Sunday, May 31, 2015

MusketFire: New England Patriots' Biggest Surprise On Offense in 2015?

New England Patriots' Biggest Surprise On Offense in 2015?

The New England Patriots added veterans Fred Davis and Scott Chandler and drafted project A.J. Derby to shore up the tight end position. At wide receiver, the Patriots imported former Rams and Dolphins slot receiver Brandon Gibson and returned deep threat Brian Tyms and 2013 second round draft pick Aaron Dobson. At running back they have 2014 fourth round draft pick James White and free agent Travaris Cadet. All of these new additions make for an interesting mix of talent, but where the New England will find their biggest surprise on offense in 2015?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cover32.com: Do the New England Patriots have someone to fill Vince Wilfork’s shadow? | New England Patriots

Do the New England Patriots have someone to fill Vince Wilfork’s shadow? | New England Patriots

New England went into the offseason with a big contract at defensive tackle with veteran Vince Wilfork taking up a big chunk of salary cap space despite having reworked his deal the year before. Wilfork was released, but the Patriots brought back underrated young nose tackle Sealver Siliga and mid-season acquisition veteran Alan Branch. Pass rushing youngster Chris Jones and undersized defensive tackle Joe Vellano return, too. In addition, last year’s first-round draft pick was joined by another top college player at the position.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Musketfire.com: New England Patriots' Biggest Surprise on Defense in 2015?

New England Patriots' Biggest Surprise on Defense in 2015?
The Patriots signed a duo of free agents with former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher and former Falcons slot cornerback Robert McClain. In the draft, the Patriots waited until the seventh round before snagging Marshall standout and athletic Darryl Roberts. One or two of these three cornerbacks is going to rise up in training camp and become the starter for the Patriots. In order to challenge for another title, the New England defense will need to find a surprise contributor on defense for 2015. But who will it be?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cover32: Which pass rushers will step up for the New England Patriots this year? | New England Patriots

Which pass rushers will step up for the New England Patriots this year? | New England Patriots

New England went into the offseason with a need for additional depth at the defensive end/outside linebacker position. With Ayers finding greener pastures in free agency, the Patriots found a bargain with former Cleveland Browns OLB/DE Jabaal Sheard. The Patriots did not stop there, either. In the 2015 NFL Draft they added three more players at the position to build up their depth. Let’s examine that depth:


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cover32: New England Patriots positional outlook: Linebackers | New England Patriots

New England Patriots positional outlook: Linebackers | New England Patriots

The New England Patriots lost a number of key players from their Super Bowl 49 championship team this offseason and are looking at competition at a number of positions. With the loss of valuable mid-season acquisitions and depth players Jonathan Casillas and Akeem Ayers in free agency, the Patriots need depth on defense. Add in Dont’a Hightower, who is slowed by offseason surgery, and veteran Jerod Mayo coming back from a second straight season-ending injury, and the Patriots have had to rebuild at the linebacker position.

Monday, May 18, 2015

New England Patriots positional outlook: Cornerbacks | New England Patriots

New England Patriots positional outlook: Cornerbacks | New England Patriots

To ready for training camp when it kicks off over the summer, here at Cover32.com we will look at each position grouping during the coming weeks. With the loss of starters Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner after one season in the secondary, the Patriots have turned over their starting group. Lost in the “deflategate” scandal the Patriots shockingly released starting slot cornerback Kyle Arrington. With Revis in New York, Browner in New Orleans, and Arrington signing with Baltimore the Patriots will have a new cast at cornerback in 2015.

Friday, May 15, 2015

MusketFire: New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft and Beyond

New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft and Beyond

The New England Patriots' draft picks in 2015 confounded many NFL analysts as they anticipated a draft built around replacing cornerback Darrelle Revis, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, and adding offensive weapons for quarterback Tom Brady. Instead New England balanced the present and the future as they shored up both sides of the football and addressed their needs in their typical manner.  As frustrating as the 2015 NFL Draft may have been to New England Patriots fans, there was–as always–a method to the madness of the Patriots front office.


Wednesday, May 06, 2015

New England Patriots: Bargains at Back of 2015 NFL Draft

New England Patriots: Bargains at Back of 2015 NFL Draft

The players selected by the New England Patriots at the back-end of the draft are intriguing prospects and one or two could translate into a contributor in the near future. Considering the value the Patriots have received in the past at the back end of the draft, this intriguing mix of athletes could bear more fruit in the near future.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Grading each one of the New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft picks | New England Patriots

Grading each one of the New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft picks | New England Patriots

Seemingly every season sees the media and fan base struggling to make sense of the Patriots’ picks. Head coach Bill Belichick has left Mel Kiper and company scratching their heads once again. As the talking heads argue about the second- and third-round draft picks, here is a quick look at each pick and a grading of the Patriots’ 2015 NFL Draft...

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...