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Scouting Report: David Parry, DT

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Could Parry be an option to help replace the loss of Vince Wilfork?

Could Parry be an option to help replace the loss of Vince Wilfork?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I know it has been a little while since my last report, but I was mourning the loss by my beloved Cyclones in the NCAA tournament. The nice thing is, now there is nothing in the way from watching as much film in the next 6 weeks as possible.  As the draft approaches, we start to hear names that have been linked with the Patriots, either through private workouts, team visits, or as is the case with Parry, a pro day that Coach Belichick attends and pays extra attention to a player.  I have decided since the Patriots have some sort of interest with these players, I might as well give them some attention as well and find out what the Patriots might see in these particular players.  First up was Stanford’s David Parry. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Buffalo Bills

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
The hopes and dreams of the Bills rest on their new 40 million dollar man.

The hopes and dreams of the Bills rest on their new 40 million dollar man.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Few teams have reshaped their roster this off-season more than the Buffalo Bills.  It all starts at the top, as a new hard-nosed thorn in the Patriots side mentality will be in full swing as Rex Ryan is the new sheriff in Buffalo.

It now seems like forever ago, but Buffalo made one of the earliest moves of the off-season by signing the highly publicized Richie Incognito.  Incognito’s morals can be questioned, but he should help sure up an offensive line that struggled last season.  It seems even more evident today, as the Bills made the first big blockbuster trade of the off-season.  You may have heard about it.

This off-season is an anomaly.  Big time, big name players simply don’t get swapped for one another.  As far as straight up, player for player moves, I think back to the Clinton Portis – Champ Bailey swap in 2004 (feel old yet?) (more…)


Mock Draft, version 1.0

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Will this top 15 talent still be on the board for the Patriots at the end of round 1 because of his off field issues?

Will this top 15 talent still be on the board for the Patriots at the end of round 1 because of his off field issues?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Now that the first wave of free agency has come and gone, we now have a clearer picture of what the Patriots are going to look like going into the draft.  The Patriots have lost a lot of players from key roles on both offensive and defense and have not done anything to fill those needs. Obviously, there will be pieces still added, but the big name free agents have signed their massive contracts elsewhere and unless the Patriots make a shocking trade, the players that are brought in are more role players than impact players.  That means filling holes and adding talent through the draft.  In years past, the Patriots have gone into the draft without glaring needs to fill.  This has allowed them to stick to their board and pick the players they liked the best regardless of position.  From an outside perspective, this year seems a little different.  Can the Patriots stick to their board and still add players at positions of need? Here is my view on how the draft might play out and you tell me if this would make you happy as a Patriots fan.

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2015 Patriots Free Agency: The Entree Is Always Worth The Wait

Friday, March 13th, 2015
NFL: Combine

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick scouts from the seats during the 2015 NFL Combine (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

Have you ever gone out to eat with what seems like an insatiable appetite? The type of appetite that makes you walk into a restaurant with an agenda to shut down the entire kitchen, and when the server asks, “Would you like to start with an appetizer?” your only response is laughter. But then after cleaning off a plate of wings or nachos, that insatiable hunger turns into birthing pains constricting you inside a booth? By the time your main course arrives you’ve already tapped out, and a doggy bag is requested as you prepare to walk to the parking lot defeated.

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Revis Island Floats Away: Draft Affected?

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I know, I know! By now, you probably have had enough on the topic, but I wanted to get my thoughts on Revis leaving and how it affects the Patriots.  Plain and simple, the Patriots got worse the second Darrelle Revis signed that massive contract in New York.  After reading Revis’s comments though, I think the Patriots were the team that was going to have to wow him with their offer instead of the other way around.  Now with Revis and Browner gone, the Patriots went from having arguable one of the best secondaries in the NFL to arguable one of the worst in just one day. (more…)


Scouting Report: Brandon Person, DB

Saturday, March 7th, 2015
Does this small school player have what it takes to make the nfl and would he be a good fit for the Patriots?

Does this small school player have what it takes to make the nfl and would he be a good fit for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Someone asked if I could do some reports on lesser known players.  Well, I took it to the extreme with Brandon Person, a defensive back out of Tiffin University. Located in Ohio and part of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Tiffin is not exactly a hot bed for potential NFL players.  This year however, that may change with Brandon Person.  I was lucky enough to find just enough highlight tape and actual games to put together a report on him, so check out this unknown player and let me know what you think. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Indianapolis Colts

Friday, March 6th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

 

If Devin McCourty is not re-signed, the Colts will come knocking.

If Devin McCourty is not re-signed, the Colts will come knocking.

Welcome to a new segment here at NEPD that will be running throughout the off-season.  Throughout the elongated off-season process, I’m going to pick an opposing AFC or elite NFC team to highlight their off-season outlook, and how it affects New England.  As for the first time since 2004 the New England Patriots are looking down on the rest of the league.

What better team to start with then the team the Patriots beat (killed, crushed, destroyed, emasculated, ect) in the conference championship, the Indianapolis Colts.

Let me start by saying this – Andrew Luck is a baller, point blank.  In terms of ‘most important to his team’, I believe Luck is at the top of the list. (more…)







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