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Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Running Back

By on March 4, 2015 at 8:31am
shane-vereen-wrist-09092013 Shane Vereen is one of several decisions the Patriots will have to make at running back. Photo courtest CBS Sports.

Current Personnel: LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, James White, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Bolden

Key Free Agents: Stevan Ridley (UFA), Shane Vereen (UFA)

Need Level: Moderate

Possible Fits: Re-sign free agents, Jay Ajayi (Boise St.), David Cobb (Minn.), Terrence Magee (LSU)

The Patriots are at an interesting spot when it comes to the running back position. There is a chance that they could lose their two best backs in free agency while still not being sunk at the position. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Running Back »

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Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will be sidelined for the next six to seven months due to surgery that repaired a torn labrum in February. Hightower sustained the injury during the 2014 season and played with it throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl.

Hightower was coming off arguably his best season with the team in which both he and fellow linebacker Jamie Collins elevated their games when Jerod Mayo was lost for the season in October. Continue reading Patriots Linebacker Dont’a Hightower Out 6-7 Months »

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Current Personnel: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo

Need level: Low

Possible fits: None

Had the Patriots not drafted Garoppolo in the second round of the 2014 draft, this position would have a higher need. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Quarterbacks »

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Former Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has been seen working with the team at this year’s NFL Draft Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Scarnecchia’s role is unclear but it likely has to do with the Patriots need at offensive line entering the draft. As detailed in the positional grouping review piece earlier this week, the Patriots need an infusion of talent along the offensive line especially at guard.

Scarnecchia is probably assisting the Patriots in finding an interior lineman to draft in the first two rounds. Continue reading Dante Scarnecchia Working With Patriots Through NFL Draft »

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Current Personnel:

Tackle: Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Cameron Flemming

Guard/ Center: Dan Connolly (UFA), Josh Kline, Ryan Wendell, Bryan Stork

Utility: Jordan Devey, Marcus Cannon

Need Level: High Interior, Lower at Tackle

Possible Fits: La’el Collins (LSU), Cameron Erving (FSU), Josue Matias (FSU), Hroniss Grasu (Oregon), Laken Tomlinson (Duke)

The Patriots offensive line was the subject of much scrutiny throughout the first month of the season. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Offensive Line »

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Throughout the next several weeks, I will be taking a look at each positional grouping for the Patriots. I will analyze current talent in place, what the need level for improvement is, and who could possibly be brought in as an addition.

Current Personnel:

DT: Alan Branch, Joe Vellano, Vince Wilfork, Chris Jones, Sealver Siliga, Dominique Easley

DE: Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Zach Moore, Jake Bequette (Practice Squad)

Need Level: Moderate

Possible fits: Eddie Goldman (Florida St.), Markus Golden (Missouri),  Michael Bennett (Ohio State), Gabe Wright (Auburn)

Vince Wilfork and company played well this year, but upgrades are needed. Continue reading Patriots Position Review: Defensive Line »

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1. Some more Patriot stuff:

* On 98.5, they were calling Edelman Teen Wolf after he was surfing the duck boats

* People are outraged about Gronk drinking but not Seattle’s disgusting behavior

* Patriot QB’s postseason wins: Parilli – 1 / Eason – 3 / Bledsoe – 4 / Brady – 21

* Patriots all time record withOUT Tom Brady: 290-330 / With 160-47

* Patriots all time playoff record withOUT Tom Brady 7-9 / With 21-9

* All-time Patriots Receptions: Gronk 9th at 308 / Edelman 12th at 266

* All time Patriots receiving touchdowns: Stanley Morgan 67 / Gronk 54 Continue reading Connelly’s Top Ten: We’re Still Champs! »

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