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Devin McCourty Sees a ‘Model Citizen’ in Fellow Patriots Safety Patrick Chung

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Speaking with reporters after Sunday’s training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Patriots safety Devin McCourty was effusive in his praise of teammate Patrick Chung. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Patrick Chung’s return to Foxboro was much quieter than his departure.

But after a challenging season with the Philadelphia Eagles, the 2009 second-round pick is back where his NFL career began as a member of the New England Patriots.

He doesn’t know if he’ll start a game for New England in 2014. He doesn’t know if he’ll be on the 53-man roster come September. Yet the 26-year-old safety does know that his experience in the system, as well as his special teams and his leadership, can be invaluable to the youth around him.

Fifth-year Patriots safety Devin McCourty agrees. (more…)


For Patriots Fullback James Develin, ‘It’s Been a Long Journey’

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

In a sense, James Develin’s long road to becoming a Patriot explains why he still is one. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

James Develin has come a long way since being an undrafted defensive lineman out of Brown in 2010.

He’s played indoors for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the Arena Football League’s af2. He’s suited up for the Florida Tuskers in the now-defunct United Football League. And it wasn’t until there was four games left in the 2010 season that the 6’3”, 255-pounder got his NFL shot. (more…)


Observations from the Fourth Day of Patriots Training Camp

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

The Patriots practiced under clouds on Sunday. But by noon, a downpour of rain cut the fourth day of training camp short. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Ominous clouds loomed overhead as the New England Patriots prepared for Day 4 of training camp Sunday morning. And inside Gillette Stadium beforehand, director of player personnel Nick Caserio shared some ominous news regarding receiver Greg Orton.

The team waived-injured 27-year-old wideout, who was re-signed Wednesday and suffered an Achilles injury on Friday. Two wideouts – Brian Tyms and Cole Stanford – were signed in corresponding moves to fill the roster to 90. (more…)


Undrafted Tight End Justin Jones Learning Under Rob Gronkowski at Patriots Camp

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

As a 6’8″ undrafted rookie tight end, Justin Jones is looking to make his play stand apart at Patriots training camp. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Justin Jones has a natural advantage over the defenders covering him at New England Patriots training camp. But for the 6’8”, 275-pound undrafted tight end, it’s about learning to get the most out of it.

He has one to learn from in the 6’6”, 265-pound Rob Gronkowski. (more…)


Brandon LaFell Sees the Value in Facing Darrelle Revis at Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Wideout Brandon LaFell is learning the Patriots offense against the coverage of five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Brandon LaFell’s first four months with the New England Patriots have been an acclimation process. The former Carolina Panthers wideout has had to learn the nuances of a new offense and the ball placement of a new quarterback.

And he’s had to do so against five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis. (more…)


Brandon Browner’s Aggressive Nature Already Visible at Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner doesn’t intend on changing his style of play. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Even when the New England Patriots were in shorts and shells during the first two days of training camp, Brandon Browner was playing full-contact on his opponents.

Whether it was his strong press of the snap, or his disheveling of receivers down the field, the 29-year-old cornerback never turned off the switch. When the pads were on for the first time Saturday, it was clear that he doesn’t plan to. (more…)


Observations from the Third Day of Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

The first full-contact practice of the Patriots summer got underway on Saturday morning. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots were in shorts and shells for the first two days of training camp, but that changed on Saturday. It was full pads for the team’s 9:15 morning practice. And it was, even for veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who opened camp on the physically unable to perform list after tearing his ACL last season. (more…)







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