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 »


For Patriots Fullback James Develin, ‘It’s Been a Long Journey’

July 27th, 2014

In a sense, James Develin’s long road to becoming a Patriot explains why he still is one. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

James Develin has come a long way since being an undrafted defensive lineman out of Brown in 2010.

He’s played indoors for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of the Arena Football League’s af2. He’s suited up for the Florida Tuskers in the now-defunct United Football League. And it wasn’t until there was four games left in the 2010 season that the 6’3”, 255-pounder got his NFL shot. Read the rest of this entry »


Observations from the Fourth Day of Patriots Training Camp

July 27th, 2014

The Patriots practiced under clouds on Sunday. But by noon, a downpour of rain cut the fourth day of training camp short. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Ominous clouds loomed overhead as the New England Patriots prepared for Day 4 of training camp Sunday morning. And inside Gillette Stadium beforehand, director of player personnel Nick Caserio shared some ominous news regarding receiver Greg Orton.

The team waived-injured 27-year-old wideout, who was re-signed Wednesday and suffered an Achilles injury on Friday. Two wideouts – Brian Tyms and Cole Stanford – were signed in corresponding moves to fill the roster to 90. Read the rest of this entry »







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