Posts Tagged ‘Patriots’

Landscape of the Patriots

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty will be the key to a successful off-season.

Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty will be the key to a successful off-season.

NEPD Staff Writer CJ Sousa

Super. Bowl. Champions.  At one time in Patriots history, it would have seemed impossible.  During others, it was more of an expected right.  Nonetheless, Tom finally got number four.  And if you’re anything like me, you’re already thinking about how he will get number five.

It’s been a long difficult road since the Patriots Super Bowl 39 victory over Philadelphia.   Since then, the Patriots have won more games and division championships than any other team in the league.  But something was missing.  Every year come the beginning of February, there was a certain agony of disbelief. (more…)

The Turf Report Mid-Season Rankings: Upperclassmen on Patriots’ Radar

Saturday, October 18th, 2014
NCAA Football: Wisconsin at Northwestern

Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon could join former teammate James White in New England’s backfield next season. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

With the Turf Report taking the past couple weeks off, figured it would be appropriate to return with some mid-season rankings. Lets take a look at who’s stood out from the pack, and which amateur backs might be donning a flying Elvis on their helmet next fall?

Last Sunday’s season ending knee injury to Stevan Ridley has cast some uncertainty in Foxborough as to what the Patriots will do after this season at running back. Both Rildey and Shane Vereen are impending free agents, and there’s no guarantee either will return after 2014. The following are potential Junior and Senior prospects that should be appealing to New England this spring. I broke them down into three tiers and detailed the ones that could land on Belichick’s radar.


Checking in on the Rookies: Eagles vs. Patriots

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Jimmy Garoppolo was impressive against Philadelphia.

Jimmy Garoppolo was impressive against Philadelphia.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jimmy Flaherty

In a game that seemed as if it was never going to end because of penalty flags, the Patriots came away with a win over the Eagles 42-35 in their second preseason match up of the year.  Many top players, including Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Darrelle Revis, and others, saw their first action after sitting out during the first preseason game against Washington in which they lost.  

With the return of these players, it came as no surprise that the  Patriots looked much smoother in all three phases of the game. According to Coach Belichick in his conference call on Saturday, there were many positives on film to take away from Friday nights game.


Preposterous Patriots Preseason Predictions, With a Bayou Twist

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

The preseason has officially kicked off, and as the summer develops so don’t rumors around the league. Jobs will be lost, depth charts will shift and the turk will begin hoarding playbooks. Only thing guaranteed during August is movement, plenty of roster movement. This summer I’ll try and explore some potential moves, and maybe even predict a few surprising transactions.

Basically, I’m going to throw some stuff against the wall and see if it sticks (i.e. my Brandon Marshall Post ), if it doesn’t… I was obviously just kidding guys.


2014 NFL Draft: Day Three Running Backs and Tight Ends

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

The Patriots missed out on Troy Niklas, but there are still some tight ends left on Day 3.

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

Well, I whiffed on my predictions for day two, really thought New England would take a receiver before round four. With so much talent left over from day one, investing a 2nd or 3rd rounder at the position seemed like a realistic possibility. They decided to go quarterback with Garoppolo, and secured Brady’s back up for the next couple years. Not against the move at all, just thought they would address players who can make an impact now, as opposed to later.


2014 NFL Draft: Three Things I Think I Know Heading Into Tonight’s Draft…

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The 2014 NFL Draft is nearly upon us.

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano


The Patriots will select a wide out relatively high, and by relatively high I mean before round four. Belichick loves to maximize value, and after round one there will be plenty of value left over at receiver. Some 2nd-3rd round prospects that typically would have first round grades, will be sitting there for them to select at #62 and #93 overall. With the diverse array of receiving  talent left on the board, there’s many different directions they can go at pass catcher. Three names to remember are Jarvis Landry, Kevin Norwood and Marqise Lee.


2014 NFL Draft: Potential Day Three Patriots

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

For most fans, day three of the NFL Draft doesn’t offer nearly the same excitement as the previous two. Most of the sexy names are off the board, and it can almost seem as if teams are just cashing in their chips to get home early. But the later rounds are when organizations try to find hidden gems. The Patriots have had more success on day three than a lot of teams, and most of that can be contributed to their front office leaving no stone unturned.

The following are players New England has most likely done their due diligence on already, and would make since after round three.


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