Three reasons why the New England Patriots draft was a success

The Patriots have been known to be one of the better teams in the league when it comes to the draft; it seems as if Bill Belichick is always able to find late-round talent that is able to produce immediately. They also have done pretty well with their early picks as of late. From 2010-2012, they drafted Devin McCourty, Nate Solder, Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower in the first...
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Could Darryl Roberts emerge as a top cornerback for the New England Patriots?

It may sound crazy to throw this type of hype on a rookie, let alone a seventh round draft pick. Cornerback Darryl Roberts out of Marshall could shock us all. No one expects anything of these very late round draft picks. Hell, if they don’t even make the team we’re not really surprised. “Well, he was a seventh round pick, what’d you expect?” I’m not expecting Roberts...
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There will be plenty of competition for the Jaguars free safety spot

One of the things that has to excite the Jacksonville Jaguars coaching staff more than anything going into OTA’s is the thought of there being competition all over the roster for the first time in what seems to be forever. Finally, there are enough players to not only contribute, but to challenge for starting roles and to provide depth where it has been a major issue in the past...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Post-Draft Power Rankings: How Good is the Patriots Defense?

View image | The NFL Draft is now in the past.  Teams are finished assembling their 90-man rosters. Also, teams are beginning to get to work and are getting primed for serious offseason programs. As the draft has now concluded and NFL teams are now moving to a period of actual season preparation, we at TopSportsReport thought it’d be a good time to evaluate...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

How Much Is The 5th Year Option Worth?

One of the more interesting mechanics of the new CBA is the option for what is in essence a 1-year extension for all players that were drafted in the first round.  The way it works is that all players drafted in the 1st round are split into 2 groups based on draft order (1-10, 11-32) and a value based on the 3rd through 25th highest salaries of the players respective position is...
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Devin McCourty: Pats using offseason workouts to trash talk

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — The New England Patriots aren’t allowed to practice yet, so they’re using the next four weeks to get their bodies, and trash talk, in game shape. Patriots captain Devin McCourty will have new starting cornerbacks around him in 2015, but at this point, he’s not too eager to get back on the practice field to see how the new-look secondary jells. “Uh...
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty on Patriots secondary: ‘I’d be lying if I told you we were gonna be great’

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports The New England Patriots will be without Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, their top two corners from their fourth Super Bowl-winning season, in 2015.  Defensive back Devin McCourty doesn’t know what to expect from the secondary this season. “I’d be lying if I came out here and told you we were gonna be great,” he said. “Same thing last...
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April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty Unsure How Patriots’ Secondary Will Shake Out In 2015

FOXBORO, Mass. — Devin McCourty could be under a lot of pressure in 2015 after signing a five-year, $47.5 million contract over the offseason. The free safety is the only Pro Bowl-caliber player left on the New England Patriots’ secondary after the team allowed Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner to walk in free agency after just one year. McCourty will have new starting cornerbacks...
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots react to 'tragic, sad' news of Hernandez conviction

Aaron Hernandez’s name hasn’t been mentioned very frequently in Gillette Stadium over the past 22 months. New England Patriots players have been focused on football, not their former teammate who has been sitting in jail. Patriots safety Devin McCourty and special-teams ace Matthew Slater were asked Tuesday about Hernandez, who was found guilty of first-degree murder last...
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Darrelle Revis to rejoin Patriots for White House trip

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis will rejoin his former team, the New England Patriots, next Thursday for the traditional Super Bowl celebration at the White House, according to Revis joining his former team might be a bit akward since both teams have filed tampering chargers that are still pending. The Patriots accused Jets owner...
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April 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Top Belichick Draft Classes, 4: 2010

In 2010 the New England Patriots were trying to bounce back from arguably the worst season in the Tom Brady, Bill Belichick era. The team had a depleted secondary and zero versatility on offense. Both issues were addressed and their picks paid off immediately. Here are some of the players that have flourished the most since 2010.Devin McCourty: The corner back position was a gapping...
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April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Jets Draft History – 2010

The sixth installment of our ten part series examining the last ten New York Jets drafts, with a look at 2010 — a year of flops. 1st Round, 29th overall pick — Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St. In the lead up to this draft, there was a lot of talk about the Jets drafting CB Devin McCourty. When the Patriots snagged him two spots ahead of Gang Green, it was time to go to plan B...
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March 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the New England Patriots Still Have a Top Flight Defense?

In the midst of a hectic free agency period, the crew at TopSportsReport decided that it was time to take a deep look at the roster shifts occurring and determine which teams are getting better and which teams are getting worse.  To present these opinions, I have decided to write a defensive power rankings article.  In this article, I go team by team and discuss each teams’ current...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Texans sign S Rahim Moore

Given that it was a weak safety market, especially after Devin McCourty re-signed with the Patriots, I thought Rahim Moore had a good chance to be overpaid. There was an argument to be made that he was the best safety that hit the open market this off-season. Given that, the Texans deserve credit for landing him on a 3-year, 12 million dollar deal with nothing guaranteed past 2015...
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots re-sign S Devin McCourty

The Patriots were unable to re-sign Darrelle Revis, but they did well to bring back Devin McCourty before the start of free agency. It was a weak safety market so McCourty easily could have been overpaid, but this deal, which pays him 47.5 million over 5 years with 28.5 million guaranteed, is appropriate for someone of McCourty’s skill set. It’s right in the middle in total money...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Free agent options for Patriots after losing Darrelle Revis

The New England Patriots lost the bidding war for Darrelle Revis and parted ways with Brandon Browner.  They can bring Browner back, but the 30-year-old won’t be as effective without Revis on the opposite side. To fill the void left by the two corners, the Patriots still have free-agent options: 1. Tramon Williams: The former Packers cornerback has recorded at least one...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Percy Harvin likely heading to the New England Patriots?

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports The New York Jets have officially released former star wide receiver Percy Harvin, and there are going to be quite a few teams that are interested in signing him. According to a report from Ian Rapoport, the New England Patriots appear to have a very good chance to sign Harvin. Team to watch for Percy Harvin: The New England #Patriots. I’m told...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: Offseason moves made

It’s that time of year again, a time when players come and go, free agents become available to the open market, while at the same time the draft slowly approaches.  As of right now the New England Patriots have many decisions to make. After coming off their first super bowl win in a decade, the team has many valuable players who are now free agents. Although there will be many...
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty: New England Offered Best Chance To Win With Contract

As the best safety on the free-agent market this offseason, Devin McCourty likely could have fetched more than what the New England Patriots gave him. But not every team could guarantee a trip to the playoffs quite like the Pats. McCourty called into “NESN Live” on Monday to talk about his reported five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Pats. He debunked the rumors that...
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Reports: Devin McCourty Will Only Count $6 Million Against 2015 Salary Cap

The New England Patriots gave safety Devin McCourty a giant five-year, $47.5 million contract Sunday night, but it shouldn’t preclude the team from making further moves in free agency. McCourty will only carry a $6 million cap hit, according to multiple reports. projects the Patriots’ to be $9.556 million under the 2015 salary cap after Darrelle Revis and Vince Wilfork...
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty: Darrelle Revis would take contract similar to mine

One free agent defensive back down for the Patriots, another big one to go. The Pats and safety Devin McCourty agreed to a deal Sunday that will make the former Rutgers star the second-highest paid safety in the game. The contract is for five years and pays McCourty $28.5 million guaranteed and $47.5 million overall....Read More
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty Wants Vince Wilfork Back: ‘I’m Going To Do Everything I Can’

Devin McCourty is staying in New England, and his first order of business might be trying to get Vince Wilfork to do the same. McCourty has agreed to return to the Patriots after dabbling in free agency during the NFL’s legal tampering process over the weekend, reportedly coming to terms on a new five-year contract with New England. Now McCourty’s...
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Stay Consistent, Ink McCourty to Big Deal

Reports late Sunday night that highly-coveted free agent safety Devin McCourty will now return to New England hit on every note that sober observers of the Patriots have come to expect.  When New England's own draft picks prove to be the best in the game, they retain them.   And when they retain them, they do so at near top-of-market rates, but not market-setting rates.  Mankins...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots nearly lost Devin McCourty to higher offer

The New England Patriots took care of one of their biggest offseason priorities late Sunday night when they signed safety Devin McCourty to a five-year, $47.5 million deal. Shortly before McCourty agreed to those terms, his future with the team was very much in doubt. Mike Reiss of reports that the Patriots were so...Read More
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Devin McCourty’s Mega Contract Proves Patriots Are Smart, Not Cheap

The New England Patriots are perceived to be cheap. It’s false, of course. The Patriots are smart, not frugal. The Patriots are held to the same standards as any other team and spend up to and sometimes over the NFL’s salary cap. They just won’t spend top dollar on big, splashy free agents. They know better than anyone else that free agents are available for a reason. A...
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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