Report: Patriots Change Sebastian Vollmer’s 2014 Contract Incentives

It appears an extra payday might be a little easier to achieve for Sebastian Vollmer. The New England Patriots have changed the incentives in their starting right tackle’s contract by decreasing the percentage of plays he needs to earn his goals, league sources told ESPN’s Field Yates on Monday. According to Yates, Vollmer now will earn $1 million if he plays 70 percent of the...
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Reportedly Rework OT Sebastian Vollmer’s Contract

Field Yates of ESPN reports that the Patriots have restructured RT Sebastian Vollmer‘s contract and decreased the percentage of snaps it will require for him to earn the $2 million in incentives included in his current agreement. Under Vollmer’s previous agreement, he would have earned $1 million for playing 80 percent of the Pats’ offensive snaps and another $2 million...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
November 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Dave DeGuglielmo: No Magic Formula To O-Line’s Improvement

FOXBORO, Mass. — Don’t feel bad if Dave DeGuglielmo never responded to your text message. The New England Patriots offensive line coach, a Cambridge, Mass., native, wasn’t only receiving criticism from the media when his unit struggled to start the season but also his friends and family. DeGuglielmo took over for longtime Patriots assistant Dante Scarnecchia, and after the...
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Predicting Patriots vs Broncos Week 9 - PatriotsLife roundtable

It's pretty obvious that when you poll a couple Patriots bloggers, they are probably going to pick their team to win. So, instead we look at where we do differ- the final score.Here's a roundup of some of our writers predictions for the team's upcoming game - Denver vs New England. -------- Mike Saver (@MikeASaver)Broncos by 11I think the Broncos may end up going down as one of...
Via Patriots Life
November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The top-three match ups to watch in New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

As we approach the New England Patriots’ Week 9 tilt against the Denver Broncos, everyone will be (and are probably already) boiling it down to the quarterbacks. Yes, this is Tom Brady and Peyton Manning going “head-to-head” for the 16th time in their storied careers. However, I’m quick to point out there won’t be a moment when those two will be battling each other directly…unless...
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October 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots-Bills Live: New England Must Reorganize Offensive Line Again

10:20 p.m. ET: The New England Patriots finally found a suitable combination on their offensive line in the team’s 43-17 trouncing of the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The Patriots will have to shake up the starting O-line for the third straight week now, however, with rookie center Bryan Stork out with a concussion. Marcus Cannon or Josh Kline could get the start in Stork’s...
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

O-line turns it around: a look at the advanced stats

Boy was that something special, huh?Perhaps it took being on the verge of a crisis to truly appreciate the fortitude that lies deeply ingrained within this franchise but time after time it shows up and it never ceases to amaze me. While there was a display of resiliency from everyone who took to the Foxborough turf on Sunday night against the Bengals, one of the finest examples was...
Via Patriots Life
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Are the Patriots Legitimate Super Bowl Contenders?

Kyle:  Talk to me on Monday about this one. If they play the best team in football close Sunday, or somehow, miraculously win, then they can be considered contenders. As they stand today, the Pats are NOT Super Bowl contenders as of today. My sense is there are too many leaks in this Titanic to fix on a short week. Rick:  At this point, the Patriots are not legitimate Super...
Via Foxboro Blog
October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Why keep the cap space?

Could spending the cap have stopped this? (Dilip Vishwanat)Following Monday's embarrassing loss, people began to ask serious questions. One such question is why do the Patriots have $14.1 million in cap space when the roster clearly is missing some form of an upgrade. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe wrote a piece concerning this issue. Currently, the team is taking cap hits for Aaron...
Via Patriots Life
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Loss To Chiefs Proves Issues Run Deeper Than Originally Assumed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The most excited players in the New England Patriots’ locker room should be the offensive linemen. The heat is off for at least five days. Everything went wrong for the Patriots on Monday night in their 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Everything. Even Patriots players who garnered the most confidence heading into the 2014 season, like quarterback Tom...
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

PatriotsLife Mailbag: Panic in New England?

Concerns over the struggling offensive line dominate our first ever mailbag. Jessica Rinaldi/Boston GlobeThe standings may say the Pats are 2-1 and tied for the division lead, but Patriots fans know better than to be impressed with the sluggish play the team has put out so far. Concerns about the offense, and particularly the offensive line, dominate our first ever mailbag here at...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Offensive line shows signs of improvement: Looking at the advanced stats

After last week’s performance against the Dolphins, in which Tom Brady was sacked four times and the run game was held to a miserable 89 yard total, this weeks effort by the offensive line was a comparative breath of fresh air. This was no coincidence, as the Vikings game brought about a personnel switch to a 6-man offensive line, allowing Stevan Ridley to rush for 101 yards (as...
Via Patriots Life
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Three things the New England Patriots have to improve on before next week

Well, we’re in the thick of it already here, folks. Following a shocking Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins, the Patriots find themselves mired in drama right off the bat in 2014. The 33-20 drubbing stings all the more because New England held a double digit lead at one point, not to mention the fact that they were absolutely manhandled on both sides of the ball while surrendering...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots banged up or injured? Darrelle Revis, Rob Ninkovich and Sebastian Vollmer

Sebastian Vollmer avoided a major injury (Jim Davis - Boston Globe)During Sunday's egregious loss to the Miami Dolphins, several players had issues in regards to their health. Darrelle Revis experienced cramps, missing the last two defensive drives. Sebastian Vollmer was taken out for a drive after being slow to get up. The most severe may have been Rob Ninkovich though, where the...
Via Patriots Life
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Offensive, defensive lines have poor showings in Opening Day loss

Mike Ehrmann/Getty ImagesThe Patriots season opening loss to the Dolphins raised more questions than it answered.Among the biggest were how the offensive and defensive lines were going to move forward after such a putrid showing. Tom Brady was sacked twice, was strip-sacked another time and had to do more dancing around to avoid pressure than I've seen in a long time. There had...
Via Patriots Life
September 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Offensive Line Issues Won’t Be An Easy Fix During 2014 Season

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — If there was any game for Tom Brady to get beat up, this wasn’t it. Brady, already dealing with an injured calf, was sacked four times and hit six in the New England Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins. He was let down by an offensive line that obviously missed guard Logan Mankins, who was traded two weeks ago to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for...
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots on Paper - Running game has opportunity to get on track against Dolphins

"The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history." - Bertrand Russell Sebastian Vollmer is a large human being.Just pointing that out, because if the reports of New England Patriots' coach Bill Belichick moving...
Via Foxborough Free Press
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins: 2014 Week 1 NFL Pick

New England Patriots (0-0) at Miami Dolphins (0-0) This is another game where I’m kicking myself for not betting it earlier as the Patriots used to be favorites of a mere 1.5 points. I would have been fairly confident in them -1.5. Tom Brady is 42-18 ATS as an underdog or a favorite of fewer than 3 points in his career. The Patriots have also won 10 of their last 11 season openers...
Via The Football Fan Spot
September 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots’ Sebastian Vollmer Mum On Report About Moving To Guard

FOXBORO, Mass. — Sebastian Vollmer looks like the prototypical tackle at 6-foot-8, 320 pounds, so it’s no surprise that the German-born New England Patriots right tackle has never played guard. The Patriots are considering sliding Vollmer over to guard, however, according to The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin, filling the void left after trading Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and all...
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Free-Agency Rundown

It's been a while since we've posted on Foxboro Blog.  You can blame part of that on the fact that the gap between the Super Bowl and the start of free-agency is the dullest time of the NFL calendar, unless you happen to be a combine nut.  The other part is pure busyness as I've been working my tail off on a project that will redefine Foxboro Blog as well as the rest of the Bloguin...
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August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

The Patriots are a very young team

The Patriots were never considered an older team, despite trading Logan Mankins, one of their older players. However, while some of the core players on the team are 30 years old or older, the Patriots are one of the younger teams in the NFL. That's a frightening thought for a team that is considered a Super Bowl contender year in and year out.Brady (37), Wilfork (32), Connolly (31...
Via Patriots Life
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Practice Report: Sealver Siliga, Sebastian Vollmer Return

FOXBORO, Mass. — Sealver Siliga is one step closer to returning to game action for the New England Patriots after suffering a wrist injury three weeks ago during training camp. The Patriots defensive tackle was in full pads and taking part in conditioning drills during practice on Monday. He wasn’t wearing a brace on his injured left wrist. Offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer...
August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Three things to watch for in the New England Patriots third preseason game

The New England Patriots face an interesting preseason game three matchup versus the Carolina Panthers. The third preseason game tends to be the most competitive and the game the starters get extended playing time. After debuting last week, New England’s starters had a strong game on both sides of the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles. With a strong defensive front seven the...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Sebastian Vollmer misses practice again, here's the latest update on extent of his injury

Patriots starting right tackle Sebastian Vollmer missed practice for the third time in a row. That puts his status for this week's game against the Panthers in serious doubt. Starting right tackle Sebatian Vollmer is absent for 3rd straight practice for undisclosed reason, per @LeeSchechter. Played 22 snaps vs PHL— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 20, 2014Fortunately though, the...
Via Patriots Life
August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Sebastian Vollmer headlines those absent at practice today

Sebastian Vollmer has worked all over the offensive line this training camp. Traditionally the team's right tackle, he's swapped with Nate Solder for Tom Brady's blind side at times thus far.Today Vollmer was missing from practice, the second straight day.@CPriceNFL reports Hooman, Siliga, Vollmer, Chris Jones, DJ. Williams, Gordon, Martin, Gaffney not practicing with #Patriots Tuesday—...
Via Patriots Life
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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