Preposterous Patriots Preseason Predictions, With a Bayou Twist

August 6th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

The preseason has officially kicked off, and as the summer develops so don’t rumors around the league. Jobs will be lost, depth charts will shift and the turk will begin hoarding playbooks. Only thing guaranteed during August is movement, plenty of roster movement. This summer I’ll try and explore some potential moves, and maybe even predict a few surprising transactions.

Basically, I’m going to throw some stuff against the wall and see if it sticks (i.e. my Brandon Marshall Post ), if it doesn’t… I was obviously just kidding guys.

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2014 Patriots: Roster Projection 2.0

August 5th, 2014

Whose bubble will burst when the roster cuts are made?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The first week plus of training camp is already in the books and the roster is still far from a finished product. Jobs aren’t won during the first week of training camp, but they can be lost via lack of production, injury, or other players making the most of their opportunity.

In the Patriots case there hasn’t been a dramatic change in the roster projection. However there are a few minor changes made since the beginning of camp. Here is my 2.0 version of the Patriots projected 2014 roster along with a few thoughts on position battles up to this point.

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Madison to Foxboro: The Game of Patriots Rookie James White

August 4th, 2014

Rookie running back James White has emerged from the pack in Patriots training camp. It hasn’t been for his size or speed, but for how his game translates. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

It’s never been about size or straight-line speed for James White. For the 5’10”, 205-pound running back, who clocked a 4.57-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, it’s been about what’s not measured by tape, scale or stopwatch.

Vision, patience and balance.

Those are the tools White countered with when the competition caught up. He may never again be the most powerful player on the football field. He’ll likely never be the fastest one, either.

In a sense, he doesn’t have to be.

The 22-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native has a way of seeing rush lanes before they present themselves. And whether it be on a handoff, a direct snap, a reception or a kick return, he has revealed the timeliness, the low center of gravity and the short-area quickness to get through them.

The fourth-round draft pick has continued to get through them as a member of the New England Patriots this summer. Read the rest of this entry »


Second Year Jumps: Projecting Patriots Potential Pass Catchers

July 30th, 2014

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko 

Patriots fans were disappointed with the debut performances of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. Their drops and inconsistencies were evident, however Patriots supporters should be much more optimistic about their future when taken into more context. What can the Patriots expect from these players entering their second full season in the NFL? Let’s take a look.

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Cleaning Out the Notebook: Week 1 of Patriots Training Camp

July 29th, 2014

Cornerback Daxton Swanson presses wideout Brandon LaFell during the opening day of Patriots training camp on Thursday, July 24. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The opening week of New England Patriots training camp is in the books. And as the pages turn to the next chapter on the fields behind Gillette Stadium, here are some leftover notes from the first four practices. Read the rest of this entry »


Patriots Claim RB Tyler Gaffney off Waivers from Carolina

July 28th, 2014

The Patriots added another 6th Round pick to their draft haul.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The 2014 NFL Draft ended almost three months, but on Monday the Patriots added another 6th Round pick to their draft class by claiming RB Tyler Gaffney off waivers from Carolina. Panthers GM Dave Gettleman tried to sneak the injured running back through waivers after tearing his lateral meniscus in practice; Bill Belichick had other thoughts.

Who is Tyler Gaffney and what can he bring to the Patriots when healthy?

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Devin McCourty Sees a ‘Model Citizen’ in Fellow Patriots Safety Patrick Chung

July 28th, 2014

Speaking with reporters after Sunday’s training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Patriots safety Devin McCourty was effusive in his praise of teammate Patrick Chung. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Patrick Chung’s return to Foxboro was much quieter than his departure.

But after a challenging season with the Philadelphia Eagles, the 2009 second-round pick is back where his NFL career began as a member of the New England Patriots.

He doesn’t know if he’ll start a game for New England in 2014. He doesn’t know if he’ll be on the 53-man roster come September. Yet the 26-year-old safety does know that his experience in the system, as well as his special teams and his leadership, can be invaluable to the youth around him.

Fifth-year Patriots safety Devin McCourty agrees. Read the rest of this entry »







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