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Early in the 2012 season, it looked like the Patriots were ready to phase Wes Welker out of the Patriots’ offense.
He started Week 1 against the Titans, but played just 42 of 67 snaps. Then Julian Edelman started over Welker in Week 2 and received more snaps than the All-Pro slot receiver. Edelman was on pace for more snaps again in Week 3 against the Ravens before he left the game with a hand injury.
It’s a running joke now that the Patriots were “phasing Welker out” because at the end of the season he finished with 118 receptions for 1,354 yards and six touchdowns, but it was happening. Injuries to Edelman and tight end Aaron Hernandez slowed those plans, and it failed.
Because it failed is the reason the Patriots need to keep Welker and possibly sign him long term. Over the last five seasons, only two receivers have played in the top 60 percentile of slot snaps, according to Pro Football Focus — Welker and Eagles receiver Jason Avant. Welker has been far and away the most product...
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Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe believes both Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker likely won’t be back with the Patriots next season. And I agree with him. It’s been obvious for a while now that Wes Welker is likely done in New England. If they place the franchise tag on him for a second straight season, it will cost them $11.4 million for the 2013 season. They can’t afford...
The New England Patriots year in, and year out have a future Hall of Fame head coach in Bill Belichick who’s like a Picasso when it comes to the NFL draft. The Pats think outside the box and they rarely get burned with the picks they choose, but the New England Patriots 2013 offensive draft needs this offseason in particular, illuminates the only area where the Pats haven’t...
New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was busy shoveling his driveway Friday night when Winter Storm Nemo blasted the Northeast with two feet of snow.
Vince's wife posted photos on Instagram with the caption "He got cabin fever already lmao as soon as he shoveled it it piled right back up lol smh."
Just goes to show that NFL players are just like...
New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead is scheduled to hit the free agent market next month and may have played his last down with Bill Belichick and company.
A fan favorite in Foxborough over the last three seasons, RB Danny Woodhead is no certainty to return to the Patriots. Woodhead is entering free agency for the first time in his career. While we hear the Patriots...
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Single dudes in their twenties, especially those with seven-figure salaries, usually like to party. I don't blame them. As a fan, I accept that. This silly notion that those who play for our favorite teams can't have social lives infuriates me. So long as he isn't breaking laws or risking his life or career, what a player does in the offseason or even on Friday nights...
Much has been made in this young NFL offseason about some of the Patriot's key free agents who are set to hit the market. Wes Welker, Aqib Talib, and Sebastian Vollmer have been the main players in the discussions about usage of the franchise tag and determining who should be brought back, for how long, and for how much.
But not much has been said about fan favorite Danny Woodhead...
Last week we brought you one of many stories involving Rob Gronkowski and his late-night-drunken-dancing-partying antics. Although he’s never been arrested, nor charged with anything, some people still want to put his social life under a microscope and question if he is the guy for the oft-calm New England Patriots.
Former Pats DE Willie McGinest thinks the Patriots need to have...
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has caught some flak in the past week or so, because of video that has surfaced of Gronk partying and wrestling in Vegas with a broken forearm.
No Gronk didn’t break any crimes, and it is the offseason, so he should be able to enjoy himself. There are some who feel that Gronkowski is walking a tightrope and at some point his behavior and antics...
Longtime Patriot's defensive star Willie McGinest is the latest to chime in on the Gronk criticism for his post-Super Bowl performance in New Orleans. Speaking in reference to the latest episode, McGinest suggested that one of Gronk's peers needs to step in as a leader and talk to him:
“If there were things that needed to be addressed when I was there, I’d have a conversation...
It appears that Ryan Mallett is going nowhere — for now.
The Patriots’ third-year quarterback has been a rumored trade chip ever since he was drafted in the third round out of Arkansas in April 2011. When Mike Lombardi was hired by the Cleveland Browns, the AFC North squad became a likely landing spot for Mallett.
The Browns are not expected to trade for Mallett, though, according...
The Patriots have officially turned the page on the 2012 season, and now it’s time to look toward the future. But that future begins now.
NFL free agency won’t begin for another month (March 12), but that doesn’t mean Bill Belichick isn’t already entrenched into his studies to reload for his next Super Bowl run.
The Patriots finished as one of the final four in 2012, a few...