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Patriots Roster Comparison: 2011 vs. 2012

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Can Stevan Ridley prove to be as dependable a back as BenJarvus Green-Ellis? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

The 2012 NFL season is beckoning, the Patriots have cut their roster down to 53 players and there’s plenty of new additions. There’s only one thing left to do, compare this year’s team to last year’s Super Bowl runner ups.

Obviously the week 1 roster isn’t finalized for the Patriots, so all of this may become moot by early afternoon.

If the Week 1 2011 Patriots matched up against the Week 1 2012 Patriots, who gets the edge? Let’s take sides.


2012 New England Patriots: Versatility Helps Build Depth

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Rob Ninkovich’s ability to play at a starting level at two positions will help the Patriots depth immensely. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

If there’s one thing Bill Belichick has proven over the years, it’s that if you aren’t going to be a star on the New England Patriots, you better damn be versatile.

Last year, Belichick may have gone over the edge with his love for versatility lining Julian Edelman up at cornerback, Matthew Slater at safety, Logan Mankins at left tackle, Nate Solder at tight end and more.

This year, the Patriots have acquired even more versatile players, and I’ll try to break down all of the positions they can play here. I avoided using players whose versatility is limited to non-return special teams, and also players who just play multiple versions of the same position.


NEPD Mailbag: Patriots Post-Game Edition

Friday, August 10th, 2012
Bill Belichick Saints

Who are these guys? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Who wins the position battle between Deion Branch and Donte Stallworth? When are the NFL refs coming back? More importantly, when is Brian Waters coming back?!

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.


Patriots vs Saints: Preseason Open Thread

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Patriots Saints Game

The Patriots and Saints square off tonight – join in on the conversation. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff

While you’re watching the Patriots vs Saints game tonight, feel free to chime in here with your thoughts on the game, but before it gets started, tell us who you’re excited to be watching.

To get ready for the game, check out our 10 things to watch column.

If you can’t watch the game on TV – sign up for Preseason Live on – you’ll get every game for $20.


Bobby Carpenter: Patriots Free Agency Reset

Thursday, August 9th, 2012
Bobby Carpenter

Bobby Carpenter hopes to flex his muscles as a Patriots reserve LB this year. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

If there’s one thing the Patriots and Bill Belichick have excelled at time and time again, it’s pulling free agents off the street and making them into high impact players.

The Patriots seem to find at least one player every year that no one else noticed or wanted whether it’s a rookie undrafted free agent or veteran. This offseason, Belichick seemed to sign every veteran player he could find to increase the depth on the Patriots roster.

One of those players was linebacker and former first round “bust” Bobby Carpenter. Let’s see how Carpenter may fit into the Patriots defense this year.


Patriots Training Camp – Notes from Wednesday

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
Press Box View Patriots

Nice view from the press box in Gillette Stadium for Patriots training camp. (Photo: Doug Kyed)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Tonight I got the unique opportunity to cover the Patriots in stadium training camp from inside the press box. I got a last minute call and hit a block of traffic, but I still found some valuable nuggets to share.

Here are some notes from the public practice:


Patriots Training Camp: NEPD Radio Special

Monday, July 30th, 2012
Patriots Training Camp Talk

Monday Night at 11pm, the NEPD staff will be discussing the first four practices of Patriots training camp.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen writers Mike Loyko and Doug Kyed have been at the New England Patriots training facilities the last four days. At 11pm tonight, I talked with both of them about what they have learned.

Read on to listen or download the podcast.


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