Posts Tagged ‘Patrick Chung’

Making Sense of Patrick Chung’s Surprise Return to the Patriots

Monday, April 7th, 2014

After an unceremonious year in Philadelphia, Patrick Chung’s return to New England was a move few saw coming. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

When a team’s former top pick logs three playoff snaps in a contract year, it sends a message.

It sends a message that the results did not equal the investment, that the player is not part of the solution, and that the organization is moving on.

In March of 2013, that appeared to be the case with Patrick Chung.

The New England Patriots allowed the 34th overall selection in the 2009 draft to walk. And the safety did, signing with the Philadelphia Eagles on a three-year, $10 million deal.

It was short-lived.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly decided to cut ties with the Oregon Duck just 364 days after signing him. Philadelphia didn’t find the 26-year-old to be part of the solution, either, and saved $3.25 million by releasing him.

As that reunion ended, though, another one began.

The Patriots re-signed Chung on April 3. (more…)


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?

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Pac-12: Ten Year NFL Draft Case Study

Friday, July 27th, 2012
Buffalo Bills New England Patriots

The Patriots should have spiked the phone after calling in this Pac-12 pick. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Every Friday this summer I’m doing a case study on the last ten years draft history of every conference in the FBS.

Through these case studies we’ll be able to answer which schools and conferences produce the most talent, the most busts, the most players at each position and much more.

I know that it’s a lot of information to digest, but there’s some very interesting findings during this first week of research which will become even more telling as each week progresses.

This week, I’m taking on the Pac-12. You can also read about the Mountain West, Big EastIndependents, C-USA, Big Ten, ACC and MAC.

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New England Patriots: Break Out Candidates in 2012

Monday, July 16th, 2012
Ras-I Dowling Patriots

Patriots fans are anxious to see if Dowling can stay healthy and live up to his potenial in 2012.

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

It’s July 16th, do you know what that means? We’re ten days removed from breaking out the shorts and shells!

Sure, the young 2012 Patriots roster is coming off a crushing Super Bowl loss, but hopefully that just increases their hunger to earn that illustrious ring.

Because this roster if chock-full of young players, there’s always hope that some of those present role players will turn into future stars, or at least reliable starters. I will be breaking down my top five break out candidates in today’s column.

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Eric Reid: LSU Safety a Trade-Up Option for the Patriots in 2013

Sunday, July 8th, 2012
Eric Reid LSU Safety

LSU safety Eric Reid will be in high demand next April during the 2013 NFL Draft. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

The safety position is currently undergoing a re-evaluation in the NFL. In-the-box defenders geared towards defending the run are diminishing in value, while athletic, coverage-oriented safeties are in high demand.

The supply of safeties who are big enough to match up against modern tight ends as well as athletic enough to cover quick slot receivers lags severely behind the demand, forcing teams to invest heavily in the position; Tampa Bay used the seventh-overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft in order to ensure that they landed Alabama safety Mark Barron this past April.

Will LSU safety Eric Reid have a similar rise in the 2013 NFL Draft?

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Potential Patriots: Oklahoma Safety Tony Jefferson

Sunday, June 24th, 2012
Tony Jefferson NFL Draft

Tony Jefferson is a versatile safety prospect for the 2013 NFL Draft. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

After taking a look at what Patrick Chung is worth to the Patriots and examining a potential replacement for Chung, here is another potential safety option that the Patriots will be looking at this fall.

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Patrick Chung: How Much is the Patriots Safety Worth?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Patrick Chung Patriots Safety

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

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

Alongside wide receiver Wes Welker and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, starting safety Patrick Chung is considered one of New England’s most valuable impending free agents.

Chung, who is set to turn 25 years old in August, has established himself as one of New England’s best defensive players since being drafted with the Patriots’ top pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Boston Herald recently reported that New England has yet to discuss a contract extension with Chung, but it is expected that New England would be interested in re-signing Chung before he reaches the open market.

Of course, both the team and the player must be receptive to an extension, so a middle ground will have to be reached in order for the club to lock up Chung long-term.

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