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2017 Patriots: Phillip Dorsett & Making Sense of the Roster Cut-Down

What Phillip Dorsett Brings to the Table The biggest move of the day for the Patriots, and the entire league, was trading 3rd string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. It’s not often that you see a player-for-player exchange in the NFL, so let’s take a look at the implications of this trade: The Patriots fill a special teams need. By all accounts, Dorsett has the appearance […]

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What I Saw from the Preseason: 2017 New England Patriots

We all know the preseason doesn’t matter (unless it involves catastrophic injury), so I’ll keep this brief. Here are some key takeaways through three weeks of Patriots preseason play. 1) Julian Edelman. I am typing this ahead of an official diagnosis, so hopefully things will turn out better than a season-ending ACL injury. Without Edelman, the Patriots offense suddenly looks more vulnerable than it did just days ago. It cannot be overstated how valuable Julian […]

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NFL Draft 2017: Favorite Picks from the First Round

Disclaimer: While it’s fun to evaluate selections in April, almost none of it matters until we see the players on the field in September. Each of the following picks could be viewed as a total bust two years from now. However, given the information available at the time of writing, here are a few of my favorite selections following the first round of the 2017 NFL draft. In no particular order: Philadelphia Eagles 14th Overall: […]

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Philadelphia Eagles 2017 Draft: First Two Rounds

The Philadelphia Eagles are one of the most interesting teams to watch over the next season because of their unique position relative to the rest of the league. They may become a dominant, year-after-year playoff contender, or they could fall completely flat and continue a decade of mid-tier mediocrity. The Eagles are building a good roster. They have their quarterback (time will tell Wentz’s fate, but the ceiling is high), and an incredible defensive front. Jim Schwartz […]

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New England Patriots: Sheldon Richardson & Signing a Running Back

Next Thursday will mark the beginning of the NFL’s 82nd draft. While the Patriots have made substantial acquisitions in the off-season through free agency, they don’t have a draft selection until #72 overall, in the third round. Here are two moves New England could make to improve ahead of the draft: Convince the Jets to Trade Sheldon Richardson Despite swapping a 2nd and 3rd round pick in exchange for the Panthers’ Kony Ealy, the Patriots are still […]

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Should the Patriots Re-sign LeGarrette Blount?

While finding a dominant pass-rusher still remains New England’s number one priority, filling the power-back vacancy left behind by LeGarrette Blount is a close second. The passing game has been improved this offseason with the addition of Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen, but the Patriots are in danger of becoming a lopsided, pass-heavy offense. Being able to run the ball well goes beyond moving the chains and scoring goal-line touchdowns: 1) It keeps the defense “honest.” […]

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Top Five New England Patriots Offseason Acquisitions

1) Brandin Cooks The Patriots traded the 32nd overall pick along with a third rounder to the New Orleans Saints for WR Brandin Cooks and the Saints’ fourth round pick. It might seem strange for a team that did not have a first round pick in 2016, courtesy of Roger Goodell and Deflategate, to again remove themselves from the first round in the upcoming draft. However, consider the position of the Patriots’ pick. At 32nd overall, […]

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Post-Super Bowl Breakups: Handling the Malcolm Butler Situation

My first reaction to the potential trade of superstar cornerback Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints was straight forward, “Please no. “ After signing Stephon Gilmore to a monster deal, the defense was primed for two more years of dominance. The Gilmore move made so much sense. Malcolm Butler is a restricted free agent, meaning the Patriots hold total control over his actions for at least the next year. That could be extended further […]

Evaluating the Patriots Week 9

Evaluating the Patriots: Week 9 on a Bye

A Surprising Move Before the Trade Deadline Most of this article will be in response to the massive and shocking trade the Patriots made last week to send linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns for a late third-round pick. To put this trade into perspective for  casual NFL fans, imagine the Texans trading three time Defensive MVP J.J. Watt for a late first-round pick. Imagine that same Texans team being halfway through the season at a […]

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Evaluating the Patriots: Week 8 Against the Bills

Official Score: 41 – 25. The New England Patriots convincing win in Orchard Park over the Buffalo Bills put them in full control of the AFC East and avenged a humiliating shutout in Week 3 of the regular season. Offense Brady Still On Top Once again, the offensive pass attack was firing on all cylinders. Brady threw for 315 yards, four touchdowns on twenty completions and looked dominant through most of the game, especially on a […]