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Patriots Training Camp Preview: Defensive Backs

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

How Ras-I Dowling plays will have a huge effect on the Pats defensive success

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

We wrap up our position previews with what will likely be the most important position on the entire Patriots roster; the defensive backs. If the Patriots are going to have the success and reach their ultimate goal it’s imperative that the secondary plays much better than they did in 2011. What changes have they made in the secondary and will it be enough to fix the holes that existed?

Continue reading to find out how the Patriots defensive backfield will look week one.

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Musket Blasts: Patriots and Draft Links, 7/15

Monday, July 16th, 2012
Devin McCourty Patriots CB

Patriots fans want to see this type of Devin McCourty all year long. (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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NEPD Mailbag: Too Long For Twitter

Friday, May 4th, 2012
Devin McCourty Interception

Could Devin McCourty handle kickoff return duties for the Patriots next season?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Who will handle kickoff returns for the Patriots? What will the Patriots do with all their WRs? Will the Patriots bring in a veteran RB?

Those are some of the questions I’ll be answering in my weekly “Too Long For Twitter” Friday mailbag where I take questions from Twitter that warrant, deserve or need answers longer than 140 characters

If you have a question about anything, tweet it to me @DougKyedNEPD, and I’ll try to include it in the column on Friday. If you aren’t on Twitter, feel free to throw in a question in the comments section.

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2012 NFL Draft Open Thread: Biggest Need for the Patriots?

Friday, April 20th, 2012
Devin McCourty Interception

If Devin McCourty doesn't return to his rookie form, is defensive back the Patriots biggest need? (Photo: ICON SMI)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

A team that finished the 2011 NFL Season with a Super Bowl loss obviously doesn’t have needs in the sense that some teams have. That isn’t to say that the Patriots roster can’t be improved on.

In this open thread, we’ll discuss what is THEE biggest need for the Patriots on draft day.

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2012 Free Agency: Patriots Sign Steve Gregory

Thursday, March 15th, 2012
Steve Gregory Patriots

Steve Gregory will be a versatile part of the Patriots defense. (Photo: ICON SMI)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Last year the Safety position for the New England Patriots was a revolving door. Thursday the Patriots made their first move to improve the position for the 2012-2013 season by signing former San Diego Charger Steve Gregory.  

Gregory received a 3 year deal worth $8.8 million and $3.35 million guaranteed.

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2012 NFL Draft: An In Depth Look at the Patriots Needs

Sunday, February 19th, 2012
Nick Caserio Bill Belichick

These two are going to have a busy off-season.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

With the offseaon slated to get into full swing this week with the NFL combine, I take a position by position look at where the Patriots roster stands. What are the biggest needs, where are they set and what will they likely target.

In Decemeber I did I similar article breaking down the Patriots roster and where it stood. Now that the Patriots came within two minutes of winning another Super Bowl, I take a look where does their roster stand now.

With the combine coming up this week, it will give fans a perspective of exactly what the Patriots will be looking for on March 13th when unrestricted free agency opens and when the draft comes in late April. It can also be a guide for fans who are looking to do mock drafts for the Patriots.

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Drafting Defensive Backs: A Patriots Case Study

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
Darius Butler Released

Believe it or not, Darius Butler was a prototypical Patriots defensive back draft pick.

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Entering the 2012 NFL Draft, there seems to be one common sentiment among Patriots fans, “We need defensive backs!”

One of the chief reasons why the Patriots need defensive backs is their spotty history in the draft taking corners and safeties.

Throughout the twelve seasons Bill Belichick has been Head Coach, the Patriots have taken 21 defensive backs, four remain with the team.

I put together a spreadsheet containing all of those players vitals, hoping to come up with some patterns to possibly try to determine what the Patriots look for in a DB, and which players in the 2012 class they’ll potentially be looking at. (Thanks to NFLDraftScout.com and the Boston.com Draft Database for all combine results)

Here are some of the most interesting findings:

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