Patriots’ Secondary Striving Despite Lack Of Continuity At Strong Safety

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots are trotting out the rare “strong safety-by-committee” this season. Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung and Tavon Wilson were supposed to be competing for the starting role at strong safety during training camp and the preseason, but head coach Bill Belichick has chosen to move forward with a rotation next to Devin McCourty instead through...
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September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Tim Wright Brings Unique Skill Set At Tight End To Patriots In Trade

FOXBORO, Mass. — Tim Wright’s former teammates weren’t finished lamenting the loss of offensive captain Logan Mankins in the locker room on Tuesday, but they were excited to have the undersized tight end on the New England Patriots. Wright, who came to the Patriots with a 2015 fourth-round pick for Mankins in a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, played at Rutgers with defensive...
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August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pats defense aggressive, opportunistic in win over Philly

BY DAN BEGNOCHEThe New England Patriots defense didn't see a ton of time on the field Friday night against the Philadelphia Eagles, but there were plenty of takeaways on either side of the spectrum in their limited performance.First, the good: New England was plus-three in the turnover department, a product of a pair of interceptions by defensive backs Nate Ebner and Duron Harmon...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The New England Patriots release their first depth chart of the year

In just a few hours, the first kickoff of the season will take place in Canton, Ohio, as the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants face off. Even if it’s just one sloppy preseason game, it’s still football. With that said, the Patriots have taken one step closer to their first preseason game with the release of their first depth chart. Here’s a look: There aren’t many surprises...
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August 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Patrick Chung: Patriots’ ‘Smart, Funny’ Secondary ‘A Really Good Group’

FOXBORO, Mass. — Patrick Chung is happy to be back “home” with the New England Patriots, even if he doesn’t regain his starting job on the team’s super secondary. Chung is part of a small group, which also includes second-year pro Duron Harmon and 2012 second-round pick Tavon Wilson, competing for the starting strong safety role. Devin McCourty is entrenched as the starter...
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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: New England Patriots have to find a partner for Devin McCourty

While the New England Patriots reloaded in the defensive backfield this offseason by signing free agent cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the team is still thin at safety with little proven depth behind All-Pro free safety Devin McCourty. Earlier in the offseason the Patriots released Steve Gregory, their starting strong safety of the past two seasons. In his place...
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July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Aaron Dobson and Duron Harmon have nowhere to go but up

Via ESPN.comThere is nothing more devastating for a young player than a Sophomore slump. Perhaps the spotlight stifles players to shine, but when you are on a team as deep as the New England Patriots you have no choice but to stand out.With training camp starting this week pressure to be brilliant may be higher than others. At two of the biggest competition positions both sophomores...
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July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Five potential breakout players for the New England Patriots in 2014

The New England Patriots spent the offseason adding to both sides of the ball, through free agency and the NFL Draft. With defensive tackle and first-round draft pick Dominique Easley, and cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, added to the defense, and wide receiver Brandon LaFell and fourth-round draft pick running back James White added to the offense, there are a number...
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July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' Harmon: 'There are no starters right now'

BY NICK ST. DENISNew England Patriots safety Duron Harmon is the leader in the clubhouse to start Week 1 next to Devin McCourty.This early in the summer, however, the sophomore defensive back insists isn't keeping track.“There are no starters right now,” Harmon said last week, via Patriots.com. “My mentality is just trying to get better each and every day and just try to...
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots DB Duron Harmon: A hidden gem?

New England Patriots defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, has all kinds of new weapons to use in his secondary this season. With the addition of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the secondary is poised to have some stability for the first time in many years. Outside of these key additions there…
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June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots bounce-back candidates for 2014

The New England Patriots are in an enviable position in the AFC. Along with Denver, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis the Patriots are in position as a pre-season favorite to represent the conference in the Super Bowl. New England is coming off back-to-back 12-4 seasons which saw them fall short of the big game as they lost in the AFC Championship game following the 2012 and 2013 seasons...
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June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Duron Harmon, Logan Ryan’s Work Ethic Inspires Patriots’ Devin McCourty

FOXBORO, Mass. — Bill Belichick was criticized during the 2013 NFL draft when he went to the Rutgers well one too many times. Belichick might wind up having the last laugh, however, since it appears he found a couple of winners in defensive backs Duron Harmon and Logan Ryan. Harmon and Ryan are in very different situations going into the 2014 season. Harmon is the favorite to...
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June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Film Study: Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung Vie For Starting Safety Role | New England Patriots | NESN.com

Patriots Film Study: Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung Vie For Starting Safety Role | New England Patriots...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Film Study: Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung Vie For Starting Safety Role

The New England Patriots, in a roundabout way, showed a lot of faith in Duron Harmon when they released last year’s starting strong safety, Steve Gregory, in February. The Patriots proved how invested they are in last year’s third-round pick when they didn’t sign a high-priced free agent or select a top pick at the position. Harmon hasn’t earned the starting role yet, however...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Duron Harmon Preparing Like A Starter For Patriots Without Job Locked Down

FOXBORO, Mass. — Duron Harmon has a golden opportunity in front of him, but he knows that nothing is guaranteed with the New England Patriots. Harmon has the chance to start in just his second season with the Patriots after last year’s strong safety, Steve Gregory, was released in February. Harmon toed the company line when asked if he’s going into the 2014 season thinking...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Post-Draft Roster Reset: Duron Harmon In Safety Competition

Cutting Steve Gregory in February showed that the New England Patriots have confidence in one of their young players to step up and start next to Devin McCourty at safety in 2014. The Patriots also decided not to spend on a high-priced free-agent safety, and they didn’t use a draft pick on a defensive back until the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft. Over the last two weeks, NESN...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Bolden and Harmon Sign Autographs At Greyhound Friends Event (Video)

New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden and safety Duron Harmon joined Greyhound Friends of Hopkinton, Mass. for their spring open house to sign autographs and promote the adoption of the organization’s dogs Saturday. “These dogs have had terrible lives some of them,” Harmon said. “If I can come out here and just sign a few pictures to help raise money and help these...
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May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Patrick Chung hopes second time's the charm

It's a bit weird to think that a team's second round pick from 2009 would be looking for a shot at redemption with the very team that drafted him but that's the position which Patrick Chung finds himself in this year. Chung spent one season with the Eagles before returning to New England following Philadelphia's decision to cut him from their roster. Chung is...
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May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Draft Needs: Positional review- Safety

Do you trust Duron Harmon? Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesPosition: SafetyCurrently under contract:Devin McCourty (signed through 2014)Duron Harmon (signed through 2016)Patrick Chung (signed through 2014)Nate Ebner (signed through 2015)Tavon Wilson (signed through 2015)Kanorris Davis (signed through 2015)Need: Short-term: moderate, Long-term: moderatePostional outlook: It all depends...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Who is the best safety ever drafted by the New Englan Patriots?

The New England Patriots have been attempting to upgrade the safety position seemingly since potential future Hall-of-Fame strong safety Rodney Harrison retired after the 2008 season. The team has explored free agency (Steve Gregory, Adrian Wilson), moving a cornerback (Devin McCourty), and the draft (Tavon Wilson, Duron Harmon) in just the past two years in attempt to find a combination...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Safety position could derail strong secondary in New England

The New England Patriots are just weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft and as usual the team is mum about draft prospects. The team reloaded the defensive backfield by signing free agent cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. However, the team is still thin at safety as there is little proven depth behind All-Pro free safety Devin McCourty. With the pre-draft visit of top...
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April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots workout bonuses to be paid

The Patriots begin their offseason workouts tomorrow! While there is always reason to be excited about team-related activities picking up pace once again, some of the Patriots players will have extra incentives to show up due to workout bonuses. Per Field Yates of ESPN Boston, here's the players who have some monetary gain to be made by showing up to offseason workouts...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Do the Patriots already have a big and hard-hitting safety in Duron Harmon?

Last season, the Patriots trotted out the smallest safety unit in the league with Devin McCourty (five-foot-eleven, 193 lbs) and Steve Gregory (five-foot-eleven, 200 lbs). With "big" and "hard-hitting" safeties becoming the hot commodities in NFL circles (largely due to the Super Bowl-winning Seahawks), one figures that the Patriots would be looking for a guy...
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April 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Duron Harmon ready for opportunity

With the departures of Steve Gregory and Adrian Wilson, the path seems clear for Duron Harmon to assume the starting safety role. That doesn't mean that Harmon is taking anything for granted. He knows that he has to prove that he's worthy of a starting job. It won't be handed to him: “It’s an opportunity for me to show that I am capable of playing and...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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