Saturday Slate Week 13: Prospects to Watch

November 21st, 2014
Can Brett Hundley save his draft stock with a big time performance agaisnt his cross town rivals?

Can Brett Hundley save his draft stock with a big time performance agaisnt his cross town rivals?

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 »


Scouting Report, Cody Prewitt, S

November 19th, 2014
Pruitt's size as well as instincts and playmaking ability could make him a very enticing option at Safety for the Patriots.

Pruitt’s size as well as instincts and playmaking ability could make him a very enticing option at Safety for the Patriots.

 

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 »


How Kyle Arrington, Patriots Secondary Cornered T.Y. Hilton

November 18th, 2014
Kyle Arrington and the Patriots took away the Colts' primary resource Sunday night in Indianapolis. (NFL Game Rewind)

Kyle Arrington and the Patriots found a way to remove the Colts’ top receiving resource on Sunday night in Indianapolis. (NFL Game Rewind)

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 »


Saturday Slate Week 12: College Prospects to Watch

November 14th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

 

Will Mississippi State get the monkey off their back and beat Alabama? Or will Amari Cooper & Co. once again own their SEC West rivals.

Will Mississippi State get the monkey off their back and beat Alabama? Or will Amari Cooper & Co. once again own their SEC West rivals?

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 »


Scouting Report: Tevin Coleman, RB

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.

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2014 New England Patriots Bye Week Awards

November 9th, 2014
NFL: Denver Broncos at New England Patriots

Tom Brady stood up to Denver’s vaunted pass rush last Sunday and lead New England to a resounding 43-21 victory. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

Offensive MVP

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.

 

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Tom Brady’s Third MVP Within Reach

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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