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...
Via AFC East Daily
August 16, 2014  |  Discuss

On the Bubble: Tavon Wilson, Patrick Chung and Nate Ebner: pick two

Greatest safety in Patriots history? Rodney Harrison, Don Webb, Tim Fox, Lawyer Milloy, Fred Marion, Roland James, Randy Moss (final play of game replacement), or Devin McCourty? As we enter training camp for 2014, there are roster locks like Stephen Gostkowski, Chandler Jones, Devin McCourty and Julian Edelman that come to mind. For the safety position, we are trying...
Via Patriots Life
July 20, 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...
Via Ex Pats
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Is Stephen Gostkowski the best kicker drafted by the Patriots?

This is the final installment of the New England Patriots best draft pick ever feature at this off-season. If you missed any previous position installments, they can be found here. The series finishes with a look at the special teams performers drafted, particularly the kicker and punter positions. The New England Patriots have hardly spent a large number of draft picks...
Via cover32 - Patriots
May 06, 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...
Via Patriots Life
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Patriots find their solution at defensive back through free agency?

Is free agency the solution to the Patriots defensive back needs? Earlier this week cover32’s Buck Stanton released his list of Top 10 free agent defensive backs, and the depth throughout the league is promising for teams looking to strengthen coverage schemes. To be sure, Aqib Talib is still the Patriots number one target, but every hour that passes before Saturday is ominous...
Via cover32 - Patriots
March 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 12 Pick Six: It's Pats Fantasy Time

Week 11 the Pats head to Charlotte to take on the Panthers. They are a team on a roll right now. Pats Pick Six - our free Patriots-only fantasy challenge - is all about figuring out which players will step up to end the Panthers' streak. So get in the game and make your team! - - Play...
Via Ex Pats
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Predicting the Patriots' Inactive Players

Seeing as how the 53 man roster has to be shaved down to 46 for game day, here are the seven players who are most likely to miss tomorrow's game against the Saints. Steve Beauharnais: He's been a healthy scratch for almost every game this season. Expect that to happen again as the Patriots linebackers are healthy. Leon Washington: Already ruled out. Tommy...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Five Patriots ruled out for season opener--cover32

Five Patriots ruled out for season opener--cover32: Here’s the list of Pats ruled out for Week 1 vs. the Buffalo Bills: Rob Gronkowski, TE: Back Aaron Dobson, WR: Hamstring Brandon Bolden, RB: Knee Duron Harmon, S: Hamstring Nate Ebner, S: Ankle Will Svitek, OL: Knee
Via Pats 360
September 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots not expected to play--ESPN Boston

Patriots not expected to play--ESPN Boston: Here’s a list of players that aren’t expected to play in New England’s preseason opener in Philadelphia: OFFENSE Wide receivers: Michael Jenkins, Mark Harrison Tight ends: Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Ford Offensive linemen: Dan Connolly, Marcus Cannon, Markus Zusevics, Tyronne Green, Kevin Haslam DEFENSE Defensive tackle: Armond Armstead...
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August 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Searching For The Next Mosi Tatupu

It’s been a busy summer for the New England Patriots, for many of the wrong reasons. Now that training camp lies just around the corner (yes, please), we figured we’d get away from all that nasty business and start compiling a list of potential fan favorites for 2013. Whether or not you were a card-carrying member of Mosi’s Mooses, you probably know something about the late...
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July 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Scouting report: Duron Harmon--ESPN Boston

Scouting report: Duron Harmon--ESPN Boston: Projection: Also like Ryan, Harmon should benefit from not being forced into action immediately on defense as a rookie. Assuming Devin McCourty remains at free safety (there’s little to suggest otherwise), there are three veterans who project ahead of Harmon on the depth chart: Steve Gregory, Tavon Wilson and Adrian Wilson. But...
Via Pats 360
May 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Patriots rookie roundup

The 2012/13 Patriots season consisted of a strong performance from this year's rookie class, both draft picks and undrafted free agents. With a litany of poor draft picks that never panned out in recent years (Ras-I Dowling appearing to be the latest), it's encouraging to see how promising this year's rookie group looks. While first rounders Hightower and Jones grab the...
Via Patriots Life
January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Banged up Patriots defense relied on young players that could benefit them in the long term

Entering the bye, there are two theories on the Patriots defense. Either they are improving, or they simply can’t cover. The 50-yard touchdown catch on St. Louis’s first drive by Chris Givens was the exact route Sidney Rice ran in the Seattle game for their game winning touchdown. Rookie Alfonso Dennard re-routed Givens to Tavon Wilson, who made the same mistake of not getting...
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October 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Coaching as much to blame for Patriots' defensive failures

On their last touchdown drive, the Seattle Seahawks, with just two wideouts, scored on a Patriots defense that was in a base 4-3. Why on earth would they be in a base defense? Kyle Arrington, arguably the Patriots’ best cornerback, was benched early in the game, leaving inexperience on the field. Nate Ebner, solid on blitzes, but a terrible cover guy, was out on the field playing...
Via 60 Max Power O
October 15, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 New England Patriots Preview: Defense on the Rise

Welcome back to the 2012 Patriots Preview; today's topic is the defense.This is the area of the team that had the most room for improvement. And they did get better, but the questions are, did they improve enough, and did they improve in the right areas of the defense. The answers are on your screen, just a few paragraphs away.Significant Arrivals: DE Chandler Jones, DE Trevor...
Via Football Nation
September 08, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NFL Preseason Week Three: Patriots vs. Buccaneers

The New England Patriots traveled to Tampa Bay to take on the Buccaneers Friday night.This being the third preseason game for the Patriots, the starters played into the third quarter. The results however were less than encouraging for offense.The Buccaneers' defense represented a good challenge for the Patriots' offense.Patriots’ offensive line struggled early and often...
Via Football Nation
August 25, 2012  |  Discuss

“Rookie Nate Ebner was on the top kickoff return unit...

“Rookie Nate Ebner was on the top kickoff return unit after on his second practice day.” - Boston Globe (pic via Patriots Training Camp Day 10 - Sunday, August 5, 2012)
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August 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots Sign Pair of Draft Picks

The New England Patriots have announced the signings of two more members of their 2012 NFL Draft Class. First round pick Chandler Jones, a defensive end out of Syracuse, has come to terms with the team. Jones who missed the first five games with a knee injury registered 4.5 sacks in just 7 games and surely would have been a Top 10 pick if it weren’t for the injury. He was a 2011...
Via Sox and Dawgs
May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots Run Through Final Practice of Rookie Camp at Gillette Stadium

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots ran through their final practice of rookie camp Saturday, and all 20 players were present for the session, which was held in shorts, T-shirts and helmets on the outside fields. The 20 players included seven draft picks, seven undrafted free agents and six players with one year of experience. Sixth-round pick Nate Ebner was a limited participant during...
May 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower Lead Patriots' First Practice of Rookie Camp, Nate Ebner Nursing Injury

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots ran through their first open practice of rookie camp Friday, and all 20 expected participants were accounted for during the media portion of the session. There were also some unidentified tryout players in attendance. The 20 expected participants included seven draft picks, seven undrafted free agents and six players who were also in the NFL in some...
May 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Nate Ebner Earns 'Leonidas' Nickname, Dubbed Ohio State's Most Valuable Player for Strong Work Ethic

The legend of Nate Ebner is consuming all of New England. The Patriots' sixth-round draft pick was initially met with the lice effect, as many in the NFL universe scratched their heads while trying to figure out Ebner's deal. He was listed as an Ohio State safety, but he only played three snaps on defense last season. And his biography had more impressive details about his...
May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Rugby Star Gets Drafted by the New England Patriots

Despite the seeming similarities between the two sports, there isn't very much cross-over between the athletes who play football and rugby. Newly drafted by the New England Patriots in the sixth round, Nate Ebner of Ohio State University is hoping to be a trendsetter. A newcomer to football, Ebner had been playing rugby at a high level for years, earning the MVP for the US National...
Via The Slanch Report
May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots get defensive in 2012 draft

Watching his defense let two Super Bowls slip away was enough for Bill Belichick. The 2012 draft was set for adding some playmakers and the Patriots followed through. 6 of 7 picks were used on the defensive side of the ball. The Patriots obviously felt this was the time to get some skill players earlier than normal. Chandler Jones is a huge defensive end who could be converted...
Via 60 Max Power O
May 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Patriots Undrafted Free Agents Review

By Chris Warner New England entered the draft needing defensive help and went after it, snatching pass-rushers (Chandler Jones, Dont’a  Hightower and Jake Bequette, oh my!) plus defensive backs (Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner, Alfonzo Dennard) before snagging a receiver (Jeremy Ebert) in Round Seven. That late focus on offense continued post-draft, as the Patriots invited two offensive...
Via Boston Sports Media Watch
April 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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