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2012 Patriots Roster Prediction: Doug Kyed 2.0 – Sunday Practice Notes

Sunday, August 5th, 2012
Tom Brady Stevan Ridley

Get used to this sight, Ridley looks firmly entrenched as the starting halfback. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

It’s wise to remember one thing in the NFL, a lot can change in a week.

Yes, that even includes during training camp. Between going to camp twice last weekend and both Wednesday and Sunday this week, I blew up my roster prediction and started all over again.

Sunday’s practice was perhaps the most concerning that I’ve been to this year and I’ll be using this roster prediction for what I saw at training camp Sunday. Be sure to check out my Twitter timeline (@DougKyedNEPD) for all practice observations.

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Patriots Welcome Wes Welker to OTA

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010
Wes Welker

Wes Welker attemps a diving catch in a 2009 game against the Buffalo Bills.

What did Wes Welker do on the near 5-month anniversary of tearing his ACL and MCL against the Houston Texans?  Naturally, he went out and practiced.

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Patriots Rookie Mini-Camp Recap

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

After picking up twelve players in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Patriots held their Rookie Mini-Camp over the last couple of days.

Extra Points has a nice piece on Ross Ventrone, brother of former Patriot Ray Ventrone, who has signed as a undrafted free agent with the Patriots.

Brandon Spikes and Taylor Price were two that impressed many lookers-on at the Patriots rookie camp. Spikes with his desire, work ethic, and pass-coverage skills, and Price with his solid route-running.

Jermaine Cunningham spent time at the ROLB postion, looking decent in coverage. 1st Round pick Devin McCourty spent most of his time at the LCB position, where he could end up playing ahead of Darius Butler.

Aaron Hernandez wasn’t allowed to talk to the press after drug-related questions dogged him this last week. He spent the two days lining up as the receiver-centric “F” tight-end, while fellow draft-pick Rob Gronkowski lined up at the “Y” position.

The Patriots will be back May 17th.


Patriots Training Camp Report: Impressive / Depressive

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Julian Edelman FliesPhoto Courtesy of Boston Globe

Six days in to the 2009 Patriot Training Camp and certain players are starting to shine, while others are not so fine. Let’s take a look at these players on both extremes.

Impressive
Julian Edelman – Fast becoming the favorite of many a die-hard fan, Edelman continues in his Wes Welker/Raymond Ventrone redux role. Edelman seems to be willing and capable of doing anything and everything possible to make this team.

Leigh Bodden – Top-Speed was always somewhat of a concern for Bodden (Just look at his Madden rating…) but it didn’t seem to stop him from sticking with uber-fast Joey Galloway. Bodden has received rave reviews from reporters at practice.

Tom Brady – Honestly, it just warms my heart seeing him back in between the white lines. Should be a great season with all these weapons.

Depressive
Vince Redd – So bad, that they canned him and sent him to Kansas City. That has got to hurt… he didn’t even get a big contract like Cassel.

Kevin O’Connell – Not playing bad as much as he just isn’t getting many reps. Hopefully, Belichick and the other coaches just need to evaluate Walter and Hoyer more than O’Connell – if it is a performance issue, that is not promising.

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Patriots Training Camp Rundown: Part Two

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

He’s Baaaaccck…. (Photo – Boston Globe)

The first Patriots practice ended the same way that the 2008-2009 season ended: stormy. The Globe has more pictures at Reiss’ Pieces.

All of the Patriots rookie class are signed and in camp, save for Tyrone McKenzie who will spend the year on IR. Ron Brace, if not others, was seen working with the first team, during the limited time the team had on the field.


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Patriots Training Camp Rundown

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Reiss’ Pieces has some training camp pictures and the first day schedule at the Globe.

Pats Examiner has a great look at all the training camp story-lines in 2009 for the New England Patriots.

Christopher Gasper has a few of the position battles to look for during this training camp, and Shalise Mansa Young does as well.

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Rookie Mini-Camp Roundup

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009
Darius Butler Patriots CB(Photo – John Wilcox)

Over the last couple of days, Patriot rookies have been learning the ins and outs of the Patriots system and trying to impress their new coaches at Rookie Mini-Camp. Since the public is not allowed to view the practices, we have to rely on the opinions of those able to view them.

Mike Reiss feels like WR/QB/AT Julian Edelman has made progress in his transition from QB, and likes the way Darius Butler looks. Read more here.

Andy Hart from PFW was impressed by Brian Hoyer’s accuracy, but was concerned with Ty McKenzie’s apparent knee injury. Hart also mentioned that the new coaches O’Brien are doing some good work. Read more here.

Pro Football Talk has a good writeup of what is going on at the Mini-Camp.


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