Posts Tagged ‘Tom Brady’

In the Red Zone: Examining the Patriots Passing Attack vs. Dolphins in Week 15

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Julian Edelman and the productive Patriots passing game met its match in the red zone. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

While 34 completions, 364 yards and two touchdowns convey otherwise, the New England Patriots passing game was condensed in Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Without tight end Rob Gronkowski attracting defenders off the line, without rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins stretching the edges of the field, and without left tackle Nate Solder enduring blocks off the blind side, New England’s offense was forced to change shape.

The unit did so with backup tight end Michael Hoomanawanui supplanting Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and fourth-round pick Josh Boyce occupying the top three wide receiver spots, and left guard Logan Mankins transitioning to left tackle.

The modifications exchanged size and downfield presence for short, timing routes built to exploit Miami’s off-man and press-ball coverage while preserving quarterback Tom Brady.

The offense remained relatively efficient through the process. Brady was sacked once, hurried 12 times and hit seven times, according to Pro Football Focus, but the Patriots managed to sustain drives of 16, 10, 15 and 12 plays long.

As those four drives merged into the red zone, however, New England’s undermanned and undersized attack revealed its side effects.

Only one drive inside the 20 resulted in a touchdown. (more…)


2014 NFL Draft: Quarterback Options for the New England Patriots

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Derek Carr Patriots

Derek Carr is having himself a phenomenal season at Fresno State.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Will Patriots fans ever see a scene similar to the one played out in Indianapolis earlier this year, with Andrew Luck defeating legendary Colts quarterback Peyton Manning?

It seems unfathomable at this juncture to picture Tom Brady leading a different team—let’s say the Vikings for arguments sake—into Gillette Stadium. As crazy as it sounds, I wouldn’t discount the possibility of Coach Bill Belichick moving on from Tom Brady before Brady is ready to move on himself.

Belichick might be the most and least sentimental coach in the league. The reverence that he holds for some players after they are done—see Bruschi, Tedy—is nearly unparalleled, but he also won’t hesitate to cut you or trade you—too many to name here—if you’ve outlived your usefulness to the Patriots.

While I certainly believe that Brady still has some productive years left in the tank—and Ryan Mallett could be the futurehere are some options that the Patriots might consider in the 2014 NFL Draft.

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2013 Patriots Mid-season Draft and Rookie Review

Monday, November 11th, 2013
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Aaron Dobson and Tom Brady are starting to develop some rapport. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

It’s hard to believe that the 2013 NFL season is more than half-way over. The playoff picture is taking shape and teams are looking forward towards the 2014 NFL Draft. In terms of the 2013 rookie class it’s still early in their careers, but that hasn’t stopped fans from labeling players “busts” or “steals”.

With the Patriots coming off their bye week, it is the perfect time to review the Patriots 2013 NFL Draft class, evaluate how the rookies have performed to date, and look ahead to what each player could bring in future seasons.

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Off Target: Tom Brady, Patriots Passing Game Miss Window of Opportunity vs. Jets

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game left several plays on the field against the Jets in Week 7. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New York Jets’ 30-27 overtime defeat of the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium ended in controversy, but what’s lost in the Week 7 rubble is what led up to it.

Long before Jets kicker Nick Folk converted the deciding second-chance field goal from 42 yards out, and long before Patriots rookie defensive tackle Chris Jones was flagged for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on a missed field goal from 56 yards out, New England – up 21-10 at halftime – had offensive chances to secure victory.

Those chances turned into missed chances. And although the rushing corps complied 90 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, the Patriots offense finished a humbling 1-for-12 on third down and kept the defense on the field for 46 minutes of game clock.

It was a disparity that, fair or not, hinged on the arm of quarterback Tom Brady and his ability to synchronize with receivers.

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Moment of Resiliency: Tom Brady, Kenbrell Thompkins, and the Last-Second Touchdown over Saints

Monday, October 14th, 2013

The final two minutes of Sunday’s game saw the Patriots fight back to defeat the Saints. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

A 10-point halftime lead, as well as four starters, departed from the New England Patriots’ Week 6 battle against the undefeated New Orleans Saints. And with 2:24 remaining, the Patriots found themselves with the football, down 27-23, searching for the energy that had been vacuumed out of Gillette Stadium.

Yet at that juncture, all quarterback Tom Brady found was Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis on a downfield interception. New Orleans took control once again, running the ball three times and expiring New England’s last timeout. Head coach Sean Payton and his Saints squad could not expire the contest, however, as a vital three-and-out by the defense sent the Patriots offense back onto the field with 1:13 left.

That was all it took. (more…)


3rd-and-19: Tom Brady’s Momentum-Swinging Pass to Kenbrell Thompkins vs. Falcons

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

A third-down conversion changed the tides in New England’s Week 4 victory over Atlanta. (Photo: NFL Game Rewind)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

Through three quarters of play on Sunday evening, the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons found themselves in a 13-10 deadlock. But as the fourth and final frame opened up, the Patriots offense followed suit.

It had to.

After a pass to slot receiver Julian Edelman fell incomplete. After a Brandon Bolden rush netted a four-yard loss. And after a false start by right guard Dan Connolly backed the ball up another five yards, the Patriots’ climb to maintain a three-point lead had steepened. The Falcons defense had New England’s offensive attack on its heels for a 3rd-and-19 at the 12-yard line.

At that juncture, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels essentially had two choices: Play the field position with a run call to set up the punt, or play for possession with deep pass to the sticks.

The latter option was elected. (more…)


Catching Trust: Danny Amendola Answers Call on Patriots Game-Winning Drive Over Bills

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Danny Amendola displayed reliability on New England’s game-winning drive over the Bills. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots squeaked out a 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills in the regular-season opener Sunday afternoon. But for the better part of four quarters inside Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Bills offense looked like the more dependable one.

New England’s new-look attack was sent sputtering from three unsuccessful red-zone drives, multiple missed blocking assignments from the offensive line, fumbles from running back Stevan Ridley and quarterback Tom Brady, a bobbled catch-turned-interception from tight end Zach Sudfeld, and just four receptions on 14 targets from wideout Kenbrell Thompkins.

Yet down just one with 4:31 left in the final frame, the Patriots defense forced a three-and-out, which afforded Brady and Co. one last opportunity to win the game. And 48 yards later, a 35-yard field goal from kicker Stephen Gostkowski did just that.

New England’s 12-play final drive was more than a display of cohesion, though; it was a display of trust between Brady, tailback Shane Vereen and wide receiver Danny Amendola.

As the Patriots maneuvered through the Bills defense with only minutes remaining, Vereen totaled 31 yards on five touches, while Brady kneeled twice for a loss of three yards.

Although when the Patriots needed to move the sticks in the underneath, it was Amendola who was called upon.

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