Found August 19, 2014 on Football Nation:
I sure hope the NFL doesn't change the preseason format. The four-week schedule seems like just the right amount of time to give teams a chance to evaluate talent in real time. And young players, as well as, new players to the team, get their chances to make their best, first impression.The New England Patriots are known to have a steep learning curve, and Coach Belichick is as demanding as any in the league. Some new defensive players, like Darrelle Revis, are virtually guaranteed a roster spot. And no one is scrutinizing Vince Wilfork to see if he has what it takes to survive cuts next week.There is reason to be optimistic of the defense as a whole. We all know that the secondary got better just by adding Revis to the mix. He makes everybody better by his presence. And lining up next to big Vince has to be inspiring to the greenest lineman.In fact, barring injuries and looking just at the first-team defense, opposing offenses should be concerned that this D will not be easy pi...

Willie McGinnest has high hopes for the Patriots this season

Former Patriots great Willie McGinest has some high hopes for his former team for the upcoming season. var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType: 'IFRAME'}; Loading... ZergNet The post Willie McGinnest has high hopes for the Patriots this season appeared first on Pro Football Zone.

Patriots’ Jimmy Garoppolo’s Increased Confidence To Thank For Improved Play

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots’ preseason opener came at the perfect time for rookie quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The second-round draft pick was floundering in practice, but with an impressive preseason debut came increased confidence. Since Garoppolo shined against the Washington Redskins, completing 9-of-13 passes for 157 yards with a touchdown,  two weeks ago...

Patriots Training Camp Observations: Rob Gronkowski Advances To Contact

FOXBORO, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski took one step closer on Monday to making a full recovery from a torn ACL. The New England Patriots tight end participated in contact drills for the first time this summer, just in time for training camp to come to a close. Gronkowski caught passes in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills on Monday afternoon in the Patriots’ final training camp session of...

Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection 3.0: Ryan Mallett Among Final Decisions

The New England Patriots’ backup tight end and pass rusher might not be on their 90-man roster yet. The Patriots will keep a close eye on roster cuts throughout the NFL on Aug. 26 and 30. The team is loaded at certain positions, like cornerback and wide receiver, while they still lack important depth. The Patriots won’t be finished constructing their roster until they see which...

Vince Wilfork eats chicken like a boss

NBC SportsIn a recent Q&A session with Jonathan Soroff of The Improper Bostonian, Patriots safety Devin McCourty had the chance to answer a myriad of questions about his personal life, having an identical twin and of course football.But his response to the question of "who is the biggest pig in the locker room" gives us an interesting story about Vince Wilfork's...

designingsport: Shane Vereen, New England Patriots

designingsport: Shane Vereen, New England Patriots

Local Products Making Names for Themselves with Patriots

One was drafted for the purpose of one day superseding an NFL legend. The other, a free agent acquisition, is merely attempting to prove himself worthy of a roster spot after injuries have hampered the first two seasons of his NFL career. For Chicagoland products Jimmy Garoppolo and Darius Fleming, New England is a land of endless opportunity. Though fate ultimately led each player...

Gronk In Action For 1st Time In 11-on-11 Practice

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp on Monday according to NESN's Doug Kyed.Fantasy Spin:Gronkowski is returning from a torn ACL and MCL he injuried last year against Cleveland in Week 14. A week ago, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported the All-Pro tight end had a 50/50 chance to start Week 1. Gronkowski...

Gisele Bundchen Completes Ice Bucket Challenge, Nominates Shakira (Video)

It was Gisele Bundchen’s turn to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge on Monday afternoon. Tom Brady and the entire New England Patriots squad have already participated in the viral movement that was inspired by former Boston College baseball captain Pete Frates, and now Bundchen has joined in on dousing herself with a bucket of ice water for a good cause. Bundchen explained in...

Patriots Receiving Good News From NFL Headquarters

Rosters are getting bigger, before the kickoff of the 2014 season.

LaFell: Shell-shocked to comfortable

Wide receiver Brandon LaFell knows he has come a long way since joining the New England Patriots, especially in the last two weeks of training camp. “From OTA to now, if I had to put it on a scale from zero to 10, I would say like an 8 now,” LaFell said Tuesday. “OTAs I was shell-shocked, didn’t know what to expect. It was all new to me." On Friday, LaFell's...

Bill Belichick says Brandon LaFell's role "may be a big one"

In 2012, the Patriots converted 68.4% of their red zone trips into touchdowns, the 3rd best percentage in the league. Last season, that number saw a significant dip, falling to 58.1%, 8th best in the league. For much of the season, the team lacked a legitimate threat in the red zone with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Dobson, their biggest receiver, sidelined for much of the year.Getty...

The Patriots secret for building team chemistry

USA TodayIf you follow the New England Patriots for even a short amount of time you'll notice the word versatile is said a lot. Its said about the team in general. About their schemes and looks on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. And more importantly its said about their players.Whenever they lose a player to injury they seem to be able to put the next guy in and...

Video: Robert Kraft helps Jon Bon Jovi complete the “Ice Bucket Challenge”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, you are well aware of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” for ALS awareness. The Patriots along with owner Robert Kraft took the challenge last week, but Kraft wasn’t done there. Kraft, along with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, helped the one and only Jon Bon Jovi complete the challenge.   You may also be interested...

Trick Shot Team ‘Dude Perfect’ Invades Gillette Stadium For Latest Video

The guys of Dude Perfect really have turned their act into something pretty impressive, and their latest stop is one that is quite familiar for Boston sports fans. The group of guys who became Internet sensations with their trick shot videos documenting themselves pulling off crazy sports stunts recently invaded Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., the home of the New England Patriots...
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