// Dan Connolly

Week 2 Preview: Patriots at Vikings, Sept. 14, 2014

Panic in the streets. Last place. No offensive line. Overrated defense. Time for everyone to take a deep breath. The Patriots enter this weekends game in Minnesota with a chance to quell some of the panic going on in New England. Sometimes, it must be nice being a fan of a mediocre team, where every […]

2014 Patriots Offensive Line Preview: Solder, Mankins, Stork, Cannon, Vollmer

Compared to years past, 2013 was a rocky season for the Patriot’s offensive line. Tom Brady was sacked a near career-high 40 times last season. While part of that can be attributed to Brady’s lack of faith in some of his young receivers, but there’s no doubt that the offensive line must step up in […]

2013 Patriots Position Preview: Offensive Lineman

The Patriots offense has always been a consistently feared element of the team. With a Hall of Fame quarterback behind center, the offense has ranked in the top five for total offense five out of the last six seasons. The running game last season dramatically improved behind the legs of running back Stevan Ridley. However, […]

Week 13 Notes and Observations: Patriots Clinch AFC East with 23-16 Win Over Dolphins

Playing in Miami is never an easy game for the Patriots. Sunday was no different, especially with the chance to clinch the division.  The Dolphins played the Patriots very well on both sides of the ball, but especially defensively. – Brady had only been sacked 15 times the entire season coming into the game. He […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Divisional Round

The Book of 2 Timothy states: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” The Book of Tom states: “Good for you. I just whomped your ass.” Any comparisons between Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots died following Saturday’s […]

Patriots 2011 OL Preview: Light, Mankins, Vollmer

The offensive line has been a constant strong point throughout the Brady-Belichick era, and this year should be no different. With a lot of familiar faces returning, lets take a look at the 2011 New England Patriots offensive lineman. See: Our 2011 Patriots Previews Matt Light With this historically hectic off-season in full swing, and […]

Long-Time Patriots Guard Stephen Neal Retires

It’s not everyday when a wrestler without college football experience goes on to start 81 games in the NFL. But, that’s exactly what Patriots offensive guard Stephen Neal accomplished. However, nine seasons and three Super Bowl rings later , the San Diego native, has decided to retire at the age of 34. Neal was an […]

Video: Patriots Dan Connolly Earns AFC Special Teams Honor

It’s not everyday that you see a 300-plus pound offensive lineman returning a kickoff. It’s not everyday when that same man returns the ball 71 yards. That’s exactly what Patriots offensive guard Dan Connolly did Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. The return landed Connolly the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors, […]

PATS on the Back: Week 15 vs. Green Bay

In between those obnoxious Hyundai commercials, the Patriots were able to squeak out a victory on NBC’s Sunday Night Football, edging out Matt Flynn and the Green Bay Packers, 31-27 at Gillette Stadium. That’s right… Matt Flynn, household name, right? There hasn’t been a quarterback that’s looked that good against the Patriots since… well… Cleveland’s […]

Dan Connolly Kickoff Return Helps Patriots Outlast Packers at Gillette 

The Green Bay Packers hit the New England Patriots as hard as they possibly could. But in the end, it was the Packers who found themselves on the ground. The Patriots sacked backup Packers quarterback Matt Flynn five times, including twice in the last four downs of the game, and the Patriots held on to […]

Logan Mankins Reports to Patriots

The Patriots announced on Tuesday that left guard Logan Mankins has finally reported back to the team after missing the first eight weeks of the season. He was the last NFL player to report to his team. Mankins had until Nov. 16 to report in order to add another year to his NFL career in […]

PATS on the Back: Week 8 vs. Minnesota

6-1, the best record in the NFL. Who would’ve believed that a team that lost their best cornerback (Leigh Bodden) and one of their most reliable defensive lineman (Ty Warren) in the preseason, then lost their third down back (Kevin Faulk) to season-ending injury, then traded away a former first rounder (Laurence Maroney) and a […]

Strong Running Game Leads Patriots Past Vikings; Favre Injured in Fourth

BenJarvus Green-Ellis leaped over the back of blocking guard Dan Connolly, tumbling head over heels. When he came down, the Patriots had a two-score lead with less than two minutes left in the game. Green-Ellis ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns- the first multiple-touchdown game of his career- Sunday, and the New England Patriots […]

Patriots 2010 Preview: Offensive Line

The offensive line was by far the most consistent unit of the 2009/2010 New England Patriots. Left tackle Matt Light, left guard Logan Mankins, center Dan Koppen, right guard Stephen Neal, and right Tackle Nick Kaczur allowed opposing defenses very few cracks at three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. Brady –unfortunate to sustain nagging […]

PATS on the Back: Patriots vs. Dolphins, Week 9

The Patriots were able to fend off the Floridian Fish on Sunday, handing the Miami Dolphins their first divisional loss of the season and dropping them to 3-5 as the season reaches its halfway mark. New England’s performance wasn’t perfect, but it was enough to improve to 6-2 heading into next week’s huge matchup in […]