2014 New England Patriots: Roster Projection Version 1.0

July 24th, 2014

Will Pat Chung stick with the Patriots the second time around?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Perhaps the biggest roster questions heading into the season for the Patriots has already been answered. Rob Gronkowski is cleared to play and will not begin the season on PUP.

With his status cleared up, the most significant roster questions reside on the offensive and defensive lines. How will those positions shake out as training camp unfolds?

Here is what I project the Patriots 53-man roster to look like at the end of summer.

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2014 New England Patriots: Ranking the Roster from 90 to 1

July 23rd, 2014

Where does the emerging second year star rank within the roster?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko 

The 2014 Patriots season gets underway this week and it’s about this time everyone begins releasing roster projections for the final 53. I like to look at the roster from a broader perspective to figure out where each player on the 90 man roster stands and evaluate their chances of actually making the team.

Many of the 90 players that take the field on Thursday do so with no chance of making the team regardless of how good they perform. A handful of the players will be fighting for a 3-4 coveted spots, and a couple guys will make the roster no matter how bad they play. Here is where I believe all 90 players on the team rank in relation to one another and their chances of making the final roster.

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2015 NFL Draft: PAC 12 Player Preview

July 23rd, 2014

2015 NFL Draft

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

The PAC 12 fields some of the most explosive offenses and physical defenses in college football. Those of us from the east coast don’t get much of a chance to watch these high powered affairs that take place way past our bed times. But there is too much talent in the conference to ignore, so consider this your cheat sheet for who’s worth staying up late watching, and potentially calling in late to work for the next day.

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Five Areas to Monitor as Patriots Training Camp Opens July 24

July 23rd, 2014

There will be upwards of 90 players to watch for once the Patriots hit the practice fields for training camp on Thursday. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The final mandatory minicamp session concluded five weeks ago. Six have been signed, five have been released, and one has retired since then. But the roster transactions, as well as the football activities, are about to accelerate once again.

Summer vacation is now over for the New England Patriots.

The rookies headed back to school at Gillette Stadium on Sunday, and the veterans joined them on Wednesday. And by 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, both the underclassmen and the upperclassmen will have their helmets in hand as they file onto the practice fields for the start of training camp.

Undrafted linebacker-turned-safety Kanorris Davis was the first one out there last year. With 36 new players and 90 altogether, though, it remains to be seen who it will be this year.

A lot remains to be seen.

Here are five things to keep an eye on once the Patriots open camp on July 24. Read the rest of this entry »

2014 Patriots Secondary: Revamped and Remarkable

July 21st, 2014

Devin McCourty has had a great start to his career with the New England Patriots.
(Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Earthwind Moreland, Troy Brown, Artrell Hawkins, Hank Poteat, Antwaun Molden. These are names fans are used to seeing as they glanced over the Patriots depth chart during the last decade. That’s about to change in 2014.

Over the course of 48 hours in March the Patriots secondary went from a complete liability to strength of the team with the additions of two physical man to man corners in Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. On paper, the Patriots have an “embarassment of riches” in the secondary, but how will Bill Belichick use them? Here is what I think we’ll see and why it will make them tough to beat.

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2015 NFL Draft: Top Big 12 Defensive End Prospects

July 19th, 2014

Cedric Reed would top a lot of people’s lists but I have two high potential prospects ranked higher at this time (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

The Big 12′s talent pool is definitely shifted towards the offensive side of the ball with wide open offensive schemes succeeding in Baylor, Oklahoma and OK St. If we do take a look at the defenses there is a position that doesn’t lack for NFL caliber talent. The defensive end position has some legitimate talent. With the rankings here I definitely went with talent and upside putting Oakman over Reed.

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New England Patriots Mailbag: Pre-Training Camp Edition

July 18th, 2014

Second-year defensive tackle Chris Jones is entering his first training camp as a member of the New England Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The rookies report on July 20. The veterans arrive on July 23. And at 9:15 a.m. on July 24, the two sides of the New England Patriots spectrum will meet on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium for training camp.

NEPatriotsDraft.com will be there to provide coverage of the first week as it unfolds. Yet until then, as the final days of the Patriots’ 2014 summer unfold, there are some things left to cover in this July 18 mailbag. Read the rest of this entry »

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