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Current Personnel: Rob Gronkowski, Tim Wright, Michael Hoomanawanui

Need Level: Moderate-low

Possible Fits: Devin Funchess (Michigan), Clive Walford (Miami), Ben Koyack (Notre Dame), Tyler Kroft (Rutgers)

The tight end position has the Patriots position with the best player in the league at the position and then not much else behind him. Gronkowski is a dominant force with legitimate Hall of Fame potential at the position. The one knack against him has been injuries but he was able to play a full season in 2014 and was a major piece in the Patriots’ championship team. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Tight End »

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revis jets sign

The agents for free agent corner back Darrelle Revis announced on Tuesday night the all-world corner had agreed to terms with the New York Jets. Revis previously played for the Jets from 2007-2012 before being traded to Tampa Bay and eventually signed by New England after being released. Terms of the deal are five years and $70 million with $39 million fully guaranteed. Revis will make $48 million in the first three years if he hit all his incentives.

Revis’ resume and on field play speaks for itself. He has already assured himself a spot in the Hall of Fame and will go down as one of the best ever at his position. He consistently takes on and wins against an opponents best or most critical receiver. He completely changes defenses and allows teams to use blitz and coverage packages they would otherwise be unable to. Patriots fans got a first hand glimpse of that in 2014, with Revis helping shape the Patriots defense into one of the league’s top units. Continue reading Darrelle Revis Spurns Patriots, Signs With Jets »

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Keep an eye on that clock, Pats fans - with NFL free agency approaching at 4:00pm, the Revis Watch is underway. (NY Daily News)

The clock is ticking.

At 4:00pm today, NFL free agency officially begins, and the flurry of free agent “signings” that have leaked over the last three days during the “legal tampering period” will become official.

Of course, as it’s known in New England, this afternoon is also known as Revis Watch, as 4:00pm marks the time that Darrelle Revis will either have reached an extension with the Patriots or be a free agent able to sign with any team.

Tick tock, tick tock… Continue reading Countdown to NFL Free Agency: Will the Patriots Re-Sign Revis? »

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As the AFC East tries to catch up to Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (c.) the Dolphins add Ndamukong Suh (bottom l.), the Jets trade for Brandon Marshall (top l.) while the Bills bring in Rex Ryan (top r.) and LeSean McCoy. (nydailynews.com)

The Patriots captured that elusive fourth championship, which did all it could to elude New England again, but New England still reaffirmed their spot as a dominant team in the NFL, and certainly over the AFC East. Long considered pretenders to New England fighting for second place in the division, the Bills, Dolphins and Jets are getting really sick of playing second fiddle, and all three are hoping major moves just recently made major moves hoping to gain a leg up on the might Patriots.

We all know by know how coach Rex Ryan was fired by the Jets and wound up in Buffalo, but in the past week, all three of the aforementioned teams have made significant moves, either by trade or by free agency, in an effort to bolster their roster to better compete. The question now becomes, “How will these moves affect the Patriots and division as a whole?” It’s a question that can’t be fully answered until free agency and the draft finish up, and a freak injury is always a possibility in the NFL, but for now, let’s take a quick look at the moves, which I have ranked, as I see them, from least worrying to most worrying relative to New England’s divisional dominance: Continue reading All Three Patriots’ Divisional Rivals Make Huge Impact With Free Agency and Trades »

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T. J. Graham, Devin McCourty

The Patriots re-signed starting free safety Devin McCourty to a five year, $47.5 million contract on Sunday night. The move will keep the star safety with New England through the 2019 season. The $28.5 million of guaranteed money puts McCourty at the high end of the market.

The Patriots have to be happy about their ability to retain McCourty, who is viewed as a top three free safety in the league and it is a year with a weak (outside of him) free agent and draft class. His ability to play the deep middle of the field and make correct decisions consistently allowed the Patriots to feel comfortable playing tight man coverage underneath on defense. Continue reading Patriots Re-Sign Devin McCourty to 5 year, $47.5 million Deal »

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1. Red Sox stat:

* If I was another team, I would make a run at Jackie Bradley while his value is down – best defensive outfielder in baseball counts for something

* Brock Holt would have a place on my team any day

* Allen Craig has two hits – trade him right now

* Loved Ortiz’s comments on playing first base that it wears him down – work in a coal mine one day!

* Victorino is sitting out already with sore legs

* Bogaerts two home runs already – he’s untouchable

2. Danny Paille:

* Goals before he was not dressed for February 20th game – 1

* Goals after being sent to the press box – 4 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: Red Sox, Russians Are Coming, Obama in Selma »

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Rusney Castillo

Rusney Castillo is back on the sidelines due a strained oblique, leaving one less competitor (for now) vying for a chance to play centerfield.

It was almost as if I saw Jeff Probst, host of Survivor, put out Castillo’s torch, and say “the tribe has spoken,” when I heard the news. Jackie Bradley Jr. may be the only one happy about the strained oblique. Everyone thought Bradley would be headed to Pawtucket. Now he could be on his way to Fenway to play centerfield, or at least in the Boston dugout. It reminds me of 2013, but I think it’s a bit too early to say he will be playing in the opening game.

Continue reading Castillo Sidelined with Strained Oblique, Door Opens For Betts, Bradley »

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