Posts Tagged ‘Wes Welker’

Five Thoughts and Projections on the Patriots Schedule

Sunday, April 21st, 2013
Tom Brady Josh McDaniels

“Bring on 2013.” (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

This entire week I have been completely overtaken by the unfortunate events that occurred in Boston. Much like all of you, I spent my entire Friday glued to the news stations, watching and listening to the manhunt.

This past week we all had our attention on the city of Boston and it was easy for us to put the sports-world on the back-burner. Now that police and law enforcement have suspects in custody, I’d like to offer you a bit of a distraction.

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Wide Receiver Danny Amendola Isn’t Just Limited to the Slot

Thursday, March 21st, 2013
Danny Amendola Patriots

Danny Amendola isn’t just a slot receiver. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

It might appear that Danny Amendola is replacing Wes Welker as the New England Patriots slot receiver, but that’s not necessarily the case.

Amendola might have been a slot receiver in the past, but he’s a bit more versatile than Welker.

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Wideout Woes: Whiffs Won’t Scare Patriots Away From Drafting a Receiver in 2013

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Quinton Patton Senior Bowl

Quinton Patton is a player that the Patriots could target in the first fifty picks of the 2013 NFL Draft. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Nine. That’s the number of wide receivers the New England Patriots have drafted since 2002.

While that number suggests head coach Bill Belichick is open to grooming young route-runners to catch passes from Tom Brady, the team’s success rate in doing so tells another story.

Of the nine wideouts selected by the Patriots over that span, it can be argued that only Deion Branch and David Givens became integral parts in the offense. They were drafted 11 years ago.

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Did the Patriots Even Want Wes Welker Back?

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Wes Welker

Did the Patriots really want Wes Welker back?

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

The New England Patriots are right in the middle of the most talked-about transaction thus far in free agency: Wes Welker signing with the Denver Broncos.

News of the transaction surfaced at just about before 5 p.m. last Wednesday night—just one day into free agency. What does it all mean?

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NFL Free Agency: Day Three Thoughts

Thursday, March 14th, 2013
Leon Washington Patriots

Does Leon Washington signing with the Patriots mean Danny Woodhead won’t be back?

NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko

Free agency is in full swing. The first wave is in the books and the second wave is winding down. We are entering the point of free agency where the good teams like to operate and find bargains that will complement a contending team. The Patriots have been relatively quiet, outside of the Wes Welker/Danny Amendola swap, but there is plenty of movement throughout the league. One thing is certain, the market is softening and there are a lot of veteran players out there sweating it out, trying to find any deal that pays them.

Here are my thoughts on day three of free agency.

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Amendola Signing Suggests Long-Term Vision

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

Can Danny Amendola pick up where Wes Welker left off? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

Although New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft recently reiterated his interest in retaining wide receiver Wes Welker in free agency, Welker has officially left the club in favor of a two-year deal with the Denver Broncos worth a fully-guaranteed $12 million. He will join Demariyus Thomas and Eric Decker in Peyton Manning’s intriguing stable of targets.

Not long after Welker departed, the Patriots secured his successor, agreeing to terms with wide receiver Danny Amendola, formerly of the St. Louis Rams, on a five-year, $31 million deal with $10 million in guaranteed money. Read on to find out what this means for the Patriots in 2013 and beyond.

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2013 NFL Free Agency: Patriots Ink Danny Amendola

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Danny Amendola Patriots

Your new Patriots slot receiver – Danny Amendola. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The King is dead. Long live the King.

After six memorable seasons with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, inlcuding hundreds of catches, a couple of drops, and zero rings, Wes Welker is no longer wearing the red, white and blue.

Moving quickly to replace Tom Brady’s favorite target, the Patriots signed 27 year old former St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola.

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