Posts Tagged ‘Rookies’

Checking in on the Rookies: Eagles vs. Patriots

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Jimmy Garoppolo was impressive against Philadelphia.

Jimmy Garoppolo was impressive against Philadelphia.

NEPD Staff Writer: Jimmy Flaherty

In a game that seemed as if it was never going to end because of penalty flags, the Patriots came away with a win over the Eagles 42-35 in their second preseason match up of the year.  Many top players, including Tom Brady, Logan Mankins, Darrelle Revis, and others, saw their first action after sitting out during the first preseason game against Washington in which they lost.  

With the return of these players, it came as no surprise that the  Patriots looked much smoother in all three phases of the game. According to Coach Belichick in his conference call on Saturday, there were many positives on film to take away from Friday nights game.

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Rookies Looking Ready to Step Up in New England Patriots Training Camp

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

Second-round pick Jamie Collins is among the Patriots rookies standing out in training camp. (Photo: Stew Milne — USA Today Sports)

NEPD Contributor: Dan Hope

Every rookie goes into their first NFL training camp with an opportunity to prove himself, and a necessity to prove himself should he want to earn immediate playing time with his team. Many rookies are already taking advantage of that opportunity for New England Patriots, and look ready to take on immediate on-field roles for one of the NFL’s premier teams.

The rookie acclimation process is an important one for the Patriots this season, as they are relying at least somewhat on rookies to step up in a number of areas where their veteran presence is thin. While it may be too early yet to draw conclusions on the Patriots rookie class after just eight training camp practices, numerous Patriots rookies are already turning heads and outshining veteran counterparts.

In the three training camp practices I have attended thus far, the rookie standouts have ranged from second-round picks Jamie Collins and Aaron Dobson to undrafted free-agent signings Zach Sudfeld and Kenbrell Thompkins, all of whom who are expected to make an impact for the Patriots this season.

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