Prospect Interview: Deontez Alexander

April 15th, 2018

Deontez Alexander is a big play threat from Franklin college & an even better person. Get to know the prospect a little better ….

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Building The Patriots 2018 Big Board: Tight Ends

April 13th, 2018

With Gronk’s future up in the air, could the Patriots look to draft a Tight End early in the draft?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We have come to the final offensive skill position and in years past, this was a position that seemed like if the Patriots picked someone, it was either a luxury pick or a value to good to pass up. This year, the position has a little bit of uncertainty to it. As I have stated in the past, I think Gronk will be back on the field for the Patriots this season. That being said, my confidence level goes way down when we talk beyond this season. With that said, I think the Patriots could be looking at the position closely and may take a Tight End early if they feel one of these guys can have a similar impact down the road that Gronk has had when he is healthy. With that said, here are the guys I think the team should target.

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Prospect Interview: Trenton Cannon

April 12th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

Every year we have players go under the radar for whatever reason. Some are over shadowed by teammates, some are small school guys. But the good ones have a way of separating themselves. They do it in a variety different ways. Highlight plays to get noticed, a career of full production & a multi skill set to help a team in more than one way. It just so happens that Trenton Cannon checks all those boxes & more.

Cannon is a dynamic RB/Returner from Virginia State. He has shot area quicks & explosive burst to jet past defenders. A versatile skill set that can make an impact in a number of ways including helping in the return game. Cannon avg over 7+ ypc for his career while being the focal point on offense. He has 3rd down, special teams factor back written all over him.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Wide Receivers

April 11th, 2018

While the WR class may lack star power, there are talented player that fit what the Patriots look for and what they might need down the road.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

The Patriots have been very active at the Wide Receiver position this offseason. There has been a lot of turnover at the position and fans will have to get to know a bunch of new names and faces while saying goodbye to some very productive veterans. When you look at the group on paper, the position seems pretty crowded with little to know room for a rookie. That has not stopped the Patriots coaching staff from working out some of the top names at the position, so maybe its not as deep as we think, at least for the long term anyway. With that said, here is the current roster and some guys I hope the Patriots target at Wide Receiver.

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Two For Tuesday: Rashaad Penny and Derrius Guice, RB’s

April 10th, 2018

 

 

Two for Tuesday brings you two workhorse backs that could bring stability and clarity to the Patriots backfield.

 

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

 

Rashaad Penny – RB – San Diego St – 5’11/220

 

Background

  • Born 2-2-96 in California
  • Coming off prolific season where he had over 2,000 yards rushing, 19 rec, 20+ TD’S & Including a few returns.

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Building The 2018 Patriots Big Board: Runningbacks

April 9th, 2018

The Patriots have a somewhat crowded backfield, but that may not stop them from adding another piece if the right guy falls to them.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

When it comes to the Runningback position and the Patriots, it can be difficult to evaluate. The team likes to be amebic at Runningback. The team likes to keep defenses (and fantasy football owners) guessing at who and how they plan on running the ball week to week. It can be frustrating at times, and I would love the team to have a more consistent run game to help out their aging QB and the pass game. The team still has a number of players at the position, but it’s a position that could use some upgrades and some long term stability. With that in mind, here are the guys I think fit the Patriots criteria at RB.

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Mock Draft Monday: What To Do With Two Ones and Two Two’s?

April 9th, 2018

 

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler

The Patriots have been busy since our last Mock Draft Monday and for fans of the draft, it is very exciting. The team did lose its deep threat in Brandin Cooks, but were able to get really good value for him and now have two picks in the first round and two picks in the second, which should make the Patriots a very active team on draft day. There are no rules today, we left it open to interpretation since we had to start thinking about a new set of parameters and group of players. Jeff went above and beyond and did a full two round mock, I took the easy way out and did a full 7 rounder for the Patriots only. Enjoy.

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