Patriots Receive Third- And Seventh-Round Compensatory Draft Picks

The New England Patriots will have two bonus draft picks in the 2015 NFL draft. The Patriots received third- and seventh-round compensatory draft picks on Monday night at the NFL Annual Meeting, the league announced. The Patriots were given the third-round pick for losing cornerback Aqib Talib to the Denver Broncos in last year’s free agency. The seventh-round pick came from...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Dont’a Hightower: Jonathan Casillas, Akeem Ayers Raise Patriots’ Football IQ

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots went from having the NFL’s best linebacker depth to desperation mode in just one year. The Patriots were downright loaded at the position in 2013, with Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes and Dont’a Hightower as starters and Jamie Collins and Dane Fletcher serving as valuable depth — especially after Mayo and Spikes went down with season...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs Defense is still finding it’s way.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers run multiple looks on defense like all teams in the NFL. The base of this defense is built around the “Tampa 2″ concept and in order to run the defense effectively, there are some key roles that each position must undertake. When we look at the team as it currently is constructed and look at the results through the first quarter of the season we see...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ LBs look to impress in 2014

With rookies already having reported to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp hope has already begun to permeate the deepest recessions of NFL fandom across Buc nation. Thursday the veterans make their way to One Buccaneer Place and then– well as they say– it’s on like Donkey Kong. A new coaching regime led by Lovie Smith will embark on figuring out just where all the pieces...
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July 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers free agency week one

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have scored a high grade in my book for week one of free agency. A solid B+ after big pick ups to bolster their defense, including the front line with former Cincinnati Bengal Michael Johnson, beefy defensive tackle Clinton McDonald coming over from the Super Bowl champion Seahawks. Linebackers got some help with the signing of former New England Patriot...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers add two new faces in Oniel Cousins, Dane Fletcher

Once again Lovie Smith has the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sifting through free agency to help bolster his 2014 roster. Just yesterday the Bucs announced the signing of 20 year-old Oniel Cousins an offensive lineman most recently with the Cleveland Browns. Tampa also added former Patirots linebacker Dane Fletcher. Both players signed one year deals. Neither acquisition brings the same appeal...
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March 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Bucs add to LB depth, sign former Patriot Dane Fletcher to 1-year deal

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added linebacker depth by agreeing to terms with Dane Fletcher on a one-year deal, the team announced. Fletcher, 27, has spent the past four seasons with the New England Patriots, earning 81 tackles and four sacks with one interception, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries since entering the league undrafted out of Montana State. He's expected to...
Via Fox Sports Florida
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Dane Fletcher Signs One-Year Deal With Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The New England Patriots will need to find some new depth at linebacker. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed former Patriots reserve linebacker Dane Fletcher to a one-year deal. Fletcher played in 15 games, starting one, for the Patriots in 2013. He recorded 26 tackles and one sack on the season. Fletcher was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Montana...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Buccaneers Sign LB Dane Fletcher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have signed LB Dane Fletcher to a one-year deal. per “@ScottSBucs: Another new Buc! Welcome aboard former Patriots LB Dane Fletcher, who has agreed to a one-year deal.” — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) March 16, 2014 Mike Garafolo reports that Fletcher’s deal is worth a max value of over $2 million. Ian Rapoport reports...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

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 talking heads cited the fact that at points during the season, Hightower had the...
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February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

South Dakota Linebacker Tyler Starr Seems Like Patriots’ Perfect Draft Prospect

The New England Patriots will certainly be watching South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr at the NFL scouting combine on Feb. 24. The long-haired small-school linebacker appears to be the perfect draft prospect for the Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots put a lot of value in the 3-cone drill, and Starr could break the combine record for the agility drill, according...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: 3 Players They Must Re-Sign

As Bill Belichick said the Monday after the loss against the Broncos, " We have to turn the page and move on. [We have] a lot of decisions to make in the offseason and those will all come in due course." Let's take a look at the players Belichick can re-sign to make sure the Patriots make it back to the AFC Championship game and maybe to win the Super Bowl.3. Dane FletcherThis must...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Under-the-radar players who could decide Pats-Colts game

The New England Patriots play the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium Saturday night, thanks to the Colts’ dramatic come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Indianapolis came storming back from a 28 point deficit behind the clutch play of outside linebacker Robert Mathis, quarterback Andrew Luck, and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. These three players have...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Playing it safe against the Colts

Playing at home has been great for the New England Patriots. The Pats went undefeated in Foxboro during the regular season (8-0) and have an impressive 5-1 home record all-time in the divisional playoffs round. Obviously, New England has been far from a sure lock any given week at home this season, beating top teams like New Orleans and Denver in close matchups and only gettings...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Fletcher likely to fill in for Pats LB Spikes

The mantra of the New England Patriots when a player gets sidelined is ''next man up.'' This week, that next man will be backup linebacker Dane Fletcher. With Brandon Spikes joining three key defenders on injured reserve with a knee injury, Fletcher is likely to see a lot more action when the Patriots host the Indianapolis Colts in an AFC divisional playoff game Saturday night...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Spikes’ ‘Fire, Intimidation’ Will Be Missed; Dont’a Hightower Says Patriots Will Be ‘Fine’ Without Linebacker

FOXBORO, Mass. — When the New England Patriots face the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night, they will be without one of their biggest vocal leaders. When linebacker Brandon Spikes was placed on injured reserve, the Patriots didn’t only lose a tremendous run defender, they also lost some of their “fire” in the huddle. Spikes is the guy who can charge through the offensive...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Spikes’ Absence Will Hurt Patriots’ Run Defense, But Linebacker’s Knee Injury Was Hindering Play

Ho hum. Another starting New England Patriots defender has suffered a season-ending injury. Linebacker Brandon Spikes has joined defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly and fellow linebacker Jerod Mayo on injured reserve. Head coach Bill Belichick had put the pieces in place to form a top-tier unit reminiscent of the defenses that dominated in New England from 2001...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots-Bills Live: New England Can Clinch First-Round Bye With Win Over Buffalo

8 a.m. ET: The New England Patriots have said it all week: This is the most important game of the year. Of course, Bill Belichick and the Patriots take that approach every week, but it may ring true this time. New England’s success in the playoffs will be dictated by a win or loss against the Buffalo Bills. If the Patriots win, they get a first-round bye. If they lose, their seeding...
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December 29, 2013  |  Discuss
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