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Patriots Trade Jacoby Brissett for Colts’ Phillip Dorsett

Phillip Dorsett

Worst decision a person can ever make? Try to predict what is going through Bill Belichick’s head. Over the past week, Jacoby Brissett’s status on the roster was up in the air. After a rather disappointing preseason there was speculation he might be cut. However, after a fantastic performance in the Patriots’ fourth preseason game, many felt that he had solidified his spot on the roster. According to Bill Belichick, both sides were wrong. Instead he traded Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for 2015 1st round pick Phillip Dorsett. Despite his high selection, Dorsett didn’t make a huge impact in Indianapolis over his first two years. Over those two seasons he caught 99 balls for 753 yards and three touchdowns. He is a solid route runner with incredible speed who can help stretch the field. He will most likely provide another outside threat, freeing up Chris Hogan to move inside and take over some of Edelman’s responsibilities. While he is not going to be a dominating force for the Patriots, Dorsett provides them with flexibility and peace of mind. ThisRead More


Brissett Shines, Cyrus Jones Injured in Patriots Final Preseason Game

Jacoby Brissett

With roster cut downs coming over the next few days, the Patriots’ Thursday night preseason game was the last chance for many players to showcase their talent and audition for a spot on the 53-man roster. Some excelled, others fell to the wayside, and the injury bug struck again. – Jacoby Brissett, in the eyes of many, was auditioning for a spot on the roster last Thursday night. While it would seem a little much to let go of Brissett after just one season, the lack of depth at other positions might have forced Belichick’s hand. Brissett’s performance is certainly going to make that decision much harder. He looked the best he ever has, finishing the game 28/39 with 341 yards, four passing touchdowns, a rushing touchdown and an interception. He looked poised in the pocket and made a number of great throws while on the move. His one interception was a bad decision, but one that you can expect him to learn from. If Tom Brady and Jimmy Garopollo both got injured tomorrow, could Brissett lead the team toRead More


Last Chance For Players To Grab A Spot On The Roster Of The Defending Champs

Tom Brady & Patriots

The New York Giants arrive in Foxboro tonight for the fourth and final preseason game for the Patriots. This game may appear to be rather unimportant, with Tom Brady and most of the other Patriot starters set to sit out. However, since the NFL moved the final roster cut down to after the final preseason game, there are still 40-50 players fighting for a roster spot with the defending champions. While Bill Belichick and his coaching staff have most likely come close to their final decisions on each player, tonight’s game will give them all one last shot at proving they deserve one of the 53 spots. Here are some players and positions to be watching for in tonight’s game: – Defensive backs: The top starters for the Patriots are already set, with Malcolm Butler, Stephon Gilmore, Eric Rowe, Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, and Patrick Chung (I’d include Nate Ebner as well, even though he is not a starter). This game is extremely important for the second and third string guys fighting for a spot. Jonathan Jones has the bestRead More



Questions Remain for Patriots After a Wild Weekend

We should all aspire to have a friend in our lives who loves us as much as Julian Edelman loves Tom Brady. The Madden Curse was a legitimate fear in the eyes of many New England fans after Brady was placed on the cover of Madden 18. Julian Edelman dove right in front of that bullet for his friend, tearing his ACL on Friday night against the Lions. All joking aside, this is a heart wrenching injury for a New England fan, not only because of Edelman’s impact on the field, but because of how hard of a worker and how great of a teammate he is. His entire career has been built on outworking everyone around him, and constantly giving the game everything he has. To see him suffer a season-ending injury like this, one that he can’t quickly fight his way back from, is difficult and the entire fan base feels horrible for Julian Edelman the person, as much as Julian Edelman the player. While Edelman’s injury killed the mood of Friday night’s preseason game against the Lions,Read More


Things To Watch For In Patriots Preseason Game #3

Patriots vs Lions

Friday night in Detroit will be the last real preseason game for the New England Patriots, as nearly all of the starters will sit in preseason game #4. This will be an important game for many players on the team fighting for a roster spot, and should help give an indication of what the team is looking to do with its roster over the next few weeks. Some things to watch for are: – Offensive line rotations The Patriots are still looking for depth along the line, particularly at the left tackle position. Cameron Fleming, LaAdrian Waddle, and rookie Tony Garcia are all fighting for those spots, so it will be informative to watch who gets the most playing time tonight. -Linebacker rotation This is another position where the Patriots may have depth issues. With the injury to Elandon Roberts and the continued absence of Dont’a Hightower (who returned to practice but will most likely not play), the team will be looking for other players to step up. Tonight is the perfect opportunity for Harvey Langi and Jonathan Freeny toRead More


Options for Patriots at Defensive End

Dwight Freeney

When the Patriots opened up training camp in July, they had arguably the best roster, top to bottom, in the NFL. One of their few perceived weaknesses was at defensive end after losing Jabaal Sheard and Chris Long in the offseason. However, they were still set at the position after the additions of Kony Ealy, Derek Rivers, and Deatrich Wise. Since then… 1. Rob Ninkovich has retired. 2. Kony Ealy has underwhelmed. 3. Deatrich Wise suffered a head injury. 4. Derek Rivers tore his ACL. This has quickly become the team’s most glaring weakness. While New England still has Trey Flowers, and Kony Ealy looked better in the team’s second preseason game, a lack of defensive end depth could pose a serious problem when the regular season rolls around. The Patriots will probably explore a number of different options to try to bolster this position, including: – Luring Rob Ninkovich out of retirement. This would probably be the best thing for the team, however it is also probably the least likely. Ninkovich is just a few weeks into retirement andRead More


Patriots Preseason Game #2 Takeaways

Bill Belichick

The Patriots are officially half way through the preseason after a 27-23 loss to the Texans on Saturday night. Despite New England’s starters playing through most of the first half, it was a sloppy showing for the team with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. However, the preseason is meant to work out those kinks, and there were still a number of important things to takeaway from the game: – Rob Gronkowski played in his first preseason game since 2012. It was a surprise for everyone, as most reports said that he wasn’t going to be playing. While he didn’t play a significant role last night, it was still good to see him out on the field. This was most likely a joint decision by Gronk and the coaching staff to make sure he gets some live game action for the first time since last December. – There’s been some serious concern with the left tackle position, with Nate Solder still sidelined, and LaAdrian Waddle missing last night due to an injury. Cameron Fleming got the start last night,Read More


Patriots Position Battles To Watch For In Preseason Game #2

Patriots Training Camp

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