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    State of the Patriots: Assessing Defensive Needs and How to Fill Them

    In part two of our “State of the Patriots,” we’ll be looking at the Patriots’ defensive needs, as well as some offseason targets that can help fill those needs. You can find part one covering the offense here. These are certainly not all of the defensive options on the table for the Patriots this offseason. We simply wanted to highlight the targets we felt fit best as the offseason begins. (NOTE: The salary cap numbers are based on Spotrac.) Interior DL Need: Very High  Veteran options: Dalvin Tomlinson, Shelby Harris While I fully expect the Patriots to retain at least one of Lawrence Guy or Adam Butler, the Patriots still…

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    State of the Patriots: Assessing Offensive Needs and How to Fill Them

    If you’re looking for some good news following the Patriots 7-9 2020 season, look no further than the 2021 offseason. New England is armed with a ton of cap space, and a good number of valuable draft picks. The Patriots will need to put those resources to good use as the roster has several holes that need filling. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some realistic ways New England can retool the roster. These are certainly not all of the offensive options on the table for the Patriots this offseason, but we wanted to highlight the targets we felt fit best as the offseason begins. (Note: All…

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    Ranking Five Hypothetical Patriots’ QB Scenarios For 2021

    The New England Patriots 2021 offseason will be one of the most intriguing offseasons in the team’s recent history. With the fifteenth overall pick and loads of cap space, the Patriots will have plenty of opportunities to fix some of the issues that plagued the 7-9 2020 season. Questions at wide receiver, tight end, defensive line, and linebacker will need to be addressed, but the most notable decision moving forward for Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ organization is the future of the quarterback position. Do they bring back Cam Newton as a bridge quarterback? What other veteran quarterbacks might they target via free agency and trade? Could they trade up…

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    Predicting Stay or Leave with the Patriots 2021 Free Agents

    The New England Patriots closed the 2020 season with a victory against the New York Jets pushing their final record to 7-9. Although the season was filled with disappointment there’s little time to sit and sulk as it’s officially time to move on to one of the most important Patriots offseasons in recent memory. With the right draft picks and a good free agency, the Patriots could be back to contending in no time. However, with the wrong picks and free agency blunders, the Patriots would be left with a major setback to their winning ways. Before we get to the draft and free agency targets, it’s important to spend…

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    Column: Thoughts on the Patriots’ Quarterback Situation

    The New England Patriots, now sitting at 6-7, are a longshot for the 2020 NFL playoffs. Mathematically, New England hasn’t been eliminated, but just about everything would need to go in the Patriots’ favor in order to play postseason football. Despite that unfortunate reality, most of the talk after the Patriots’ ugly 24-3 loss against the Rams centered around the quarterback position. Rightfully so, as the quarterback position is the most important in the NFL. With that in mind, I wanted to go ahead and give my take on the Patriots’ quarterback dilemma. Blame Game “Is it Cam Newton or is it the weapons?” That’s the biggest question I see…

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    Biggest Takeaways From the Patriots’ Win Over the Ravens

    Throughout the past two decades, the Patriots have always played their best football with their backs up and that continued Sunday night against the Ravens. The game was perceived by many as the game to end all playoff hopes in New England, but it was anything but that. The 23-17 victory put the Patriots back in the playoff hunt.  Without further ado, let’s take a look at all of our biggest takeaways from the Patriots’ win over the Ravens. The Patriots Aren’t Dead Yet Once at 2-5 and a longshot at any type of playoff spot, the Patriots now sit at 4-5 with a fighters chance to play postseason football.…

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    Grading Each Patriots’ Position Group Through Eight Games

    The Patriots have reached the mid-point of the 2020 NFL season with a record of 3-5. Now that half the season in the books, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on the Patriots’ performance up to this point in the season. Without further ado, here are our grades for each Patriots position group through the first eight games of the 2020 season. (NOTE: We’re grading based on performance and not overall talent or projections into the future.) Grading scale:  A = among the best positional performance in the league B = above league average positional performance  C = league average positional performance  D = below league…

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    Patriots vs. Ravens: Five Things to Watch

    The Patriots beat the winless Jets in Week 9 to jump to 3-5, but if they want to make a real push for the playoffs they need to come away with a victory Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens. Easier said than done though, as the Ravens come into the game with a 6-2 record. Beyond the record disparity, on paper, the Ravens are a tough matchup for the Patriots based on personnel and playstyle. We’ll talk about some of the personnel challenges New England will face Sunday night, as well as any other things you need to watch out for in our Week 10 Patriots vs. Ravens preview. Can…

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    Winners and Losers From the Patriots Week 9 Victory

    The New England Patriots put an end to their four-game losing streak on Monday night by defeating the New York Jets 30-27. With the win, the Patriots now stand at 3-5. There’s no denying New England still has a ton of work to do if they hope to reach the playoffs, but it’s nice to see the Patriots finally get a win. In addition to coming away with a victory, the Patriots also had a couple of outstanding individual performances. We’ll discuss all those incredible performances, as well the players that struggled in this week’s edition of “Winners and Losers”. Winners Cam Newton After taking steps forward last week against…

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    Patriots vs. Jets: Five Things to Watch

    The 2-5 New England Patriots take on the 0-8 New York Jets this week on Monday Night Football in a battle between the bottom two teams in the AFC East. With that being said, even with the Patriots struggles this season, there is absolutely no reason they shouldn’t come away with a victory on Monday night. The Jets are unanimously thought of as the worst team in the NFL. Their record reflects that as well, as they are the only winless team in the league. Furthermore, the Week 9 matchup represents the Patriots’ last chance to turn this season around. Even with a victory, New England will still have an…