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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…)


Leftover Observations: Patriots Rookie Safety Duron Harmon vs. Steelers

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Duron Harmon stepped in for an injured Steve Gregory in Week 9, and the rookie’s performance was an encouraging one. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Last April, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took a chance on an enigma in Rutgers safety Duron Harmon. A projected Day 3 or priority free-agent prospect, Harmon’s name was instead called at pick 91 overall – just eight slots after his Scarlet Knight teammate Logan Ryan.

The selection carried an onslaught of questions at the time, and many of those questions still remain. But as the weeks have progressed, so has the 22-year-old’s role in the Patriots secondary. By the end of August, the 6’1”, 205-pounder was able to eclipse 2012 second-rounder Tavon Wilson on the depth chart, playing dime defensive back. And over the last three games, Harmon’s “Money” duties have parlayed into more consistent relief reps at both free and strong safety.

Yet with 8:38 left in the third quarter of New England’s Week 9 tilt versus the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harmon’s responsibilities expanded once more. It was then that starting strong safety Steve Gregory departed with a broken thumb and was replaced by No. 30 for the duration.

By the time the Patriots had defeated Pittsburgh 55-31, Harmon had logged a career-high 39 snaps in the defensive backfield. In the process, he tallied four tackles, a pass deflection and an interception. The rookie showed growing pains as well as promise, but both sides of the ledger were worthwhile for his development. (more…)


Rookies Looking Ready to Step Up in New England Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Second-round pick Jamie Collins is among the Patriots rookies standing out in training camp. (Photo: Stew Milne — USA Today Sports)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

Every rookie goes into their first NFL training camp with an opportunity to prove himself, and a necessity to prove himself should he want to earn immediate playing time with his team. Many rookies are already taking advantage of that opportunity for New England Patriots, and look ready to take on immediate on-field roles for one of the NFL’s premier teams.

The rookie acclimation process is an important one for the Patriots this season, as they are relying at least somewhat on rookies to step up in a number of areas where their veteran presence is thin. While it may be too early yet to draw conclusions on the Patriots rookie class after just eight training camp practices, numerous Patriots rookies are already turning heads and outshining veteran counterparts.

In the three training camp practices I have attended thus far, the rookie standouts have ranged from second-round picks Jamie Collins and Aaron Dobson to undrafted free-agent signings Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins, all of whom who are expected to make an impact for the Patriots this season.

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Bill Belichick’s Affinity for Greg Schiano, Rutgers Should Be Questioned

Monday, May 13th, 2013

The New England Patriots’ 2013 draft strategy was clearly influenced by Bill Belichick’s relationship with Greg Schiano. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

For much of the first decade of the 21st century, the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick were a team considered to be ahead of the curve when it came to the NFL draft.

From consistently finding diamonds in the rough who became team building blocks, to mastering the art of trading up and down the draft board for better value, the Patriots laid the foundation for three NFL championships and five Super Bowl appearances in an 11-year span.

But as the rest of the league has caught up, with teams such as the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks making brilliant offseason moves translate into on-field success, the Patriots are at risk of falling behind.

As a result of Belichick’s success at the beginning of the century, winning three Super Bowls in the first five years of the millennium, he has typically received benefit of the doubt. Belichick’s decisions are ultimately expected to be for the better — understandably given his accolades — even if they are unexpected or unconventional.

That said, it’s time to start looking past the benefit of the doubt, with the Patriots now eight years removed from their last Super Bowl title. Specifically, the decision to use three of seven draft picks on Rutgers players, coinciding with an apparently burgeoning friendship between Belichick and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano, should raise a red flag.

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2013 NFL Draft: Day Two Thoughts on the Patriots

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Aaron Dobson

Aaron Dobson has some ridiculous hands.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

The Patriots entered day two of the draft with four selections and ended up using all of them. The first three picks were used on highly touted, well known prospects that should be able to help the Patriots immediately. Just when it looked like it was going to be a relatively “clean” and uneventful draft, Bill Belichick throws the curve ball at you.

Here are my thoughts on the Patriots draft up to this point.

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2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Select Duron Harmon (SS, Rutgers)

Friday, April 26th, 2013
Duron Harmon NFL Draft

Duron Harmon is the surprise pick for the Patriots. (Photo: ScarletKnights.com)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots have shocked the world again. A year after Tavon Wilson was the surprise pick, the Patriots added Rutgers safety Duron Harmon with the 91st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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