Patriots vs Panthers : Player Spotlight

August 28th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

We’re (almost) there.  Meaningful football is right around the corner – I promise.  In terms of meaningful football in the pre-season, tonight will be as good as it gets.  The third pre-season game is normally when starters get extended action into the second half.  Also, coaches will give specific looks to guys in competition running alongside the first team.

Last week we highlighted three position groups to watch against the Saints.  Today – a more specific look into what Patriots have the most to play for tonight.  Here are five Patriots I will be keeping a close eye on. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Prospect Primer-Defensive Line

August 27th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, we are just a week away from the kickoff to the college football season and two weeks away from the Patriots starting their run to another shot at the Lombardi trophy.  I have covered all the offensive positions and now I will move onto the defensive side of the ball, starting with the big guys in the trenches, the Defensive Linemen.  There are a lot of prospects in this group, so lets take a look at some of these guys who might jump out this college season.

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Patriots vs Saints Primer: Three Positional Groups to Watch

August 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

As we move deeper into the preseason, roster clarity becomes key.  Preseason games can be a mess.  Full of players you’ve never heard of, sloppy play and announcers mispronouncing every third players name.

However through the chaos there are story lines to follow.  Let’s take a look at three position groups you should keep your eye on tonight.

Running Back

LeGarrette Blount, James White and Jonas Gray are three guys I feel confident will be there Week 1.  Brandon Bolden, due to his special teams ability as well as trust from Bill Belichick to protect Tom Brady on third down, is likely a shoe in as well.  With  Blount’s Week 1 suspension, this leaves the door open for one other player.  Enter : Dion Lewis. Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Prospect Primer-Offensive Lineman

August 18th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Today we finish off the offensive side of the prospect primer with the big ugly’s in the trenches.  The Patriots have added a lot of players to the offensive line mix via the draft the past few years.  This does not mean that they will neglect the position this year, in fact, I think this could be an area they focus on once again, particularly at the Tackle position.  The Patriots have used later picks in the draft to find quality players that have come in and contributed right away.  Let’s take a closer look at all 3 Offensive Line positions and see who might be potential targets for the Patriots in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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2014 Non-All Americans Impacts Upcoming NFL Draft

August 18th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

In case you haven’t been paying attention, college football is just over two weeks away.  The AP All America list every year always recognizes some of the biggest names in college football for outstanding excellence on the field. As the following list will tell, some pretty outstanding football players tend to be left off that list.  Let’s take a look at some non-2014 All Americans who could have a major impact on the 2016 Draft.

A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

It’s easy to not pay attention to specific players on the Alabama Crimson Tide, especially those playing non-skill positions.  The casual fan just looks at those traditional Crimson jerseys, expect 11-12 wins, and go on with their day. A’Shawn Robinson is definitely a player to keep your eye on as a potential top 5 pick.  Read the rest of this entry »

2016 Prospect Primer- TE’s and WR’s

August 3rd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Well, I am back. I was hoping to get this out much earlier but the never ending non story that is DeflateGate disrupted everything with the announcement that Brady’s 4 game suspension was upheld.  After that, we had the start of camp, so I figured I would wait until today when there really was no Patriots news.  Today I will list the guys I will be keeping an eye on at both Tight End and Wide Receiver. Read the rest of this entry »

2015 New England Patriots: Ranking the Roster from 90 to 1

August 2nd, 2015
Where do these three defensive studs rank on the current roster?

Where do these three defensive studs stand on the current roster?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

A lot of the excitement around training camp is a result of watching 90 football players battle it out for a finite number of roster spots. There’s an old adage that “anyone can make the roster”, but that’s not entirely true. Some players are assured a roster spot no matter how bad they look in camp. On the other hand there are some players that will take the field that have no shot at making the 53-man roster even if they outperform most veteran players. There are a number of factors at work for each roster decision. As the first week of training camp progresses I take a look at where each player ranks on the current roster in relation to one another and layout their chances of making the final roster.

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