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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 16:35

Your newest New England Patriots

This past weekend, the future of the NFL was unfolding in Dallas.

The NFL Draft took place over the course of three days as representatives from all 32 teams selected players from among the cream of the collegiate crop in an effort to separate the wheat from the chaff and hopefully land the next NFL superstars.

The Patriots haven’t been major players early in the draft for some time, but this year saw New England pick in the first round for the first time since 2015 – and they did it TWICE.

Don’t worry: Bill Belichick and company did plenty of wheeling and dealing in the middle rounds, moving up and down, stockpiling future picks (and landing offensive lineman Trent Brown) along the way.

Still, there’s something exciting about New England actually adding first-rounders to a team that made it to the Super Bowl last season. And they actually used more draft picks than usual; their haul of nine picks more than doubles the total of four they selected in 2017. New doesn’t always equal better, but it’ll be exciting to see how this all plays out.

Let’s meet the new guys.

(Obligatory annual caveat: This is not an effort to grade the Patriots draft class. Literally nothing has changed about any of these players except that they have been given an opportunity to potentially make an NFL roster. As to whether any or all of them cash in on that opportunity, well … I can’t say. And neither can anyone else, no matter how authoritative the sound on TV or on the internet. Grading a draft that just happened is nonsense; a worthless exercise. This is just an introduction.)

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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:44

An exodus from New England

Patriots say so long to some free agent talents

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There’s no question that the New England Patriots finished out the 2017 regular season strong.

The final four weeks saw the Pats put up a 3-1 record – including winning their final three in a row. It was more than enough to put them at the top of their division. Not only did they win the East, but they’re the top seed in the AFC, currently looking forward to a first-round playoff bye.

In the season’s final four games, New England found their way to victory even when certain parts of the team weren’t necessarily performing at an optimal level. This is a squad that never really put it all together in the final month, yet here they are, a championship favorite.

Even with an uneven performance in recent weeks, the Patriots still look poised to make some noise. Let’s look back at how they got here. After all, this feature is about what has been, not what is yet to come.

On to the Progress Report.

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:49

Patriots Progress Report 2017 - Third Quarter

It seems safe to say that the New England Patriots are currently firing on all cylinders.

The Pats have looked dominant in winning their last four games – a stretch that runs their overall streak to eight straight. Sure, their opponents haven’t been great teams, but wins are wins.

It looks as though New England has things figured out on both sides of the ball. The struggles of the season’s first month are little more than a fading memory at this point – this team looks very much like the squad that had pundits drooling in the preseason.

Will they be able to keep it up against a higher echelon of competition? That remains to be seen. But right now, we’re talking about what has been, rather than what will be.

And what has been is four wins. Another great month.

On to the Progress Report.

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:58

Patriots Progress Report – First Quarter

If this first quarter of the season is any indication, 2017 is going to be one hell of an up-and-down roller coaster ride for fans of the New England Patriots.

Considering that there were serious conversations about New England’s chances of running the table before the season started, it’s tough not be disappointed with a 2-2 start. Yes, there have been a number of injury issues that have contributed to these early struggles, but still – sitting at .500 after four games is not where anyone expected this team to be.

That’s not to say that the season’s first month has been all bad. There have been plenty of things to be excited about. And hey – up and down, round and round, it’s still the Patriots.

And now, the Progress Report.

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:24

The newest New England Patriots

Looking at New England’s 2017 NFL Draft

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 21:12

Patriots Progress Report 2014 Third Quarter

All things considered, the past four games couldn't have worked out much better for the New England Patriots.

The Pats went 3-1 in the 2014 NFL season's third quarter, with only this past Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers marring an otherwise scintillating month that featured victories over the Denver Broncos, the Indianapolis Colts and the Detroit Lions. Dominant victories at that not one of those three teams finished within three touchdowns of the Patriots.

Published in Report Card
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 00:36

Patriots Progress Report Fourth Quarter (2013)

The months-long grind of the NFL regular season has come to an end. And the New England Patriots have closed it out with yet another strong month. By winning three of their last four, the Patriots once again took the AFC East division title; they also ensured themselves the second seed in the playoffs, guaranteeing at least one home game this postseason.

It wasn't always pretty they led off the season's final quarter with a squeaked-out victory over the relatively hapless Cleveland Brownsa victory in which they benefited greatly from some generosity on the part of the officials. They followed that up with a narrow defeat at the hands of division rival Miami. However, New England was strong down the home stretch, with a blowout win over the Ravens followed by a two-touchdown victory over the Buffalo Bills in the final game of the regular season.

Published in Report Card
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 10:18

Patriots 2013 Draft Review

New England focuses on depth in weak draft

The New England Patriots draft strategy in recent years has involved a lot of wheeling and dealing. Coach Bill Belichick seems to take particular delight in trading down and accumulating more and more future assets. While it certainly makes sense as a long-term strategy, in the short term it can feel a bit frustrating. We want to see the team take shots at top-level players, rather than being content with quantity over quality.

However, in a draft such as this one a draft that is viewed as a relatively weak one at the top the strategy of accumulating value makes a lot of sense. So it should have come as no surprise that New England traded out of the first round; they got a handful of picks from the Minnesota Vikings and fleshed out a draft in which they initially only had a few picks.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2013 15:26

Patriots Progress Report Fourth Quarter

After 17 weeks, the 2012 NFL regular season has finally come to an end. The New England Patriots have once more made their way into the postseason, riding a 12-4 record to the 2-seed in the AFC and a first round bye.

The Patriots finished out the year by winning three of their last four, their only loss coming at the hands of the playoff-bound 49ers. While their win over the Jaguars was lackluster, they looked great in demolishing the Texans and shutting out Miami in the season's last game. The team looks to be in solid shape heading toward the Super Bowl.

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