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Deion Sanders says Talib needs to stay healthy to be considered elite

Deion Sanders has been making some headlines this week after some interesting interviews with Marshawn Lynch and Wes Welker. He was also asked earlier the week about where Patriots corner Aqib Talib ranks in relation to the best at the position in the league (Quote from BostonHerald.com):"I don’t know about that," said Sanders, who currently works as an NFL Network analyst...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: Pete Carroll says he learned from mistakes as Patriots head coach

Pete Carroll was the head coach of the New England Patriots from 1997-99, and we all (mostly) remember it well. He came in after Bill Parcells and you couldn't have two more contrasting styles. Parcells, the disciplinarian, and Carroll the laid back southern California guy who wore sandals all the time. Patriots fans didn't like Carroll much, and after three years Kraft and...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wes Welker gets photobombed at Celtics - Knicks game

Wes Welker took some time out from Super Bowl preparations to attend Tuesday night's Knicks - Celtics game.However, it was not all smiles for the Broncos wideout as he found himself being mocked on the jumbotron for all 18,000 fans to see.Unconfirmed reports have the kid doing the "Shermaning" being a Rutgers student. If that's true, Bill Belichick will probably...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Tedy Bruschi in favor of playoff expansion

In an ESPN article written by Tedy Bruschi titled, "A Memo to the Commish", the Patriot legend supported the idea of an expanded playoff format. Bruschi formatted the piece as a direct letter to Roger Goodell and voiced his concerns about the possibility of the change.I like the idea of playoff expansion. But I was concerned when I read further and learned that part of...
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January 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Should the Patriots trade Stevan Ridley?

Now that the Patriots season is over, the focus has been turned on what they should and shouldn't do in the off-season. Cutting players, restructuring contracts, and signing marquee free agents are important topics that Patriots Life has been covering heavily since the final minutes ticked away from New England's season. However, in the NFL, people don't really talk about...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Through the twitterverse: Super Bowl Media Day

The Super Bowl hype machine has officially fired up.Super Bowl Media Day is like no press event in sports and is always a spectacle to behold. Thousands of reporters, personalities and players mingle to promote a game that needs no promotion. That fact that this years spectacle took place in New York City just adds to the fun.Here are some of the more "memorable" moments...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Richard Sherman says Demayrius Thomas is a top 5 receiver

Richard Sherman never seems just kinda like someone - it's either love or hate.Michael Crabtree - a sorry receiver. Demayrius Thomas? Not so much.When talking with reporter on Sunday, Sherman had nothing but good things to say about the Broncos' wideout, calling him one of the best in the game:"I definitely think he's top five. He put together the type of year...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots had interest in trading for Larry Fitzgerald last off-season

Wide receiver was a clear need for the Patriots last off-season. With Welker gone, the Pats were returning only Julian Edelman and Matthew Slater as receivers, and both were primarily special teams players at the time.Many fans clamored for them to either sign a big free agent like Greg Jennings or Mike Wallace, or to trade for one, such as Larry Fitzgerald.Apparently, the latter...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

On the Chopping Block: Steve Gregory

Photo from patriots.comAt Patriots Life, we've been going through players that could have to take a pay cut, or get cut all together as cap casualties. Today under the microscope: Steve Gregory.By the numbers, according to patscap.com:Salary: $2.25 millionProrated Signing Bonus Amortization: $833,334Roster Bonus/Weight Clause Reporting Bonus: $375,000Workout Bonus: $100,000Total...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Reloading the Musket: Part 3 - Settling on an identity key to Patriots' receiving corps

The New England Patriots need to identify an identity for their offense, and they need to do it fast - because one false move in the offseason could spell disaster.No?  Go to Pebble Beach and ask either coach Bill Belichick or quarterback Tom Brady if they want to go through another season of struggles like they did last season - and although they did discover a personality...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Call to Arms: Arthur Jones

Jason Miller/ Getty ImagesBack-to-back losses in the AFC Championship game have led many Patriots fans to support an "all-in" approach to this offseason. "Trade for Larry Fitzgerald! Sign Eric Decker! Trade for Revis! I don't care how much it costs, our window is closing!!!1!!1!!" seems to be the prevailing sentiment.However, back in reality, the Patriots...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Hitting the Links, Brady and Belichick playing Pro-Am

courtesy Joshua PowersLooks like Brady and Belichick are playing some golf in their time away from the field. In a follow up to a hint dropped by Belichick after the season ending loss, it does appear that they will be playing in the pebble beach Pro-Am from February 3rd to 9th, according to NESN.comBelichick smiled when he said: “I’ll take all my frustrations out at Pebble Beach...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Logan Mankins is a prime restructure candidate

Photo from CBS SportsI think most Pats fans would agree that the team should pursue at least one high-end free agent to push them over the top next year. And that means key players restructuring contracts. We've been taking a look at other players who could be cap casualties or restructuring candidates today and the latest candidate on our list is Logan Mankins.Logan Mankins...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Bears GM rips Bill Belichick

Jerry Angelo, former GM of the Chicago Bears was not in the NFL this past season. In all likelihood, he won't have a job this coming season either.This apparently gave him plenty of time to analyze the league, and evidently stew on Bill Belichick's team building skills.Namely, Angelo had a problem with how Belichick built the Patriots offense, saying that they needed to go...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Adrian Wilson could be a cap casualty

Most NFL players are aware in the back of their minds that they could be unemployed within the blink of an eye. With a 'what have you done for me lately' business schedule and millions of dollars on the table, players ranging from their rookie year to well into veteran years could be handed the pink slip. As for the Patriots squad, safety Adrian Wilson looks like he could...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Chopping Block: Isaac Sopoaga likely to be shown the door

Photo via rantsports.comWith the window for ring number four closing, the Patriots need to make this offseason count and get weapons for Brady and key playmakers on defense in order to put this team into Super Bowl contention. The only problem is the Patriots don't have much cap space to play with.So the first step of the offseason will be opening up cap space to resign players...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Richard Sherman says he has no animosity towards Tom Brady and the Patriots

Richard Sherman, I think, isn't such a bad guy.He can get a little excited, a little boastful maybe, but all in all he hasn't done too much to justify the hate that has rained down upon him the past week or so.Of course, this is a country that famously hated on an athlete for wanting to move out of Cleveland, so it is what it is.If any two fanbases should really have a beef...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Vince Wilfork need to take a paycut to stay with Patriots?

The Patriots find themselves in an interesting dilemma this offseason. With Tom Brady turning 37 before the start of the 2014 season, the window for championship contention is unlikely to stay open for much longer. The team has several key players set to hit free agency, plus several needs to be shored up on the roster.However, the Patriots are currently facing the prospects of facing...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Could the Patriots cut ties with Danny Amendola to sign Julian Edelman?

In the 2013 season, the Patriots faced a complete overhaul on offense and one of the targets many enjoyed seeing was Danny Amendola. While Amendola's main question was health (as it played throughout the season) Former 7th round draft pick, Julian Edelman, stepped up huge and was a key part of the Patriots offense and because of this increase of production and Edelman's pending...
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January 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Caserio just a trojan horse, turns down Dolphins GM job and takes info to Belichick

Oh, so now it all makes sense.When the Patriots Director of Pro Personnel, Nick Caserio, was suddenly interviewing for Miami's open GM job, many around the league were confused.Caserio had turned down many offers to interview for GM jobs in the past, so why was he now suddenly interested in a dysfunctional Miami job? Well, turns out he wasn't.Caserio ended up being offered...
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January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots' free agent watch: Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for nearly nothing right after winning the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens. Granted, the Ravens were in a tight spot with cap space so Boldin was just a casualty of that. The veteran had a good season in 2013, breaking 1,000 yards on less than 90 catches. He led his team in both receptions and reception yards while placing...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Caserio interviewing in Miami again, is he frustrated with Belichick?

Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio has now spent the last two days interviewing for the Miami Dolphins open General Manager position.Per @tomecurran Nick Caserio is interviewing again today for the #Dolphins GM job. Can't imagine Belichick is too thrilled about this— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) January 25, 2014It's come as a surprise to his colleagues, and even...
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January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Belichick regrets 4th down call in AFCG

Towards the end of the third quarter in last Sunday's Championship loss to Denver, the sputtering Patriots offense had managed to breach enemy territory, and faced a difficult 4th and 3 situation on the Broncos' 29-yard line.Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesRather than opt for a 47 yard field goal, well within Pro Bowl Kicker Stephen Gostowski's range, Belichick decided to go...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pats improve to a "B" in Kiper's draft regrade

For what it's worth (not much), Mel Kiper Jr. wasn't a fan of the Patriots 2013 draft. He gave it a C+ last spring, noting that he didn't see any short-term starters amongst their seven drafted players.With the 2013 season just about in the books, Kiper has gone back to the tape and re-graded each team's draft. After re-evaluation, he's raised the Patriots grade...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss

McCourty gets a raise-how this affects the offseason

AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaSafety Devin McCourty got a nice little raise from a $920K base salary to a $3.92 million base salary by logging 80% playing time, according to Brian Mcintyre, an NFL writer. By having over 80% playing-time the last 4 years, Patriots safety Devin McCourty has increased his 2014 base salary from $920k to $3.92M— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) January 22...
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January 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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