Posts Tagged ‘Patriots’

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.


2014 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Hypothetical Draft Board

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Which players will the Patriots be choosing from come next week?


NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

In the weeks leading up to the NFL Draft the terms “value” and “draft board” get thrown around often. During the draft each team tries to maximize their picks, by selecting the player with the most value. For instance is the 2nd best Guard, more valuable than the 7th best Receiver? These are decisions the Patriots and every other team will make next week. In this post I set up a horizontal draft board to give readers an idea of potential Patriots draft targets by round and position.


2014 NFL Draft: Pipe Dreams and the Marshall Plan

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Brady Dobson

Could Aaron Dobson get a new receiving partner? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

It’s that time of year again folks, pipe dream season. The only thing more abundant than flowers blossoming outside, are the absurd trade scenarios budding around the NFL. Whether a team whiffed during free agency, or simply doesn’t believe the upgrade they want is available via the draft, coaching staffs are still trying to find their roster’s missing piece.

This causes certain teams to reach for the stars, and names that normally wouldn’t be bounced around start to echo in league circles. Usually nothing comes from this other than speculation and fan disappointment. However, what if Bill Belichick decided to pick up the phone, dial Bears GM Phil Emery and inquire about the big dipper?


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.


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.


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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