1. NFL Wide Receivers: Which Team Made the Best 2012 Deal So Far?

    In March, I took a look at free-agent wide receivers to see which team got the best deal —at least in terms of past production—and which took the biggest risk...

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  2. New England Patriots: 5 Possible Reasons for Wes Welker's Reduced Snap Count

    One of the biggest controversies regarding the New England Patriots ' 2012 season has been the decline in playing time for Patriots slot receiver Wes Welker ...

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  3. Patriots vs. Titans: Which Patriots Deserve Game Balls?

    The New England Patriots won their Week 1 matchup against the Tennessee Titans 34-13. A number of players stood out with their performances against the Titans. Here are the six players most worthy of game balls...

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  4. Patriots Free Agency: WR Jabar Gaffney Joins a Crowded Receiver Corps

    One day after the Washington Redskins released wide receiver Jabar Gaffney , he returned to the team he called home for two and a half seasons, the New England Patriots . According to a post by Jason La Canfora on NFL...

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  5. Patriots Free Agency: Jabar Gaffney Should Return to New England

    About two weeks ago, the Washington Redskins put receiver Jabar Gaffney on the trade block. I wrote that the New England Patriots would at least entertain the notion of trading ...

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  6. New England Patriots NFL Draft: 7 Key Questions for the Pats

    The Patriots are about to enter the 2012 NFL draft with a relatively modest total of six picks—but they are the only team in the NFL entering the draft with four picks in the first two rounds...

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  7. 2012 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Will Probably Disappoint Fans, Trade Down

    Viewers of the NFL draft have become accustomed to hearing these words: "The New England Patriots have traded their pick." Many Patriots fans are hoping that this year will finally be the year that the Patriots trade up and draft an "impact player...

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  8. How New England Patriots Will Benefit from NFL's New 90-Man Rosters

    On the Monday before the 2012 NFL Draft, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted that the NFL had unexpectedly approved a policy change that had been tabled at the most recent owners' ...

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  9. 2012 NFL Draft: Why the New CBA Will Make Trades More Unpredictable

    Earlier this month, the Boston Globe repeated a quip about top draft picks from Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum , who received a phone call from then- Houston Texans general ...

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  10. 5 Moves the New England Patriots Can Make with About $15 Million in Cap Room

    According to various web sites, including ProFootballTalk.com , the Patriots had approximately $10 million in cap room at the end of March...

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  11. 2012 NFL Draft: Could Patriots Trade Backup QBs Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett?

    There's an old football maxim that a team can never have too many good quarterbacks. But perhaps that may not be true—at least not for the New England Patriots Earlier this ...

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  12. Should New England Patriots Continue WR Reunion by Pursuing Jabar Gaffney?

    According to the Washington Post , the Washington Redskins are apparently looking to trade (or release) WR Jabar Gaffney , and have told him to stay away from team facilities in the interim...

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  13. 2012 NFL Draft: What Do the New England Patriots Look for in Wide Receivers?

    If there's one area where the New England Patriots have generally struggled in recent years, it's in drafting and developing wide receivers. Since 2006, the Patriots have used a second-round pick and two third-round picks on wide receivers...

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  14. New England Patriots' 2012 Schedule: Comparing Predictions to Reality

    On April 17, the NFL released the 2012 season schedule. One game of the New England Patriots ' schedule—their second trip to play as the visiting team in London against the St...

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  15. New England Patriots Exploited CBA "Loopholes" in Signing WR Anthony Gonzalez

    Last month, the Patriots signed former Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez to the roster. They gave Gonzalez a one-year deal worth $716,000 and a base salary of $701,000...

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  16. 2012 NFL Draft: New England Patriots Could Decide Who Gets TE Coby Fleener

    To borrow from an old expression , tight end "is the new black." The Patriots are at the cutting edge, getting unprecedented production from their sophomore duo of Rob Gronkowski ...

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  17. How Patriots' Addition of C Dan Koppen Will Change Their Offensive Line

    According to ESPN's Adam Schefter and the NFL Network's Albert Breer , the Patriots have re-signed their longtime center, Dan Koppen...

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  18. Why NFL Fans Need to Stop Searching for the 'Bountygate' Informant

    Tuesday, Bleacher Report published an article that claimed to identify the man responsible for informing the league of the existence of the New Orleans Saints ' defensive bounty program...

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  19. New England Patriots: 6 Players Whose Roster Spots Are Not Locks

    Over the past week, I've tried to predict the 53 players who would make the New England Patriots roster in an "if the season started today" scenario. Here were the lucky 53...

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  20. New England Patriots: Pre-Draft Look at the 2012 Roster, Part 5 (Specialists)

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has often called special teams the "third phase" of the game...

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  21. Pre-Draft Look at the New England Patriots' 2012 Roster: Part 4, Secondary

    The New England Patriots ' 2011 secondary was much maligned and also much injured: the Patriots used 16 different players in the secondary, and lost several to injuries...

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  22. Pre-Draft Look at the New England Patriots' 2012 Roster: Part 3, DLs and LBs

    While Bill Belichick is known for being one of the first coaches to bring the 3-4 defense back into vogue, the Patriots actually switched to a 4-3 front to start the 2011 season because of the strike-shortened offseason...

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  23. Pre-Draft Look at the New England Patriots' 2012 Roster: Part 2, Offensive Line

    Tom Brady recognizes the value of a good offensive line—he agreed to do commercials for Visa only if they featured the offensive linemen who protected him—as of April 1...

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  24. A Pre-Draft Look at the Patriots' 2012 Roster: Part 1, Offensive Skill Positions

    Recently, Aaron Dodge posted a preview of possible Week 1 starters for the New England Patriots . Of course, a team is more than its starter, so I decided to look at the entire 53-man roster...

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  25. Patriots Free Agency: New England Re-Signs Deion Branch & Its Effect on WR Corps

    ESPN's Adam Schefter broke the news today that the Patriots have brought back wide receiver Deion Branch on a one-year contract. Branch will be 33 when the 2012 season begins, and entering his 11th season in the league...

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