Do the New England Patriots Have the Best Offense in the NFL?

In the midst of a hectic free agency period, the crew at TopSportsReport decided that it was time to take a deep look at the roster shifts occurring and determine which teams are getting better and which teams are getting worse.  To present these opinions, I have decided to write an offensive power rankings article.  In this article, I go team by team and discuss teams’ current...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Patriots 7 Round Mock Draft – FA Edition

Round One – Marcus Peters, CB, Washington View image | 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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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Highs and lows of players in the Super Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The extremes between the players in Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks: Tallest: 6-foot-8, New England offensive linemen Nate Solder and Sebastian Vollmer. Shortest: 5-foot-10, 12 players (six each team). Heaviest: 335 pounds, New England offensive lineman Marcus Cannon. Lightest: 185 pounds, Seattle defensive back Marcus...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The distinctive international flavor of Super Bowl Media Day

PHOENIX (AP) New England Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer spent a good portion of his hour-long media session answering questions in German. Vollmer grew up in Germany, so it makes sense, but it also exemplifies how much of an international event the Super Bowl has become. Quite a few of the 2,000 journalists jammed across the floor of the US Airways Center at Super...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Nine AAC Alumni Comprise Rosters of Teams Playing For Super Bowl Appearance

The Packers, Seahawks, Colts and Patriots will battle in the NFL conference championships this Sunday to decide who plays in the almighty Super Bowl on February 1, 2015. Nine players who once adorned the uniforms of schools currently a part of the American Athletic Conference are listed on the active rosters of the four NFL franchises playing in the NFC and AFC championship games...
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January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Three keys on defense for the New England Patriots vs the Baltimore Ravens

The New England Patriots continue to gear up to face the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round on Saturday. The Patriots have had full participation in practice this week as key players such as wide receivers Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell, offensive linemen Dan Connolly and Sebastian Vollmer, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, and cornerback Brandon Browner get healthy for...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

New England Patriots: Four matchups to watch for vs. the Ravens

The New England Patriots start their Super Bowl run at home against the Baltimore Ravens. These two teams have quite the history in the postseason. The Ravens are coming off a 30-17 road win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Patriots are coming off virtually three weeks of rest. Although the two teams are familiar with one another, this matchup is between two different teams personnel...
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Breakdown of AFC East 2014 All-Pro vote-getters

BY NICK ST. DENISThe NFL's 2014 All-Pro squad was announced Friday.Here's the breakdown of players from the AFC East:Note: Each position gets 50 votes.Offense:Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (First team, received all 50 votes)Others receiving votes:Jets center Nick Mangold (7)Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer (3)Defense:Bills defensive end Mario Williams (First team, 24 votes)Bills...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Dont’a Hightower: Patriots Using ‘Slower Pace’ Of Bye Week To Heal Up

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower isn’t worried about rust. He just wants to get healthy before the postseason. Hightower, in his best season thus far as a pro, injured his shoulder in the Patriots’ Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers. He sat out Week 14, came back for two games and sat again in Week 17. He’s ready for the playoffs, though...
December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Grade Day: Who performed best in the New England Patriots loss to the Bills?

As one of the few playoff teams without anything to play for, the New England Patriots hosted their division rivals the Buffalo Bills in a “meaningless” game. Rather than approach the game as a tune-up for the post-season, the Patriots instead emptied the back-end of the roster as the game took on the feel of the third preseason game as starters on both sides of the ball sat...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
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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

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

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...
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October 05, 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

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’ 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...
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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...
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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 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

Patriots Practice Attendance: Sebastian Vollmer Among Absent Players

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots might be without their starting right tackle in Friday night’s preseason matchup with the Carolina Panthers. Sebastian Vollmer was absent for undisclosed reasons on Tuesday for the second consecutive Patriots practice. Running back Tyler Gaffney, tight end D.J. Williams and defensive tackles Chris Jones and Seavler Siliga were not spotted...
August 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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