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Patriots Rookie Deatrich Wise Jr. Making An Early Impact As Next Man Up

Deatrich Wise

Next man up is a staple for the Patriots organization.  It doesn’t matter where you came from or what you did in the past, when you get your opportunity… be ready.  Clearly, the Patriots pass rush was an issue that needed addressing after week one; added with a couple key losses to the position it was time for the next man up. Defensive Coordinator Matt Patricia called upon rookie 4th round pick out of Arkansas, Deatrich Wise Jr., a former teammate of Trey Flowers at Arkansas, Wise was being asked to once again terrorize quarterbacks with Flowers like in their glory days as Razorbacks. This time he was going up against future hall of fame quarterback Drew Brees. This was no ordinary elite versus rookie situation as the defensive end has already made a name for himself in the league.  According to ESPN, during the broadcast CBS analyst Tony Romo relayed, “Sean Payton’s worried about him, he said he’s very disruptive and with their two tackles out, he thought he could disrupt the game. So he tried to have aRead More

Patriots Are Moving Forward As They Prepare For The Saints

Kyle Van Noy

It was a disappointing loss for the Patriots on Thursday night to kick off the NFL season as the Chiefs showed they are true contender in the AFC.  The team and coaching staff will now turn the page and focus on next week’s game preparation as they are “on to New Orleans” in Foxborough. During the post game press conference, quarterback Tom Brady was adamant about the teams need for a better attitude and overall execution, “I think it’s just better execution. I mean, situational football’s always important to us … we just have to be a lot better in a lot of areas, starting with our attitude and our competitiveness.”  Later when being asked about the offensive struggles he stated, “Every position that we have is going to have to do a better job than we did tonight … so we’ve got to get back to work. We’ve got nine days before the next game, and hopefully, we play a lot better than tonight.” Head coach Bill Belichick agreed with his quarterback,  “Whatever he said, go with that.”  HeRead More

Patriots Add Another Offensive Weapon Trading With Colts

Phillip Dorsett

The Patriots welcome former first round pick out of Miami, Phillip Dorsett after trading Jacoby Brissett to the Colts in a traditional player for player exchange. In a result of injuries to players like Julian Edelman and Cyrus Jones, who was the only player to return punts in the preseason up until his injury, it was expected the team would address the need for a capable punt returner. After having already done business with the Colts during the offseason by trading for tight end Dwayne Allen it was somewhat shocking to see the two rivals doing business again but on the outside looking in it was a win-win deal for both teams.  The Patriots deal third string quarterback Brissett who has shown he can win a game and the Colts need a quarterback while Andrew Luck’s availability remains a mystery.  In return, Dorsett will be an explosive receiver and return man for New England. The Patriots offense now has three of the leagues best deep threat receivers from last season.  Brandin Cooks, Phillip Dorsett, and Chris Hogan all in theRead More

With Ealy Release Pass Rush An Immediate Patriots Need

Rob Ninkovich

Going into training camp one could suggest that the biggest need for the Patriots was at the pass rush position. This was also when Rob Ninkovich was still at practice and Derek Rivers was getting reps with the first team defense.  Not to mention a former standout for the Panthers, Kony Ealy. Since then, the Patriots have lost Ninkovich to a somewhat unexpected retirement, Derek Rivers then being the first to step up to help fill that void went down with a season ending knee injury, and Ealy has just recently been released and then claimed on waivers by the New York Jets. This leaves them with fourth round pick rookie Deatrich Wise Jr., former third round pick Geneo Grissom, and a couple of undrafted signees Harvey Langi and Keionta Davis. Wise is back on the practice field after sustaining a head injury and has shown tremendous upside.  Grissom is known for his contributions on special teams more so than on defense but this will be a good opportunity for him to show his versatility as a pass rusher.  Langi has beenRead More

Passing Backs Set To Thrive In Patriots Offense

Rex Burkhead

The Superbowl last season was a prime example of how the Patriots can utilize their running backs in the passing game.  James White was the beneficiary in that game putting up huge numbers, 14 catches for over 100 yards and accounting for 20 total points (3 TDs and one two-point conversion).  They utilize the running backs in the passing game by creating mismatches on linebackers.  Pre-snap motions and creative route combinations with precise timing and execution make it difficult for linebackers to keep up in coverage and in the open field after the catch. Last night in the Patriots second preseason game versus the Texans, the Patriots used two other “passing backs”, Rex Burkhead and D.J. Foster.  Both players played well and each ran a short pass in for a touchdown.  Dion Lewis has also played well this preseason and is another passing back that can be a dangerous weapon for the offense.  With White, Lewis, Burkhead, and Foster the Patriots have arguably the best group of passing backs in the league and are primed for massive production. James White had 60Read More

Patriots Getting Ready For Joint Practices With Texans

Texans vs Patriots

In a couple of days, the New England Patriots will be practicing with the Houston Texans for two days on August 15th and 16th. This is another great opportunity for the Patriots to be able to showcase and compete with other players.  On August 8th, the two teams will be playing each other in a preseason contest.  Both teams will be looking to see what their young talent and players looking to crack a spot on the roster can do with their opportunities.  The joint practices preceding the game will give us more great scrimmage action like we saw when the Patriots and Jaguars practiced before playing week one of the preseason. The last time these two teams faced each other was in January in the divisional round of the playoffs.  The Patriots outlasted the Texans but it wasn’t pretty.  These two playoff teams will have their focus towards a possible rematch next January. The Texans are hoping to have an upgrade at quarterback after trading Brock Osweiler in the off-season. The Texans defense looks to build off another great season. Houston Head Coach andRead More

Patriots Roster Projection: 30 Days From Season Opener

Patriots Training Camp

On Thursday, September 7th the Patriots will be hosting the Chiefs as the 2017 NFL season kicks off.  The defending champion Patriots will be revealing their fifth super bowl banner, assuming they do find space to put it.  That’s a good problem to have and another is a deep roster with minimal holes and weaknesses which the Patriots do have.  This does result in tough decisions for the coaches to make in regarding final roster spots. With the season opener  30 days away let’s do a 53-man roster projection for week one. Quarterback:  (3) Tom Brady, Jimmy Garappolo, Jacoby Brissett Nothing changing here.  Arguably the deepest quarterback room across the league. Runningback:  (4) James White, Mike Gillislee, Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead An extremely deep group of versatile running backs for a versatile offense.  Gillislee is projected to be the power back so expect him to get most of the goal line carries with White, Lewis, and Burkhead being mostly utilized in the passing game to create mismatches with linebackers. Wide Receiver:  (5) Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Danny AmendolaRead More

Brandin Cooks and Mike Gillislee Stand Out Early On In Patriots Training Camp

The third day of training camp for the Patriots it’s official now because the pads are on.  It was an exciting one as Belichick reminded us that you cannot truly evaluate until it full-contact. There were a couple standouts that should be mentioned and that would be Mike Gillislee and Brandin Cooks. Mike Gillislee took advantage of full-contact drills as he got work in goal line drills.  Gillislee was able to score twice and showed good vision and cutting ability.  This is important because the Patriots are looking for a power back to replace LeGarrette Blount and so far Gillislee is up for the challenge.  He will have to continue to impress throughout training camp and after signing a $3 million contract in the off-season the expectations are set high. Brandin Cooks is a talented receiver that has the ability to score from anywhere on the field.  He has been doing exactly that throughout training camp so far.  He has scored touchdowns from both Tom Brady and Jimmy Garrapolo during practices for some deep passes as well as intermediate.  CooksRead More

Patriots Biggest Threats In The AFC

Steelers vs Patriots

The Patriots start training camp July 27th and there will be a lot to talk about but for now, let’s focus on the team’s big picture goals.  They are reloaded and looking to win another championship.  First, they gotta make it out of the AFC.  Who in the AFC can be a threat to the Patriots in getting to the Super Bowl? Normally a team with a solid defense with a good pass rush and a good offense that can keep up would have the best chance at beating the Patriots.  I have selected a few AFC teams that I think fit that mold and could be the biggest threat to the Patriots 2017 Season. Raiders The Raiders were one Derek Carr injury away from being legitimate threats to the Patriots in the AFC.  They have another shot this year with a talented offense and a dangerous duo at receiver via Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper.  Adding Marshawn Lynch behind that big offensive line will only help the passing game.  We’ll see how quickly Derek Carr bounces back from his injury and be able to leadRead More

Patriots Players On Defense To Focus On During Training Camp

Stephon Gilmore

Training camp is approaching and it’s starting to feel like football season again for Patriot fans and they’re pumped.  That’s understandable as most fans are excited about their team’s training camp but this season is different. There are contributors top to bottom at receiver and in the backfield, Gronk is back, and all of the new acquisitions this offseason makes for a lot of hype and excitement.  Last week I identified a player at each position group on offense that should be focused on.  Now I will focus on the defense which was amongst the best in the NFL and it will be fun to watch, especially with the new talent acquired. CB:  Stephon Gilmore No. 24 The Patriots made a huge splash in free agency when they acquired Stephon Gilmore on an affluent contract.  Gilmore’s unique combination of physicality and speed is why the Patriots got him and he has meshed well with the system and team admirably so far.  It should be fun to see him competing with the weapons we have on offense. D-Line:  Kony Ealy No. 94 Pass-rushRead More