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Patriots Position Battles To Watch For In Preseason Game #2

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Saturday’s exhibition matchup against the Texans will give a helpful look into the Patriot’s roster battles heading into the final few weeks of the preseason. The starters from both teams will play more, and it will be interesting to see how the younger players and the players on the fringe of the roster bubble are rotated in and out. Here are some position battles to keep an eye on this weekend: – Offensive Line: Barring any injuries, the Patriots starting five offensive lineman are already set with Nate Solder, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, and Marcus Cannon (from left to right, respectively). However, the backup offensive line spots are up for grabs with strong competition between Ted Karras, Cameron Fleming, Anthony Garcia, Conor McDermott, LaAdrian Waddle, and Cole Croston. Ted Karras has one of the more secure spots, considering his strong development between last season and this season, as well as his ability to rotate between center and guard. LaAdrian Waddle appeared to have the backup tackle spot locked up due to his success this preseason, but he wasRead More

Patriots Preseason Game #1 Recap

Cyrus Jones

It’s a great day everyone. The sun is shining (in my part of the country), the birds are singing, and real football is back in New England. The Patriots opened up their preseason schedule last night with a 31-24 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Not that preseason records ever actually mean much, but last night’s loss was not in the least bit concerning, considering that very few Patriots starters played in the game. The game gave us a good look at the team’s young players, and there were definitely some interesting things to see. – Cornerbacks: This group did not impress last night to say the least. Cyrus Jones, Jonathan Jones, and Justin Coleman got the start, with all three of them fighting for roster spots. Coleman and Jones both looked unable to handle short routes like slants and shallows, and didn’t make any plays that seemed to jump out at me. Jonathan Jones still has the advantage here in my opinion because of his effort and skill on special teams, but it is still a very close competition thatRead More

Jags Week – Patriots Preseason Week 1

Patriots vs Jaguars

Mondays aren’t really fun for anyone, which is why I was surprised when I woke up this morning and felt energized and excited. Then I remembered why: it’s Jags Week! That’s right, exhibition football is back for the New England Patriots as they welcome the Jacksonville Jaguars to Foxboro this week for a Thursday night preseason match up. The teams will have a few joint practices to start the week. Belichick has always been a big proponent of joint practices because they allow you to gauge how well one’s players are developing by seeing them face actual competition. They also let coaches view opposing players; his joint practices with the Saints is what led him to become interested in acquiring Brandin Cooks. This will be a crucial week for the players on the roster bubble because they will have to work hard and prove themselves against another team who won’t be taking it easy on them. The Jaguars are a conundrum. Over the past three to four years, they have had a massive infusion of talent from young players andRead More

Patriot Talk Line – NFL NE Patriots 2017 Ep01 w/ Brian Cole

Patriots Helmet Phone

New England Patriots 2017 Episode I – Training Camp New England Patriots Training Camp is in full swing and SportsTalkLine’s senior Pats analyst was boots on the ground. It’s time to catch up on the world of Bill Belichick! It’s the modern NFL ergo Brian and Van focus on the passing game and man, do the Pats have a plethora of weapons to use. This is the team that won the Super Bowl last year and on paper at least, they are stronger. Is that fair? This Passing Game-Centric pod starts with the incredible wide receiver corps the Pats have built and works it’s way out covering not only the WR’s but the TE’s, RB’s and (of course) the protection for a certain all-world QB. You wanted to get caught up on the New England Patriots? You came to the right place. Robust, straight to the point and with no holds barred host Steven Van Over puts forth the hard questions and gets straight answers from Brian Cole who is not afraid to share the wealth. Patriot Talk Line w/Read More

Farewell to Rob Ninkovich

Rob Ninkovich

On Sunday, Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich announced his retirement on Sunday, ending an underrated and unconventional career. The Patriots are losing a hard working player and a great leader who helped them win two Super Bowls. To get the logistics out of the way, the departure of Ninkovich opens up a spot on the roster for a defensive end. The 53-man roster can now be amended. Deatrich Wise will now be predicted to fill the empty DE spot on the depth chart. This is a significant blow to the Patriots defense, as Trey Flowers is the most veteran defensive end on the team (Kony Ealy is older, but Flowers has been with the team the longest and understands the Patriots system the best). The Patriots will need a lot from rookies Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise, and will hopefully get a rebound year from Kony Ealy. Ninkovich will be missed for more than just his roster spot. He was one of the longest tenured Patriots, having joined the team in 2009. A fifth round draft pick out of Purdue,Read More

Patriots End the Weekend with Three Great Practices

Patriots Training Camp

With the intensity that Bill Belichick is pushing the Patriots, you would think that the team lost Super Bowl 51 28-3, rather than making a comeback and winning. The coaching staff pushed the team hard all weekend, with no leeway being given to anyone, veterans or new guys. Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia both laid into the team on a number of occasions, and lots of players were sent for laps, including Deatrich Wise, Derek Rivers, and Chris Hogan. There’s been no rest for the defending champs as they prepare for the 2017 season. Ed Note – Featured Image (top) is the “fox and hounds drill.” Days 2-4 of camp have seen a number of interesting developments, many of which my colleague Will Norton covered in depth. – Brandin Cooks has been phenomenal so far. His speed and route running are brilliant, and his footwork is technical perfection. He has been torching some of the Patriots cornerbacks, and has shown great toughness when matched up against a physically imposing Stephon Gilmore. Pats quarterbacks run through drills. – Julian EdelmanRead More

Patriots Gallery 01

Patriots Training Camp

2017 New England Patriots Camp Day Three Gallery via Brian Cole – 7/29/2017

Patriots Training Camp Open For Business

Bill Belichick Training Camp

Patriots training camp opened up on Thursday with a magnificent crowd of over 15,000 fans looking to welcome the Super Bowl champs into the new season. The team didn’t appear to be resting on their laurels, coming out full speed from the very beginning. Here are some key storylines from day one: – Rob Gronkowski is back and ready to go. He looked fantastic today, making a number of great plays in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. His presence on the field is a huge benefit for the New England offense, and his health is always a major storyline. An ankle injury in camp last year limited him for the first few weeks of the season – The new guys began making an impact right off the bat. Brady connected with both Brandin Cooks and Rex Burkhead for touchdowns today, sparking loud cheers from the crowd. Their understanding and grasp of the offense will be critical to watch, particularly for running backs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead. With so much depth at the position, they will need to know the offense backwardsRead More

Stop With The Patriots Undefeated Nonsense

Patriots Undefeated

We’re going to kick off the 2017 NFL season by dispelling a storyline that’s been floating around Boston for a couple weeks now, and just this week has gained national traction: the New England Patriots are NOT going to finish this season undefeated. That isn’t to say that it wouldn’t be enjoyable to watch. It’s just not feasible. There’s a reason that only two teams in NFL history have successfully completed undefeated regular seasons. No matter how good a team is, anything can happen on any given day. Just ask the 2007 Patriots. They were one of the best (if not actually the best) teams in the history of the NFL. Yet they lost to a Giants team that, while not nearly as talented, executed a perfect game plan and played with incredible heart. In one sense, it is understandable why this Patriots team would be predicted to finish the regular season, and potentially the entire season, without a loss. They finished last season as the number one seed in the AFC, executed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history,Read More

Predicting the Patriots 53-Man Roster

Tom Brady & Patriots

With less than a week to go until training camp, we’re going to have a little fun and try to predict the New England Patriots 53-Man roster. We’ll be able to revisit this in just over a month and see how close my prediction was. Considering most of these picks will be no-brainers, I’m aiming for a 47/53 correct. Quarterback Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett Running Back James White, Dion Lewis, Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead Bill Belichick would most likely prefer to keep three running backs on the roster, but with the plethora of talent that they have at the position, he’ll be hard pressed to keep less than four. Fullback James Develin Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell This is the same receiver core as last season with the addition of Brandin Cooks. If anyone has a chance to crack this list, it may be rookie Austin Carr, though he will more likely be kept for the practice squad. Tight End Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen The Patriots gave Jacob Hollister the secondRead More