Reloading The Musket - Part 4: Patriots Looking For Pass Rush Depth To Step Up

Sheard is a relentless strong-side pass rusher that could spell Ninkovich, or even bump him to outside linebackerMost folks who follow football will be familiar with the name Whitney Mercilus.No, the relentless edge rusher for the Houston Texans hasn't popped up in any rumored connections with the New England Patriots - though their starry-eyed fans are always on the lookout for...
Via Foxborough Free Press
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Three free agents the New England Patriots should have spent money on

The New England Patriots had an interesting free agency. While they brought back Devin McCourty, the loss of Darrelle Revis could prove painful. Jabaal Sheard seems to be a nice addition, but was he the best option? Bill Belichick rarely makes big moves during free agency, but could he have done a little more? Here are three free agents the Patriots should have spent money on instead...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick Calls Patriots Free-Agent Signings ‘Productive’ But Offers Little Else

The way Bill Belichick talked about the New England Patriots’ additions this offseason, one might think the head coach briefly looked at a stat sheet and blindly offered them a contract. Belichick called pass rusher Jabaal Sheard and tight end Scott Chandler “productive players” Tuesday at the NFL Annual Meeting, but he would only say “we’ll see how it goes” when asked...
Via NESN.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Is The Biggest Threat To The Patriots In The AFC East?

As the first major wave of free agency has come to a halt, it is time to evaluate who the winners and losers of free agency are thus far. You could certainly say that the New England Patriots have been losers so far seeing how they've lost key pieces such as Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner, Vince Wilfork, and Shane Vereen. However, the team has gained solid free agents in Jabaal...
Via Pro Football Spot
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The top 3 value signings of free agency

NFL teams can’t really win free agency. It’s impossible to win something that exists right now only as news that bounces across a ticker or your computer screen. None of the signings have had any influence on the winning and losing that actually matters. You know, the games. Free agency can only be won or lost in hindsight. And most often the winners aren’t those who dump money...
Via This Given Sunday
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The top 3 value signings of free agency

NFL teams can’t really win free agency. It’s impossible to win something that exists right now only as news that bounces across a ticker or your computer screen. None of the signings have had any influence on the winning and losing that actually matters. You know, the games. Free agency can only be won or lost in hindsight. And most often the winners aren’t those who dump money...
Via Bloguin Best
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Sheard, Chandler excited for opportunities to win with Pats

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Jabaal Sheard is excited about getting a chance with the New England Patriots - four years after thinking he would start his NFL career with them. New teammate Scott Chandler, meanwhile, is looking forward to playing for his former AFC East rival. The two free-agent signees recently agreed to two-year contracts with the Patriots. Sheard, a defensive end/linebacker...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Jabaal Sheard’s Run-Stopping Skills Should Help Keep Patriots’ Starters Fresh

Jabaal Sheard received a second chance to play for the New England Patriots. The newly signed edge defender thought he was going to be drafted by the Patriots when he came out of Pittsburgh in 2011. He spent four years with the Cleveland Browns after being a second-round draft pick, and after hitting free agency, winning was key at his next destination. “Coming from a not-so-good...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Patriots sign DE Jabaal Sheard

Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich are a solid edge rusher duo, regardless of scheme, but they had no depth behind them in 2013, which is why they played 1142 and 1114 snaps respectively, 1st and 2nd among 4-3 defensive ends in snaps played respectively. The Patriots added Akeem Ayers for depth purposes in 2014 when Chandler Jones got hurt and he did well in that role, but he left...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots Free Agent Tracker: Jabaal Sheard Highlights Free-Agent Signings

Now on the third wave of free-agent signings, some New England Patriots fans are getting impatient with head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots have allowed cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork to walk in free agency, and they’ve mostly signed and re-signed role players. Pass rusher Jabaal Sheard headlines the Patriots’ list of free...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland Browns: A Week in Review

The Cleveland Browns haven’t been too terribly active thus far through free agency. However, the team has made some moves, and it has also lost a fair amount of starters. This is a Browns week in review from March 8th-15th.Unrestricted Free Agents Who Signed Elsewhere:Jabaal Sheard: The Browns drafted Sheard in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The outside linebacker out...
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March 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Who is Jabaal Sheard?

Just over a month ago the New England Patriots were on cloud nine. They were faced with DeflateGate while the shadow of the Legion of Boom covered them as they attempted their fourth Lombardi Trophy. After a late fourth quarter drive that saw Tom Brady connect with Julian Edelman for a touchdown, things were looking good. Then Seattle marched down the field and was inches, literally...
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Revis Fallout Continues…

The Bruins and Celtics have had exciting wins this week, and the Red Sox are ramping up towards opening day. But still much of the local talk this week has centered on the bumbling, incompetent, cheap, Super Bowl winning franchise that plays NFL games in Gillette Stadium. The Patriots have had five players from their Super Bowl team sign elsewhere – Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner...
Via Boston Sports Media Watch
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Jabaal Sheard: Patriots’ Winning Culture Drove Me To Sign As Free Agent

Jabaal Sheard wants to win some football games, so it appears he came to the right team. The veteran pass rusher won just 20 games in four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, and Sheard said history of success played a large part in his decision to sign with the New England Patriots in free agency. “Just the whole feel of winning,” Sheard told Patriots.com’s Jackie Brittain...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots announce trio of defensive signings

The New England Patriots have signed free agents cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, linebacker Jonathan Freeny and defensive frontman Jabaal Sheard. Sheard, a four-year veteran,... [Click headline for full story]
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots sign 3 to defense

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have signed a cornerback after losing both of their starters on the opening day of free agency. A day after saying goodbye to Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, the Patriots picked up cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, a 2011 fourth-round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders. New England also added defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard and linebacker...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots 7 Round Mock Draft – FA Edition

Round One – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington View image | gettyimages.com I know many people believe that it’s a lock that New England will select an Offensive Guard here, but with players at the position who at least started for the team last year, and with an offensive line that is still talented, I have a hard time believing that the Patriots would neglect their need...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Jabaal Sheard Should Be Perfect Situational Pass Rusher For Patriots

There’s no need to question Jabaal Sheard’s toughness. The New England Patriots’ recently signed pass rusher played the end of last season with a broken foot, according to a source. He’ll fit in with the Patriots just fine. The Patriots haven’t used a situational pass rusher since 2011, when Mark Anderson put up double-digit sacks in the role, but now Rob Ninkovich and...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: New England Patriots sign Cleveland Browns pass rusher to two-year deal

So far the New England Patriots have seen Shane Vereen and Darrelle Revis walk out the door in free agency. It’s about time that the champs made a move of their own. In that spirit the Patriots are adding some depth to their defensive line… AROUND COVER32 QB Rankings: Rating every QB from 1-32 based on needing them for one drive Power Rankings: Rating the NFL’s free-agent...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Jabaal Sheard signs two-year, $11 million deal with Patriots

The Cleveland Browns’ talent balance sheet is growing redder by the day. Defensive end/linebacker Jabaal Sheard is the latest player to leave Cleveland, having signed a two-year contract with the New England Patriots that could be worth up to $11 million, and which includes $5.5 million guaranteed. This signing, along with most every piece of NFL news in the twenty-first century...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Jabaal Sheard Signed By Patriots To Two-Year Deal, Boosting Pass Rush

The New England Patriots finally made a splash in free agency. The Patriots signed pass rusher Jabaal Sheard to a two-year deal worth $11 million with a $4 million signing bonus, the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson reported Wednesday. Sheard went to New England for a free-agent visit Tuesday night. Sheard has 23 sacks in four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He has experience as...
Via NESN.com
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots Hosting Jabaal Sheard On Free-Agent Visit

The New England Patriots could boost their pass rush via free agency. Former Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard is going to Foxboro on Tuesday night for a free-agent visit with the Patriots, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported. Sheard has 23 sacks in four seasons with the Browns after being a second-round pick out of Pittsburgh in 2011. His most productive season came...
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March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots Show Interest In Free-Agent Pass-Rusher Jabaal Sheard

Michael Lombardi’s influence on the New England Patriots has extended into 2015 free agency. The Patriots are “in the running” for Cleveland Browns free-agent pass rusher Jabaal Sheard, Yahoo! Sports’ reported Monday morning. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals also have shown interest in Sheard, Getlin notes. Lombardi, who now serves as an...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Buccaneers, Bengals, Seahawks, & Patriots All In The Running For OLB Jabaal Sheard

Rand Getlin of Yahoo Sports reports that the Buccaneers, Bengals, Seahawks, and Patriots are all in the running for OLB  Jabaal Sheard. Sheard, 25, has played out his four-year, $5,090,250 rookie contract that included $3,133,375 guaranteed with the Browns and is now among the best available edge players in this year’s free agent market. In 2014, Sheard recorded 44 tackles, two ...
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March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

The Seattle Seahawks And The Free Agent Field

Free agency begins on March 10th and all indicators point to the Seattle Seahawks being very active. While the Seahawks don’t have a mountain of money to spend like the Oakland Raiders ($63 million), they do have a respectable $30 million available to retool an already impressive Super Bowl roster. It is hard to pin-point exactly who the Seahawks will pursue in free agency as the...
Via Oregon Sports News
March 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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