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Monday Afternoon Rewind: Patriots vs Eagles

By on August 18, 2014 at 7:44pm
Kenbrell Thompkins scored on a beautiful backs-houlder throw from Tom Brady. (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images) Kenbrell Thompkins scored on a beautiful backs-houlder throw from Tom Brady. (Jared Wickerham, Getty Images)

With the first two pre-season games in the books this Patriots team is beginning to fold into shape.

Offense

Save a pick-six that was intended for tackle turned tight-end Steve Maneri, the first string offense looked very impressive.

The highlight of the night was Tom Brady’s back-shoulder touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins. The back-shoulder throw has emerged as an almost unstoppable weapon in the NFL the past few years (nobody uses it more than Aaron Rodgers), but Brady rarely utilizes it. Thompkins started the game at receiver alongside Edelman and Amendola, and it’ll very interesting to see how he is used in Week 1. Continue reading Monday Afternoon Rewind: Patriots vs Eagles »

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Cornerback Darelle Revis will take the field as a Patriot for the first time tonight. (AP Photo)

Tonight marks the second pre-season game for the New England Patriots. They’ll be taking on Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles at Gillette Stadium. This will be the first time we’ll get to see the Patriots starters in action, as most of the top players sat out the game in Washington last week. Providing an in-depth preview for pre-season games is useless, but here is a list of things to keep an eye on during the game tonight.

  • Tom Brady will likely play just a series or two. This will be his warm-up game, but he should be expected to play the entire first half next week against Carolina.
  • Darrelle Revis play his first snaps in a Patriots uniform. Just stay healthy.
  • Receiver Brian Tyms. Last week’s breakout offensive player could see some action with the 1′s tonight.
  • Rookie running back James White saw an increase in reps during practice this week. It’ll be interesting to see how much he’s involved during the first few offensive possessions.
  • Jerod Mayo has missed the past three practices. I’ll be surprised if he plays tonight, but hopefully we’ll learn more about his absences soon.
  • Offensive line. The unit struggled to protect Ryan Mallett last week. Their performance will be under a microscope tonight.
  • Who starts at safety? Duron Harmon has been the favorite to start alongside Devin McCourty, but Patrick Chung has seems to have surpassed Harmon in practice. It’ll be interesting to see how the reps are divided tonight.
  • Backup quarterback. Ryan Mallett will have to improve upon his poor performance last week. Jimmy Garoppolo had an outstanding week of practice, and Mallett could become expendable if he continues to struggle and Garoppolo continues to shine.

Continue reading Patriots vs Eagles: What to Watch for »

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Patriots take Ice Bucket Challenge

Accepting a challenge from Giants owner John Mara, coach Bill Belichick, owner Bob Kraft and the seemingly the entire Patriots team participated in the #IceBucketChallenge to raise money and awareness for ALS research.

Watch the video here:

Continue reading Video: Bill Belichick, Bob Kraft, Patriots do #IceBucketChallenge »

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Patriot quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Brady, and Ryan Mallett. (Sam Milne, USA Today Sports)

Following a massive changeover in pass-catching personnel, Tom Brady put up relatively pedestrian numbers in 2013. Still, the Patriots posted the league’s third highest scoring offense in 2013.

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During the six and a half games that Rob Gronkowski was in the lineup, the Patriots offense looked much like the dynamic unit we’ve become accustomed to since 2007. However, without Gronkowski as a security blanket, Brady struggled at times in the red-zone. The 2013 offense saw nearly a 10 point reduction in red-zone touchdown percentage from 2012, going from 67.5% to 58.11%. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Quarterbacks Preview: Brady, Mallett, Garoppolo »

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Quarterback Ryan Mallett will start tonight's pre-season opener in Washington. (Reuters)

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported this morning that Patriot’s quarterback Ryan Mallett will start tonight’s pre-season opener against the Washington Redskins. Mallett is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and tonight could serve as an audition of sorts.

With Jimmy Garoppolo in the mix, it doesn’t look likely that Mallett will return to New England next season. He could be a target of a team looking to trade for a starting quarterback as a result of a pre-season injury. Continue reading Ryan Mallett to Start Patriots Pre-Season Opener »

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Patriot's Pro Bowlers Stephen Gostkowski and Matthew Slater (Getty Images)

The Patriots will return their core group of specialists in 2014. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski had a career year in 2013, posting career high’s in points, field goals made, field goal percentage, and he was a very impressive 5 for 6 from 50+ yards. Gostkowski has clearly emerged into one of the league’s best kickers, and has shown an ability to come through in the clutch as well.

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The Patriots replaced punter Zoltan Mestko with rookie Ryan Allen in 2013. Allen was near the league-average in most punting metrics during his first season. He did allow a league-high 12 touchbacks, and that’s an area he must improve upon in 2014.

Matthew Slater will return to captain the special teams units after a third consecutive pro-bowl season in 2013. After re-watching some games from last season, it’s remarkable at how often Slater finds himself around the ball-carrier on kickoffs and punts. Continue reading 2014 Patriots Special Teams Preview: Gostkowski, Allen, Slater, Edelman, White »

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Video: History of NFL Team Logos

August 5, 2014 at 9:07pm in Now!, Patriots, Video

This is really cool. It’s a look at NFL team logos through the years, sorted on a map. I find it amazing how regional the NFL was in the early days.

Take a look:

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