Posts Tagged ‘Patriots Secondary’

One for Safety: Patriots Secondary Shows New Wrinkle vs. Buccaneers in Week 3

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The Patriots appeared to be in a nickel defense against the Buccaneers, but strong safety Steve Gregory was missing. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

“We’ve done that in the past. It’s not a big thing.”

Those were the words of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick when asked about the defense’s three-cornerback, one-safety display against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3.

“I think more of that look came against their three-receiver sets,” Belichick added. “So our third corner was with their third receiver. Yeah, it’s just a different matchup for us.”

It was a different matchup for the Patriots secondary. It allowed the defense to maintain a 4-3  front, and it allowed the cornerbacks to ship out in a “nickel” alignment – even though only four defensive backs were on the field at once.

The single-safety personnel grouping was showcased for just six plays in New England’s 23-3 win over Tampa Bay, but its implementation alone was enough to draw attention.


Potential Patriots: Should Ohio State’s Bradley Roby Declare for 2013 NFL Draft?

Saturday, November 17th, 2012
Bradley Roby Ohio State

Bradley Roby could be a first round pick in the 2013, 2014 or 2015 NFL Draft. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

It is rare for a redshirt sophomore to declare for the NFL Draft, but that may not stop Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, who is believed to be considering entering the 2013 NFL draft.

It wouldn’t be a bad decision for Roby, who has already established himself as a first-round draft pick should he enter the draft with two years of eligibility remaining. If he does declare, expect the New England Patriots to take immediate interest in him.


Why Patriots Should Keep Devin McCourty at Safety

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
Devin McCourty Patriots

Where is Devin McCourty’s prime position?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots drafted Devin McCourty to be the team’s No. 1 cornerback, and for the better part of his first 2 1/2 seasons in the NFL, he has been. He was a second-team AP All-Pro at that position as a rookie, and is one of the league’s best playmakers at the position.

Late last season, however, with a plethora of injuries at the safety position, the Patriots began experimenting with McCourty playing safety. This season, the experiment has gone a step further, as McCourty has played safety full-time each of the past three games with regular starter Patrick Chung out due to injury.

McCourty’s move to safety may just be a temporary shift until Chung returns.

It should be a long-term move.


NEPD Mailbag: Too Long For Twitter

Friday, February 10th, 2012
Devin McCourty Patriots Broncos

One of the biggest questions on the minds of Patriots Nation is, "Where will Devin McCourty be lined up next season?"

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

Every Friday moving forward, I’m going to be answering some questions from Twitter that might take a little (or a lot) more words than 140 characters.

I know a lot of writers have done this in the past (hello Bill Simmons), but it’s a fun way to answer some of the burning questions that you guys have about the Patriots and the NFL Draft.

If you have a question about anything, tweet it to me @DougKyed, and I’ll try to include it in the column on Friday.


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