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

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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Potential Patriots in the 2015 NFL Draft: Kurtis Drummond

August 17th, 2014
Kurtis Drummond is a possible answer at safety for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

Kurtis Drummond is a possible answer at safety for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Adam Bogdan

There are few remaining questions in the Patriots defensive backfield. Devin McCourty mans one of the safety positions, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner man the outsides, and Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard, and Logan Ryan fill in the holes.

But there is one spot that doesn’t appear to have a clear cut starter, and that is the second safety position. Read the rest of this entry »


Patriots vs. Eagles Post Game Thoughts and Analysis

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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Patriots’ State of the Backfield: 2014 and Beyond

August 15th, 2014
Shane Vereen

Is this Shane Vereen’s last year in New England? (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

What qualities do the Patriots care about most in a running back?  

Is it the ability to pick up a blitz? Or what about the obvious speed, vision, power, and ball security?  All of those may be in play, but if you look at it from a front office standpoint it seems to be all about the almighty dollar.  

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2015 NFL Draft: Previewing the Offensive Landscape

August 13th, 2014
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be fun to watch this fall.

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota will be fun to watch this fall.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Many people dread their birthday after a certain age, but not me.  Each year, in late July, I get excited just like when I was a kid, because I get the same gift every year–Patriots training camp, followed by college camps. That’s right, it is the gift of football.

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2014 New England Patriots: Roster Projection 3.0

August 12th, 2014
Aaron Dobson won't start the year on the PUP list.

Aaron Dobson won’t start the year on the PUP list.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Since the last roster projection six days ago the Patriots played their first pre-season game and decided to make a few roster moves. With three weeks remaining until rosters are cut down to 75 and ultimately 53, there is still time to make an impression on Bill Belichick.

But, the clock is ticking and now is the time where the “contenders” separate themselves from the “pretenders”. Heading into the second pre-season game here is how I see the current Patriots roster shaking out.

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2013 Was No Flash in the Pan for Julian Edelman

August 10th, 2014
Julian Edelman

This former MAC QB has been a versatile pick for the Patriots.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell

When Wes Welker signed with the Denver Broncos in 2013, it signaled the end of an era. And when New England opted to sign Danny Amendola from the St. Louis Rams as Welker’s heir-apparent, it became readily evident that the Patriots were indeed moving on. 

The comparisons between the two were endless. Both receivers attended Texas Tech and both were high volume pass catchers who could also contribute to the return game. The Patriots’ move made perfect sense at the time as Amendola was younger, faster and more athletic than Welker. Many believed Amendola would fit in seamlessly and the offense wouldn’t miss a beat. Some even speculated that Amendola was an upgrade.

But there was one slight problem.

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