Competition Abounds at Patriots Wide Receiver Position

August 21st, 2014

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NEPD Staff Writer: Craig Cusson

As the Preseason has neared the halfway mark, there are still a handful of question marks regarding one key position. Who will Tom Brady most rely upon? Will the Patriots have enough offensive fire power to make it back to the promise land? After all, in order for Giselle to get upset about Tom “throwing and catching his own balls”, wide receiver establishment must be made.

Here is how it shakes out with two weeks left.

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Re-Ranking the Patriots Roster with Two Weeks until Roster Cuts

August 21st, 2014
Malcolm Butler has improved his chances of making the roster more than anyone.

Malcolm Butler has improved his chances of making the final roster more than anyone.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Prior to the start of training camp I ranked the Patriots roster to examine where each player stood and to evaluate their chances of making the final 53 man team. Now that training camp is over and there’s less than two weeks until the first round of cuts, it’s time to re-examine where everyone stands once again. Which players have moved off the bubble and onto the roster? Which players elevated their stock the most over the last month? Did any Patriots players play their way off the roster? All these questions are answered as I re-rank the Patriots roster from #90 to #1.

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Revis Island Ready to Return

August 19th, 2014
Darrelle Revis looks good in blue.

Darrelle Revis looks good in blue.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell

When John Elway and the Denver Broncos poached Aqib Talib there was a brief state of panic that struck Patriots fans. But with Bill Belichick you can always count on a contingency plan. Not only did Belichick find a way to replace Talib but he also upgraded at the cornerback position in five time Pro Bowler Darelle Revis.

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Checking in on the Rookies: Eagles vs. Patriots

August 19th, 2014
Jimmy Garoppolo was impressive against Philadelphia.

Jimmy Garoppolo was impressive against Philadelphia.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jimmy Flaherty

In a game that seemed as if it was never going to end because of penalty flags, the Patriots came away with a win over the Eagles 42-35 in their second preseason match up of the year.  Many top players, including Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Darrelle Revis, and others, saw their first action after sitting out during the first preseason game against Washington in which they lost.  

With the return of these players, it came as no surprise that the  Patriots looked much smoother in all three phases of the game. According to Coach Belichick in his conference call on Saturday, there were many positives on film to take away from Friday nights game.

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Rob Gronkowski Progresses, Cameron Fleming Starts on Final Day of Patriots Training Camp

August 18th, 2014
The New England Patriots drew a large crowd for their final open practice of the summer. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

The New England Patriots drew a large crowd for their final open practice of the summer. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

Monday’s training camp practice for the New England Patriots was the final session open to the public this summer. It gave Patriots fans the opportunity to see something they’ve been waiting to see since December: Rob Gronkowski participating in full-team drills and taking contact.

Eight months removed from a torn ACL, Gronkowski has been working his way back gradually during training camp. He hasn’t played in either of the Patriots’ first two preseason games—and it’s doubtful he’ll play in either of the last two—but he looked ready for action, or at least close to it, on Monday.

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Potential Patriots in the 2015 NFL Draft: Kurtis Drummond

August 17th, 2014
Kurtis Drummond is a possible answer at safety for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

Kurtis Drummond is a possible answer at safety for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Adam Bogdan

There are few remaining questions in the Patriots defensive backfield. Devin McCourty mans one of the safety positions, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner man the outsides, and Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard, and Logan Ryan fill in the holes.

But there is one spot that doesn’t appear to have a clear cut starter, and that is the second safety position. Read the rest of this entry »


Patriots vs. Eagles Post Game Thoughts and Analysis

August 15th, 2014
Ryan Mallett bounced back and showed he's here to stay.

Ryan Mallett bounced back nicely tonight and showed he’s here to stay.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Tom Brady saw his first action of the pre-season and 155 days after agreeing to terms with the Patriots, Darrelle Revis was on the field playing in a Patriots uniform. After a somewhat sloppy and non-entertaining pre-season game vs. Washington, the Patriots had plenty to improve upon and took the field Friday night looking to do just that.

These are the games where players distinguish themselves and players either continue to build on early camp momentum or fizzle out. Who stood out and who struggled vs. the Eagles?

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