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In hindsight, Pats were right to let Welker walk

Darth Helmet Wes WelkerThey say hindsight is 20/20, and you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone with this opinion a year ago, but the Patriots decision to let star receiver Wes Welker leave as a free agent last offseason is looking better and better by the day.The reason, sadly, is concussions. The diminutive slot receiver went down with a dreaded "C word" last night after taking a...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Mallett manifesto- PatriotsLife roundtable

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesThe below is a discussion of various opinions on what to do with veteran backup QB Ryan Mallett. With large amounts of cuts coming, it will be interesting to see what happens. Feel free to comment below to discuss, connect with the individual writer on their twitter (handles found below), or discuss with the group @PatriotsLife.William Stiles (@TheFib0624...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Eye on the Enemy Week 3 - Bills, Jets, Dolphins, Giants, Ravens, Broncos

1. Buffalo BillsBest news in quite some time for Bills fans. HOF QB Jim Kelly has finished his chemotheraphy and radiation treatments for cancer. His doctor says that Jim is cancer free. Tee shirts for Kelly Tough are a big hit with the fans. Jim's son, Hunter died of Krabbe's disease at age 8. I am happy that the family is getting some good news. Brian Galliford, SB Nation:For 24...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Roster projection 4.0- linebacker shuffle/safety security

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesQuarterbacks (2)Tom BradyJimmy Garoppolo-Mallett playing that spot role last night may indicate he ends up making the team. It's a realistic game situation for a backup, and would make sense if keeping him (or shopping him around as a backup instead of starter). It's never been about a lack of talent from Mallett, it's more about the fast developing...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Starters shine in Patriots 30-7 win

                                                              (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)With tonight being the "dress rehearsal" for the regular season, many of the started shined during their extended playing time in the 30-7 win against the Carolina Panthers. With the starting offense working out a few kinks and getting into a rhythm and...
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August 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 3 New England Patriots 30 - Carolina Panthers 7

The Patriots allowed a late Joe Webb TD from shutting out the Carolina Panthers. It was all Patriots from the start.Some early struggles on offense were alleviated. Final score was 30-7.The Patriots built a 20-0 third quarter lead on two Shane Vereen scores. Big 1st half hightlight was the Stephen Gotkowski 60 yard field goal.There was a bit of excitement on the third offensive possession...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Dominique Easley out tonight against Panthers

AP PhotoRookie lineman Dominique Easley will not take part in the Patriots pre-season tilt against the Carolina Panthers tonight, according to Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald. The Patriots, much like with Rob Gronkowski, are taking a very cautious approach with Easley in terms of his rehab. Easley recently participated in 11-on-11 drills and had a very good showing. There is a chance...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

How many Regular season games will the Patriots win this season? Over/Under: 12.5

Time to start up the yearly Over/Under Series where we predict where the team and players will end up in a variety of major categories. Kicking it off this year is how many games the team will win in the regular season.Image from RantSports.comOver/Under: 12.5 WinsPrediction: Over (14 Wins)The team has finished 12-4 the last two years. I think that enough talent has been added this...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

How long should you expect to see the starters tonight?

AP Photo/Elise AmendolaThe New England Patriots head into the third game of the preseason tonight against the Carolina Panthers. Most teams treat the third preseason game as a chance to get their starters as much playing time as possible as a final tune up before the regular season. That should be the case for tonight's game versus the Panthers.So just how much should we expect to...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Writing was on the wall for DJ Williams and Marcus Forston

Marcus Forston and DJ Williams have been released. (Patriots.com)In a move that should have surprised no one, yesterday the New England Patriots released TE DJ Williams and DL Marcus Forston.After last Friday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in which Williams did not play and Forston looked underwhelming (to say the least), the Patriots were quick to cut down to 87 players...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Brady gives James Develin the ultimate praise

The story of James Develin is pretty remarkable.At one point in time, he was the guy on the Patriots Madden roster that wasn't really on the team, but was on the video game roster because the Pats didn't really have a fullback. Develin spent the 2012 season on the Patriots practice squad. A former undrafted defensive lineman out of the Ivy League Brown University, Develin bounced...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Panthers haven't been practicing because of a short week

AP PhotoSometimes preseason schedules can be a little screwy and teams don't get as much rest between games as they might during the regular season. The Carolina Panthers have to deal with that this week after playing the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, then having to face the Patriots tonight on 4 days rest. And because of that, they have no been practicing as much according to USA...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh once pissed his pants to get a picture of a ballplayer

Seth Mewell, Deadspin:Tim Kawakami sat down with Jim Harbaugh to talk about his love for baseball and two stories immediately stick out. First, he says he pissed himself as a five-year-old waiting for a chance to meet and get a picture with the Cleveland Indians first baseman after a game. Harbaugh also says there is a picture of him wearing the piss pants, which the world absolutely...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Danny Amendola and the secondary highlight players to watch tonight

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesThe third preseason game is the biggest test our Patriots will face ahead of their week 1 battle with the Miami Dolphins. While many positions are already settled, there are several questions left to be answered. These questions are highlighted in our three players to watch on each side of the ball:OffenseDanny AmendolaI'm not sure if the radio silence...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets and Giants just can't seem to get along

Associated Press, USA Today:Willie Colon and the New York Jets heard Andre Williams loud and clear."At the end of the day, that's our house, and we consider it our house," Colon said of MetLife Stadium. "The only way to solve it is to beat them."Williams added some spice to the preseason matchup when he told the New York Post that the Giants "are the real New York team." Jets coach...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Chandler Jones has been getting work as an outside linebacker

Boston Globe beat writer Ben Volin penned a great piece this morning detailing how he feels Bill Belichick may have finally crafted his perfect "old school defense." Volin references Bill's sentiments in the past revolving around how he longs for the days when the "specialization" of the modern game didn't exist; and players could do any number of things, not just one or two. Getty...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Delaney is a true hero who paid the ultimate price

Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk:Have you heard of Joe Delaney? If not, you need to read this. And if you have, it’s time for the annual reminder of who he was and what he did, 31 years ago.Joe Delaney, a Chiefs running back who had spent two years in the NFL as of June 29, 1983, noticed that a trio of young boys had waded into a man-made water hole. It contained an unknown deep...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The Brandon Browner Effect: Pats Life Roundtable

Below is a group of Patriots Life writers in a round-table discussion focused on newly acquired cornerback Brandon Browner, and what his impact will be on the defense this year. Feel free to voice your opinion in the Comments section or on Twitter: @PatriotsLifeGetty ImagesLiam Cunningham (@LC_NEP): Let me preface my opinion, which is likely not going to be well received, by making...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Forbes ranks Patriots as second-most valuable NFL franchise

Patriots logoAccording to rankings by Forbes, the Patriots are the second most valuable NFL franchise, worth $2.6 billion. The Pats' brought in $428 million in revenue and $147 million in operating income. They also had a 44 percent jump in value.Ahead of them was the Cowboys, which are worth $3.2 billion. The boys in Big D brought in $560 million in revenue and $246 million in operating...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots and Broncos with best odds to make playoffs

With several players returning from injury and some big names added in free agency Patriots fans are expecting big things from the team this year.Apparently so is everyone else. As the Patriots are tied with the Broncos for the best odds to make this years playoffs.Bovada has #Patriots and #Broncos with the best odds of making the playoffs (1/5), followed by SEA (4/13) and GB, SF...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Malcolm Butler cherishes long journey to Foxboro

Mark Daniels, Providence Journal:Malcolm Butler was lost. He was without a college, without football and unsure what was next.But in one fell swoop his football career almost came to crashing halt. After five games during his 2009 freshman season, Butler was kicked out of school. (Though he wouldn’t confirm the reason, the only arrest on his record shows a charge for possession...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Brady and Ryan Mallett rooting for Brian Hoyer

If you haven't heard yet, ex-Patriot Brian Hoyer won the Cleveland Browns starting quarterback job over Johnny Manziel. Well, Brian Hoyer still has fans here in New England according to the Providence Journal. Chief among them is the guy Hoyer used to back up - Tom Brady.“I love Brian. He’s such a great guy, a person, a friend. We’ve always kept in touch. So I’m proud of...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

If new Cardinal Isaac Sopoaga makes team Patriots get cap relief

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesLast season, the Patriots faithful were fairly excited by the addition of Isaac Sopoaga from the Eagles. The price tag of swapping a 5th rounder for the Eagles' 6th rounder seemed low, and the ceiling seemed quite high. A year later, I don't think anybody would claim that trade as a victory, but there may be hope to recoup some of the salary cap...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

LeGarrette Blount and LeVeon Bell get arrested for pot, now Steelers have no runningbacks

Atleast LeGarrette Blount is making friends over in Pittsburgh.Former Patriots runningback was arrested for his namesake, kind of. He and fellow runningback LeVeon Bell were caught smoking pot, which in states that aren't Washington or Colorado, is illegal. No word on if they were in fact smoking a blunt.#Steelers RBs @LG_Blount @L_Bell26 to face charges on pot possession. Bell also...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets WR Shaq Evans will miss entire 2014 season after being placed on IR

The Jets have made it official, announcing that rookie WR Shaq Evans has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. #nyj— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) August 19, 2014Rich Cimini also mentioned in his recent Jets camp report that WR Jalen Saunders had a mysterious “medical event “that caused his car accident. Saunders will be out indefinitely.It was no surprise that WR Shaq...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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