Posts Tagged ‘Dan Connolly’

Bryan Stork Held His Ground vs. Bengals, Patriots Followed Suit

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Using a difference combination along the offensive line on Sunday night, the Patriots unlocked the Bengals defensive front. (NFL Game Rewind)

Using a different combination along the offensive line on Sunday night, the Patriots found a way to unlock the Bengals defensive front. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

It has been trial and error for the New England Patriots. But there were very few errors involved when the Patriots deployed a different combination on the interior offensive line against the then-undefeated Cincinnati Bengals Sunday night.

With two-year starting center Ryan Wendell over at right guard, Dan Connolly opposite him at left guard, and rookie Bryan Stork in the middle, the pieces fit into place. And those pieces changed the complexion of New England’s offense on the way to unlocking Cincinnati’s defense.

It it began with aggressiveness at the line of scrimmage. Stork, a fourth-round pick in May, was an integral part of it. The Week 5 game marked only the second start of his season and NFL career, but aside from false start and holding penalties in the third quarter, the game proved to not be too fast for him.

Sometimes, he was too fast for it. (more…)


Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 9/14

Friday, September 14th, 2012
Stevan Ridley Patriots

Stevan Ridley is off to a hot start. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.

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2012 Patriots Roster Projection: Version 2.0

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Dan Koppen Center

Is Dan Koppen destined to be a surprise cut this year? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Patriots play their first pre-season game tomorrow night with vs. the Saints, which means the Patriots are two weeks into their season and a lot has already changed. We have seen the retirement of a well known offensive linemen, some injuries and the emergence of young players. Although the competition for positions is fierce, the picture has gotten a little clearer.

Here is my second attempt at predicting how the Patriots roster will breakdown at the end of August.

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Jones-ing For a Center in the 2013 NFL Draft?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Barrett Jones Patriots

Barrett Jones was a key part of Alabama's championship run. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

Under the tutelage of offensive line guru Dante Scarnecchia the Patriots’ offensive line units have consistently ranked among the top groups in the league.

Could Alabama’s Barrett Jones be a smart addition in 2013?

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2012 NFL Draft Impact: Patriots Re-sign Dan Koppen

Friday, April 13th, 2012
Dan Koppen Patriots

Welcome back Dan. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

A familiar face will be returning to Gillette Stadium soon, as veteran center Dan Koppen has reportedly signed a contract to stay with the New England Patriots. Koppen was originally selected in the 5th round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

What does the signing mean for the Patriots 2012 NFL Draft strategy?

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Patriots vs Ravens: AFC Championship Preview

Saturday, January 21st, 2012
Patriots Ravens Brady Suggs

The Patriots need to take the "sizzle" out of the Ravens defense on Sunday.

NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed

The anticipation for this week is killing me. Not only do I have the Ravens-Patriots game to look forward to, but I’m also going to be covering the Senior Bowl all next week (follow me on twitter for updates @dougkyed).

Consequently, this week has gone incredibly slow, like Dan Connolly returning a kickoff-slow. Like Tim Tebow’s throwing motion-slow. Like Chad Ochocinco’s learning curve-slow.

But the AFC Championship is finally bearing down on us and we have approximately 48 hours until I’ll be sitting on my parents couch five miles from the stadium with my heart racing, and of course, wearing my lucky Chung shirt.

Here are some things I’d like to see in Sunday afternoon’s game:

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