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Logan Mankins Just Another Victim of The Patriot Way

Friday, August 29th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell

It’s never easy for fans to say goodbye to one of their favorites. But for Patriots fans it’s a concept that certainly isn’t new. While Logan Mankins is one of the all-time great Patriot players, it’s clear that over the past few years his reputation exceeds his level of play.

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2014 New England Patriots: Final Roster Projection

Friday, August 29th, 2014
Aaron Dobson eased concerns about his injured foot last night.

Aaron Dobson’s roster spot is secure, but there’s still plenty of uncertainity on the team.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The preseason ended last night in the Meadowlands with a 16-13 loss to the New York Giants and with roster cuts due on Sunday, it was the final opportunity to earn a roster spot. At least 22 players will be cut from the roster between now and Saturday afternoon, even after final cuts are completed more transactions will follow as the Patriots piece together their 2014 roster. Last night we learned a lot about the players who played, but we also learned a lot about the players Bill Belichick decided to sit out. As we approach final cuts a few things are clear. This is a much deeper roster than last year, especially on the backend, and this team is not without areas of weakness. Here’s how I project the initial 53 man roster to shake out.

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Competition Abounds at Patriots Wide Receiver Position

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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NEPD Staff Writer: Craig Cusson

As the Preseason has neared the halfway mark, there are still a handful of question marks regarding one key position. Who will Tom Brady most rely upon? Will the Patriots have enough offensive fire power to make it back to the promised land? After all, in order for Giselle to get upset about Tom “throwing and catching his own balls”, wide receiver establishment must be made.

Here is how it shakes out with two weeks left.

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Re-Ranking the Patriots Roster with Two Weeks until Roster Cuts

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Malcolm Butler has improved his chances of making the roster more than anyone.

Malcolm Butler has improved his chances of making the final roster more than anyone.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Prior to the start of training camp I ranked the Patriots roster to examine where each player stood and to evaluate their chances of making the final 53 man team. Now that training camp is over and there’s less than two weeks until the first round of cuts, it’s time to re-examine where everyone stands once again. Which players have moved off the bubble and onto the roster? Which players elevated their stock the most over the last month? Did any Patriots players play their way off the roster? All these questions are answered as I re-rank the Patriots roster from #90 to #1.

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Revis Island Ready to Return

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Darrelle Revis looks good in blue.

Darrelle Revis looks good in blue.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell

When John Elway and the Denver Broncos poached Aqib Talib there was a brief state of panic that struck Patriots fans. But with Bill Belichick you can always count on a contingency plan. Not only did Belichick find a way to replace Talib but he also upgraded at the cornerback position in five time Pro Bowler Darelle Revis.

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Rob Gronkowski Progresses, Cameron Fleming Starts on Final Day of Patriots Training Camp

Monday, August 18th, 2014
The New England Patriots drew a large crowd for their final open practice of the summer. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

The New England Patriots drew a large crowd for their final open practice of the summer. (Photo: Dan Hope — NFL Draft Sites Network)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

Monday’s training camp practice for the New England Patriots was the final session open to the public this summer. It gave Patriots fans the opportunity to see something they’ve been waiting to see since December: Rob Gronkowski participating in full-team drills and taking contact.

Eight months removed from a torn ACL, Gronkowski has been working his way back gradually during training camp. He hasn’t played in either of the Patriots’ first two preseason games—and it’s doubtful he’ll play in either of the last two—but he looked ready for action, or at least close to it, on Monday.

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Patriots vs. Eagles Post Game Thoughts and Analysis

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Ryan Mallett bounced back and showed he's here to stay.

Ryan Mallett bounced back nicely tonight and showed he’s here to stay.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Tom Brady saw his first action of the pre-season and 155 days after agreeing to terms with the Patriots, Darrelle Revis was on the field playing in a Patriots uniform. After a somewhat sloppy and non-entertaining pre-season game vs. Washington, the Patriots had plenty to improve upon and took the field Friday night looking to do just that.

These are the games where players distinguish themselves and players either continue to build on early camp momentum or fizzle out. Who stood out and who struggled vs. the Eagles?

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