Posts Tagged ‘Kyle Arrington’

Turnover Breakdown: Patriots Defense Salvages Week 2 Win Over Jets

Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Thursday night’s Patriots-Jets game wasn’t pretty, but a win doesn’t require style points. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Wide receiver Danny Amendola, halfback Shane Vereen, and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Zach Sudfeld were absent from the offensive side of the ball, but the New England Patriots hung on to defeat the New York Jets, 13-10, in a Thursday night downpour at Gillette Stadium.

It was a stagnant process. Quarterback Tom Brady finished 19-for-39 passing for 185 yards and one touchdown to second-round wideout Aaron Dobson. The Jets held the Patriots rushing attack to just 54 yards on 24 attempts. And cumulatively, undrafted rookie Ryan Allen tallied more punts than the entire offense tallied first downs.

In turn, much of the weight rested on New England’s defense to make plays.

The unit did so.

Despite rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the Jets offense producing 318 yards and absorbing 34 minutes of possession, four mistakes changed the complexion of the divisional Week 2 tilt:

Three interceptions and a fumble.

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The Value of a Nickel: Cornerback Kyle Arrington

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The Patriots found value in cornerback-turned-nickelback Kyle Arrington. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Defenses adapt to what their counterparts show them. But with all the creating and countering going on between football minds, team personnel changes are prevalent.

In this era, there’s the 4-3 base alignment, the 3-4 base alignment and hybrid variations of both. Gone are the days of a full-time 5-2 or 4-6 defense where big, burly tacklers roamed the trenches. Those men have been replaced with speedy defensive backs, all because offenses like to pass the football.

And offenses like to pass the football a lot.

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Patriots Secondary Still Lacks Long-Term Solutions

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

Despite signing players such as Adrian Wilson, the Patriots may find themselves looking for improvements next season. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Much has been made of New England’s defensive back signings thus far in the free agent period; the Patriots re-signed slot cornerback Kyle Arrington to a four-year, $16 million contract, left cornerback Aqib Talib to a one-year, $5 million deal, and added former Arizona Cardinals strong safety Adrian Wilson on a three-year pact to solidify the defensive backfield. However, although these three signings do provide the team with a measure of certainty relative to their pre-free agency defensive backfield, their long-term stability at cornerback and safety is still a concern.

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Cornerback Reconstruction May Await New England This Offseason

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Should the Patriots re-sign cornerback Kyle Arrington this offseason? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

One of the most interesting situations facing New England’s front office this offseason is how they choose to handle the expiring contracts of cornerbacks Kyle Arrington and Aqib Talib, who are likely looking for lucrative multi-year deals. Here, we’ll examine the case for re-signing both players, just one, or neither. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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Patriots at Seahawks: Game Preview and Mailbag

Saturday, October 13th, 2012
Ras-I Dowling Patriots Seahawks

Will we see more of Ras-I Dowling against the Seahawks? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

To ask questions for the weekly mailbag, follow me on Twitter @iamjoonlee and tweet me questions throughout the week!

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Patriots vs Ravens: 3 Keys to the Defeat and Best Tweets from the Game

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Patriots Ravens

Patriots fans saw way too many deep completions against the Ravens. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

Lets put this out there right away. The Patriots played terrible and that is the main reason they lost. It’s not the replacement referees, it’s not the clutch last drive by Joe Flacco, it was the Patriots playing absolutely terrible in the fourth quarter.

With that, here are my three keys to the Patriots’s defeat.

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Examining The Ongoing Problem with the Patriots’ Secondary

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Devin McCourty Steve Gregory

This is not the pose of Devin McCourty that Patriots fans want to see. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

No positional unit on the New England Patriots has drawn more scrutiny over the past few seasons than their secondary, and the criticism has been warranted.

The Patriots were among the NFL’s three worst teams in each of the past two seasons in passing yards allowed, and a big reason for that was blown coverages and big plays allowed by their secondary.

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