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Current Personnel: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner

Need Level: Moderate-Low

Possible Fits: James Sample (Louisville), Jordan Richards (Stanford), Ibraheim Campbell (Northwestern), Nick Perry (Alabama)

New England has one of the best safeties in the league on one side of their secondary and relatively average play on the other. This could make for an interesting draft for them. Continue reading Patriots 2014-15 Position Review: Safety »

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(Steve Milne, USA Today)

Because you need something to make you happy whenenver you’re reading or viewing this, here’s a short video of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski twerking in Miami.

View the video on Deadspin here.

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Current Personnel: Jerod Mayo, Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Chris White, Darius Fleming

Need Level: Low

Possible Fits: Trey Flowers (Arkansas), Jordan Hicks (Texas), Ramik Wilson (Georgia), Taiwan Jones (MSU)

The Patriots are in a good spot at linebacker. Continue reading Patriots 2014-15 Position Review: Linebacker »

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New England Patriots wide receiver Edelman celebrates his fourth quarter touchdown catch against Seattle Seahawks cornerback Simon during the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game in Glendale

Current Personnel: Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, Brian Tymms, Brandon Gibson, Aaron Dobson, Kevin Dorsey, Matthew Slater, Josh Boyce

Need Level: Low

Possible fits: Rashad Greene (FSU), Ty Montgomery (Stanford), Nelson Agholor (USC)

The Patriots have a plethora of slot/ possession receivers that have a strong rapport with Tom Brady. Continue reading Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Wide Receiver »

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Taking his talents to Houston: Vince Wilfork has left the Patriots after 11 years to sign a two-year deal with the Texans. (Boston.com)

For those of you reserving a place for Vince Wilfork to make a stirring return to the New England Patriots, you’ll have to find a different 325-pound defensive lineman to fill that hole in your heart.

After 11 years with the Patriots, bookended by two Super Bowl championships, Wilfork has signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Houston Texans. Wilfork will join former Patriots teammate Mike Vrabel, former Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, and former Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien in an attempt to make Houston the Patriots of the AFC South.

Continue reading Wilfork Signs with Texans, aka Patriots South »

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The Patriots signed former Cleveland Browns defender Jabaal Sheard to a two year contract earlier this week. Sheard played defensive end and outside linebacker in Cleveland and projects to a similar role in New England. The 25 year old Sheard has 23 sacks in four seasons and nearly became a Patriot at the 2011 draft, but the team opted to pick corner Ras-I Dowling instead.

Sheard could be a difference maker for the Patriots for multiple reasons. The firsts is simply his own ability to get to the quarterback and cause disruption. The 6’3”, 264 pound Sheard has both the power and speed to be a force along the front seven. The two gifs below give a good example of both of these traits. They both display a quick get off the line and an ability to get around the offensive tackle without getting too far upfield. The first one, a Sheard sack of Tom Brady shows him beating the left tackle while the second gif, showing a sack of Tony Romo, shows Sheard getting around a right tackle. This versatility will be key for a New England defense that values being able to move parts around. Continue reading Patriots Sign Potential Difference Maker in Jabaal Sheard »

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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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