2014 New England Patriots: Final Roster Projection

August 29th, 2014
Aaron Dobson eased concerns about his injured foot last night.

Aaron Dobson’s roster spot is secure, but there’s still plenty of uncertainity on the team.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The preseason ended last night in the Meadowlands with a 16-13 loss to the New York Giants and with roster cuts due on Sunday, it was the final opportunity to earn a roster spot. At least 22 players will be cut from the roster between now and Saturday afternoon, even after final cuts are completed more transactions will follow as the Patriots piece together their 2014 roster. Last night we learned a lot about the players who played, but we also learned a lot about the players Bill Belichick decided to sit out. As we approach final cuts a few things are clear. This is a much deeper roster than last year, especially on the backend, and this team is not without areas of weakness. Here’s how I project the initial 53 man roster to shake out.

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2015 NFL Draft: Previewing the Defensive Landscape

August 26th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Last week, I wrote an article previewing the offensive side of the ball as it relates to next year’s draft class. This week, let’s talk defense.

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Saturday Slate: Week 1 Matchups to Watch in College Football

August 25th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

The overreactions can be heard for miles.  Talk radio, school message boards, and hobby shops nation wide are blown apart by one meaningless release: the AP top 25.  Fans of schools at the top are already crowning themselves, while the un-ranked schools of the world  have their fan bases’ already up in arms (I’m looking at you Texas).  

However through all the meaningless chaos, one glorious fact is upon us: College football is around the corner.  Opening weekend always provides some great, highly anticipated match ups.  Lets highlight a few, along with the individual prospects you should be paying attention too.

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The Quarterback Report: Preseason 2014 Rankings

August 23rd, 2014
Braxton Miller

Braxton Miller

NEPD Staff Writer Jack Andrade

Hello readers, and welcome to the first installment of the Quarterback Report. The QB Report will be breaking down the top quarterback prospects in the nation throughout the 2014 college football season, with weekly stat recaps, film study analysis, and a stock watch as the season progresses.

Here is a look at my preseason quarterback rankings for the 2014 class. I’ve included my top 10 seniors, my top 5 draft eligible underclassmen, and some notes accompanying each player.

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Competition Abounds at Patriots Wide Receiver Position

August 21st, 2014

Edelman

NEPD Staff Writer: Craig Cusson

As the Preseason has neared the halfway mark, there are still a handful of question marks regarding one key position. Who will Tom Brady most rely upon? Will the Patriots have enough offensive fire power to make it back to the promised land? After all, in order for Giselle to get upset about Tom “throwing and catching his own balls”, wide receiver establishment must be made.

Here is how it shakes out with two weeks left.

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Re-Ranking the Patriots Roster with Two Weeks until Roster Cuts

August 21st, 2014
Malcolm Butler has improved his chances of making the roster more than anyone.

Malcolm Butler has improved his chances of making the final roster more than anyone.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Prior to the start of training camp I ranked the Patriots roster to examine where each player stood and to evaluate their chances of making the final 53 man team. Now that training camp is over and there’s less than two weeks until the first round of cuts, it’s time to re-examine where everyone stands once again. Which players have moved off the bubble and onto the roster? Which players elevated their stock the most over the last month? Did any Patriots players play their way off the roster? All these questions are answered as I re-rank the Patriots roster from #90 to #1.

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Revis Island Ready to Return

August 19th, 2014
Darrelle Revis looks good in blue.

Darrelle Revis looks good in blue.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell

When John Elway and the Denver Broncos poached Aqib Talib there was a brief state of panic that struck Patriots fans. But with Bill Belichick you can always count on a contingency plan. Not only did Belichick find a way to replace Talib but he also upgraded at the cornerback position in five time Pro Bowler Darelle Revis.

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