1. New England Patriots: Recapping the Latest Buzz Heading into Training Camp

    Training camp is nearly here. The long winter following the NFL draft is starting to break, followed by the tangy smell of fresh-cut grass, the sight of newly chalked lines and the smell of charcoal...

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  2. Ranking the Patriots' Top 5 Sleepers to Watch in Camp

    Training camp is a hotbed for finding sleepers, players slated to rise above expectations and surprise onlookers. New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is no longer going to take anyone by surprise...

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  3. 5 Dark Horses to Make the Patriots' Final 53-Man Roster

    In 2013, dark-horse prospects Joe Vellano and Josh Kline made the New England Patriots ' final 53-man roster. In 2012, it was Lex Hilliard and Mike Rivera...

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  4. Comparing the 2014 Patriots to the 2004 Super Bowl Champion Patriots

    Nearly 10 years ago, the New England Patriots last completed their yearly journey toward the Lombardi Trophy. Tom Brady hoisted the hardware after playoff victories over the Indianapolis Colts , Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles ...

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  5. Predicting the Last 5 In, 1st 5 Out for Patriots' 53-Man Roster

    Only 46 players may suit up each Sunday, but teams that effectively utilize their entire 53-man roster through the season have a distinct advantage...

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  6. 6 Players Who Might Find Themselves on the Patriots' Practice Squad in 2014

    Practice squads in the NFL aren't filled with players like Rudy and Keanu Reeves. Contributors are brought up from practice squads scores of times on nearly every NFL team...

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  7. Patriots' 5 Most Under and Overrated Offseason Additions

    Not all offseason acquisitions for the New England Patriots are created equal. For every Rodney Harrison, Rosevelt Colvin and Randy Moss that whets your appetite, there are cautionary tales like Adalius Thomas, Joey Galloway and Adrian Wilson...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 1 month ago 17,760 reads 31 comments

  8. LeGarrette Blount's Departure No Problem for Patriots

    Acquired as an afterthought—in the minds of many fans anyway—on Day 3 of the 2013 NFL draft, LeGarrette Blount proved to be an important part of the New England Patriots ' playoff run last season...

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  9. Projecting the Ceiling, Floor for New England Patriots in 2014

    In the egalitarian skyscraper that is the NFL , one man's ceiling is another man's floor. Under Bill Belichick 's tutelage, the New England Patriots have only inhabited the floors near the penthouse...

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  10. Fact or Fiction for the Patriots' Biggest Offseason Question Marks

    New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is not someone who likes questions, let alone question marks...

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  11. Winners and Losers of Patriots' Offseason So Far

    As the New England Patriots begin their mandatory minicamp experience Tuesday morning, the second half of the offseason will commence. In late July, 90 players will report to Foxborough for training camp...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 2 months ago 14,375 reads 31 comments

  12. Rounding Up the Latest New England Patriots Offseason Buzz

    As the offseason buzz surrounding the New England Patriots ' OTA sessions wears off, their minicamp (June 17-19) and the requisite hype will start to build...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 2 months ago 9,358 reads 6 comments

  13. New England Patriots Receiver Group Better Than the Sum of Its Parts

    With Tom Brady and Bill Belichick 's coaching staff receiving the lion's share of credit doled out by the media—rightly so, in some cases—over the past 13 years of success, the pass-catchers in New England tend to get short shrift...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 2 months ago 16,469 reads 44 comments

  14. 5 Bold (and Slightly Less Bold) Predictions for the 2014 New England Patriots

    After draft season and before the NFL preseason, there's "prediction season," where writers and fans yammer on about what they think will happen in the upcoming slate of games...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 2 months ago 23,001 reads 26 comments

  15. The 5 Biggest Issues Facing the New England Patriots with OTAs Wrapping Up

    As the New England Patriots wrap up their scheduled OTAs this week, a few potential issues with their 53-man roster stick out like a sore thumb. The defensive backfield—perhaps the best in the league on paper—certainly isn't one of them...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 2 months ago 17,642 reads 43 comments

  16. New England Patriots Who Have Turned Heads in Offseason Workouts

    The NFL preseason still lingers months away, but certain New England Patriots have already started to differentiate themselves from their peers during offseason workouts and practices...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 3 months ago 24,358 reads 9 comments

  17. How the New England Patriots Built the NFL's Best Secondary

    On the way to building the NFL 's best secondary, the New England Patriots had some false starts. Similar to Thomas Edison's adage about the light bulb, Patriots head coach ...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 3 months ago 24,572 reads 91 comments

  18. 5 Things We Learned from the New England Patriots' OTAs

    Trying to learn things from OTAs is like trying to understand a book when you only get to read the odd numbered pages and the author is actively trying to blur the lines between characters...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 3 months ago 11,109 reads 16 comments

  19. New England Patriots: Early Rookie Progress Reports

    All progress reports for the New England Patriots ' rookies should say "incomplete" at this point of the process, as the newly signed players have only completed a brief stint at rookie camp and a handful of OTAs...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 3 months ago 13,585 reads 13 comments

  20. New England Patriots: Players Whose Stock Is on the Rise After OTAs

    Last year at this time, Michael Jenkins, Zach Sudfeld and Donald Jones were the darlings of the OTA season for the New England Patriots ...

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  21. 5 Possible Secret Superstars for the Patriots in 2014

    Secret superstars are everywhere. These players might not get the credit, but they are integral to the success of the team. The football analytics website Pro Football Focus has done a series identifying its secret superstar for each team...

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  22. Early Predictions for New England Patriots' Most Valuable Players

    With the New England Patriots in the midst of OTAs, it is finally time to start thinking about actual football games, not just building a roster...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 3 months ago 10,775 reads 23 comments

  23. The Most Intriguing Rookie Storylines at Patriots' OTAs

    It's time for that "Welcome to the NFL " moment for the New England Patriots ' rookies. Organized team activities are quite different from rookie camp...

    James Christensen Written by James Christensen about 3 months ago 12,392 reads 32 comments

  24. Patriots OTAs: Latest Player Reports and Analysis

    With the NFL draft in the books, all eyes turn to the next phase of the offseason as the New England Patriots meet for their first round of organized team activities . Bill Belichick will lead practice May 27, 29 and 30 this week...

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  25. How Big of an Impact Will Dominique Easley Make for the New England Patriots?

    With Tom Brady starting to peek over his shoulder and the New England Patriots defense on the precipice of greatness, first-round pick Dominique Easley's impact needs to be as sudden as Clint Eastwood and as deep as Morgan Freeman ...

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