Posts Tagged ‘Ras-I Dowling’

Breaking Down Ras-I Dowling’s Fit in New England

Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Ras-I Dowling Patriots

Can Ras-I Dowling stay healthy and show his skills this year? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

With the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, the New England Patriots selected Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling. Not only did Dowling’s 6’1”, 210-pound frame and sub-4.5 40-time suggest that he was fit for physical man coverage, but it also suggested that he had the tools to be a safety convert. He was touted as a leader, a battler, a coach’s player and consequently, a top-tier defensive back prospect.

Former Virginia defensive coordinator Jim Reid once said that Dowling “has no weakness.” Time has shown that he does have one, however; a big one:



Open Thread: Should the Patriots Make Another Risky Pick?

Sunday, April 21st, 2013
DJ Hayden NFL Draft

Is DJ Hayden worth the risk for the Patriots? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The Patriots have a history of making risky picks in the NFL Draft. Are they primed to make some more “questionable decisions” during the 2013 NFL Draft?


Ras-I Dowling: The Patriots’ Latest Draft Bust at Cornerback?

Saturday, October 27th, 2012
Ras-I Dowling Patriots Seahawks

Wiil he have to change his name to Ras-IR? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The Patriots made a surprising decision when they selected Ras-I Dowling, a gifted but also inconsistent cornerback coming off of an injury-riddled season with the 33rd overall selection in the 2011 NFL draft.

His career with the Patriots has been a disappointment thus far, and for the second consecutive year, his season ended early when he was placed on injured reserve Friday, this time with a thigh injury.


Patriots at Seahawks: Game Preview and Mailbag

Saturday, October 13th, 2012
Ras-I Dowling Patriots Seahawks

Will we see more of Ras-I Dowling against the Seahawks? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

To ask questions for the weekly mailbag, follow me on Twitter @iamjoonlee and tweet me questions throughout the week!


Musket Blasts: Patriots and NFL Draft Links, 9/17

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Aaron Hernandez Patriots Titans

Aaron Hernandez will be missed – but for how long? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.


Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots: Ten Keys to Week Two

Saturday, September 15th, 2012
Ras-I Dowling Patriots

Can Ras-I Dowling and the Patriots secondary stop Larry Fitzgerald? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

Entering the 2012 season, the Arizona Cardinals were considered a team in the midst of a downward spiral. Their division rivals were being lauded for improvements at key spots: San Francisco had upgraded their offense by signing Mario Manningham and Randy Moss at wide receiver, Seattle had added not one but two potential starting quarterbacks in Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, and the St. Louis Rams had begun a complete organizational overhaul under highly-regarded head coach Jeff Fisher, who brought in talent at wide receiver (Brian Quick), along the offensive line (center Scott Wells), and especially on defense (tackles Michael Brockers and Kendall Langford, cornerbacks Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins, and Trumaine Johnson.)

However, the Cardinals are tied for first in the division after a 20-16 week one victory over the more highly-touted Seattle Seahawks in which Arizona made a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback behind second-string quarterback Kevin Kolb.

How much of a threat do they pose to a New England team coming off of a dominant 34-13 victory at the Tennessee Titans?


Patriots vs. Saints: Six Keys To Victory

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

UDFA Marcus Forston was a force to be reckoned with Thursday night in Foxboro. (Credit: USPresswire)

NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed

I’ve been waiting six months to be able to write this column again and let me tell you, it was a joy to watch a Patriots game again.

Even though it was a lowly preseason game, I’ve watched every snap three or four times now and I feel like I’ve fully dissected the action. There were good and bad things to take away from the 7-6 win, but today I’ll concentrate on all the good things.

My six keys to victory after the jump.


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