Posts Tagged ‘Injuries’

Patriots Should Focus on the Playoffs, Rest Rob Gronkowski and Other Injured Players

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Training Camp Rob Gronkowski

Should Gronkowski come back during the regular season, or wait until the playoffs? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Even in a 41-34 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, the New England Patriots still made a strong case for being among the top tier of contenders for this year’s Super Bowl.

By coming back from a 31-3 second-half deficit to tie the game with 28 unanswered points before ultimately losing, the Patriots showed they have the resiliency of a champion and continued to display the NFL’s most explosive offense, even against the NFL’s No. 1 scoring defense.

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How Will the Hernandez Injury Affect the Patriots Offense?

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Gronkowski hernandez

How will the Patriots offense respond to missing part of their dynamic tight end duo? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots offense already had a new look in the first two weeks of 2012 than it did in 2011. They became more explosive at the running back position with the promotion of Stevan Ridley to the starting lineup, and as downfield weapon Brandon Lloyd emerged as one of Brady’s favorite targets, the role of Wes Welker, the NFL’s reception leader in 2011, decreased significantly.

When the Patriots’ offense takes the field for their Week 3 matchup versus the Baltimore Ravens, they are going to have a different look yet again.

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2012 NFL Draft: Who Could Fall Into the 2nd Round?

Monday, February 13th, 2012
Dont'a Hightower Patriots NFL Draft

Could a potential poor showing at the combine make Dont'a Hightower available to the Patriots in the second round?

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Every draft season, there seems to be one player with a consensus first round grade that drops for one reason or another to the middle of the second round or even further.

In the recent past, we’ve seen players like Da’Quan Bowers, Justin Houston, Carlos Dunlap, Ryan Mallett, Brandon Spikes, etc. all fall because of injuries, character issues, or whatever was going on with Ryan Mallett last season.

Here are some players in the 2012 Draft class that I could see fall out of the first round:
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