Posts Tagged ‘Free Agency’

Finding Brandon LaFell’s Purpose in the Patriots’ Receiving Plans

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Based on his utilization in the Carolina Panthers’ system, wideout Brandon LaFell appears to fit New England’s offensive plans. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots officially announced the signing of former Carolina Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell on Monday. But his purpose in New England’s offense will not be announced anywhere other than on the field.

The 6’2”, 210-pound LSU product agreed to a three-year, $9 million pact with the team, according to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, after catching 49 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns as a starter last season.

The 27-year-old has played in 60 regular-season games since being selected 78th overall in the 2010 draft. He has amassed over 600 yards receiving over the last three years, all while never catching fewer than 36 passes over the last four years. He has gradually increased his touchdown totals as well, notching one in 2010, three in 2011, four in 2012 and five in 2013.

Now throughout his four-year NFL career, LaFell’s playing style and production have been steady but unspectacular for quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers. Yet the way in which he accrues his production is what makes him an interesting fit for quarterback Tom Brady and the Patriots. (more…)

Patriots Pull Off A Stunner and Land CB Darrelle Revis

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Welcome to Foxboro Mr. Revis.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Less than 24 hour ago many Patriots fans were headed to the Tobin Bridge. Fans were take the leap after the Broncos once again plucked the Patriots top unrestricted free agent and after the Patriots did… well, nothing. Fast forward 24 hours later and not only have the Patriots replaced Aqib Talib, they upgraded.

Early Wednesday night, Bill Belichick swooped in and pulled off arguably the biggest free agent coup in Patriots history, landing All-World CB Darrelle Revis.

Here are my thoughts on the Revis signing, what it means, and where both sides go from here.


NFL Free Agency 2014: Patriots News and Notes From Day One

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Wesley Woodyard’s visit to New England made news as unrestricted free agency opened on Tuesday. But the news involving Aqib Talib ultimately took center stage before midnight. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

NFL League Year began at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. And right out of the starting gate, reports broke of free agents signing, re-signing and restructuring with teams, while roster cuts and trades filtered in as well.

But as some organizations proved to be active on March 11, others proved to be quiet behind the scenes, waiting for the dust – or money – to settle.

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots fell under the latter category.

After re-signing long snapper Danny Aiken and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui – both restricted free agents – in the days prior, and after releasing seven from their reserve/futures contracts or injured reserve lists, New England passed through Tuesday without another official move.

In many ways, though, the moves around the league have set the table for the days to come. With that in mind, here is a look at some Patriots-centric news and notes around the NFL landscape. (more…)

2014 NFL Free Agency: Patriots Open Thead

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Is Darrelle Revis a future Patriot?

NEPD Staff

NFL Free Agency starts in less than two hours. Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman are still unsigned and the Patriots have holes to fill.

Who do you want the Patriots to sign? What roster moves do they still need to make? Tell us what your off-season plan is and what you would do with the Patriots open cap space.

Stay tuned for updates throughout the day.

Off the Grid: Patriots Pass-Rusher Marcus Benard

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Marcus Benard is looking to revive his football career in New England. (Photo:

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots made a silent signing last January, inking ex-Cleveland Brown Marcus Benard to a reserve/future contract.

A 27-year-old pass-rusher who went undrafted out of Jackson State, little was made of the Benard acquisition. He had recorded just three tackles since 2011. And to some, he was seen as merely padding for the 90-man offseason roster.

But to the Patriots, Benard may have been seen as more than that. He may have been seen as a reclamation project.

The 6’2”, 260-pound defensive end/outside linebacker battled his way into relevancy as a rookie. He worked his way up from Cleveland’s practice squad and was promoted to the active roster in November of 2009.

He didn’t look back.


Making Sense of Tim Tebow’s Signing with the New England Patriots

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Tim Tebow made his first appearance in Foxborough at New England Patriots minicamp Tuesday. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots’ decision to sign Tim Tebow is drawing plenty of criticism, but it shouldn’t be.

Signing Tebow makes sense. It comes with virtually no risk, and the Patriots get a third-string quarterback with proven success as an NFL starter and unusual versatility.

The worst-case scenario? If Tebow fails to make the roster, the Patriots will have no financial liability to him, and life will go on without him.


Report: Patriots Have Signed Tim Tebow

Monday, June 10th, 2013
Tim Tebow Patriots

Well… this just got interesting. (Photo: Icon SMI)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

Earlier this offseason, I discussed the possibility of Tim Tebow signing with the Patriots, but no one saw this coming, not even myself—and I happen to be the biggest Tim Tebow enthusiast out there.

So much for Bill Belichick hating Tim Tebow—he is now the newest member of the New England Patriots. Tebow enters 2013 with a career 75.3 quarterback rating while tossing 17 touchdowns compared to nine interceptions however he has just completed 47.9 percent of his passes. As for the running phase to Tebow’s game, he has recorded 989 career yards while punching in 12 rushing touchdowns and averaging a solid 5.0 yards per-carry.


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