Many New England Patriots fans were left scratching their collective heads following the 2014 NFL draft. Why didn’t the Patriots draft a tight end? Why did they draft a quarterback in the second round? Why did they draft so many offensive linemen?
Gasoline was only added to the fire of burning questions later in the week when director of college scouting Jon Robinson decided to leave the team and join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the same role.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston claims there is no connection between the odd draft strategy and the departure of Robinson. Reiss says, “This is about relationships and upward mobility.” Continue reading Business as Usual: Top Scout Leaves Patriots »
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Ty Law was recently voted to be the next inductee into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Law was a finalist alongside Bill Parcells and Raymond Clayborn. This is not a knock on Parcells or Clayborn, but Law was the obvious choice to be inducted.
You could go on for hours listing the accolades of Ty Law’s career. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler, a three-time Super Bowl champion, he ranks 22nd all time with 53 career interceptions, and he is tied with Raymond Clayborn for first all-time in franchise history with 36 interceptions. There are countless memories of Law making clutch plays in big games, but none more so than the 2003 AFC Championship game.
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The 2014 NFL Draft is now officially a week old. Football Analysts on ESPN have talked about who teams should draft and what teams’ needs are for the last four months prior to last week’s draft. Now with the draft finally over, Mel Kiper has given draft grades to each NFL team. The New England Patriots were given a C for their grade.
There has been a lot of misconception among most analysts why the Patriots used their first round pick, (#29 overall), on an injury plagued defensive end in Dominique Easley. The Patriots fan base has been more concerned about why they drafted quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo with their second round pick, (#62 overall). Garoppolo was the highest drafted quarterback by the Pats in the Tom Brady era. Continue reading Was Jimmy Garoppolo the Right Pick for Patriots? »
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California Chrome is one win away from completing the first Triple Crown since
Miguel Cabrera two years ago Affirmed in 1978.
Apparently Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his former favorite target, Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker, took in this second step towards horse racing history with none other than…Mike Tyson?
Two weeks after watching California Chrome win the Kentucky Derby by 1.75 lengths, Brady and Welker watched with Tyson as California Chrome held on down the stretch to also win the Preakness, this by by 1.5 lengths. And yes, there’s photographic evidence to prove it, from the cannibalistic boxer with a face tattoo himself:
Continue reading Photo: Brady, Welker Watch California Chrome Win Preakness With…Mike Tyson? »
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Andre Johnson is one of the most consistent and (potentially) sought-after Wide Receivers in the NFL today. A 1st round draft pick in 2003, Johnson has put up strong numbers during his 12-year career and currently has 12,661 yards and 61 Touchdowns as well. At 6’3″ and 230 lbs, he is a offensive weapon, similar to that of Randy Moss when he was with the Patriots, and would provide a good amount of veteran experience on the field that would hugely improve the Patriots offense.
But the question remains, who would the Patriots be willing to give up for him? One sensible answer is Ryan Mallett, who seems like the most likely person to be traded. At 32 years old, it might be good for Belichick and company to pull the trigger on this deal and get a 2-3 year deal for Johnson, with some sort of bonuses involved for how many games Johnson can play and remain healthy. Continue reading Should the Patriots Trade for Andre Johnson? »
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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was indicted on two counts of first degree murder in the 2012 South End double homicide on Thursday. Police have been investigating Hernandez’s role and connection to the murders since his arrest last summer for the murder of Odin Lloyd.
During a press conference, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley revealed details of the case including how the victims Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were basically ambushed by Hernandez and were just innocent victims with no gang affiliations, as previously assumed. Conley also said there is no evidence suggesting Hernandez even knew the victims before the night of the murder. Continue reading Aaron Hernandez Indicted on 2012 Double Homicide »
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1st impressions are everything:
The 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft was somewhat disappointing. 90% of the hype surrounded whether or not Jadeveon Clowney would be the no. 1 pick courtesy of Houston. He did not let anyone down, and will have a bright future playing alongside J.J. Watt.
Fast forward to the 29th pick, which belonged to our beloved Patriots. Being the defensive minded coach, Bill spared no expense to bring in some fresh talent at the DT position when they drafted Dominique Easley from Florida. At 6’2″ and 288, Easley will be a good complement to the already strong defensive front line, assuming that he can stay injury free. Coming off of an ACL injury back in September, the Patriots must ensure that they monitor his playing time among other things to make sure that he doesn’t get hurt again. Continue reading Patriots Draft Analysis: Pats Dodged a Missile… or Did They? »
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