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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…)


Observations from the Second Day of Patriots Training Camp

Friday, July 25th, 2014

The Patriots were back on the field Friday for the second day of training camp practice. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Under a cloudless sky, subtle winds and 80-degree temperatures, the New England Patriots made their way back onto the practice fields Friday morning for the second day of training camp.

The first one out there was Ryan Allen, who started warming up just after 8:50 a.m. Soon he was joined by receiver Danny Amendola, who fielded his punts, and rookie Tyler Ott, who stretched before snapping them.

By 9:05, the rest of the team had filed on. (more…)


In First Patriots Training Camp Practice, James White Shows He Can Do a Little Bit of Everything

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Rookie running back James White took reps all over the field when the Patriots opened training camp Thursday. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

There wasn’t any tackling when the New England Patriots opened training camp on Thursday morning. But James White tackled the opportunities he was given during the shorts and shells practice.

As a fourth-round draft choice out of Wisconsin’s rushing committee, White knows that it’s about finding a role within those opportunities. For him, it’s about finding a way to get on the field among the likes of running backs Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray, Stephen Houston and Roy Finch.

The 5’10”, 205-pound rookie made strides towards doing so on day one of practice. (more…)


Observations from the Opening Day of Patriots Training Camp

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The 2014 Patriots kicked off training camp behind Gillette Stadium on Thursday morning. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots kicked off training camp Thursday morning, as sunny skies and humidity gave way to dark clouds and light showers by noon. But over the course of the three-hour practice, observations came to light.

They did, even if the Patriots weren’t in football pads. (more…)


2014 New England Patriots: Ranking the Roster from 90 to 1

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Where does the emerging second year star rank within the roster?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko 

The 2014 Patriots season gets underway this week and it’s about this time everyone begins releasing roster projections for the final 53. I like to look at the roster from a broader perspective to figure out where each player on the 90 man roster stands and evaluate their chances of actually making the team.

Many of the 90 players that take the field on Thursday do so with no chance of making the team regardless of how good they perform. A handful of the players will be fighting for a 3-4 coveted spots, and a couple guys will make the roster no matter how bad they play. Here is where I believe all 90 players on the team rank in relation to one another and their chances of making the final roster.

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Five Areas to Monitor as Patriots Training Camp Opens July 24

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

There will be upwards of 90 players to watch for once the Patriots hit the practice fields for training camp on Thursday. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The final mandatory minicamp session concluded five weeks ago. Six have been signed, five have been released, and one has retired since then. But the roster transactions, as well as the football activities, are about to accelerate once again.

Summer vacation is now over for the New England Patriots.

The rookies headed back to school at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, and the veterans joined them on Wednesday. And by 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, both the underclassmen and the upperclassmen will have their helmets in hand as they file onto the practice fields for the start of training camp.

Undrafted linebacker-turned-safety Kanorris Davis was the first one out there last year. With 36 new players and 90 altogether, though, it remains to be seen who it will be this year.

A lot remains to be seen.

Here are five things to keep an eye on once the Patriots open camp on July 24. (more…)







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