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How many sacks will Chandler Jones have this season? Over/Under: 13

Continuing our Over/Under series leading up to the Patriot season opener on Sunday, we turn our attention to perhaps the second most important player to the defense this year, with Darrelle Revis being the first, in my opinion. Revis is also the key factor that will allow Chandler Jones to crush the Over/Under figure, set at 13 sacks.Getty ImagesOver/Under: 13 sacksPrediction: OVER...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

How many receptions will Aaron Dobson have? Over/Under: 45

Photo from Steve Balestrieri/Sports Reel BostonAaron Dobson returned from his foot injury to aid Jimmy Garoppolo in kicking Ryan Mallett to the curb, and it alleviated many concerns I would have had about this season's over/under projection of 45 catches.While a 16 game projection for any Patriots receiver seems a bit ridiculous, a 12 game slate seems far more reasonable to estimate...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam gets a well deserved second chance with America's team

Justjared.com:“It has all happened so quickly, but it’s exciting, I just wanna get back to playing football you know,” Michael said. “I haven’t had chance to speak to any of my family yet, not even my mom, but I will. I never followed the Cowboys growing up because I never had a team. I am a fan of defenses and Dallas need some help, that’s why I’m going.Jim Buzinski...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Welker calls drug testing system flawed

AP photoYesterday, Wes Welker got hit with a 4-game suspension for using amphetamines. Now, Welker's hitting out at the NFL testing system, calling it flawed. Per Pro Football Talk, he pulled the standard response that he would never knowingly take a banned substance and that he had never thought about it because he thought it wouldn't apply to him.“I have never been concerned...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Ben Volin: Tim Wright will have immediate impact

nepatriotslife.comWhile speaking on Toucher & Rich about the upcoming Patriots season, The Boston Globe's Ben Volin touched on the impact he expects Tim Wright will have with the team following the Logan Mankins trade. “The way I see it is that [Bill] Belichick targeted this kid,” Volin said. “They did not have to make this Mankins trade. It’s not like there was a burning...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins pose tough early test for Pats reshuffled O-line

The Patriots starting offensive line has been a mystery ever since cornerstone Logan Mankins was shipped out of town last week. There's been whispers of Sebastien Vollmer moving to guard, or of second year pro Josh Kline stepping into Mankins old role at left guard, but no one outside of the organization knows for sure who the starting five will be on Sunday.Whatever group gets sent...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots name captains for 2014-15 season

Al Bello/Getty ImagesThe Patriots have named Tom Brady, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty, Dan Connolly and Matthew Slater as team captains for 2014-15.Patriots captains for 2014 season: QB Tom Brady, LB Jerod Mayo, NT Vince Wilfork, DB Devin McCourty, OL Dan Connolly & SPT Matthew Slater.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 3, 2014This isn't much of a surprise, as...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Roger Goodell is judge, jury and executioner

NFL Commissioner is up to his eyeballs in disciplinary cases. He must long for the day when he was a public defender trying to help some youngster beat a speeding ticket.Alex Marvez, FoxSports.com:Jim Irsay found out the hard way.Mere hours after the Indianapolis Colts owner pled guilty Tuesday to operating a vehicle while impaired, Goodell suspended Irsay for six games and fined...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Schefter: Welker suspended 4 games

Photo from DeadspinAccording to NFL insider, Adam Schefter, ex-Patriot Wes Welker has been suspended 4 games for using amphetamines.Filed to ESPN: Broncos WR Wes Welker has been suspended four games for use of amphetamines, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2014Welker, who tested positive back in May (see below) has already appealed the suspension 2 weeks...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam might be a Dallas Cowboy

The rumors surrounding Michael Sam are back in full force. Guess that didn't take very long huh?Cowboys plan to bring Michael Sam to Dallas for a physical Wednesday, per team source. If all goes well, Sam will be a Cowboy.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2014I love how quick Adam Schefter was to clarify what exactly was happening!To be clear, Dallas would like to sign...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

How many interceptions will Darrelle Revis have? Over/Under: 4

The start of the regular season is almost upon us. I don't know about you but I can hardly wait! The writers here at Patriots Life have been playing the Over/Under game. This time, we are looking at how many interceptions that our superstar defensive back, Darrelle Revis (commonly known as Revis Island), will have this season.Over/Under: 4 interceptionsPrediction: 3 interceptions...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Saban allows coordinators to be on field because of Bill Belichick

Photo via The Birmingham NewsAlabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban and Bill Belichick are very good friends. That's very well documented.They worked together when Belichick was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns in the early 1990s, where Saban was a defensive coordinator. Recently, Saban announced that his offensive coordinator, former Oakland Raiders head coach, Lane Kiffin...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Gronk is ready, but are the Patriots?

Gronk was quoted earlier saying that he will be ready to go come week one, and that he feels optimistic about playing and being able to perform. Well it turns out that Gronk may be ready, but the Patriots are slightly less positive about his return.BB: I'm glad Rob [Gronkowski] feels optimistic....In the end, we're going to make the decision that's best for the football team. #Patriots—...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Ras-I Dowling is a Raider

Former Patriots cornerback Ras-I "IR" Dowling has found a new home in Oakland after recently being released by the New York Jets.Dowling, who was a monumental bust of a draft pick for the Patriots, will be given another shot on the Raiders' practice squad. New England selected him with the first pick of the second round in the 2011 draft (33rd overall).During his tenure with the...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Tom Brady: "When I suck, I'll retire."

Photo by APTom Brady is mortal. At some point in the future, old man time is going to catch up with him. Its hard for us as fans to think about that actually happening but we will have to face a life without Tom Brady, we just hope its not for a long long time. After the shocking trade that sent Logan Mankins to the Bucs last week, we were reminded that this is a team that isn't...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dolphins say they are prepped for Rob Gronkowski

USA Today SportsRob Gronkowski will be playing on Sunday in the season opener in Miami against the Dolphins and Miami says they'll be ready, according to CSNNE.“Well, we were fully prepared,” Philbin said Monday in South Florida. “We saw he’s on the 53-man roster, so you have to be prepared for every combination. He’s an excellent player. He’s been a very, very productive...
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September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Make or break season for Tannehill in Miami

Brett Davis/US PRESSWIREAs Labor Day ends we enter the turn of the seasons. This wonderful time is also the beginning of football season. Next Sunday the Patriots will be traveling south to face their AFC East rival the Miami Dolphins. The point of focus when discussing the state of the Dolphins is starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphin's eighth overall selection in 2012...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Roger Goodell has created a monster

Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle:Niners defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence early Sunday, San Jose police officials said.Officers were called around 2:45 a.m. to the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, a home in San Jose’s upscale Silver Creek neighborhood, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol. After a brief investigation...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

James White - what can we expect?

After LeGarrette Blount's departure in the offseason and continued doubts over Stevan Ridley's ball security, expectations have perhaps risen unfairly for rookie running-back James White. While Shane Vereen could see an increase in snaps on designated runs, his speed will only take him so far, and the Patriots are looking for one of their stronger, crafty backs like Ridley and White...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Josh Boyce highlights players signed to practice squad

NESN.comAfter releasing 19 players Saturday to get to the required 53 man limit, the Patriots played the waiting game over the weekend to see who would be available for the practice squad. After all 19 players cleared waivers yesterday, ten were signed to the practice squad.Pats practice squad: DE Bequette, QB Bethel-Thompson, WR Boyce, LB Davis, S Davis, RB Gray, LS Hughlett, OL...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Where'd all the linebackers go?

The Patriots starting LB corps (David Silverman)The cut down deadline has come and gone and the Patriots claimed two defensive linemen to the 53 man roster. The two DL, Kelcy Quarles and Bruce Gaston, are both young interior linemen who likely will be utilized as depth at this point in time. In order to create room for Gaston, following the Ryan Mallett trade which created the room...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski: "I'll be playing" Week One

This news isn't a surprise by any stretch, but it's still mighty relieving to hear: Rob Gronkowski will be playing in the Patriots season opener this Sunday."I'm ready to go" the All Pro tight end said to reporters today. "I'll be playing. Super excited. Super pumped. I feel mentally and physically ready, for sure."Gronk went on to talk about the grind it's taken to get himself ready...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Mallett trade: was it worth it?

Stew Milne/US PresswireYesterday, Ryan Mallett was traded to the Houston Texans for a 6th round pick. A shock? Definitely not. It's clear that the Patriots had chosen Jimmy Garappolo as the heir apparent to Tom Brady if and when Brady retires. A good move? Yes. It makes sense for all parties involved. For Mallett, he gets a chance to start. He's been backing up Tom Brady his entire...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things we learned about the Patriots from preseason

Photo via ftcsports.comFinally the preseason is over! Gone are the games where after about 10 minutes I don’t give a crap what happens and I start making up drinking games. Gone are the games where scrubs come in and play like scrubs. Now it’s time for the greatest season to start and I cannot wait!While I do mock and hate the preseason at times, it is good to see young studs...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

All players cleared waivers for Patriots

To say that there were a lot of moves made yesterday by all teams in the NFL, including the New England Patriots, would be a complete understatement. But one key aspect of any deal is the waiver process, and players have to clear it to move on. Well, the Patriots can say that everyone cleared waivers yesterday. All 19 of them!19 players cleared waivers for the Patriots.— Zuri Berry...
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September 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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