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Cleaning Out the Notebook: Week 1 of Patriots Training Camp

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Cornerback Daxton Swanson presses wideout Brandon LaFell during the opening day of Patriots training camp on Thursday, July 24. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The opening week of New England Patriots training camp is in the books. And as the pages turn to the next chapter on the fields behind Gillette Stadium, here are some leftover notes from the first four practices. (more…)


Patriots Claim RB Tyler Gaffney off Waivers from Carolina

Monday, July 28th, 2014

The Patriots added another 6th Round pick to their draft haul.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2014 NFL Draft ended almost three months, but on Monday the Patriots added another 6th Round pick to their draft class by claiming RB Tyler Gaffney off waivers from Carolina. Panthers GM Dave Gettleman tried to sneak the injured running back through waivers after tearing his lateral meniscus in practice; Bill Belichick had other thoughts.

Who is Tyler Gaffney and what can he bring to the Patriots when healthy?

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Devin McCourty Sees a ‘Model Citizen’ in Fellow Patriots Safety Patrick Chung

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Speaking with reporters after Sunday’s training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Patriots safety Devin McCourty was effusive in his praise of teammate Patrick Chung. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Patrick Chung’s return to Foxboro was much quieter than his departure.

But after a challenging season with the Philadelphia Eagles, the 2009 second-round pick is back where his NFL career began as a member of the New England Patriots.

He doesn’t know if he’ll start a game for New England in 2014. He doesn’t know if he’ll be on the 53-man roster come September. Yet the 26-year-old safety does know that his experience in the system, as well as his special teams and his leadership, can be invaluable to the youth around him.

Fifth-year Patriots safety Devin McCourty agrees. (more…)


For Patriots Fullback James Develin, ‘It’s Been a Long Journey’

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

In a sense, James Develin’s long road to becoming a Patriot explains why he still is one. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

James Develin has come a long way since being an undrafted defensive lineman out of Brown in 2010.

He’s played indoors for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the Arena Football League’s af2. He’s suited up for the Florida Tuskers in the now-defunct United Football League. And it wasn’t until there was four games left in the 2010 season that the 6’3”, 255-pounder got his NFL shot. (more…)


Observations from the Fourth Day of Patriots Training Camp

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

The Patriots practiced under clouds on Sunday. But by noon, a downpour of rain cut the fourth day of training camp short. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Ominous clouds loomed overhead as the New England Patriots prepared for Day 4 of training camp Sunday morning. And inside Gillette Stadium beforehand, director of player personnel Nick Caserio shared some ominous news regarding receiver Greg Orton.

The team waived-injured 27-year-old wideout, who was re-signed Wednesday and suffered an Achilles injury on Friday. Two wideouts – Brian Tyms and Cole Stanford – were signed in corresponding moves to fill the roster to 90. (more…)


Undrafted Tight End Justin Jones Learning Under Rob Gronkowski at Patriots Camp

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

As a 6’8″ undrafted rookie tight end, Justin Jones is looking to make his play stand apart at Patriots training camp. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Justin Jones has a natural advantage over the defenders covering him at New England Patriots training camp. But for the 6’8”, 275-pound undrafted tight end, it’s about learning to get the most out of it.

He has one to learn from in the 6’6”, 265-pound Rob Gronkowski. (more…)


Brandon LaFell Sees the Value in Facing Darrelle Revis at Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Wideout Brandon LaFell is learning the Patriots offense against the coverage of five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Brandon LaFell’s first four months with the New England Patriots have been an acclimation process. The former Carolina Panthers wideout has had to learn the nuances of a new offense and the ball placement of a new quarterback.

And he’s had to do so against five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. (more…)







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