// Logan Mankins

Several Different Patriots Crack Top 100 Lists

Naming 100 players in the NFL could be a daunting task for some, but most everyone would agree that ranking the 100 best players is a difficult task for anyone. Any list that tries to rank the best players in a sport will likely meet with contention and debate but at the same time people […]

Game of Tags: Patriots Decline to Franchise Talib, Edelman

Even though there are 12 Patriots scheduled to be unrestricted free agents, only two were ever really serious considerations for the franchise tag. Julian Edelman and Aqib Talib were all the buzz after New England’s season ended in January. Both were key to the Patriots’ success, yet both were still deemed unworthy of the tag.

Notes and Observations Week 17: Patriots Beat Bills; Clinch #2 Seed in the AFC

After everything that has happened to the Patriots this season, it is absolutely incredible they are the number two seed in the AFC. The offseason was highlighted by Tom Brady’s favorite receivers from the year before, but in the worst possible scenarios. Wes Welker went to Denver to catch pass from Brady’s rival Peyton Manning. […]

Patriots Roundup: Roster Changes and Pro Bowl Selections

With just one game left in the regular season, it’s been a busy week for the New England Patriots. Here’s a roundup of some of the news out of Foxborough as Bill Belichick and company try to clinch a first round bye in the playoffs, including injury updates, roster changes, Pro Bowl selections, and highlight reel-worthy […]

Notes and Observations Week 16: Patriots Blow Out Ravens 41-7; Clinch AFC East

The title is slightly misleading as the Patriots clinched the AFC East crown for the fifth straight season before they even took the field on Sunday. Thanks to the Dolphins shooting themselves in the foot with a 19-0 loss to Buffalo, the Patriots had sealed the AFC East before the opening coin toss. However the […]

Week 11 Notes and Observations: Panthers Edge Patriots Amid Controversial Non-Call, 24-20

There is no way around the fact that this was a statement game for both teams. The Panthers were riding a five-game winning streak coming into Week 11, and a win over the Patriots is the equivalent to the Super Bowl for teams who haven’t been relevant in years. The Patriots needed a win to […]

Patriots Bye Week Update: Roster Moves, Incognito-Martin Fallout

Roster Moves Considering that a solid portion of their roster has been decimated by injuries, it’s a pretty big surprise that the Patriots made no defensive moves during their bye week. The Patriots did however release the injury prone Austin Collie. Collie was practically useless, recording only three receptions for 34 yards in his brief […]

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 […]

Matt Light Made Patriots Offensive Line Much, Much Better

When the 2012 New England Patriots kick off their season in a few months, many of the faces will look familiar. Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker will still be there, picking apart defenses. Jerod Mayo will still blow up any receiver foolhardy enough to run across the middle of the field. Stephen Gostkowski […]

2012 Patriots Blueprint to New Orleans (If They Don’t Sign Wes Welker)

Tuesday, I introduced my blueprint for the Patriots offseason…if they re-sign Wes Welker. The following looks at the what the Patriots should do if they cannot sign their best wide receiver. Scenario #2 – the Patriots let Wes Welker walk This scenario would not surprise me in the least. Welker vs. Samuel It would be a […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 16

The Miami Dolphins narrowly avoided disaster Saturday against the New England Patriots. Somehow a group of talented, motivated football players broke into their locker room, knocked everyone out, stole their uniforms and took the field for kickoff. The “Dolphins” went into halftime up 17-0. Luckily, the true – and truly terrible – Dolphins regained consciousness […]

Patriots Clinch First-Round Bye, Overcome 17-Point Deficit Against Dolphins

The New England Patriots took every punch the Miami Dolphins threw at them in the first half of Sunday afternoon’s game at Gillette. In the second half, the Patriots came out swinging, and the Dolphins went down for the count. The Patriots scored 27 points in the second half, overcoming a 17-point deficit to beat […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 3

Welcome back to Sports of Boston’s weekly report card for the New England Patriots. Well, Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills was a stinker of historic proportions. The Patriots blew a 21-point lead, Tom Brady threw four picks, Bill Belichick somehow wasted a crucial timeout in the final minute of the game, and the Patriots […]

McCourty, Mankins Among Six Patriots Captains for 2011

The New England Patriots announced today that the team has voted six players to be named captains for the 2011 season. This is two more than the four captains that were named last season. It should come as no surprise that Tom Brady leads the way as one of three offensive players given a captain […]