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Round Table: Arms Race

Denver received all the accolades on Day 1.  How do you feel the Patriots’ free agency stacks up compared to the Broncos’? Kyle:  Because Denver was clearly ahead of New England prior to free agency, it appears that anything they do to strengthen themselves keeps them ahead. However, they are losing significant players as they […]

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Position Analysis: Tight End

So you have a team whose tight end has unmatched talent. This tight end, with his Hamburger Helper gloves, has a catch radius so vast that anything thrown in his direction is an expected catch. This player gets separation from linebackers and is too big for safeties to cover. Go ahead, put a cornerback on […]

Round Table: Grading Free Agency

What grade would you hand out to the Patriots based on what we've seen so far during free agency? Jason:  So far, it's hard to give them anything less than an A. Had the Revis deal been a true two-year deal and not a one-year deal dressed up for cap purposes, I might give in […]

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Round Table: Cut Vince?

What's your take on the Vince Wilfork situation?  Should the Patriots pay him or cut him? Rick:  This is a very difficult situation for the Patriots because Vince Wilfork has been one of the defensive leaders on the team for many years. However, he is getting up their age and you don’t know productive he […]

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Free-Agency Whirlwind Recap

I don't think there's ever been a free-agency period that I've enjoyed as much as this 2014 go-round for the Patriots.  Usually, this is the time of year when my favorite players get signed away and I'm left wondering what bargain-basement no-name Bill Belichick will come up with to replace them.  I don't lose too […]

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Welcome to Revis Island!

It's been a bit quiet around here at Foxboro Blog.  I've been spending my time getting things ready for the new Bloguin platform that's about to drop any day now.  As a result, I haven't had much time to wax analytical about the Patriots, despite of all the rumors swirling.  However, today's big news is […]

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Positional Assessments: Cornerback

Now that the speculative dust has settled and the Patriots have decided to, once again, NOT use the Franchise Tag on a game-changing player, Aqib Talib stands to be a free agent within days. The local radio and TV talking heads have begun to beat an unrealistic drum for the Pats to trade for Darrelle […]

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Position Analysis: Safety

If you slice Devin McCourty’s production any number of ways using either a numerical or visual analysis there is no way to say he had anything but a down year. McCourty had fewer tackles, passes defended, and interceptions in 2014 than in any of the preceding three seasons. If you watched his play, you saw a […]

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Postion Analysis: Linebackers

If you listened to even five minutes of sports talk radio during the Pats season, you could not help but hear a constant refrain – Dont’a Hightower is not a good football player. Much of the criticism stemmed from the view that Hightower doesn’t jump off of the TV screen and make huge plays. The […]

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Is Aaron Dobson the Next Alshon Jeffery?

One of the less-heralded stories of the 2013 NFL season was the emergence of Chicago WR Alshon Jeffery as one of the league’s elite wide receivers. Jeffery ranked second in the NFC in receiving yards, coming up 72 yards shy of outpacing position standard-bearer Calvin Johnson. The performance of the second-year wideout was among the […]

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Position Analysis: Defensive Line

Anybody who watched the AFC Championship game had to be thinking, are the Patriots defensive lineman overmatched, hung over, falling victim to the altitude, or has Peyton Manning been covered in the Ebola virus? This no-show, against a Denver offensive line that was continuously pushed back into Manning’s face two weeks later by Seattle, was […]

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Round Table: Brady/Manning Revisited

How does the Broncos loss in Super Bowl XLVIII alter the Brady/Manning debate, if at all? Jason: I don’t think it alters the great debate much, but it did contribute to the old narrative that Manning has the numbers, but Brady has the rings. Lombardi trophies shouldn’t be the only measure of a player’s success, but when two guys are pretty […]

Round Table: Emulating the Seahawks

In light of Seattle's dominating victory on Sunday, do you feel differently about how the Patriots' front office should go about re-tooling the roster for the 2014 season? Rick: I don’t feel as different about the re-tooling of the Patirots’ roster because it is tough to emulate that kind of defense, as Aaron Rodgers said earlier […]