. Here is what I saw. Read the rest of this entry »
November 18th, 2014
NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
Nearly 40 years have passed since Bill Belichick received his economics degree from Wesleyan University. But what he learned in Middletown is still being put to use two hours northeast in Foxborough.
That was even evidenced in Indianapolis on Sunday, when the New England Patriots’ defense set foot on the Lucas Oil Stadium field to face quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts’ high-volume passing attack.
Belichick, along with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer and safeties coach Brian Flores identified the production awaiting them. The ground game, as well as Luck’s league-leading 393 pass attempts could remain. So could the 64 catches for 799 yards combined by tight end Coby Fleener and wideout Reggie Wayne.
The 56 catches for a top-five 937 yards from T.Y. Hilton could not. Read the rest of this entry »
November 14th, 2014
NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa
Some weekends just have a playoff feel to them, and week 12 is certainly one of them. Teams are playing a game of musical chairs for one of the playoff spots, while prospects are running out of time to build their resumes for the 2015 NFL draft. Week 12 has two mammoth SEC match ups, in which all four teams playing all have a realistic shot at the playoffs. Will you be camped in front of a television Saturday? I know I will. Here are the biggest matchups of the weekend broken down. Read the rest of this entry »
November 13th, 2014
NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
If you read my last scouting report on Jay Ajayi, you know that I am looking for a 3 down running back who can take over for Stevan Ridley if he is not back next year. I really liked what I saw from Ajayi on film, but I don’t think he fits that type of runner, so my search continues. This week, we move onto Tevin Coleman, the Indiana University running back who has been putting up impressive numbers so far. Just like with Ajayi, I didn’t know much about his game or running style before watching his tape. Here are my thoughts, both good and bad.
November 9th, 2014
NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano
Tom Brady: I could sit here and write out the stats, but you already know them by heart after all the Brady-Manning week hoopla. I could even break down his throwing mechanics and how he still has pin point accuracy at age 37. I could also detail how he’s getting this done with less than others… but I’m not going to do that. All I really need to say is, mobility. Tom Brady hasn’t become Randall Cunningham, but he’s utilized his legs more than ever this season. Early offensive line struggles this year may have actually benefited him because he looks more aggressive after the snap with his movement. Being forced to create space and time due to poor line play has compelled Brady to step out of his comfort zone, literally. In some ways his recent play has reminded me of Ben Roethlisberger. Who in the past, has had to compensate for a poor line by stepping out of the pocket to give receivers a chance to get open down field. Fortunately, Brady’s line has come together and we don’t have to worry about him taking unnecessary punishment like Big Ben has in recent seasons. But this added element to his game should only bode well for the Patriots’ offense come January.
November 7th, 2014
NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell
Just five weeks ago everyone had Tom Brady written off. He was too old, past his prime, and no longer an upper echelon quarterback. But it is amazing how quickly things have changed since the Patriots were blown out by Kansas City.
Since the beginning of October no quarterback in the NFL has been as dominant as Tom Brady, and should his torrid pace continue, the AP would have no choice but to crown him with his third MVP.
Brady’s dominant play and the Patriots five game winning streak are no coincidence.
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