Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Patriots' training camp battles: Offensive line | Cover32

The New England Patriots struggled to protect quarterback Tom Brady last season as injuries wracked the offensive line. The return to health of Nate Solder is not big news but should be. Solder is a top ten left tackle and is vital to protecting the quarterback. Although not the flashiest players on offense, the offensive line is the engine that drives the potent attack. To start off with the position battle on offense, let’s take a look at the team’s Achilles heel in 2015, the offensive line:

Patriots' training camp battles: Offensive line | Cover32

Sunday, August 07, 2016

MusketFire: New England Patriots Wide Receivers Best Camp Battle

Although the New England Patriots' offseason has focused on Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, Gronk and Martellus Bennett, and the contracts NOT extended for key players on defense, quietly the wide receivers have become one of the best battles in training camp.

Chris Hogan, Julian Edelman, and Danny Amendola are all banged-up but are expected to be on the field  in week one. That leaves intense competition between the rest of the receivers on the roster for the remaining roster spots. With only a few openings at wide receiver, New England has a number of strong contenders for the playing time while the top three receivers are sidelined in training camp. Read on to review the camp battles and who the standouts are at wide receiver in Foxborough, MA:

New England Patriots Wide Receivers Best Camp Battle

Sunday, July 10, 2016

MusketFire.com: New England Patriots: Any Free Agents on Offense?

NFL Training Camp is just a few weeks away and the New England Patriots may still have moves left to make in free agency. Free agents brought in right before or during training camp have often made a significant impact and there may be another free agent still unsigned who can help New England return to the Super Bowl in 2016. Part one focuses on free agents on offense.



New England Patriots: Any Free Agents on Offense?




Friday, June 17, 2016

MusketFire: Martellus Bennett Remakes New England Patriots Offense

Martellus Bennett is not a tight end who will replicate Aaron Hernandez’s role in the offense. What makes Bennett a difficult match-up teamed with Gronkowski is his blocking ability. Bennett is six-foot-six and 273 pounds and–like Gronkowski–has deceptive quickness and power. Everything that should have happened with Scott Chandler is finally going to happen this year with Martellus Bennett at tight end.


Martellus Bennett Remakes New England Patriots Offense

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Patriots' pre-training camp battles: Defensive line | Cover32

Do the New England Patriots have enough depth on the defensive line to replace Pro Bowl edge rusher Chandler Jones and interior disruptive force Akiem Hicks? Who needs to step-up? Who will shine with more playing time available on the defensive line?



Patriots' pre-training camp battles: Defensive line | Cover32

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Patriots' pre-training camp battles: Linebackers | Cover32

With the retirement of Jerod Mayo, the New England Patriots needed to add depth to their linebacker position behind starters Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower and top reserve Jonathan Freeny. With the drafting of Elandon Roberts and free agents Ramon Humber and Shea McClellin, have the Patriots done enough at linebacker? Are there any undrafted free agents who could be a surprise to make the roster and contribute in 2016?

Patriots' pre-training camp battles: Linebackers | Cover32

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

New England Patriots pre-training camp battles: Safety | Cover32

With less than two months until training camp kicks off at the end of July, it is the perfect time to step back and look at the looming battles to end up on the 53-man roster. Part two of the series is a look at the safety position.

With All Pro free safety Devin McCourty and the underrated Patrick Chung at strong safety, New England has two excellent pieces. However, do they have enough depth behind their starters? Who will emerge in training camp? Is there a sleeper at safety who could sneak into the rotation?

New England Patriots pre-training camp battles: Safety | Cover32

Saturday, May 14, 2016

MusketFire: New England Patriots Recent Drafts Key to Success in 2016

To continue their successful run of five consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances, the New England Patriots need their recent draft picks to become contributors in 2016 and beyond. The success of the team in 2016 and beyond will hinge on the players of the past three drafts stepping up and becoming major contributors on both sides of the ball. While Jamie Collins and Malcom Brown are already key contributors, there are many more players under the spotlight on both sides of the ball for the Patriots from the 2015, 2014, and 2013 NFL Draft.


Monday, May 02, 2016

MusketFire: New England Patriots 2016 NFL Draft Review

While grading a draft immediately after the draft and before any player steps foot on the practice field, plays in a preseason game, or plays a regular season game is folly, it still makes an interesting exercise. As such, each pick by the New England Patriots in the 2016 NFL Draft will be assigned a grade along with a final draft grade. As always, the grade will be weighed heavily not on what the seemingly multiplying number of draft gurus but on figuring out what director of player personnel Nick Caserio and head coach Bill Belichick saw of the player and their fit in New England.



New England Patriots 2016 NFL Draft Review