Brian Cole

Expert on all things Deflategate, and New England Patriots Free Lance Writer for SportsTalkLine.com

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Jordy Nelson, Sterling Shepard Could Be Receiver Targets For New England

There’s no debate that the Patriots need to address the receiver position during this offseason. The talent level and depth at receiver are currently near the bottom of the league. As much as New England fans love Julian Edelman, the Super Bowl MVP can’t carry the Patriots and a 42-year-old Tom Brady through a season. …

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Pats 2019 Offseason: Slow, But Not Entirely Surprising

Many have been quick to criticize the Super Bowl champions for jumping out to a rather slow start in the 2019 offseason. Some of this criticism is deserved. There are certainly some decisions that the Patriots will look back on and reconsider. The team could have tagged-and-traded defensive end, Trey Flowers, like the Chiefs did …

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Patriots Options After The Day One Flurry Of Free Agent Signings

For many fans around the league, the tampering period and Day 1 of free agency have been a whirlwind of excitement. We have seen a ridiculous number of star players being traded to different markets. Free agents have been jumping ship in record numbers. The power dynamic in the league is shifting quickly, with teams …

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What The Michael Bennett Trade And Trey Flowers Departure Mean For New England

By the time Wednesday rolls around, the Patriots defensive line will look significantly different than it has for the past few years. When the league year officially starts, New England will have traded for defensive end Michael Bennett, and let free agent edge player Trey Flowers leave for Detroit. Losing Flowers is not an ideal …

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Lions Pounce On Free Agents With Multiple Day 1 Signings

After a disappointing first season, Matt Patricia is wasting no time turning his ship around. He and GM Bob Quinn had an extremely active opening to free agency, reaching verbal agreements with four different players when the legal tampering period opened up on Monday. – Former Patriot and Dolphin Danny Amendola signed with the Lions …

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Pats Potential Offseason Additions: Tight Ends

One of the biggest questions for the future of the New England Patriots is at the tight end position. Future Hall-of-Famer Rob Gronkowski is mulling over retirement for the second offseason in a row. While it is likely that he returns in 2019, his time in Foxboro is rapidly coming to a close. His contract …

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Pats Potential Offseason Additions: Wide Receiver

With three of their wide receivers set to hit free agency and one getting up in age, the Patriots are in desperate need of new pass catchers. While they are undoubtedly going to explore options through the draft, there are a number of options for them to explore before they get there. Whether by trade …

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Patriots 2019 Offseason Needs

While Patriots fans are still basking in the glow of a sixth Super Bowl title, New England’s coaches and scouts are hard at work already, preparing for the 2019 NFL season. The Patriots will certainly have some holes to fill if they want to compete for another championship next year. New England has a number …

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Results Of The Franchise Tag Deadline

The deadline for teams to use the franchise tag came and went Tuesday afternoon, with six players ending up designated for the franchise tag in 2019. This is on par with most seasons, as only a handful of teams are willing to commit such a high number to a player for a single year. The …

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Quarterback Surplus Highlights 2019 Offseason

In the NFL, quarterback talent seems to come in waves. In this millennium, the first wave came between 2000-2004. That saw the entrance of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, and Phillip Rivers. They set the standard for quarterback play over the next century, with some talented additions like Aaron Rodgers …

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