Eyes on the Competition : Denver Broncos

April 22nd, 2015

 

In what is likely Peyton Manning's final year, what tricks do the Broncos have up their sleeve?

In what is likely Peyton Manning’s final year, what tricks do the Broncos have up their sleeve?

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

The sigh of relief from John Elway’s office once Peyton Manning announced he’ll make another go of it can be heard from the Rocky Mountains all the way to the East Coast.

Elway has done a nice job of building a formidable team behind Manning to compete for championships, but that would have all been for not after three Ring-less seasons and an abysmal showing in the divisional round vs Manning’s old stomping grounds Indianapolis.

The Broncos have been active players in the Free Agency market over the last few years, and have built a championship caliber team around Manning.  To understand their offseason this year and beyond, you must understand their 2014 offseason. Read the rest of this entry »


Putting together the Big Board: Edge Players

April 22nd, 2015
A team can never have too many pass rushers, but what guys are a good fit for the Patriots?

A team can never have too many pass rushers, but what guys are a good fit for the Patriots?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Hang in there, we are almost there. We are just over a week away from the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.  Sadly, it feels like time is standing still and we may never actually get to the draft at all. On the bright side, it gives me a chance to hit all of you over the head with more prospects and information than you ever could have hoped for. Today, we look at the edge players. These are the guys who primarily rush the QB, but we all know that in the Patriots system, you better be able to do more than that.  Some of these guys will translate to 4-3 defensive ends while others may be better suited as 3-4 outside linebackers.  Either way, their primary job in the NFL will be to get after the quarterback.  Here is my list of guys who I like for this role. Read the rest of this entry »


Putting together the Big Board: Off the ball Linebackers

April 21st, 2015
With injuries to two key players, the Patriots could look for a Linebacker early in the draft.

With injuries to two key players, the Patriots could look for a Linebacker early in the draft.

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

I am back again with another installment of my Big Board series. I hope you have enjoyed the previous posts and feel like these are informative.  For this post, I will be focusing on those guys who are off the ball linebackers. Let’s take a look at who I feel fit the Patriots.

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Putting together the Big Board: Defensive Tackle

April 20th, 2015
The Patriots lost Vince Wilfork this offseason, but is DT really a big need?

The Patriots lost Vince Wilfork this offseason, but is DT really a big need?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

Another day, another position. Today the focus is back on defense and the big fellas up front.  It is a position that lost its star of the last decade plus in Vince Wilfork.  He will be tough to replace, but there are some players on the roster who can play that type of role.  The real interesting question will be if the Patriots really want a big run stuffer like Wilfork or if they want to shift gears and go with quicker, more penetrating type of defensive tackle.  There is good talent in this draft at the position and the Patriots should be able to find a guy that fits the style they want to play. Here are the guys that would intrigue me if they ended up on the Patriots.

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2015 New England Patriots Mock Draft: Version 4.0

April 20th, 2015
Which FSU OL will be joining Bryan Stork on the Patriots?

Which Florida State Linemen could be joining Bryan Stork on the Patriots?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Bill Belichick and the Patriots are notoriously difficult to project when it comes to the NFL Draft. No one truly knows what Belichick is thinking or what the perceived needs are in his mind. This year is no different, if anything it’s even tougher to project the direction the Patriots will go with their early round selections. Some clear need areas exist on the roster such as Interior Offensive Line, Cornerback, and Defensive Tackle. However, this year’s draft class is as fluid as I can remember, making it tricky to lockdown possible fits for the team. As we stand 10 day out there are still many different ways the team could go with their early round picks. Here is my latest attempt at projecting the Patriots 2015 NFL Draft Class.

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Putting together the Big Board: Wide Receivers

April 18th, 2015
Will the Patriots add some additional youth to a crowded wide receiver corp.?

Will the Patriots add some additional youth to a crowded wide receiver corp.?

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

For the longest time, I thought it was taking forever for the draft to get here, now I find myself scrambling to get all the information out to you as I want.  It seems as though the Belichick and the Patriots are serious about adding a wide receiver in the draft.  The staff has been to a lot of pro days and had a lot of the top guys in for visits and workouts.  So lets take a look at who they might look at and who might be a good fit. Read the rest of this entry »


Eyes on the Competition : Miami Dolphins

April 17th, 2015

 

Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?

Can the $114 million DT lead Miami to a division crown?

 

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Few teams have been busier this offseason than the Miami Dolphins.   The Dolphins have wheeled and dealed, as well as mortgage the farm in the process for some immediate success.

The crown jewel of the 2015 Free Agency class, Ndamukong Suh, bolted the Motor City for South Beach inking a cool six year $114,375,000 contract.  I expect Suh to have an obvious and immediate impact on the defensive front, making an already solid defensive front one of the best in the league.

That wasn’t the Fins’ best move this offseason though, not even close.  Read the rest of this entry »







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