• Analysis

    What Training Camp Taught Us About the Patriots

    The Patriots’ practice on Sunday afternoon marked the end of this year’s training camp. From here on out, the Patriots will practice under regular season protocols, as they prepare for their Week 1 matchup against the Miami Dolphins on September 13. As preparation for the Dolphins begins, let’s take a look back at what all the training camp reports taught us about the 2020 Patriots. 1.) Damien Harris Will Improve an Already Good Running Back Group Damien Harris took full advantage of Sony Michel missing the start of camp. Harris projects as the same kind of early-down back as Michel, but one thing we’ve noted from his limited preseason action…

  • Analysis,  Breaking News

    Updated Patriots’ Training Camp Stock Report: 4 up, 4 down

    As the second week of padded practices wind down, we’re beginning to get a better sense of how the Patriots 2020 roster will take shape. Throughout camp, some players have shined, while others have struggled. With the end of a shortened training camp approaching and final roster cuts on the horizon, time is running out for players on the roster bubble to prove their worth. In this article we’ll take a look at who’s stock is up and who’s is down after the second week of padded practices. (NOTE: You can read the Training Camp stock report covering last week’s practices here.) Stock Up 1. N’Keal Harry Let’s start with…

  • Predictions

    Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection 3.0

    In less than three weeks, the Patriots are scheduled to take the field against the Miami Dolphins. The regular season approaching means the race to make the final roster has reached the home stretch. Bubble players are feeling the pressure to perform, and roster longshots are working to standout in practice. Because there are no preseason games this year, the next week of practice will be critical to a player’s chance to make the final roster. The scheduled cut day is 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 5. With the NFL season right around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to update our Patriots 53-man roster projection.…

  • Analysis

    Assessing the Current State of the Patriots’ Wide Receiver Group

    The Patriots’ wide receiver production in 2019, outside of Julian Edelman, was among the worst in the NFL. Despite last seasons’ struggles, all offseason long optimism has grown surrounding the group’s ability to bounce back in 2020. Now that we’re less than three weeks away from the regular season, it’s time to assess where the group currently stands. In this article, we’ll give you a breakdown of our thoughts on the current state of the wide receiver group. Training Camp Performance Up to this point in training camp, the Patriots’ secondary holds a strong advantage over the wide receiver group. When evaluating the performance of the wideouts, one key question…

  • Analysis,  Breaking News

    Patriots’ Training Camp Stock Report: 4 Up, 4 Down

    Now that we’ve had a few padded practices and the hot takes have started flying, it’s time to take a look at who’s shined in training camp thus far, and who’s struggled. Typically at this time of year, the majority of reports coming out of camp are overwhelmingly positive. Coaches, players, and fans alike are as optimistic as ever about the outlook of their team. With that in mind, in this article, we’ll tell you four players rising in stock and four players trending in the wrong direction.  Stock up 1. Jermaine Eluemunor Jermaine Eluemunor was acquired from Baltimore last season in exchange for a 4th round pick. Although he…

  • Analysis

    Biggest Reasons to be Optimistic about the Patriots in 2020

    For a multitude of reasons, the Patriots’ 2020 offseason has been one of the most unique in recent memory. The offseason has featured a ton of changes, mostly due to the ongoing pandemic, but also the departure of Tom Brady. There’s no doubt the upcoming season is the beginning of a new era for New England. A new era means new expectations and in this article, we’ll tell you the biggest reasons to be optimistic about the Patriots in 2020. The Secondary Not only was the Patriots’ secondary one of the best in football last season, but it also returns a majority of its key players. Patrick Chung, who opted…

  • Predictions

    Five Predictions for Patriots’ 2020 Training Camp

    The Patriots spent some time on the practice field last week, but the real portion of this year’s unique training camp is set to begin this week with padded practices now allowed. The evaluation process of a roster never truly begins until the pads come on. With the Patriots entering the ramp-up phase, we thought it would be a good time to give our predictions for this year’s training camp. The quarterback battle remains close, but Cam Newton pulls it out. Like we’ve said all along, the starting quarterback spot won’t be handed to anyone, it will be earned. Reports coming out of New England after the first initial practices…

  • Film Breakdowns

    Film Breakdown: What does Jeff Thomas bring to the Patriots’ Offense?

    It’s no secret that the Patriots wide receiving corps left much to be desired during the 2019 season. The group ranked 32nd in regards to separation created. The team rostered a pair of rookies (one of which missed 9 games) in addition to a pair of talented but troubled veterans (Josh Gordon and Antonio Brown) who ultimately didn’t make it to the end of the season with the team. The Patriots were forced to rely heavily on Julian Edelman. Even though the Patriots spent a first-round draft pick on the position in last years’ draft, many expected the Patriots to double down and select another receiver in such a deep…

  • Analysis

    Six Players Most Crucial to the Patriots’ Success on Offense

    It’s no secret the Patriots’ defense was the strength of the team during the 2019 NFL season. The offense started the season strong, but the group struggled to move the ball as the season progressed. To avoid that same fate in the 2020 season, everyone on the offensive side of the ball needs to produce at a higher rate. With that being said, there are certain players more important to the success of the offense than others. In this article, we’ll tell you the six players most crucial to the Patriots’ success on offense in 2020. Honorable Mentions: David Andrews: Coming back after missing the 2019 season, David Andrews is…

  • Film Breakdowns

    Film Breakdown: Why Ja’Whaun Bentley and Adrian Phillips Are Ideal Replacements for Key Opt-Outs

    The Patriots’ philosophy of “Next Man Up” has proven very successful over the past two decades. As the Patriots move closer to the upcoming 2020 season, that philosophy will be put to the test like never before. The Patriots lost Tom Brady and a number of key defenders in free agency, and now they’ve seen a league-high number of opt-outs due to concerns over COVID-19. The defense took the biggest hit as Dont’a Hightower and Patrick Chung were the two most notable opt-outs for the Patriots. Hightower is a perfect Bill Belichick linebacker. He can take on offensive lineman by himself, set the edge, and he’s got the awareness to…