November 30th, 2014
Hodges is a small school prospect with big time talent.
NEPD Staff Writer:Mike Gerken
Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone and the college football regular season is coming to an end too. Sure we have a few games left, but teams are transitioning to their conference championship games as well as gearing up for bowl season. This is the time when draftniks start getting busy as well. We’re getting to the point where we can start digging in and combing through hours of tape that we were not able to get through during the weekly grind of the regular season . One guy I have been excited to watch is Harvard’s Zach Hodges and here is what I saw. Read the rest of this entry »
November 28th, 2014
NEPD Staff Writer: Jason Cappell
It is amazing what the friendly confides of Gillette Stadium can sometimes do for an NFL player. First it was Akeem Ayers, then Jonathan Casillas and Alan Branch. Now it’s former Patriot running back Legarette Blount who is salvaging his NFL career in Foxboro.
Not long ago as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Blount walked off the field after getting zero carries while starter Le’Veon Bell ran the ball 33 times. Now back in a New England jersey for the second time, Blount carried the football like he never left the Patriots.
The turnaround shouldn’t come as a surprise. Belichick’s mid-season acquisitions make Foxboro the home of reclamation projects.
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November 27th, 2014
Can anything top the 2013 Iron Bowl?
NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa
Turkey. Stuffing. Delayed Flights. Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again. Rivalry Week is upon us in the college football universe. For some teams, their rivalry game is the only game that matters all season. Others need to beat their hated rival to stay in the play off race. Regardless, winning is the most important statistic of the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »
November 21st, 2014
Can Brett Hundley save his draft stock with a big time performance agaisnt his cross town rivals?
Will the real Brett Hundley please stand up? Week 13 is his show and there’s no bones about it. Yes, #8 Ole Miss vs Arkansas and #20 Missouri vs Tennessee will be crucial in SEC division races. #15 Arizona vs #17 Utah and Oklahoma State vs #7 Baylor will certainly be games worth paying attention too. But there’s no denying that we all will have a much clearer opinion of highly criticized UCLA QB Brett Hundley. Read the rest of this entry »
November 19th, 2014
Pruitt’s size as well as instincts and playmaking ability could make him a very enticing option at Safety for the Patriots.
NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
This week I decided to leave my comfort zone and do a report on one of the more difficult positions to scout in my opinion. The Safety position can be tough when scouting off of TV because most of the time the view does not show us where exactly the Safety is lining up on each play and depending on the play call we may never see exactly what the player did on that particular play. Watching games this year, Cody Prewitt kept popping up for the plays he was making so I decided to give him a closer look. Here is what I saw. Read the rest of this entry »
November 18th, 2014
Kyle Arrington and the Patriots found a way to remove the Colts’ top receiving resource on Sunday night in Indianapolis. (NFL Game Rewind)
NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
Nearly 40 years have passed since Bill Belichick received his economics degree from Wesleyan University. But what he learned in Middletown is still being put to use two hours northeast in Foxborough.
That was even evidenced in Indianapolis on Sunday, when the New England Patriots’ defense set foot on the Lucas Oil Stadium field to face quarterback Andrew Luck and the Colts’ high-volume passing attack.
Belichick, along with defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer and safeties coach Brian Flores identified the production awaiting them. The ground game, as well as Luck’s league-leading 393 pass attempts could remain. So could the 64 catches for 799 yards combined by tight end Coby Fleener and wideout Reggie Wayne.
The 56 catches for a top-five 937 yards from T.Y. Hilton could not. Read the rest of this entry »
November 14th, 2014
NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa
Will Mississippi State get the monkey off their back and beat Alabama? Or will Amari Cooper & Co. once again own their SEC West rivals?
Some weekends just have a playoff feel to them, and week 12 is certainly one of them. Teams are playing a game of musical chairs for one of the playoff spots, while prospects are running out of time to build their resumes for the 2015 NFL draft. Week 12 has two mammoth SEC match ups, in which all four teams playing all have a realistic shot at the playoffs. Will you be camped in front of a television Saturday? I know I will. Here are the biggest matchups of the weekend broken down. Read the rest of this entry »