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The New England Patriots Linebacker Depth Chart

With the NFL Draft officially over, the New England Patriots are officially on to 2018 and looking to improve from their AFC-winning 2017 squad. The Patriots staff has already broken down the cornerback, safety, running back, offensive line, and wide receiver positions. Now, we turn to the New England Patriots linebackers, and the players who will make up the depth chart. Breaking Down the New England Patriots Linebacker Position The Undisputed Starters: Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy The biggest addition to the 2018 linebackers comes in the return of star linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Hightower missed the majority of the...

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New England Patriots of the Past: Jim Lee Hunt

FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) As one of the original franchises in the American Football League, the New England Patriots boast a long history of phenomenal players. With so many historical figures, it’s easy to forget about some of the earliest legends in franchise history. The New England Patriots office of Last Word on Pro Football set to rectify this by chronicling a...

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Breaking Down the New England Patriots Cornerback Position

FOXBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 21: Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots deflects a pass intended for Dede Westbrook #12 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fouorth quarter during the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) For the first time since 2013, there won’t be a number 21 playing cornerback for the New England Patriots. The cornerback position has been in the spotlight ever since the infamous Malcolm Butler Super Bowl benching, and New England has a big hole to fill on the starting defense....

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Former New England Patriots Running Back Andy Johnson Passes Away

The New England Patriots tragically lost another member of their storied family, as former running back Andy Johnson passed away last Wednesday. Johnson passed away in Georgia at the age of 65 after fighting a long battle with illness. We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of former #Patriots running back Andy Johnson: https://t.co/9ChCJRvez2 pic.twitter.com/bERkJUi7vM — New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 16, 2018 Johnson was born on October 18, 1952 in Athens, Georgia. The Georgia native stayed in his home state for his collegiate career, playing quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs. Johnson declared for the 1974 NFL Draft,...

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New England Patriots of the Past: Bob Dee

As one of the original American Football League franchises, the New England Patriots have a long, storied list of historical players. While there were several stars on those early Patriots teams, there were none bigger than former defensive end Bob Dee. Throughout the off-season, the Patriots office of Last Word on Pro Football is chronicling the legacies of several Patriots legends. Last week, we paid tribute to former linebacker Andre Tippett. This week, we go back another twenty years to the original Patriots pass rusher. Before the Patriots While Dee would go on to become a New England legend,...

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Resetting the New England Patriots Wide Receiver Depth Chart

FOXBORO, MA – OCTOBER 22: Chris Hogan #15 of the New England Patriots carries the ball after a catching during the third quarter of a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Organized Team Activities haven’t even begun, yet the New England Patriots wide receiver depth chart is already completely revamped from 2017. New England traded Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams, watched Danny Amendola leave for the Miami Dolphins, and got Julian Edelman back from a season-ending ACL injury. All this roster turnover means...

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New England Patriots Best Remaining Free Agent Fits

With the 2018 NFL Draft officially over, the New England Patriots roster is mostly assembled. However, with the regular season still months away, the Patriots still have time to improve their roster. Starting after May 9th, New England can sign free agents without said signings affecting the compensatory pick formula. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best remaining free agent fits for the Patriots. Eric Reid/Kenny Vaccaro: Strong Safety New England currently has their starting strong safety in Patrick Chung but has little depth behind him. Duron Harmon is more of a free safety, and...

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2018 NFL Draft Grades – AFC East and AFC West

The most anticipated part of the off-season is officially in the rearview mirror, as the 2018 NFL Draft has officially passed. Every team in the league added young talent to their squad, but which teams made the biggest improvements? This installment of the 2018 NFL Draft Grades features an in-depth breakdown of every team in the AFC East and the AFC West. AFC North and South Draft Grades NFC East and West Draft Grades Buffalo Bills: D Players Added: Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds, Harrison Phillips, Taron Johnson, Siran Neal, Wyatt Teller, Ray-Ray McCloud, Austin Proehl The Buffalo Bills low...

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2018 NFL Draft Grades – AFC North and AFC South

The 2018 NFL Draft is officially over, and every team in the league has to feel good about their selections. However, how did each team do with respect to the rest of the league? This installment of the 2018 NFL Draft Grades features an in-depth breakdown of every team in the AFC North and AFC South. AFC East and West Grades NFC North and South Grades NFC East and West Grades Baltimore Ravens: A Players Added: Hayden Hurst, Lamar Jackson, Orlando Brown, Mark Andrews, Anthony Averett, Kenny Young, Jaleel Scott, Jordan Lasley, DeShon Elliott, Greg Senat, Bradley Bozeman, Zach...

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2018 NFL Draft Grades: NFC East and NFC West

The saying goes all good things must come to an end, and the saying rings true for the 2018 NFL Draft. The biggest event of the NFL off-season is officially over, and every team in the league has received an influx of young talent. This installment of the 2018 NFL Draft grades takes an in-depth dive into the moves made by every team in the NFC East and NFC West. NFC North and NFC South Grades AFC East and AFC West Grades AFC North and AFC South Grades Dallas Cowboys: B- Players Added: Leighton Vander Esch, Connor Williams, Michael...

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2018 NFL Draft Grades: NFC North and NFC South

The first part of the 2018 NFL season has officially come to pass with the end of the 2018 NFL Draft. Every team has added young, talented players to their respective squads, but some teams fared better than others. This installment of the 2018 NFL Draft grades series takes an in-depth breakdown of the NFC North and NFC South drafts. NFC East and NFC West Grades AFC North and AFC South Grades AFC East and AFC West Grades Chicago Bears: B+ Players Added: Roquan Smith, James Daniels, Anthony Miller, Joel Iyiegbuniwe, Billy Nichols, Kylie Fits, Javon Wimms The Chicago...

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Christian Sam: A Perfect Cog in the New England Patriots Machine

The New England Patriots defense isn’t talent-starved by any means, but there were areas that needed to be addressed entering the 2018 NFL Draft. Arguably the highest need was obtaining a linebacker that can cover and space and move sideline to sideline. After watching 177 other prospects find homes, New England selected Christian Sam to fill that void. Breaking Down Christian Sam’s Role on the New England Patriots Typically, Bill Belichick prefers his linebackers like the prototypical 1980s middle linebacker: big, strong, and a solid north-south tackler. It’s an added bonus if they can go sideline to sideline, but...

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Miami Dolphins 2018 NFL Draft Review

View the original article on Last Word On Pro Football: Miami Dolphins 2018 NFL Draft Review The Miami Dolphins 2018 NFL Draft class has officially been decided, as general manager Chris Grier looked to add some talent to take the squad to the next level. Thanks to several trades, the Dolphins managed to select eight players in the draft’s seven rounds. In all, they obtained the following players: First round, 11th overall: Minkah Fitzpatrick, safety, Alabama Second round, 42nd overall: Mike Gesicki, tight end, Penn State Third round, 73rd overall: Jerome Baker, linebacker, Ohio State Fourth round, 123rd overall:...

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New England Patriots 2018 NFL Draft Review

The New England Patriots 2018 NFL Draft is officially in the books, and the Pats have received a fresh influx of young talent. The Patriots made so, so many trades, resulting in the following transactions: Traded 95th overall pick for San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Brown and the 143rd overall pick. Traded 43rd overall pick to Detroit Lions for 51st and 117th overall picks. Traded 51st overall pick to Chicago Bears for 105th overall pick and a 2019 second round pick. Traded 63rd and 117th overall pick to Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 56th overall pick. Traded 105th overall...

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How Isaiah Wynn Fits the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots addressed one of their biggest needs with their first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, drafting offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn out of Georgia. Wynn fits the Patriots perfectly, as his versatility allows the Patriots multiple options when creating the 2018 offensive line. Breaking Down How Isaiah Wynn Fits the New England Patriots Versatility One of the best features of Wynn’s game is his versatility. Anybody who knows anything about Bill Belichick knows that he loves players that can do multiple things. Wynn bleeds versatility, as he played at both guard and tackle in college. How...

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New England Patriots Late Round Draft History

Most, if not all, of the can’t miss NFL draft prospects are off the board by the time the late rounds come around. However, that doesn’t mean that there’s no reason to follow the late picks. This is the part of the draft where teams scouting departments are pushed to the breaking points. The difference between a good and great team often comes down to depth, and that depth is built in these later rounds. Below is a look back at the New England Patriots late round draft history. The End of the Draft: New England Patriots Late Round...

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