Saturday, February 28, 2015

MusketFire: New England Patriots Off-season Wide Receiver & Tight End

New England Patriots Off-season Wide Receiver & Tight End

The Patriots struggled to find a fourth receiving option during the 2014 season behind Gronk, Edelman and LaFell. Running back Shane Vereen filled that role out at times and is a free agent now. The Patriots tried tight end Tim Wright (26 catches for 259 yards and 6 touchdowns), wide receiver Danny Amendola (27 receptions for 200 yards), and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (3 receptions for 44 yards) in the role as they all spent time on offense as the fourth option with varied success.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cover32: New England Patriots need some free agency magic to repeat as Super Bowl champs | New England Patriots

New England Patriots need some free agency magic to repeat as Super Bowl champs | New England Patriots

The New England Patriots got premium production from their free agent signings in 2014 and it paid off with a Super Bowl championship. The Patriots were not so savvy in 2012 and 2013 and fell short in the playoffs. Looking back at what went right in 2014 shows what the plan should be in 2015 when free agency kicks off on March 10th.

Monday, February 23, 2015

MusketFire: New England Patriots Off-season Outlook Running Back

New England Patriots Off-season Outlook Running Back

The New England Patriots have a number of off-season moves to make if they hope to repeat as Super Bowl Champions. Part 2 of 8 at MusketFire.com looks at the running backs. With Super Bowl star Shane Vereen an unrestricted free agent and former work-horse Stevan Ridley coming off a major knee injury, the position is in flux. Jonas Gray, Brandon Bolden,  and LeGarrette Blount all return, but is it enough? What do the Patriots need to do in free agency and the draft to shore up the running back position?

MusketFire: New England Patriots Off-season Outlook Quarterback

New England Patriots Off-season Outlook Quarterback

This season the Patriots will need another strong offseason to keep the team in contention to defend their 2014 Super Bowl championship. Looking at free agency needs, this series will kick-off by looking at the offense and specifically the quarterback position.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

MusketFire: New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities: Part Six

New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities: Part Six

The New England Patriots have a number of internal free agents to take care of before free agency begins. However, the clock is ticking as free agency starts in less than four weeks. The final part (six of six) at MusketFire.com looks at the running backs. With Super Bowl star Shane Vereen an unrestricted free agent and former work-horse Stevan Ridley coming off a major knee injury and looking to be the number one back somewhere, can the Patriots return their second and third round draft picks from 2011? Do they even want to? If they cannot sign them, how do they replace them?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Musketfire.com: New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities - Part Five

New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities - Part Five

The New England Patriots have a number of internal free agents to with the clock ticking as free agency starts in less than four weeks. Part five of six at MusketFire looks at the offensive line. With guard Dan Connolly an unrestricted free agent and tackle Nate Solder carrying a big cap number, can the Patriots return their entire starting offensive line?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Cover32.com: The New England Patriots have some tough salary-cap decisions to make | New England Patriots

The New England Patriots have some tough salary-cap decisions to make | New England Patriots

With the Patriots’ cap number expected to be approximately $140 to $145 million (they have some cap space to carry over from 2014), New England’s cap number is currently at almost $151 million: they need to make some moves to get down under the limit significantly enough to sign critical free agents. How do they make the space?

Monday, February 09, 2015

MusketFire: New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities - Part Four

New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities - Part Four

The New England Patriots have a number of internal free agents to address in all three phases of the game with the clock ticking as free agency starts in less than four weeks. Part four of six at MusketFire​ looks at the trio of defensive players the Patriots brought in at midseason: defensive tackle Alan Branch and linebackers Akeem Ayers and Jonathan Casillas. Which of them return? Can the Patriots afford them? Do they even want to return to New England?

Sunday, February 08, 2015

MusketFire: New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities

New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities

The New England Patriots have a number of internal free agents to address in all three phases of the game with the clock ticking as free agency starts in less than four weeks. Part one of six at MusketFire​ looks at kicker Stephen Gostkowski as one of the most accurate kickers at one of the more difficult home stadiums to kick in could hit the free agent market if the Patriots do not re-sign him.

MusketFire: New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities - Part Two

New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities - Part Two

The New England Patriots have a number of internal free agents to address in all three phases of the game with the clock ticking as free agency starts in less than four weeks. Part two of six at MusketFire​ looks at the trio of veterans with big cap numbers in 2015.  Wide receiver Danny Amendola and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork were key contributors in 2014, but will that keep them on the roster in 2015? Finally, linebacker Jerod Mayo seemingly lost his role to Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins in the  middle of the defense.Is he willing to renegotiate or will he be gone?

MusketFire: New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities - Part 3

New England Patriots Internal Free Agent Priorities - Part 3

The New England Patriots have a number of internal free agents to address in all three phases of the game with the clock ticking as free agency starts in less than four weeks. Part three of six at MusketFire​ looks at the Pro Bowl secondary with Darrelle Revis and Devin McCourty both looking for a a big bump in pay after helping New England to a Super Bowl victory.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Cover32: Breaking down the final minute of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win | New England Patriots

Breaking down the final minute of the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win | New England Patriots

The final minute of the New England Patriots 28 to 24 win over the Seattle Seahawks capped a back-and-forth battle and made the most-watched Super Bowl ever into one of the greatest games. So much happened in the final minute of the game that it was easy to overlook everything that took place in that frantic final sixty seconds. Here's a run-through of all the big plays and decisions at the fantastic finish of Super Bowl 49.

Scout.com: New England Patriots have Four Roster Issues which could Derail their Super Bowl Hopes in 2017

The New England Patriots have four roster issues which could derail their Super Bowl hopes in 2017. Can they survive an injury at quarterbac...