Posts Tagged ‘Rookie Reset’

Chandler Jones: Patriots Rookie Reset

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Chandler Jones Rookie

We've met Chandler Jones the person, now it is time for us to get to know Jones the player. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

It is rare when a Patriots first round pick might be the third most famous person in his family. In this case, Ravens veteran Arthur Jones and MMA Superstar Jon “Bones” Jones certainly took the spotlight from their “little” brother playing his junior year at Syracuse.

That said, Chandler Jones is set to be a big part of the plans for the New England Patriots in the coming years. And you won’t have to pay $64.95 to watch him.

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Dont’a Hightower: Patriots Rookie Reset

Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Dont'a Hightower 2012 NFL draft

Dont'a Hightower and the Patriots - the perfect fit. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

“The System.”

You often hear about players that potentially fit the Patriots complex defense, well they found a good one when they traded up to take Dont’a Hightower 25th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Hightower has great position versatility, but where exactly will he fit in the Patriots hybrid defense?

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Tavon Wilson: Patriots Rookie Reset

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Tavon Wilson Patriots Safety

Surprise second round pick Tavon Wilson is ready to prove himself to the New England faithful. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The fate of Tavon Wilson was instantly changed with the writing of his name on a draft card by New England Patriots staff at the 2012 NFL Draft. He was instantly tied to the likes of Stevan Ridley, Sebastian Vollmer, Logan Mankins and Richard Seymour – players who were instantly panned as “reaches” by many fans, experts and media members.

Will Wilson join the names above or will he enter into the realm of Terrence Wheatley, Darius Butler and other second round picks who couldn’t make it in Foxborough.

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Jake Bequette: Patriots Rookie Reset

Monday, July 23rd, 2012
Jake Bequette NFL Draft

Where will Jake Bequette fit into the Patriots new-look defense? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

In April of 2011, Patriots fans were clamoring to draft pass rushers, their wish finally came true, a year later.

Bill Belichick & co. spent valuable resources retooling their pass rush using first round picks on DE Chandler Jones and LB/situational pass rusher Dont’a Hightower and a third round pick on Arkansas DE Jake Bequette.

So where does the productive former Razorback fit in the Patriots new front 7?

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Jeremy Ebert: Patriots Rookie Reset

Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Jeremy Ebert NFL Draft

Can Jeremy Ebert beat out a talented crew of WRs for a roster spot? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

If you had to categorize the 2012 off-season so far, it might be called “the off-season of the WR.”

After a 2011 season of sub-par WR performances, the Patriots identified a need and addressed it with abundance. The team signed Anthony Gonzalez, Jabar Gaffney, Jesse Holley, Brandon Lloyd and Donte Stallworth in free agency and capped that off by taking Northwestern product Jeremy Ebert in the 7th round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

With so much competition, what can we expect out of Ebert in 2012?

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Alfonzo Dennard: Patriots Rookie Reset

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
Alfonzo dennard patriots

Will Alfonzo Dennard be able to contribute in his rookie season for the Patriots? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Alfonzo Dennard, former standout cornerback at the University of Nebraska, was picked by the New England Patriots in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Someone reading that sentence just four short months ago would have laughed – no way would Dennard fall into the third round, let alone the seventh.

Yet, here we are. What can we expect out of Dennard for the 2012 season?

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