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Patriots vs Panthers : Player Spotlight

Friday, August 28th, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

We’re (almost) there.  Meaningful football is right around the corner – I promise.  In terms of meaningful football in the pre-season, tonight will be as good as it gets.  The third pre-season game is normally when starters get extended action into the second half.  Also, coaches will give specific looks to guys in competition running alongside the first team.

Last week we highlighted three position groups to watch against the Saints.  Today – a more specific look into what Patriots have the most to play for tonight.  Here are five Patriots I will be keeping a close eye on. (more…)


Patriots vs Saints Primer: Three Positional Groups to Watch

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

As we move deeper into the preseason, roster clarity becomes key.  Preseason games can be a mess.  Full of players you’ve never heard of, sloppy play and announcers mispronouncing every third players name.

However through the chaos there are story lines to follow.  Let’s take a look at three position groups you should keep your eye on tonight.

Running Back

LeGarrette Blount, James White and Jonas Gray are three guys I feel confident will be there Week 1.  Brandon Bolden, due to his special teams ability as well as trust from Bill Belichick to protect Tom Brady on third down, is likely a shoe in as well.  With  Blount’s Week 1 suspension, this leaves the door open for one other player.  Enter : Dion Lewis. (more…)


2015 New England Patriots: Ranking the Roster from 90 to 1

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Where do these three defensive studs rank on the current roster?

Where do these three defensive studs stand on the current roster?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

A lot of the excitement around training camp is a result of watching 90 football players battle it out for a finite number of roster spots. There’s an old adage that “anyone can make the roster”, but that’s not entirely true. Some players are assured a roster spot no matter how bad they look in camp. On the other hand there are some players that will take the field that have no shot at making the 53-man roster even if they outperform most veteran players. There are a number of factors at work for each roster decision. As the first week of training camp progresses I take a look at where each player ranks on the current roster in relation to one another and layout their chances of making the final roster.

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Patriots Comprehensive Training Camp Preview

Saturday, July 25th, 2015
Malcolm Butler needs to follow up his Super Bowl performance with a strong 2015 Season.

Malcolm Butler needs to follow up his Super Bowl performance with a strong 2015 Season.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Patriots rookies officially reported to camp this week, which means it’s time to close the book on the exhilarating roller coaster that was the 2014 Season and focus on what lies ahead. To get readers ready for training camp I’ve crammed all the pre-requisite preview articles into one long piece. In here I breakdown topics such as “camp battles”, the most important players heading into the 2015 Season, what to expect from newcomers and rookies, and of course an early “roster projection”.

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Snapshot: Patriots’ Tight Ends

Thursday, June 11th, 2015
Rob Gronkowski will be looking for a new running mate as Tim Wright was waived Thursday.

Rob Gronkowski will be looking for a new running mate as Tim Wright was waived Thursday.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Tight End has been the position of conversation in New England ever since the team invested two relatively high picks in the 2010 NFL Draft selecting Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.  Tight End continues to be a big topic of discussion, as the Patriots made headlines this morning when they released youngster Tim Wright.

It may have caught some people as a surprise this morning as the Patriots moved on from 25 year old Tim Wright.  The former Rutgers’ product was acquired in the Logan Mankins trade last season, and caught six touchdowns last year for the Patriots.  (more…)


Eyes on the Competition : Philadelphia Eagles

Monday, June 8th, 2015
Shady - Gone.  Foles - Gone.  Maclin - Gone.  A new day is upon us in Philadelphia.

Shady – Gone. Foles – Gone. Maclin – Gone. A new day is upon us in Philadelphia.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Eyes on the Competition moves out of conference today, checking out the completely remodeled Philadelphia Eagles, a 2015 opponent of the Patriots.  Name me another team that have made more moves (both of quantity and quality) than the Eagles.  You can’t.

The Eagles are highlighted in the NFC because yes – you better believe they can potentially be Super Bowl contenders.  Personally however, I’m on the fence.  I haven’t yet decided if this new make-over (three years in the making) will either blow up in their face or land them a Super Bowl appearance.

In the flurry of moves that have been made, I’ll make a great effort to organize the madness Chip Kelly has caused this off season. (more…)


Re-drafting the 2011 NFL Draft

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Where will these stars land in our re-draft? (Hint: they will not be waiting long in the Green Room).

Where will these stars land in our re-draft? (Hint: they will not be waiting long in the Green Room).

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Now that the draft has come and gone, the instant analysis is pouring in.  Who are the ‘Winners’ and ‘Losers’ are the big hot button topics discussed in draft talk nationwide.  But truly, how do we know who the true winners and losers are?

Fact is, we don’t. We make educated guesses, sure.  But at the end of the day none of us have a crystal ball.  The only thing better than a mock draft is a re-draft, and as the top players from the 2011 draft approach the end of their rookie deals, we’re going to take a look at the real winners of the 2011 draft. (more…)







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