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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…)


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…)


2015 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Mock 2.0

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Cameron Erving would fill a big need and the connections are obvious.

Cameron Erving would fill a huge need and the connections are obvious.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The NFL Combine wrapped up last week giving us a little more clarity and a lot more data when it comes to projecting potential draft picks. Even though a major mile marker is in the rear-view mirror there are sill two months remaining until the draft begins April 30th. With teams and prospects jet-setting around the country to get acquainted with each other draft boards and projections will change. As we sit today, 2 months out from the draft and roughly a week and a half away from the start of Free Agency here is what the New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft Class could look like.

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Landscape of the Patriots

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty will be the key to a successful off-season.

Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty will be the key to a successful off-season.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Super. Bowl. Champions.  At one time in Patriots history, it would have seemed impossible.  During others, it was more of an expected right.  Nonetheless, Tom finally got number four.  And if you’re anything like me, you’re already thinking about how he will get number five.

It’s been a long difficult road since the Patriots Super Bowl 39 victory over Philadelphia.   Since then, the Patriots have won more games and division championships than any other team in the league.  But something was missing.  Every year come the beginning of February, there was a certain agony of disbelief. (more…)


2015 Senior Bowl: South Practice Observations (Day Three)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Not only was Lyndon Trail making plays at OLB, he lined up at TE today.

Not only was Norfolk State’s Lyndon Trail making plays at OLB, he lined up at TE today.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

After a lackluster practice on Wednesday, the action really picked up today. The Jaguars coaching staff orchestrated a competitive, intensity, and exciting practice session with a ton of 1-on-1 battles. The session even consisted of a player mimicking Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski after he scored a touchdown. As the competition ramped up, some players elevated their games, and some came up short. These are the observations from the final South Session.

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2015 Senior Bowl: North Practice Observations (Day 3)

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Minnesota RB David Cobb  had a great day of practice on Thursday.

Minnesota RB David Cobb had a great day of practice on Thursday.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The final day of padded Senior Bowl practice wrapped up today and it was another physical, competitive affair. As is the case with every Senior Bowl practice there was a lot of information to gather and lots of interesting observations. Through three practices scouts have been able to get an in depth look at many prospects and some have really made the most of their opportunity. Here’s what happend at the North Practice and what stood out to me.

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2015 NFL Playoffs: Chaos Theory And The New England Patriots

Thursday, January 8th, 2015
NFL: Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots

Patriots’ Head Coach Bill Belichick walks the sideline during the second half of New England’s 41-13 win over the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium last month. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

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