Posts Tagged ‘Denver Broncos’

Without Chandler Jones, Three Patriots Tasked with Role of One

Friday, October 31st, 2014
New England called upon Dominique Easley, Akeem Ayers and Zach Moore to encompass Chandler Jones’ responsibilities in Week 8 against the Bears. (Winslow Townson – USA Today Sports Images)

New England called upon Dominique Easley, Akeem Ayers and Zach Moore to encompass Chandler Jones’ role against the Bears. (Winslow Townson – USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots have been without Chandler Jones for only one game thus far into the 2014 campaign.

That one game saw the front seven send three different players out to succeed the role of one.

Dominique Easley, Akeem Ayers and Zach Moore – each of whom brought their own traits to the defensive rotation. Each of whom brought forth their own third to replace the snaps of a player who had logged 417 through seven contests, per Pro Football Focus.

Only it hinged on more than volume for them in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears; it hinged on how they encountered their alignments, and how they left their impact within them. (more…)


Inside Zone: How the Patriots Run Defense Has Shifted Since the Last Broncos Encounter

Friday, January 17th, 2014

New England’s defensive front has undergone subtle renovations since allowing 280 rushing yards to the Denver Broncos in Week 12. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Rush yards were at a surplus when the New England Patriots defense faced the Denver Broncos ground game in Week 12.

Quarterback Peyton Manning handed the football off to his running backs 47 times, and 280 yards were the byproduct. Fifth-year back Knowshon Moreno had a career day, compiling 224 rushing yards and a touchdown on 37 attempts, while rookies Montee Ball and C.J. Anderson combined for 56 yards on 10 attempts.

Whether it was by design or by accident, the Patriots front didn’t give the record-breaking Manning much of a reason to pass to his assortment of receivers – he totaled 150 pass yards. And while the absence of defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly certainly played a part in the Patriots’ failures there, the woes delved deeper than attrition for the then-31st run D.

Much of it came down to how the scheme approached the inside zone.

That approach has since been altered. It may, however, be fine-tuned once again for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at Mile High.

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Routes and Coverages: Charting the Balance of Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins vs. Broncos

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Rookie wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins have been utilized in different facets for the Patriots. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

There was a halftime shift in the New England Patriots’ comeback win over the Denver Broncos in Week 12. And while that was apparent in the 34-31 final score, it was also apparent in the use of rookie wide receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins.

As the second-round pick opened the game at “X” receiver, the undrafted free-agent opened the game No. 4 on the depth chart. Yet after intermission, their roles were switched. The 6’0”, 195-pound Thompkins found himself on the field, and the 6’3”, 200-pound Dobson found himself predominantly observing from the sidelines.

The beneficiary, whose first passing play came with five seconds left in the first half, ultimately finished with six catches on nine targets for 56 yards. On the other end, Dobson finished catchless over his 37 snaps, relieving an injured Thompkins for just two plays in the third.

At first glance, the personnel switch suggested that the 22-year-old Marshall wideout had been benched in favor of the 25-year-old Cincinnati product. But in reality, the decision delved deeper than that. Dobson was not spotted at Patriots practice on Wednesday due to a foot injury, and Thompkins’ skill set and route tree best suited Denver’s defense. (more…)


Measuring Growth: Patriots Draft Picks Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan Take Next Step vs. Broncos

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon stood out in New England’s comeback victory over Denver in Week 12. (NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Growth isn’t always quantitative; it isn’t always measurable by the day or week. But in stages, lower and simpler forms can develop into higher and more complex forms.

And while the progression of these stages is neither a constant nor a guarantee, it’s clear that New England Patriots rookie draft picks Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon have reached the next one.

Sunday night’s frigid battle at Gillette Stadium versus the Denver Broncos was the venue for them to do so. (more…)


Planning for Peyton Manning: How Different Defensive Looks Have Found Success vs. Broncos

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

As previous opponents have learned, solving Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos offense requires more than one answer. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

When it comes to defending Peyton Manning, there isn’t a silver bullet in the defensive playbook. There isn’t one particular player, scheme or personnel package that can take the eyes, intelligence, arm and in-pocket mobility away from the Denver Broncos future Hall of Fame quarterback.

Defending the 37-year-old requires a mixture of different looks and disguises. And every NFL defense that has faced the 12-time Pro Bowler has employed its own method in doing so. But thus far into the 2013 season, few teams have seen their creative efforts culminate in the final score. The Broncos are 9-1, and Manning’s 70-percent passing for 3,572 yards, 34 touchdowns and just six interceptions are an integral reason in why.

Manning is orchestrating a prolific offensive attack reinforced by wideouts Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker, tight end Julius Thomas and versatile tailback Knowshon Moreno. Predominantly through that onslaught, Denver has notched a league-leading 398 points through Week 11.

Yet come 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday night, the New England Patriots will try to avert that production in meeting No. 14 between Manning and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Although in order to understand the measures New England might take versus Manning and the Broncos, it’s important to understand the measures Denver’s opponents have taken to find some semblance of success in previous tilts. (more…)


Did the Patriots Even Want Wes Welker Back?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Wes Welker

Did the Patriots really want Wes Welker back?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The New England Patriots are right in the middle of the most talked-about transaction thus far in free agency: Wes Welker signing with the Denver Broncos.

News of the transaction surfaced at just about before 5 p.m. last Wednesday night—just one day into free agency. What does it all mean?

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NFL Free Agency Fallout: Tim Tebow to the Patriots?

Sunday, March 18th, 2012
Tim Tebow Patriots

How would Tim Tebow look in a Patriots uniform? (Photo: Icon SMI)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

The Peyton Manning sweepstakes is over – Peyton Manning is going to be a Bronco. Now that is settled, where will Tim Tebow end up?

John Clayton reported on ESPN Radio that there is a rumor that if Manning winds up on the Broncos, the New England Patriots are the favorites to land Tim Tebow in a trade.

…What?!

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