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

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. Read the rest of this entry »


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

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. Read the rest of this entry »


Observations from the Third Day of Patriots Training Camp

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. Read the rest of this entry »


Observations from the Second Day of Patriots Training Camp

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. Read the rest of this entry »


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

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. Read the rest of this entry »


Observations from the Opening Day of Patriots Training Camp

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. Read the rest of this entry »


2014 New England Patriots: Roster Projection Version 1.0

July 24th, 2014

Will Pat Chung stick with the Patriots the second time around?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Perhaps the biggest roster questions heading into the season for the Patriots has already been answered. Rob Gronkowski is cleared to play and will not begin the season on PUP.

With his status cleared up, the most significant roster questions reside on the offensive and defensive lines. How will those positions shake out as training camp unfolds?

Here is what I project the Patriots 53-man roster to look like at the end of summer.

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