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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.

In the Red Zone: Examining the Patriots Passing Attack vs. Dolphins in Week 15

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Julian Edelman and the productive Patriots passing game met its match in the red zone. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

While 34 completions, 364 yards and two touchdowns convey otherwise, the New England Patriots passing game was condensed in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Without tight end Rob Gronkowski attracting defenders off the line, without rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins stretching the edges of the field, and without left tackle Nate Solder enduring blocks off the blind side, New England’s offense was forced to change shape.

The unit did so with backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui supplanting Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and fourth-round pick Josh Boyce occupying the top three wide receiver spots, and left guard Logan Mankins transitioning to left tackle.

The modifications exchanged size and downfield presence for short, timing routes built to exploit Miami’s off-man and press-ball coverage while preserving quarterback Tom Brady.

The offense remained relatively efficient through the process. Brady was sacked once, hurried 12 times and hit seven times, according to Pro Football Focus, but the Patriots managed to sustain drives of 16, 10, 15 and 12 plays long.

As those four drives merged into the red zone, however, New England’s undermanned and undersized attack revealed its side effects.

Only one drive inside the 20 resulted in a touchdown. (more…)

Breaking One: Julian Edelman and the Patriots Punt Return Unit

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Julian Edelman has found the blocks in front of him, emerging as one of the top punt returners in the NFL.  (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The punt return is an overlooked intermediary. It symbolizes the end of one offensive drive and the beginning of another. It is an exchange of possession that leaves one man fielding a fly ball against tacklers with a 50-yard head start.

And for New England Patriots wide receiver and return man Julian Edelman, it is an art.

With 1,242 yards on 98 career attempts, the 2009 seventh-round draft pick out of Kent State finds himself fifth all-time and first among active NFL players with a 12.7 return average. Edelman has cracked off gains of 68, 72 and 94 yards over the last four seasons on his way to three touchdowns.

Yet what’s lost in those numbers is what it takes to attain them.

It takes all 11 players to break one. (more…)

Report: Felix Jones Visiting with the Patriots

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The New England Patriots might have Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, LeGarrette Blount and Leon Washington to make up their running back corps—but you can always improve.

The way that I look at it: You can never have enough running backs.


Potential Patriot: Josh Cribbs

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
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Could Josh Cribbs be the next Patriots return man?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

It’s only a matter of time until we learn what team wide receiver Josh Cribbs will be signing with.

The latest on Cribbs is that there are two teams that the former Cleveland Browns wide receiver has narrowed it down to, with that teams being the Arizona Cardinals and the New England Patriots.


Should the Patriots Re-Sign Key Free Agents?

Monday, December 31st, 2012
Patrick Chung Patriots Safety

Is Patrick Chung a part of the Patriots future plans? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

We haven’t reached Wild Card weekend in the playoffs yet, but it’s that time of year where we begin to look forward to the offseason. The Patriots aren’t a team that generally spends a lot of money in the offseason outside of signings like Adalius Thomas.

The Patriots do have notable players entering free agency, wide receivers Wes Welker and Julian Edelman, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, cornerback Aqib Talib, running back Danny Woodhead and safety Patrick Chung. Should they be re-signed?


Stallworth Back in Fold, Edelman Placed on Injured Reserve

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
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Will the Patriots offense get more vertical with Julian Edelman out?

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

Wide receiver Donte Stallworth has signed with the Patriots, his third trip with the team. Stallworth was a training camp casualty at the start of this year.

Stallworth will likely be used to fill the hole left by Julian Edelman, who provided a short pass option in addition to a good punt-return option.


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