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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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Well the 2014 NFL season came to an exciting — and for some, controversial — end, with the New England Patriots winning their 4th Super Bowl since 2001 under the leadership of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. For all of the diehard and loyal Patriots fans, this was a great experience and being able to silence the people who criticized the Patriots this season just made things that much sweeter.

Deflate-gate was the topic of choice by many and seemed to draw a lot of attention from the league and other outside entities. I don’t condone cheating in any way, but the NFL could have used its resources more effectively in a different manner. Now that the season is officially over, it’s time for the NFL to crack down on off-field activities that poorly represent the NFL. It’s only been 4 days since the Patriots won the Super Bowl, but already things are going wild and it’s time for the NFL to step in and put a stop to this. Continue reading It’s Time for the NFL to Crack Down After Flurry of Arrests »

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When Tom Brady and Bill Belichick hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the fourth time Sunday, they had accomplished a rare feat. It was Belichick’s sixth Super Bowl Championship (fourth as a head coach) and Brady’s fourth as a player. Belichick tied Chuck Knoll as head coaches to win four and Brady tied Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw with four rings as well. The most impressive part about the Brady-Belichick success is they have done it during an age in which the NFL is set up for teams to struggle at times. With a salary cap, free agency and draft slotting that gives the previous year’s worst teams the best picks, the NFL is meant for no team to have a sustained run of success. Parity is the word of the day when talking with most in NFL circles and what the Patriots have done is make that word of the day out of their vocabulary and return to the pinnacle of NFL success time and again. Continue reading Legacy for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? Not So Fast »

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Butler

Under 30 seconds to play. Seattle inside the five yard line. Patriots up by four. Of every possible scenario to happen next, an interception by Malcolm Butler may have seemed like the unlikeliest of results. But Butler’s entire season has been unlikely and his brilliant play in the final minute of the Super Bowl sealed the win for the Patriots and cemented his place in New England football lore.

Entering training camp the Patriots secondary was a unit primed to have a great season. They had new additions Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to go along with Logan Ryan, Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Duron Harmon, and Patrick Chung. Enter in a little known undrafted free agent rookie from Division II West Alabama Malcolm Butler. Butler faced an uphill battle to earn a roster spot, but this wasn’t the first adversity he had faced. Continue reading Unlikely Hero Malcolm Butler’s Long Road Led to Super Bowl-Winning Play »

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