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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 […]

LeGarrette Blount Tender

Why Is Everyone Upset Over the LeGarrette Bount Tender?

What’s Going On The Patriots placed an infrequently used unrestricted free-agent tender on LeGarette Blount last Tuesday, the final day of compensatory pick calculations. LeGarrette Blount is currently a free agent with interest from multiple teams outside of the Patriots organization. What this Means The unrestricted free-agent tender has been so rarely used (some reports say it has never been used before) that it’s natural for confusion to occur over what the move means. Essentially, […]

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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 […]