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The NFL Draft has come to its conclusion and the New England Patriots have added some new names to their ranks.

The draft – which took place in Las Vegas – gave all 32 NFL teams a chance to replenish their ranks through seven rounds of picks from the collegiate ranks. This year proved to be an interesting one for a couple of reasons.

First, this is the first draft that takes into account the extra year of eligibility granted players due to COVID. In essence, it means that not only are there more players available than usual, but that many of these players are a bit older than the standard. This adds even more variability to an already fungible process.

Next, this draft didn’t feature any consensus elite quarterback prospects, meaning that teams were left to either reach for a QB or address other needs. The result is an order that we don’t often see; for the first time in decades, the first five selections were defensive players. It just means that we’re unlikely to see the same kind of paradigm shift that comes with a new stud QB.

Regardless, we’re here to talk about the Patriots, who had a … let’s call it unexpected draft. From a first-round reach to some late-round steals, New England continued its tradition of picking who they want to pick and consensus rankings be damned.

And that’s the thing. Just about every pundit out there is viewing this as a disappointing draft for Bill Belichick and company – and please include me among them – but in the end, what do the pundits know? Belichick wants what he wants and drafts accordingly, just like he’s done for the last two decades. Maybe we should see how this plays out.

And now, your new New England Patriots.

(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 they 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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Wednesday, 10 November 2021 13:22

Patriots Progress Report 2021 – Halftime(ish)

How ‘bout them Patriots?

We’re checking in with the Pats here at the halfway point of the season. Well … kind of the halfway point. The truth is that with the 17-game schedule, it’s a lot tougher to easily and evenly divvy up the season for these types of features. I went back and forth about whether to do our Halftime Progress Report after Week 8 or Week 9. I settled on Week 9.

And boy, am I glad I did.

This New England squad has been an up-and-down crew thus far in 2021, but there’s little argument against the most recent spate of games being their best run of the season to this point. They’ve seen their share of struggles, but the team looks to be coming into its own. What once seemed like a foregone conclusion – the Bills winning the division – is now anything but, with the Pats riding a winning streak and looking as good as they have all season.

Yes, there’s plenty of time for other issues to arise, but as things stand right now, the Patriots are in considerably better position than we might have expected even a month ago. With a Hall of Fame coach, a rookie quarterback and a surprisingly stout defense, this team could give some folks some trouble come January. But this isn’t about what will happen, but what has happened – so let’s take a look back.

On to the Progress Report

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Wednesday, 05 May 2021 10:46

Meet the newest New England Patriots

The NFL Draft is over and the New England Patriots have added some new names to their ranks.

It has been a long time since the Pats have been in this position, drafting in the middle of the first round instead of the end, as they have more or less every season for the past two decades. Everyone was curious as to how Bill Belichick’s draft plan would unfold from this unfamiliar spot.

They seemed interested in potentially taking a long-term QB candidate, but with this front office, you just never know. Would they trade up if there was someone they liked? Would they trade down if there wasn’t?

And then Mac Jones dropped to them.

Jones will have every opportunity to succeed with this team. Some of the other names on this list might not have the same length runway. But that’s the joy of it – you never know when you might be meeting one of your team’s future stars for the first time. Best of luck, gentlemen.

And now, your new New England Patriots.

(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 they 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, 10 November 2020 12:16

Patriots Progress Report 2020 – Halftime

What a difference a year makes, eh?

Last year at this point, we were celebrating a dominating start to the season from a Patriots team that was firing on all cylinders and included one of the best eight-game defensive stretches in the history of the NFL. It was a season that ended too early, at the hands of the Tennessee Titans in the AFC wild card round, but still.

Suffice it to say, a wild card loss is looking pretty good right now.

There’s a generation of Patriots fans that has never experienced a bad team. A child born during the last season where the Pats didn’t reach double-digit wins is now old enough to vote. While it’s not outside the realm of possibility that New England turns it around in the second half, it seems likely that this marks the first single-digit win season since then – and their first playoff absence since 2008.

Ah, well. On to the Progress Report.

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Thursday, 02 July 2020 11:34

Patriots sign QB Cam Newton

It turns out that the New England Patriots might have a former MVP under center this season after all.

It won’t be Tom Brady, of course; the longtime Patriot has moved on to Tampa and will be playing for the Buccaneers this season. Instead, Pats fans may have the opportunity to watch Cam Newton do his thing from the quarterback position.

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Tuesday, 03 December 2019 13:56

Patriots Progress Report - Third Quarter 2019

Safe to say that the New England Patriots team of the past four weeks isn’t quite the dominant force it was over the season’s first half. 2-2 isn’t the worst thing in the world – especially if it puts you at double-digit wins – but there’s no disputing that the Pats have come back to the pack.

Much of the onus for that regression has to be laid on the offense – the team has struggled to score and things seem just a bit … off. The defense has largely maintained its high level of performance, though they did show glimpses of what this team might look like if that D struggles.

Still, New England remains comfortable atop the AFC East, with a two-game cushion over Buffalo. This stretch did see them cede their spot as overall top seed in the conference, however. Regardless, this is a playoff team, even if their general performance this last month wasn’t quite up to par.

Let’s look at the month that was, shall we?

On to the Progress Report.

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 10:43

Patriots Progress Report 2019 – Halftime

What do you even say at this point?

The Patriots somehow managed to dominate the competition even more thoroughly in the season’s second quarter. The last four games have seen New England ruthlessly dispatch every team they faced, never winning a game by fewer than two touchdowns and often winning by more than three.

This team is 8-0 and has yet to really break a sweat. There’s no question that the schedule gets more difficult from here on in – you’d think that there would have to be some regression eventually, particularly on the defensive side. And yet … will there? We’ve never seen anything quite like it.

And if the Pats should fall back to Earth a little going forward, well – we’ll always have the first half.

On to the Progress Report.

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Ho hum – another year, another undefeated start.

Someday, the New England Patriots are not going to be watch-settingly excellent every season. Someday, fans of the team will be left to wonder whether their beloved squad will have what it takes to make it to the postseason. Someday, the regular season outcome will be in doubt.

Today is not that day.

Tom Brady and company have once again started the season by winning their first four games. This initial quarter of the season could not have gone any better, with a trio of dominant performances followed by a hard-fought victory against a Buffalo team that is going to be considerably better than anyone really expected (on the defensive side, especially).

In basic terms, the fundamental goal in football is to score as many points as you can while giving up as few as you can. Simple. And after four games, there’s not one team in the NFL that can say they’re better at those two things together than the Patriots. As good? Maybe. But better? Not a chance.

Welcome back to the Progress Report.

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Wednesday, 01 May 2019 10:18

Some brand-new New England Patriots

Another big chapter of the National Football League’s future unfolded this past weekend in Nashville.

The 32 NFL franchises landed in Music City for the 2019 NFL Draft, where over the course of three days, teams selected the players they hope will lead their respective organizations into the future. Team presidents, general managers, coaches and owners pored over stat sheets and tapes, looking to separate the cream of the collegiate crop from the chaff, all in an effort to put themselves in the best possible position to move forward toward a championship.

The draft isn’t always as exciting in New England as it is in other places – two decades of Patriots success has led to less-than-optimal selection slots as a rule, although that hasn’t stopped them from making some solid picks.

That said, the early consensus is that this has a chance to be one of the better draft hauls of the Belichick era (for whatever that’s worth – see the caveat a few paragraphs down). Rather than go with their usual tactic of trading down and stockpiling, the Pats apparently liked what they saw in the Class of 2019, selecting 10 players in all. And it’s a far-from-typical group to boot, but really, when have the Patriots ever been conventional?

Will all of these players succeed? Of course not. Hell, a good chunk of them may not even make the team at all. But hey – we’re talking about the reigning Super Bowl champions here. They don’t need to hit on every pick. Still, expect at least a couple of these additions to make a splash.

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 they 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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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 14:33

A Gronking to remember

A New England Patriots legend has decided to hang it up.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has announced that he will be retiring from football after nine seasons in the NFL. He made his decision public via Instagram on March 24.

Despite a playing career that lasted less than a decade and featured numerous extended periods of injury, Gronk’s legacy is undoubtedly secure. He will take his place among the best to ever play the game, with numbers that ensure a Hall of Fame jacket despite his truncated time in the league.

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