Malcolm Butler: I’ll Do ‘Everything I Can’ To Fill Patriots’ Cornerback Void

It’s going to be nearly impossible for Malcolm Butler to top his Super Bowl XLIX-winning interception, but the New England Patriots cornerback is going to try. Butler said “I don’t want that play to define me” in a piece he wrote for The Players’ Tribune. Butler, who was No. 6 on the Patriots’ depth chart at cornerback at times last season, has found himself competing...
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Why the New England Patriots don’t need to draft a cornerback in the first round

Read just about any mock draft this off-season and the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are tied to one of the cornerbacks expected to be drafted at the end of the first round: Todd McShay’s ESPN Mock Draft 4.0 has New England picking Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones at the end of the first round. Ditto for Brent Sobleski at Bleacher Report’s Mock Draft and Bucky...
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3 days ago  |  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

Chris Culliver Among Best Free-Agent Cornerbacks With Darrelle Revis Signed

Darrelle Revis’ departure has left the New England Patriots a bit thin at cornerback. The Patriots had the best cornerback depth in the NFL last season, and now only Kyle Arrington, Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard, Justin Green and Daxton Swanson remain on the roster. Arrington, Ryan and Dennard all have started in the past, but the Patriots lack a true No. 1 option...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Tom Brady: Malcolm Butler Has Intercepted Me In Patriots Practice All Season

PHOENIX — Malcolm Butler’s Super Bowl XLIX-clinching interception wasn’t overly surprising for those who watched the rookie cornerback in training camp. Butler gave quarterbacks Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo fits all summer with impressive pass breakups and interceptions. Apparently that success carried on to the regular season, as well. “He’s been doing...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Prelude To A Title - Part 4: Heavy Rains After Halftime Could Shift Game Plans

The weather forecast for Foxborough on Sunday night is for bleak conditions - especially in the second half - with heavy rain and a sustained wind out of the southeast at 12-15 miles per hour - gusting to 25 mph at times - with temps in the low 40's at kickoff, dropping to the high 30's by the final snap.  It is estimated by the National Weather Service that more than an inch of...
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January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Decreased Pass Rush Among Takeaways From Loss To Bills

Maybe it was his lengthy visit with trainers, but Bill Belichick sounded surprisingly upbeat after falling to the Buffalo Bills at home for the first time since 2000. It’s tough to draw too many conclusions from the New England Patriots’ 17-9 loss to the Bills, since they sat seven starters and rested more for the second half, and perhaps Belichick knows that. The Patriots...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Chandler Jones’ Impressive Comeback Among Patriots-Dolphins Takeaways

Ryan Tannehill must have been the most unhappy person in New England to see Chandler Jones back on the field Sunday. The premier edge defender returned from a hip injury, and the New England Patriots’ defense churned out its best pass-rush performance of the season in a 41-13 blowout win over the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots pressured Tannehill all game and finally sacked the...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Five reasons Patriots won't lose to Dolphins again

The Week 1 New England Patriots weren’t exactly a New York Jets-level disaster, but they were a mess. Even after four successful preseason games and several key offseason acquisitions, they traveled down to Miami, lost, and put Patriots fans in a half-season tailspin. The Patriots bottomed out Week 4 against the Kansas City Chiefs, but their struggles began in the second half...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Recap: The New England Patriots prove to be beatable

The Packers are the hottest team in the NFL, the Patriots are no longer unstoppable, and the AFC playoff race is one big mess. Sunday was an eventful day. MVP – The Patriots Red-Zone Defense The Packers should have blown out the Patriots by much more than five points. They dominated the Patriots in nearly every statistical category, but, when it came down to it, they just couldn’t...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Tyms, Logan Ryan Among Patriots’ Practice Players Of The Week

FOXBORO, Mass. — Brian Tyms still helped the New England Patriots last week, despite not being active for Sunday night’s 43-17 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals. The wide receiver, who recently came off a four-game suspension, was among the Patriots’ eight practice players of the week as they prepared for the Bengals. Tyms, offensive lineman Chris Barker, defensive end...
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October 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick: Talk To NFL About Logan Ryan’s Pass Interference Penalty

The Oakland Raiders were nearly bailed out on a questionable penalty late in the fourth quarter on Sunday in their 16-9 loss to the New England Patriots. Down a touchdown, Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr chucked it deep to wide receiver Andre Holmes with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter. There was contact between Holmes and Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan, and the side judge...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' defense comes out on top in street fight with Raiders

Patriots' defenders congratulate nose tackle Vince Wilfork after his late interception sealed a tight win over Oakland.Penalties have dogged the New England Patriots the first two games of the 2014 NFL season, and it appeared for one fleeting second that a penalty was going to be their undoing on Sunday afternoon against the Oakland Raiders.Instead, a penalty negated what would have...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Defense Lives Up To Elite Potential As Big-Play, Aggressive Unit

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Maybe the New England Patriots’ defense can be “elite,” after all. The Patriots’ lived up their potential in Sunday’s 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, but they still have room to grow. The dominant defensive performance came against a team without its best player and with Matt Cassel at the helm, but they forced four turnovers, recorded...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots still have advantage over Vikings in Patterson trade

The New England Patriots desperately needed a wide receiver entering the 2013 NFL draft and Cordarrelle Patterson was sitting there, waiting to be drafted No. 29 overall. New England chose to trade down, in typical Patriots fashion, picking up second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round draft picks from the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings picked Patterson and the rest might be history...
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September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection: Ryan Mallett, Stevan Ridley Make The Cut

The New England Patriots’ locker room will be tense over the next three days. Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ coaches and front office will review the game film from Thursday night’s preseason finale against the New York Giants and make their final roster decisions before they must cut 22 players by Saturday at 6 p.m. to whittle their roster down to 53 players. The Patriots’...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection 4.0: Ryan Mallett Doesn’t Make The Cut

The New England Patriots’ locker room was eerily calm on Monday afternoon. The Patriots must cut down their roster to 75 players on Tuesday, and the team already showed that anyone can be released when they let go of veteran defenders Tommy Kelly, Will Smith and James Anderson a day earlier. Cutting down this Patriots roster won’t be an easy task for head coach Bill Belichick...
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August 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Darrelle Revis: Bill Belichick Knows When To Name Patriots Starting Secondary

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots have seen a lot of moving parts in their starting secondary throughout training camp and the first two preseason games of 2014. All-Pros Darrell Revis and Devin McCourty are locked into their starting roles at cornerback and safety, respectively, but it’s still unknown who else will fill out the Patriots’ first-team defensive backfield...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection 3.0: Ryan Mallett Among Final Decisions

The New England Patriots’ backup tight end and pass rusher might not be on their 90-man roster yet. The Patriots will keep a close eye on roster cuts throughout the NFL on Aug. 26 and 30. The team is loaded at certain positions, like cornerback and wide receiver, while they still lack important depth. The Patriots won’t be finished constructing their roster until they see which...
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August 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Crowded Secondary Forces Logan Ryan, Kyle Arrington To Safety

FOXBORO, Mass. — Bill Belichick might value versatility more than any professional coach in any sport. The New England Patriots head coach likes wide receivers who can play cornerback, defensive ends who can drop back in coverage, running backs who can split out at wide receiver and defensive backs that can play all over the field. That kind of versatility allows Belichick to put...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Jimmy Garoppolo, Ryan Mallett Shine In Patriots’ Preseason Win Over Eagles

FOXBORO, Mass. — Penalty flags dominated what should have been an entertaining, back-and-forth preseason game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles. Flags seemed to fly during every play, and it severely slowed down the game. Hopefully, by the time the regular season rolls around, teams learn not to commit the penalties that keep getting called or the refs start...
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August 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Training Camp Observations: Jimmy Garoppolo Shines; Ryan Mallett Absent

FOXBORO, Mass. — It might be too early to declare that the New England Patriots have a backup quarterback controversy, but rookie Jimmy Garoppolo is making the most of his reps with Ryan Mallett absent at practice. Garoppolo completed 9-of-14 passes in 7-on-7s drills, and he went 16-of-24 in 11-on-11s. Garoppolo threw an interception in 7-on-7s, but his pass clanged off he hands...
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August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Weekly Rewind: Jimmy Garoppolo; Cornerbacks; Ryan Mallett; Lessons learned

In case you missed it: Columns from the cover32 universe to catch up on anything and everything from the New England Patriots this week. New England Patriots - Jimmy Garoppolo is gaining confidence. (READ) - Should Logan Ryan be starting at cornerback. (READ) - Is Ryan Mallett a starting NFL quarterback. (READ) - What have we learned so far this offseason. (READ) You may also be...
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August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Five things to watch for in the New England Patriots preseason opener

The moment we have all been waiting for is here. Tonight the New England Patriots take on the Washington Redskins in their opening preseason game of the 2014-15 season. Here are five things to look for in the NFL and for the New England Patriots this week. Ryan Mallet a Starter? NFL.com had an interesting story on Monday quoting Mike Mayock who, after watching the Patriots scrimmage...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Should Logan Ryan start at cornerback for the New England Patriots?

New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner made headlines this week with his physical play in the joint practices with the Washington Redskins. Browner has been lauded for having brought a physical presence to the New England secondary this preseason. However, there is one problem for the Patriots: after the preseason, Browner must serve a four-game suspension, and New England...
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August 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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