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2014 Patriots Special Teams Preview: Gostkowski, Allen, Slater, Edelman, White

The Patriots will return their core group of specialists in 2014. Kicker Stephen Gostkowski had a career year in 2013, posting career high’s in points, field goals made, field goal percentage, and he was a very impressive 5 for 6 from 50+ yards. Gostkowski has clearly emerged into one of the league’s best kickers, and […]

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 […]

2012 Patriots’ Wide Receivers Review: Excitement & Intrigue

As the start of the 2012 regular season quickly approaches, one of the most interesting positions on this team is that of the wide receivers. In the 2011 season the Patriots finished out with a receiving corps consisting of Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater, and Chad Ochocinco Johnson. We all know how […]

New England Patriots Report Card: AFC Championship

The Baltimore Ravens shut down the New England Patriots’ receivers in Sunday’s AFC Championship, rattled Tom Brady and held the Patriots to their fewest points since October. And they still didn’t win. The Patriots beat the Ravens, 23-20, advancing to their fifth Super Bowl of the new millennium when Ravens place-kicker Billy Cundiff badly missed […]

New England Patriots Report Card: Week 13

The Indianapolis Colts gave the New England Patriots a late-game scare Sunday afternoon, but ultimately all the Colts could do was lose with dignity. The Patriots beat the Colts, 31-24, continuing the Colts’ winless season and for now moving the Patriots into first place in the AFC. Who’s using this game for college credit, and […]

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 […]

Pats Fall to Giants 18-17 in Preseason Finale

Despite an early 7-0 lead 20 seconds into the contest, the New England Patriots fell to the New York Giants, 18-17, in the final preseason tune up on Thursday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Starters Play Well Head Coach Bill Belichick played the fourth preseason game differently than past years. On Thursday, Patriots fans were […]

Patriots Look to Wrap Up Preseason Against Giants

The 2-1 New England Patriots will finish their preseason Thursday night at Gillette against the 2-0 New York Giants. It will be the seventh consecutive Patriots preseason concluded with the Giants. The Giants beat the Patriots 20-17 last season at the New Meadowlands Stadium. It’s been a Jekyll and Hyde preseason for the Patriots. They […]

Patriots 2011 Special Teams Preview: Tate, Edelman, Gostkowski, Etc.

In 2010, the Patriots’ special teams units turned in some of the best performances they’ve seen in years. Under second year special teams coach Scott O’Brien, the Pats finished in the top five in the league in 10 of 22 special teams statistical categories, including in scoring, blocked kicks, and, perhaps most importantly, fewest penalties. […]

Patriots 2010 Preview: Special Teams

Often the most overlooked aspect of a football team, special teams plays a significant role in every offensive drive and defensive stand. They determine whether an offense must drive 80 yards or 10, and vice versa. Head coach Bill Belichick has been one to put heavy emphasis on this area.  He has been known in […]

Mathew Slater Injury: Out for Season?

Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater, who was probably going to make the team when roster cuts are announced Saturday night, will likely be cut or placed on injured reserve after suffering a gross left arm injury in the preseason game against the Giants. The Patriots, who are usually mum on injuries, said that Slater left […]

2009 Training Camp Preview: Wide Receivers

As we continue our training camp previews it’s time to look at quite a top heavy group of players on the Patriots, the wide receivers. Coming into camp, it’s obvious who the top three guys are, but after that there’s a lot of uncertainty. Here’s a breakdown of what we may see in 2009. Randy […]

Turnovers Kill Patriots in Loss to Steelers

The Patriots pulled their best Plaxico Burress impression by shooting themselves in the foot in a 33-10 loss to the Steelers in a cold rain at Foxboro. New England had five turnovers, including three lost fumbles in a disastrous third quarter. Matthew Slater fumbled a kickoff deep in Patriots territory, which led to a touchdown […]