Let’s Get Ready For The Season!!!

September 6th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

What an exciting time of year! College football has kicked off and the NFL season is so close we can taste it. The next 24 plus hours are going to be excruciating. Living in the Kansas City area, I have had to put up with a lot of Chiefs talk this week. Of course, every team has optimism going into week one, but Chiefs fans have taken it to another level. As always, I go into this game with quiet optimism. The first game of the season is always hard to predict, but from a talent standpoint, I think we all know who the better team is. Maybe it is funny, or sad, depending on your perspective, but the nerves have already started to set in and I just want the game to get here so I can get into my routine and get my first glimpse of the 2017 New England Patriots. LET”S GO!!!!!!!

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53 Man Roster Projection, Vol. 1

August 27th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

 

I am bummed. I know injuries are a part of the game and I know that if any team can handle losing a guy like Julian Edelman, it is the Patriots. That being said, this injury hurts on so many levels. First off, despite not being the most physically or athletically gifted player, Edelman is what makes this offense go. He has been Brady’s favorite target for several years now and was the player he looked to whenever the team needed to make a play. Despite the talent this team has on offense, I think they will have struggles that they have not had before. The first point is the most import, two and three are more personal and may border on crazy. That being said, Edelman has become one of my favorite players. It is not solely based on his play on the field, but his personality and work ethic off the field. I try not to put too much stock into pro athletes, because we don’t really know who they are, but Edelman is a guy you can point to and tell your kids “see how this guy has done it and what he has had to overcome. If you put in the work, you can accomplish anything, just like he has.” Finally, Edelman has been a key piece in my ppr dynasty football league that has brought me championships two years in a row. Losing him on my fictional team really hurts you know. This is petty I know, but I own up to it. I am hoping Hogan can fill his shoes both on the field and in my fantasy lineup.

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New England Patriots vs Detroit Lions Game Thread

August 25th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am hoping to find a way to watch the game live, but I thought it might be nice to have a place to talk about what everyone who does watch the game sees. If I cannot find a live stream, I will be using you to paint me a picture tonight. Read the rest of this entry »


In Depth Look At The Linebackers: Past, Present and Future

August 24th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Sorry I am getting to this next breakdown so late. The last couple of weeks have been insane for so many reasons. I am glad to be back in my happy place writing about the Patriots though. This weeks article focuses on the Linebacker position. More specifically, this will be looking at guys who traditionally play at Inside Linebacker. In my previous article, I grouped the Outside Linebacker, Edge and Defensive Ends together because the Patriots traditionally mix and match those players and look for similar physical and athletic attributes for those players. With that said, lets see if they look for anything specific from their Inside Linebackers.

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In Depth Look At The Defensive Line: Past, Present, and Future

August 16th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With one preseason game in the books and another just around the corner, we start to get a look at the makeup of this team. We have only peaked through the keyhole, but we can see players who are excelling and some who are struggling. Things can change in the next three and a half weeks, but for the guys who are struggling, it is tough to get past that first impression. One position that still has question marks and may be the biggest concern going into the season is the Defensive Line, so it seems appropriate that we take a look at those players today to see what the team looks for, if they have enough to be competitive this season, and who they might look at next draft if they need to reload at the position.

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In Depth Look At The Offensive Line: Past, Present, and Future

August 8th, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

With the first preseason game just a few days away, there is a feeling that football is really back. I know I have been glued to the internet looking for any and all the nuggets from practice that I can find. While that is great, it is nothing like seeing things with your own eyes. I know preseason games can get ugly fast, but I find myself very intrigued to watch beyond the starters this year. This roster is loaded with talent, but there are probably a few spots up for grabs at the back end of the 53 man roster, and it is those battles I look forward to watching on Thursday. Before we get to the game though, we can fill our free time with some light reading on the Offensive Line.

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In Depth Look At Tight End: The Past, Present, and Future

August 1st, 2017

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

While training camp is only a few days old, the Patriots have had their fair share of headlines already. The team has had two players retire within days of each other and while the Hawkins announcement is not a big deal, the announcement by Rob Ninkovich certainly is. Today however, we focuson the final offensive skill position, the Tight Ends. When doing research for this article, this is a position that Belichick puts a lot of focus into and has had mixed results throughout the years.

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