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Eyes On the Competition : AFC East

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

 

The Patriots could find themselves in a tricky position if they start slow this year.

The Patriots could find themselves in a tricky position if they start slow this year.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

If you’re tired of reading about the dreaded ‘deflategate’ and how New England cuts another cornerback once a week, you have come to the right place.  Eyes On The Competition returns post-draft to breakdown the AFC East, and how things could wind up next year after the draft makeover.

The Tom Brady suspension is still up in the air, but it is safe to assume he will at least miss SOME time.  One game?  Two games?  Personally that’s how I think it will fall.  But who knows, four games is still in play with Captain Touchback hearing the appeal. (more…)


Analyzing Athleticism: NFL 2015 WR Class

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Kenny Bell tested well at the Combine earned a 5th Round selection from Tampa Bay (Photo: US Presswire)

Kenny Bell tested well at the Combine and earned a 5th Round selection from Tampa Bay (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Marc Sluis

Nowadays analytics and statistics are part of the vernacular teams and even fans use to discuss sports. Finally numbers have been given the attention they deserve, although some (hey Charles Barkley!) are very skeptical. To me, all analytics do is provide data. That’s it. Numbers on a page mean nothing, it’s all about the context and application of those numbers. This article is by no means as sophisticated, statistically speaking, as I’d like but until I get the requisite training to do more advanced work, I’ll do what I can. Hopefully this will be insightful or at least interesting enough to get you thinking about how we can effectively data from the Combine to help evaluate prospects. Maybe the answer is the entire process is overblown. Maybe the current battery of drills are ineffective at delineating anything significant. Maybe we don’t look for the right attributes. Or maybe, we are given a wealth of data that can be used in some small way to inform our decisions. Maybe.

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2015 NFL Draft: Mike Loyko’s Final Mock Draft

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
The Patriots stay at pick 32 to get a plug and play Guard.

The Patriots stay at pick 32 to get a plug and play Guard.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After four plus months of hyperbole, speculation, and projection the NFL Draft is finally here. Unlike past years I’ve tried to refrain from putting out a lot of mock drafts. I feel there isn’t much value in doing mocks in November, January, or even Mid-March because things change so quickly. With the draft 24 hours away draft boards are set and teams have zeroed in on “their guys”, but the picture isn’t any clearer for draft fans. I’ll give it one more shot and then call it a “draft season”. Here is my final attempt at projecting the 2015 NFL Draft.

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CJ Sousa’s 2015 Patriots Specific Big Board

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

 

Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

Which players made my big board and what big names were left off?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

The national holiday that is the NFL Draft is just around the corner.  If you’re anything like me, you have looked at 4,291 mock drafts, 782 big boards and filled out some countless mock drafts on your own.  Not because you are actually thinking that is how the real draft will go, as we know it takes just one trade to throw a whole entire mock draft off.

It’s kind of like the movie Jack Frost.  Snow dad is better than no dad.  Truly, fake NFL drafts are better than no NFL drafts.  Rest easy fans, the real deal is around the corner. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : New York Jets

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
In what was a memorable 2014 campaign, Revis rejoins the enemy in 2015.

In what was a memorable 2014 campaign, Darrelle Revis rejoins the enemy in 2015.

 

 

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

There may not be a more intriguing team to watch Thursday night then Gang Green. The Jets have filled some needs in Free Agency as they have been Busy Bees’ this offseason, I’m sure you may have heard.

Last season, New England left Free Agency big winners after Aqib Talib ditched as they acquired Darrelle Revis and later received a 2015 3rd round compensatory pick for the Talib departure. The move ultimately helped New England win a Super Bowl, and should land the Patriots a solid player in this middle-round stacked draft. This year after the Patriots didn’t pick up his team option, Revis bolted for the team who drafted him for a stunning five year $75 million contract with $39 million fully (not just injury) guaranteed. I would argue the big winner in this scenario isn’t the Jets, but Darrelle Revis himself.

The Jets have done much more than just acquire #24 however. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Denver Broncos

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

 

In what is likely Peyton Manning's final year, what tricks do the Broncos have up their sleeve?

In what is likely Peyton Manning’s final year, what tricks do the Broncos have up their sleeve?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

The sigh of relief from John Elway’s office once Peyton Manning announced he’ll make another go of it can be heard from the Rocky Mountains all the way to the East Coast.

Elway has done a nice job of building a formidable team behind Manning to compete for championships, but that would have all been for not after three Ring-less seasons and an abysmal showing in the divisional round vs Manning’s old stomping grounds Indianapolis.

The Broncos have been active players in the Free Agency market over the last few years, and have built a championship caliber team around Manning.  To understand their offseason this year and beyond, you must understand their 2014 offseason. (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Miami Dolphins

Friday, April 17th, 2015

 

Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?

Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?

 

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Few teams have been busier this offseason than the Miami Dolphins.   The Dolphins have wheeled and dealed, as well as mortgage the farm in the process for some immediate success.

The crown jewel of the 2015 Free Agency class, Ndamukong Suh, bolted the Motor City for South Beach inking a cool six year $114,375,000 contract.  I expect Suh to have an obvious and immediate impact on the defensive front, making an already solid defensive front one of the best in the league.

That wasn’t the Fins’ best move this offseason though, not even close.  (more…)







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