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Weekly Rewind: #BostonStrong, best cornerback ever, and replacing Tom Brady

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon attacks, and while nothing can erase the tragedy, it has been heartwarming to see the New England faithful leaning on their sports teams for support. In football news, as preparation for the 2014 NFL Draft ramps up in the Foxboro front offices, we continue to analyze the needs of the Patriots and the fit of potential...
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The case for Aaron Murray replacing Tom Brady

There’s been times over the last few years that fans & local media have thrown around the Patriots searching for the “next” quarterback in line. Just a few years ago, the team scooped up a 1st round talent with a cannon for an arm in Ryan Mallett, but off-field issues made him drop to a draftable spot in round 3 for New England. Mallett has failed to really step up to give...
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Looking back at the 2014 New England Patriots Hall of Fame finalists

Yesterday, the Patriots announced three finalists for the 2014 Hall of Fame class. As of 2007, the Patriots started a new tradition by inducting one head coach or one player to the hall each year. A 20 person committee votes on the finalists, and then fans have the opportunity to vote online until May 15th by clicking here. The previous three selections were Tedy Bruschi, Troy Brown...
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New England Patriots snubbed, not playing in one of 10 best NFL games in 2014

After much anticipation, it is now believed that the NFL will release its 2014 schedule on Tuesday, April 22. At that point, we’ll find who plays who, from Week 1 to Week 17, including all of the primetime and national TV games; that’ll provide fans with somewhat of a road map for the season. But some games are going to be so attractive that it doesn’t matter when they’re...
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Mailbag: Brandon Spikes’ emotions, and the breakout Patriot of 2014

The draft is approaching. We’re just a few weeks away. But we’ll hold off on the draft questions for one more week and take a look at what else is going on in Patriots Nation. Starting with a certain ex-Patriot that is no stranger to stirring up controversy… Why is Brandon Spikes so soft? –Ron Stone from Denver, CO For one of the hardest hitting linebackers in the game, Spikes...
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Who is the New England Patriots best cornerback ever?

The New England Patriots have made their fair share of draft picks at cornerback throughout their history. In their current incarnation as one of the NFL’s most prolific dynasties the Patriots have had their fair share of hits and misses at cornerback in the NFL Draft. Of course that leads to the burning question of: Who was the best New England Patriots draft pick ever at cornerback...
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Tedy Bruschi exemplifies Boston Strong

Marathon Monday is only five days away in Boston. While the Boston Marathon has been a local tradition since 1897 – making it the world’s oldest annual marathon – this year will be different. It will mark the one year anniversary of the devastating tragedy that occurred at last year’s event, when two bombs were set off at the finish line. The bombings took the lives of Krystle...
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New England Patriots, Boston sports teams combine for cool Twitter tribute

A year ago today two terrorists bombed the Boston Marathon changing that event and the city forever. Since then, the overwhelming sentiment has been Boston is as united as ever — growing from the tragedy and not letting the attacks define the city. While Twitter (and sports for that matter) are completely secondary on this day of remembrance, the New England Patriots and the rest...
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Power Rankings: New England Patriots have had a top-5 offseason so far in 2014

Since the 2013 NFL season ended 10 weeks ago, every team in the NFL has made changes. Both winners and losers from last year have been busy making adjustments. Some have revamped their coaching staff. Some have turned over their roster. Some have done a little bit of both. But none, not a single one, have stood pat. During this firestorm of activity, every team believes they’ve...
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New England Patriots are loaded at cornerback

The New England Patriots ended the 2013 season with one of their worst performances on defense in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos. After giving up over 300 yards passing in a game three times during the 2013 regular season, the Patriots defense gave up over 300 yards passing in the divisional playoff game victory over Indianapolis and then 400 yards passing to...
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NFL Draft: Do the New England Patriots need to add depth at cornerback?

Every Monday the editors at cover32 come out with a new list of the top-10 prospects at a certain position in the NFL Draft. Today, it’s the cornerbacks. With the signings of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner this offseason, along with now third year corner Alfonzo Dennard, the Patriots are pretty deep at cornerback. Still, with the loss of Aqib Talib, the position might need...
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National Rewind: Offseason Power Rankings, scrap heap FAs for the New England Patriots, more

In case you missed it, columns from the cover32 universe to browse through while watching The Masters on Sunday or bored at your office on Monday. National Columns - The top-10 inside linebackers in the NFL Draft. (READ) - POWER RANKINGS: Grading teams at the offseason midpoint. (READ) - The best remaining NFL free agents at each position. (READ) - Ten NFL players who aren’t worth...
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Two Aaron Hernandez associates charged with murder

The Boston Globe is reporting the official indictment of Ernest Wallace and Carlos Ortiz in the June 2013 killing of Boston resident Odin Lloyd. Wallace and Ortiz are both associates of former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez. The two men were both linked to the murder early on in the investigation. Despite the indictment prosecutors will not release any more information...
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New England Patriots old home Foxboro named one of most iconic venues in history

Today, the Masters gets underway in Augusta, Ga. It’s one of the most-revered events on the sports calendar, one that lures in both diehard and casual golf fans alike. Part of the attraction is the venue. But it’s not just that Augusta National Golf Club is a great course, complete with its famous creeks, ponds, trees and azaleas. It’s also the fact that the place is a living...
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Top 5 draft picks of the Belichick era

Top 5 Draft Picks in the Hoody Era Since taking over in New England back in 2000, Bill Belichick has been hit and miss, like many coaches & general managers, when it comes to the NFL draft. Belichick has swung and missed miserably at some picks (Bethel Johnson, Chad Jackson, Laurence Maroney anyone?), but has taken flyers in the back half of the draft that have panned out beyond...
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Tedy Bruschi: New England’s best inside linebacker ever?

The New England Patriots face an off-season with a need to find depth at inside linebacker after the departure of Brandon Spikes in free agency. One avenue to explore is the NFL Draft to find another player to handle the inside (or Mike) linebacker position in the base 4-3 defense going forward. That leads to the question: who was the best New England Patriots draft pick ever at...
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Rob Gronkowski named one of the 10 biggest headaches in the NFL

In recent weeks, as the NFL Draft approaches, there has been a lot of conversation about Johnny Manziel and the so-called “baggage” that he brings with him. While a great player on the field, the former Heisman Trophy winner is far from stellar off the gridiron, as he’s in the center of one controversy after another. That’s led many to suggest that his stock is going to drop...
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Weekly Mailbag: Vince Wilfork’s motivation, and one last free agent splash

What Vince Wilfork will we get coming off a bad injury for a guy his size and this offseason contract debacle? –Pigskin Pete from Windham, ME This is a topic we’ve touched on in the past, but raises another interesting point. It was going to be tough enough for the 325-pounder to come back from a torn Achilles. Now there is another question mark: his motivation. Asking to be...
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Proposed new uniform for New England Patriots is pretty sweet

Proposed uniform changes for NFL teams is nothing new. Every week, some sort of idea seems to pop up – from radical redesigns to Star Wars themed tweaks to subtle changes. Most are interesting, but fairly laughable. One new batch, however is worth taking a look at. Jesse Alkire, a freelance graphic artist / designer from Chicago, recently put his spin on each NFL team’s uniform...
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The best free agent left by position: Could any help the New England Patriots?

The first wave is over, as the NFL version of “Black Friday” came and went with teams shelling out millions of dollars during the first couple days of free agency. And the second surge has come and gone, with players and teams who decided to be patient, checking out the total landscape, having made decisions. Now, the NFL appears to be in somewhat of a waiting period. Teams have...
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Patrick Chung does nothing for the New England Patriots

Like most sports fans, I remember exactly where I was for the big moments. Super Bowls, World Series, Stanley Cup finals. It’s not often I remember where I was for individual draft picks. I don’t even remember where I was when the Pats selected Jamie Collins with their first pick last year. Yet, I remember right where I was and who I was with when the Patriots made their first...
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Power Rankings: New England Patriots move up in offseason midpoint edition

Not all of the moves have been made, but most of them are in the books. Players have come and gone, as teams tinker with their rosters, looking to fill holes and upgrade in key positions. Some have tried to make a big splash, while others have been more conservative. Some have simply tried to retain their own players, while others have gone about overhauling a big chunk of their...
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Brandon Spikes’ departure leaves a hole for the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots have made numerous changes on defense since their last Super Bowl championship after the 2004 season. One trend that has stood out has been the steady use of five or six defensive backs on a regular basis and leaving a linebacker (usually the middle linebacker) on the sidelines on second and third downs. With two linebackers on the field the Patriots were...
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The New England Patriots have tough choices to make at running back

The New England Patriots approach the NFL Draft next month with obvious needs for depth on defense at linebacker, the defensive line, defensive end, and safety. On offense, the team needs a future quarterback, a tight end, possibly another impact wide receiver, and interior offensive line help. What gets overlooked in discussions about the upcoming NFL Draft is the running back position...
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National Rewind: OLBs for the New England Patriots, Power Rankings and hot Instagrams

In case you missed it, the cover32 universe produced plenty of content this week that’s worth a Sunday read. National Columns - The top-10 outside linebackers in the NFL Draft. (READ) - Power Rankings: The biggest fools in the history of every NFL franchise. (READ) - The top-10 college coaches most likely to become NFL head coaches. (READ) - Top-10 Instagram pictures of Blake...
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