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Giving Thanks, Patriots Style

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

Patriots fans have more to be thankful about than just 10-0.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

I can’t think of many holidays that beat Thanksgiving.  Food, family and football.  The only thing missing this year is a Patriots’ thrashing of the Lions at Ford Field.

Since we can’t watch the Patriots this Thanksgiving, let’s look at some Patriots to be thankful for who have played vital parts to a 10-0 start. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch : Week 11

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

Not all that interested in Bills/Jets Thursday Night Football?  Or just want to get a jump on the weekend?  No matter the case, NEPD has your viewers’ guide for the key prospects to watch in the prime time match ups, as well as a quick stock check on prospects moving up and down the draft board.

Who’s Up:

Entire Alabama Front 7: I’m kind of kidding here, kind of not.  Alabama has dominated all season long led by DT’s A’Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed.  Last Saturday night, LSU got a front row seat.   The defensive front bottled up Leonard Fournette all game long, embarrassing a talent laden LSU offensive line along the way.  Robinson, Reed, DE Jonathan Allen and ILB Reggie Ragland all stood out all game long.

Alabama RB Derrick Henry: Henry’s draft stock is really catching steam.  Alabama rode Henry to the Promised Land last week by the tune of  38 carries, 210 yards and 3 touchdowns.  A physical specimen who can carry the load for four quarters, I believe Henry could be productive on a NFL roster today. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 10

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Week 10 marked the first release of the College Football Playoff rankings.  All week there has been banter back and forth consisting of people like my father screaming about how the Big 12 was left off yet again.  Here’s the fact of it all: it doesn’t matter – not even a little bit.

Consider this: On October 28th of last season the first college football rankings were released.  Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn and Ole Miss rounded out the list.  As you know, only one of those teams advanced to the actual playoff (Florida State).

The committee released the following: 1) Clemson, 2) LSU, 3) Ohio State and 4) Alabama.  I had the exact same four, just in a different order (1)LSU, 2) Ohio State, 3) Clemson, 4) Alabama). (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 8

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

If you’re looking for major intrigue between powerhouse schools, Week 8 isn’t for you. However that doesn’t mean the NFL Draft evaluators are taking a week off, and neither are the prospects. Some college football is better than no college football, right? Let’s take a look at the matchups I will be playing closest attention to this Saturday.

Iowa State vs #2 Baylor 12:00 ESPN

No, I don’t believe this will be much of a contest. But thanks to a prospect filled Baylor Bears’ roster card this noon game is worth tuning into. In case you haven’t heard, arguably the best story in college football Baylor WR Corey Coleman has absolutely set the world on fire and looks to continue that vs Iowa State. (more…)

Primetime Prospects to Watch: Week 4

Friday, September 25th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

A slower Saturday on the big game front?  Perhaps.  However the top NFL Draft prospects won’t be taking the weekend off – and neither should your television.  Here are the most prospect oriented games to keep an eye on.

#22 BYU vs Michigan 12:00 ABC

Michigan has been trending upwards since Week 1, but possibly face their toughest test yet with BYU.  Quarterback play will be big in this noon showdown.  Michigan QB Jake Rudock has already thrown five interceptions, and likely won’t be able to overcome those mistakes against a talented BYU front. (more…)

Patriots vs Panthers : Player Spotlight

Friday, 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. (more…)

Patriots vs Saints Primer: Three Positional Groups to Watch

Saturday, 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. (more…)

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