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Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Running Back

Current Personnel: LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, James White, Tyler Gaffney, Brandon Bolden Key Free Agents: Stevan Ridley (UFA), Shane Vereen (UFA) Need Level: Moderate Possible Fits: Re-sign free agents, Jay Ajayi (Boise St.), David Cobb (Minn.), Terrence Magee (LSU) The Patriots are at an interesting spot when it comes to the running back position. There […]

Patriots Linebacker Dont’a Hightower Out 6-7 Months

Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower will be sidelined for the next six to seven months due to surgery that repaired a torn labrum in February. Hightower sustained the injury during the 2014 season and played with it throughout the playoffs and Super Bowl. Hightower was coming off arguably his best season with the team in which […]

Patriots 2014-2015 Position Review: Offensive Line

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 […]

Patriots Position Review: Defensive Line

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, […]

Legacy for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady? Not So Fast

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 […]

Unlikely Hero Malcolm Butler’s Long Road Led to Super Bowl-Winning Play

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 […]

Notes and Observations, Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots are Champions Again!

Super Bowl XLIX lived up to the hype and then some. Sunday night saw the match-up of the two best teams in the NFL go down to the wire to decide the champion. Every snap counted and every second felt like an eternity, which is exactly how the Super Bowl is supposed to be. As […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: The Patriots Dynasty Lives!

1. MISC – You Mad Bro? * Ya Baby! Might be my favorite championship. * Blue hoodie with sleeves safe, strong call * Giselle jinx? No more * Classy – the Seattle and Patriot-haters booing Belichick during the National Anthem * Anthem went over at 2:04 – two seconds over * Bad omen – didn’t […]

Stopping Jermaine Kearse Key for Patriots Defense

The man who caught the game-winning pass in the NFC Championship’s overtime is the one that could cause the Patriots major problems if they do not find a way to match up with him. He saves his best games for the biggest moments, catching both the go-ahead touchdown in the 2013 NFC Championship game and […]

Blount’s Shoulders Will Carry Large Part of Patriots Super Bowl Hopes

A mere three months ago, LeGarrette Blount was toiling away on the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a running back without any playing time and without much hope for future snaps. His frustration culminated with him walking off the field early during a Monday night victory against the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers promptly released him the […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: How to Beat Seahawks

Wednesday’s Super Bowl Preview Submission 1. Common Themes in Patriot’s Three losses (Buffalo game doesn’t count) – Miami, KC and Green Bay respectively: * Patriots 3rd down Conversion – 29% / 22% / 48% * Opponents 3rd Down Conversion – 53% / 58% / 58% ********* * Patriots Rushing plays: 20 / 16 /18 * […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: Seattle Stuff

Seahawk and Seattle Stuff * Seahawks tested positive for PED’s – Richard Sherman, Walter Thurmond, Brandon Brower, Bruce Irvin, Winston Guy, John Moffitt, Allen Barbre * Seattle Murder rate in 2014 – 26 / Boston Murder rate – 52 * Seattle population – 652,204 /// Boston population 645,966 * Famous people born in Seattle – […]

Rob Gronkowski vs Seattle Secondary is Clash of Titans

One of the most intriguing storylines leading into Super Bowl XLIX is how the Seahawks will defend elite Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski has been one of the league’s best offensive players over the past five seasons but he has yet to face a defense as formidable as Seattle’s. In the AFC Championship game, […]

Video: Bill Belichick Deflate-Gate Press Conference

In a surprise, stunning press conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick defended his team against both deflate-gate and even Spygate allegations. Watch raw video of the press conference here (video will expire Sunday afternoon). ESPN also has video here. Patriots.com has the video here. Here are some of his notable quotes: ABOUT DEFLATE-GATE “I believe now […]

ICYMI: Julian Edelman Wins #TBT with Growing Pats Video

It’s over. No… not deflate-gate, unfortunately. What’s over is anyone trying to top Julian Edelman’s #TBT this week: This certainly was a welcome distraction this week.