Let’s Stand With Tom

May 18, 2016 at 8:46pm in Featured, Opinion, Patriots
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Tom Brady wasn’t always…Tom Brady. With the success that he and Bill Belichick have enjoyed over the past sixteen seasons, it’s difficult to remember a time when the Patriots weren’t the perennial powerhouse you see on the field today. Tom comes from humble beginnings. He didn’t begin playing football until his freshman year of high school, where he served as the backup quarterback on a team that went 0-8.

He was lightly recruited coming out of high school, and wound up at Michigan as the fifth quarterback on the depth chart. While at Michigan, he struggled to keep his starting job as highly-touted recruits were brought in to take his place. Still to this day, his combine statistics are some of the worst in the history of the NFL. He wasn’t selected until the 199th pick in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. Not exactly the start you’d expect for one of the greatest to ever lace them up. Continue reading Let’s Stand With Tom »



Tom Brady, one of the GREATEST quarterbacks of all time, scratch that he is the GREATEST quarterback of all time is facing a suspension because of this controversy called “deflategate”.  Brady who holds NFL records for most postseason completions, wins, passing yards, and oh yeah those 4 rings and 3 superbowl MVPS is being framed by the NFL simply because he and the Patriots have been to good for too long.  However, IF Brady is suspended could the second round pick in the 2014 NFL draft be the guy to step in and replace the excellence of Tom Brady?

Jimmy Garoppolo is a question mark around the league.  Nobody, not even Garoppolo knows what he can be in the NFL.  Drafted at pick number 62 in the 2014 draft he never has had a legitimate shot in the NFL, I mean most quarterbacks who come in to back-up Brady never get a shot.  While he has only appeared in 11 games in his career Garoppolo does have some impressive stats for a back up.  While he only has one touchdown pass in his career he has been really good at taking care of the ball which is usually a struggle for young quarterbacks.  A completion percentage of 64.5 and a rating of 91.9 has people saying that he could be the second best quarterback in the AFC east.  Garoppolo playing well through the first 4 games could benefit not only him but the Patriots future also.

With all the bad quarterbacks in the NFL today Garoppolo playing well means he could be a trade piece this offseason.  Some team that is in desperate need of a quarterback will come around and offer a first round pick for Jimmy G, and when the opportunity presents itself Belichick has to jump all over it and trade Garoppolo.  This is best case scenario for The Pats.  There is no quarterback controversy, and you and the rest of the league gets a look at your backup.

In my opinion Brady will be around for at least the next 3 seasons, so after Garoppolo gets through these first 4 games it’s time to ship him out.

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Earlier this week, ESPN released their NFL Power Rankings for the upcoming 2016-2017 NFL season. And guess who they ranked number one? Yes, our New England Patriots.

I was actually blown away when I saw this for a couple reasons. One being that ESPN has constantly covered everything and anything bad they hear happening with the Patriots. Including covering every waking second of Deflategate. From the rants I’ve seen on that show, I don’t believe there’s too many Pats fans over there at ESPN which is why I’m surprised they ranked them at the top seed. But that’s just my bias opinion. And two, mainly because Tom Brady apparently won’t be playing until the fifth week due to his Deflategate suspension.

Even though Brady is most likely not going to play for the first four games of the season, do not count them out. From the looks of it most people would say that the Patriots have done a very good job this off season with the draft and free agent pick ups. Here are some new notable players to keep an eye out for this upcoming season:

New Players to Keep an Eye On

  • TE Martellus Bennett
  • WR Chris Hogan
  • G Jonathan Cooper
  • DE Chris Long
  • WR Nate Washington
  • CB Cyrus Jones
  • DT Anthony Johnson

It looks like the Pats and Jimmy Garoppolo have their work cut out for them as they play in Arizona against the Cardinals for Game 1 of the season. But Patriots fans do not worry. We have one of the most diverse and intricate running games in the league along with many different running backs of all shapes and sizes. Our wide receiver positions just got even stronger with the adds in of Nate Washington and potential slot receiver Chris Hogan. The Pats have arguably the best tight end scheme in the entire NFL with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. They have improved their defense with add ins at the LB, DT, and CB positions. The biggest question Patriots fans are left with is, can the offensive line protect the quarterback?

I don’t know I’m not a doctor, but I sure hope so.


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Cyrus Jones (Photo: Associated Press)

In total, the Patriots selected 9 players overall during the 2016 NFL Draft. Without a first round pick, none of these players are particularly spectacular, but most, according to NFL Scouting Reports, seem coach-able. Regardless, all nine will be fighting for their jobs when training camp rolls up in late July. So without further ado, all nine picks (complete with reasoning as to why Belichick may have been interested).

#60 overall: Cyrus Jones (5’10”, 197), CB, Alabama: As a fifteen game starter last year, Jones had two interceptions. This may not seem overly impressive, but Jones is a versatile cornerback that should fit well into a nickel system. What is interesting about this cornerback is his punt-returning ability. Jones returned 42 punts for a 12.6 average, complete with four touchdowns. This could provide immediate relief for already beleaguered wide receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.

#78 overall: Joe Thuney (6’5″, 304), OL, North Carolina State: Thuney, a three year starter at NC State is a valuable player because he has spent time at every position on the offensive line. Versatility and flexibility in terms of position is a trait that Belichick appreciates (e.g. Troy Brown and Julian Edelman both spending time at CB in seasons past). Currently, the Patriots unofficial depth chart lists Thuney as a left guard, but this could change quickly depending on need.

#91 overall: Jacoby Brissett (6’4″, 231), QB, North Carolina State: In 2015, Brissett led the Wolfpack to a 7-6 record, throwing for 2,662 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. This is a mobile quarterback that rushed for over 300 yards, paired with 6 touchdowns, and is seemingly competition for Garroppolo. Brissett will still begin the season third on the depth chart, behind a suspended Brady and Garroppolo (who will be completely overwhelmed in Week 1).

#96 overall: Vincent Valentine (6’4″, 329), DT, Nebraska: Last year, Valentine, after recovering from a knee injury that more or less sidelined him for the first half of the year, started seven games, recording ten tackles and three sacks. Valentine was likely picked up for his size, which is reminiscent of Vince Wilfork. Both are able to draw the attention of double teams (but only one has proved himself on an NFL level).

#112 overall: Malcolm Mitchell (6’0″, 198), WR, Georgia: With some grooming, Mitchell might develop into a dependable receiver for Brady to look to. NESN.com reports that Mitchell only had 3 drops on 93 targets in 2015 (compare with Julian Edelman, who had eight drops on 88 targets). To make matters more interesting, Mitchell’s NFL scouting report iterates how he is able to make the tough, contested catches across the middle.

#208 overall: Kamu Grugier-Hill (6’2″, 215), OLB, Eastern Illinois: Eastern Illinois’ Pro Day turned out to be wildly beneficial for Grugier-Hill. The linebacker was able to add a 38.5″ vertical leap and a 4.45 forty yard dash to his resume, which is rounded out nicely by his 2015 campaign: 70 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, and a single interception.

#214 overall: Elandon Roberts (6’0″, 235), ILB, Houston: Defenses need someone who is able to be a coach on the field, and with the departure of Jerod Mayo, the Patriots are seemingly lacking in that department. Enter Elandon Roberts, complete with a scouting report (from NFL.com) with buzz words such as “leader”, “passion”, and “coach’s dream”. The downside? “Slow to accelerate”. “Below average speed”.

#221 overall: Ted Karras (6’3″, 307), OG, Illinois: A captain during his senior year, Karras possesses one statistic that Belichick could not ignore; Karras has committed only two penalties over his last two seasons. At 307 pounds, Karras was able to open up running lanes consistently at the college level. Whether this will translate to the NFL or not remains to be seen, but the 4-year starter is planning on it.

#225 overall: Devin Lucien (6’2″, 195), WR, Arizona State: According to Pro Football Focus, Lucien had only three drops on 98 targets in 2015. Wide receivers with steady hands are a hot commodity in New England at the moment, and the ASU receiver opened eyes with his last three games, in which he had 534 yards and 5 touchdowns. This is certainly a low-risk/high-reward pick to round things out.



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After Week 3 of the 2015 season, many New England Patriots fans were not hoping for a repeat Super Bowl appearance-they were expecting it. New England seemed unstoppable on both ends of the ball. Edelman, Brady, and the unknown Dion Lewis were producing at a level that was other worldly. Malcolm Butler led a defense that seemed to suffer no immediate backlash from losing two of their best players, and all was well. However, a torrent of injuries was soon to follow, with Lewis going down in Week 9 against Washington, Edelman breaking his foot in New York, and Gronkowski memorably going down hard in Denver (only to miss a short period of time). Continue reading The 5 Most Intriguing Games the Patriots Will Play This Year »

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Tom Brady (Tom Pennington/Getty Images), Roger Goodell (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Deflategate news is back and I cannot comprehend why. This controversial story was first introduced to the public after the 2015 AFC championship game that featured the Patriots and Colts. It is now April 2016, over one year and three months since these allegations were introduced and we are STILL talking about this. Well thanks to Roger Goodell, Patriots fans have more reasons to despise him.

It seemed like we had the world in our hands going into the 2015-2016 season as Tom Brady was fresh out of a Deflategate court win. We had our starting quarterback for game one of the season, we were playing as the defending Super Bowl champions, and Brady’s revenge tour was engaged. We felt like nobody could stop our team. The Patriots had a fantastic season before coming up just short to the Denver Broncos in the AFC championship game. Continue reading It’s Now Roger Goodell vs Patriots Nation »

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, perhaps the best player in the history of the league, is “not ready to accept” an appeals court’s ruling that he must serve his four-game suspension for #Deflategate. Yes, you heard that right – somehow, because of what two people in New York think, this 16-month saga will continue.

Brady’s next logical step is to appeal the ruling to have the enter second circuit court of appeals to hear the case, which currently has 2-2 record with federal judges. Unfortunately, there’s a slim chance that the court will hear the case… and an even slimmer chance that the case is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

We shall see…

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