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Checking in on the Rookies: Eagles vs. Patriots

Tuesday, 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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Potential Patriots in the 2015 NFL Draft: Kurtis Drummond

Sunday, 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. (more…)


Patriots’ State of the Backfield: 2014 and Beyond

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Shane Vereen

Is this Shane Vereen’s last year in New England? (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

What qualities do the Patriots care about most in a running back?  

Is it the ability to pick up a blitz? Or what about the obvious speed, vision, power, and ball security?  All of those may be in play, but if you look at it from a front office standpoint it seems to be all about the almighty dollar.  

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2015 NFL Draft: Previewing the Offensive Landscape

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be fun to watch this fall.

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be fun to watch this fall.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Many people dread their birthday after a certain age, but not me.  Each year, in late July, I get excited just like when I was a kid, because I get the same gift every year–Patriots training camp, followed by college camps. That’s right, it is the gift of football.

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2014 New England Patriots: Roster Projection 3.0

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Aaron Dobson won't start the year on the PUP list.

Aaron Dobson won’t start the year on the PUP list.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Since the last roster projection six days ago the Patriots played their first pre-season game and decided to make a few roster moves. With three weeks remaining until rosters are cut down to 75 and ultimately 53, there is still time to make an impression on Bill Belichick.

But, the clock is ticking and now is the time where the “contenders” separate themselves from the “pretenders”. Heading into the second pre-season game here is how I see the current Patriots roster shaking out.

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Madison to Foxboro: The Game of Patriots Rookie James White

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Rookie running back James White has emerged from the pack in Patriots training camp. It hasn’t been for his size or speed, but for how his game translates. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

It’s never been about size or straight-line speed for James White. For the 5’10”, 205-pound running back, who clocked a 4.57-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, it’s been about what’s not measured by tape, scale or stopwatch.

Vision, patience and balance.

Those are the tools White countered with when the competition caught up. He may never again be the most powerful player on the football field. He’ll likely never be the fastest one, either.

In a sense, he doesn’t have to be.

The 22-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has a way of seeing rush lanes before they present themselves. And whether it be on a handoff, a direct snap, a reception or a kick return, he has revealed the timeliness, the low center of gravity and the short-area quickness to get through them.

The fourth-round draft pick has continued to get through them as a member of the New England Patriots this summer. (more…)


Second Year Jumps: Projecting Patriots Potential Pass Catchers

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko 

Patriots fans were disappointed with the debut performances of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. Their drops and inconsistencies were evident, however Patriots supporters should be much more optimistic about their future when taken into more context. What can the Patriots expect from these players entering their second full season in the NFL? Let’s take a look.

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