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New England Patriots Draft Possibilities Part 2: Defense
December 16th, 2014 at 8:42 PM
The New England Patriots are on their way to the NFL Playoffs and while the team focuses on winning the Super Bowl, the scouts are making sure next year’s team will have just as much success. ***PHOTO1*** “Defense wins championships,” is a very popular quote in almost every sport, but it especially...

The New England Patriots’ Defense Holds Strong Against the San Diego Chargers
December 8th, 2014 at 12:12 AM
The New England Patriots defeated the San Diego Chargers 23-14 on Sunday Night Football in San Diego. The Patriots' defense was solid, only allowing 216 total yards and one receiving touchdown. They were also able to sack Philip Rivers four times. ***PHOTO1*** "Our defense kept us in it. It was definitely a defensive...

Young Patriots Linebackers Capitalizing on Expanded Roles
January 13th, 2014 at 6:36 PM
The New England Patriots placed veteran linebacker Brandon Spikes on injured reserve last Monday, ending his postseason, and the move originally appeared to be a cut-and-dry roster move with a player that had been battling a knee injury for a number of weeks.  As it turns out, an ESPN report...

Dont’a Hightower Will Take Over Defensive Huddle for New England Patriots
October 16th, 2013 at 3:34 PM
The loss of Jerod Mayo to season ending surgery on his pectoral muscle is a huge blow to a New England Patriots defense that has played well this year. With Mayo on the sideline, the question becomes who will make the defensive calls for the Patriots in place of the...

Jerod Mayo May Miss Rest of the Season
October 15th, 2013 at 8:37 PM
Jerod Mayo has been one of the most important players on the New England Patriots defense and a tackling machine since he has entered the NFL. With the Patriots defense already losing nose tackle Vince Wilork to injury it put more pressure on the rest of the defense to produce. It looks...

Rob Ninkovich Signs Three-year Contract Extension with New England Patriots
September 22nd, 2013 at 1:41 PM
***PHOTO1*** According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the New England Patriots and linebacker Rob Ninkovich have agreed upon a contract extension. Ninkovich has agreed to a three-year extension worth $15 million, $8.5 million of which is guaranteed. That deal makes him the third highest paid defensive player behind defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and...

Patriots Release Cornerback Ras-I Dowling, Claim Linebacker Ja-Gared Davis from Houston
August 28th, 2013 at 6:40 PM
***PHOTO1*** The New England Patriots continue to make roster moves even after the 75-man roster deadline. The Patriots announced via their website that they have released cornerback Ras-I Dowling and claimed linebacker Ja'Gared Davis from Houston. Dowling was the 33rd overall selection out of the University of Virginia in the 2011 NFL...

New England Patriots Training Camp Preview: Linebackers
July 25th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday, Patriots101.com finished up its preview of the defensive line by looking at the defensive tackle position. Today, the focus now shifts towards the second level of the Patriots defense, the linebackers. The Patriots have a history of solid linebackers since Bill Belichick took over in 2000. During their Super Bowl...

NFL Network Unveils Most Overrated, Underrated New England Patriots’ Players
July 4th, 2013 at 1:04 PM
***PHOTO1*** Yesterday afternoon  the NFL Network continued its series looking at the most underrated and overrated players of each NFL team. The New England Patriots were the next team to be analyzed. Some of the more notable names to Patriots fans include linebacker Adalius Thomas, wide receiver Troy Brown, running back Antowain Smith and safety...

Analyzing the New England Patriots 2013 Draft Class
May 8th, 2013 at 9:41 PM
    ***PHOTO1***   Now that the 2013 NFL draft is a little more than a week old, everyone has had time to digest their respective team's draft class and get excited to see what the rookies can do. Let’s take a look at the Patriots draft class and see how it improves the...

A Guess on Which New England Patriots Won’t Play Against Bucs
August 24th, 2012 at 4:26 PM
The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe, as he usually does, put together a quick post about likelihood of participants in tonight's New England Patriots - Tampa Bay Buccaneers match up. Quite a few who look to start the first game of the season most likely won't see action in south Florida tonight....

New England Patriots Cut Injured Dane Fletcher and Britt Davis as Logan Mankins Returns
August 13th, 2012 at 9:46 PM
The last two days have featured a lot of comings and goings for the New England Patriots. Integral left guard Logan Mankins, one of Tom Brady's best protectors, finally returned to the practice field after recovering from offseason ACL surgery. He is expected to join the team in full pads workouts...

New England Patriots Lose Veteran Linebacker to Injury
August 10th, 2012 at 1:25 PM
Third-year New England Patriots linebacker Dane Fletcher tore his ACL in the left knee in Thursday night's preseason win over the New Orleans Saints. Fletcher, who started five games and made 10 appearances in 2011, suffered the season-ending blow during punt coverage in the first quarter. Head coach Bill Belichick, in a...

Top New England Patriots Possibly Out for First Preseason Game Against New Orleans Saints
August 9th, 2012 at 5:38 PM
Ah, football season. You are finally here, and it's about time! The New England Patriots square off against the New Orleans Saints this evening. And with teams not having to submit an injury report, it's tough to say who's going to spend time still recovering during this early preseason match up. Jeff...

Veteran Running Back Cut from the New England Patriots
July 25th, 2012 at 5:31 PM
That was quick. Before donning even the slightest bit of New England Patriots gear, Joseph Addai found himself on the market again. "There were suggestions that he did not perform to expectations during OTA and mini camp season," said Ken Rosenthal in his report on NFL.com's Around the League report. Because of injuries...

New England Patriots Sign LB Dont’a Hightower
July 18th, 2012 at 3:58 PM
 ***VIDEO1***  The final piece of the New England Patriots NFL 2012 Draft puzzle is officially signed, reported ESPN's Adam Schefter. Rookie linebacker Dont'a Hightower, after signing a four-year deal today, will report to training camp on Thursday, when rookies are supposed to report. "Guess the cats out of the bag lol *#PatriotsNation, wants...

Seau’s Family to Donate His Brain for Research
May 4th, 2012 at 4:00 PM
***PHOTO1***The family of former New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau has agreed to have his brain donated for research into the effects of concussions and hard hits to his head on his brain during his four-year collegiate and 20-year professional career. Seau was found dead...

Current and Former New England Patriots React to Junior Seau Death
May 2nd, 2012 at 5:27 PM
 ***PHOTO1***  NFL coaches, players and fans have gone to Twitter to express their thoughts and give their condolences to the friends and family of former New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau, who died this morning. Patriot players in particular, those who played with Seau in his four years in New England (2006-09), are...

New England Patriots Shocked to Hear Death of Junior Seau
May 2nd, 2012 at 4:52 PM
   ***PHOTO1*** As posted earlier, former New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau passed away this morning from what is reported to be a self-inflicted gun-shot wound to his chest. Seau’s girlfriend phoned police at 9:35 a.m. when she found the linebacker unconscious in their Oceanside, Calif., home. When the fire department arrived, reported...

AFC East Roundtable on the Patriots Draft Picks
April 27th, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Donald Lappe of Jets101.com takes a look at the New England Patriots proficiency in the first round of the National Football League Draft. Here are his impressions and the New York state of mind: ***PHOTO1*** CHANDLER JONES   Chandler Jones is one of the most interesting prospects in the entire draft. He's an absolute...