Posts Tagged ‘Patriots’

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots: Week 9 Observations

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

Quarterback Tom Brady finally got back on the same page as his receiving options, including tight end Rob Gronkowski. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

The New England Patriots will enter their bye week with a 7-2 record after blowing out the Pittsburgh Steelers via a 55-31 final score which re-established New England’s offense as a force to be reckoned with. The Patriots struggled on defense, allowing 479 total yards, but managed an incredible 610 yards themselves, dramatically improving the consistency of their production, especially on third-down, where the team converted seven-of-twelve attempts. Read on for five key takeaways from what was an encouraging Patriots victory.

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Mike Loyko’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Edition 1.0

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Oregon QB Marcus Mariota is flying up NFL Draft boards.

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

It’s only September, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start projecting the next year’s NFL Draft. Compared to 2013 the ’14 draft features franchise quality talent and star potential at a number of positions. The 2014 class is especially deep at pass rusher, offensive tackle and even Quarterback. There will be no shortage of immediate NFL impact from this draft class.

Check out who your team could end up with in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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Patriots vs Eagles: 15 Thoughts from the First Preseason Game

Friday, August 9th, 2013
Shane Vereen

Shane Vereen showed off his versatility again in the Patriots win over the Eagles. (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

We can finally stop talking about who the Patriots lost in the off-season or whose sitting in an Attleboro jail cell and start talking about actual games. The Patriots first preseason game marked the official end to a turbulent off-season and the start of a new hope filled season. 

Even though the stars and starters were limited to a few series, there was still plenty to learn in the season’s first game. With so many new faces at key positions these games may lack intensity, but not importance.

Here is my collection of observations, thoughts and conclusions from tonight’s game.

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Five Wide Receivers Unlikely to Be New England Patriots

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Keenan Allen Patriots

Keenan Allen will have value to an NFL team, likely as a No. 2 possession receiver, but the New England Patriots are not the best fit.

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots do not have many pressing needs going into the 2013 NFL draft, but the one position they absolutely must address at least once in the early rounds is at wide receiver.

Of the wide receivers to catch passes for the Patriots last season, the only one currently on their roster for the 2013 season is Julian Edelman, who is a versatile and athletic slot receiver but has issues with durability. The Patriots brought in a solid replacement for Wes Welker in the slot in free-agent signing Danny Amendola, but Brandon Lloyd was released while the only other significant wide receiver additions were Michael Jenkins and Donald Jones, neither of whom is a lock to make the Patriots’ 53-man roster.

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A Prospect for Every Round: Running Back

Saturday, April 13th, 2013

Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet held a private workout with New England. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

New England’s running game was one of the most impressive aspects of their team in 2012, but nonetheless they remain at least somewhat interested in this year’s class of running backs; thus far, they have conducted private workouts with a number of this year’s prospects, with at least cursory interest shown in what is shaping up to be a deep class of runners. While drafting a running back in the first or second round is unlikely, there are plenty of mid-to-late-round prospects that may have New England’s attention. Prospect rankings and values are provided by FRX.

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A Prospect For Each Round: Safety

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Josh Evans is an intriguing mid-round developmental free safety prospect in this year’s class. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

New England recently added Adrian Wilson to their group of safeties, signing the twelve-year veteran to a three-year contract; however, they still have room for another player. Read on to find out who the Patriots may target if they deem the safety position a target area in April.

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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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