Category Archives: Super Bowl LIII

ICYMI VIDEO: Kyle Van Noy Reviews Pizza On Barstool’s “One Bite”

Robert Alvarez
February 17, 2019 at 11:09 am ET

New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy continues to live his best life post Super Bowl glory.

On Tuesday, Van Noy was a guest on Barstool Sports’ “One Bite” pizza review show with founder Dave Portnoy.

Check out Van Noy’s take on a New York slice along with a bonus roasting of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

WARNING: NSFW, Language.

VIDEO: The Patriots Thank Fans For Their Support In 2018

Robert Alvarez
February 14, 2019 at 3:35 pm ET

The 2018 season couldn’t have ended any better for the New England Patriots.

The team showed the football world that they are “still here” with a sixth Lombardi trophy.

On the team official Twitter account Wednesday, various members of the team thanked fans for their support all season in a special video.

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Which of the Patriots Free Agents Return in 2019?

Steve Balestrieri
at 8:32 am ET

Which of the Patriots Free Agents Return in 2019?

The Patriots are facing a ton of potential turnover in their roster in the upcoming 2019 season and to go along with a slew of coaching changes, it presents a difficult challenge in the days ahead.  

Most Super Bowl winners suffer a turnover of more than 20 players from the Super Bowl to Week 1 of the following NFL season. This year’s Patriot team will no doubt be any different.

So, now that the post-Super Bowl celebrations are over and we’ve had a chance to let the dust settle, we are going to take a look at some of the Patriots free agents and try to get a feel on who may return and who may be moving on. And let’s start with the two biggest of them.

Trey Flowers:

The Patriots defensive end was a fourth-round pick from Arkansas just four years ago and at 25 is just now entering the prime of his career. Flowers led the team in sacks the past three years but he’s much more than just a sack specialist.

In the varied scheme that the Patriots run on defense, they ask their edge players to do a lot of different things. And Flowers can do them all. He sets the edge, rushes the passer from the outside, can kick inside as an interior pass rusher and drop occasionally into the passing lanes in the flat.

Flowers has arguably been the Patriots’ best defensive player for the past several years and they know and appreciate his value. How will the rest of the league value Flowers? In an increasing fantasy football mindset, many fans and writers may not believe that he’s a top-tier defensive player. But the coaches see what he brings, especially two ex-New England coaches in Detroit and Miami.

The chances of Flowers returning are probably less than 50/50, and if they can’t get anything done by the time the signing frenzy begins, it will probably be less than that. Flowers would look awful in teal…

Trent Brown:

My, my, my, (Joe Kenda voice), what a difference a year makes. When the Patriots got Brown in a trade with the 49ers there were a lot of very unconvinced people (including right here) that wondered why the Niners would let him go if he was as good as Von Miller proclaimed him to be.

Miller, the Broncos pass rush specialist, called Brown the best right tackles in the NFL and considered him one of the best tackles …period. Brown is absolutely enormous at 6’8, 380-pounds but for a man so big, he moves incredibly well. He took over the starting left tackle position in the first days of training camp and never looked back.

He started all 16 regular season games and all three playoff games and was simply outstanding. So, yes… he can play left tackle in the NFL, and do so at an elite level. Having feet as quick as his for such a large man allows him to keep pass rushers at bay and he can be a road grader in the running game.

Will another team throw a boatload of money at his feet this spring? With the protection of QBs blindsides always at a premium, the answer is probably yes. Will the Patriots match? Probably not. They invested their top pick last year in Isaiah Wynn who ended up on IR with a torn Achilles last year. Marcus Cannon is under contract for the next three years. The Patriots believe Wynn is more than capable, however, they’ll want to take him along slowly with his injury.

If the Patriots do re-sign Brown, then swing tackle LaAdrian Waddle will probably go, if not he’ll return for another year. The chances of Brown returning are far less than 50 percent in 2019.

Stephen Gostkowski/Ryan Allen:

Both of the Patriots kicking tandem are free agents this season. Gostkowski has been with the Patriots since Adam Vinatieri left in 2006, (the Patriots have essentially had two kickers since 1995), and Gostkowski has been remarkably consistent for a very long time. Last season he was 27-32 on FG attempts, three of his misses were beyond 50 yards and 49-50 on extra points. His work on kickoffs is a subject that Bill Belichick has long complimented on as exemplary.

Allen has been outstanding at angling punts to the sidelines and dropping them inside the 20-yard line of opponents. During the Super Bowl, he pinned the Rams deep three times inside their 10-yard line. And don’t forget, it is Allen that does the holding on all of the extra points and field goals.

Both are extremely valuable and trusted. The odds of each returning is well over 50 percent for 2019.

Jason McCourty:

J-Mac was a very valuable contributor in 2018, his solid play, experience, and leadership were all key factors in the team’s success in the secondary. And playing in the playoffs for the first time in his career, was an experience that McCourty relished, a valuable teaching point to the younger players to never take anything for granted. Especially for a player who went from 0-16 to a Super Bowl win.

The Patriots have a lot of depth at the cornerback position with Stephon Gilmore, J.C. Jackson, Jonathan Jones (RFA), Duke Dawson, Keion Crossen and Eric Rowe (UFA). McCourty’s veteran presence would be very valuable in 2019, but much of his future may be tied into his brother’s retirement consideration. If Devin decides to return for one more year, Jason would be much more inclined to remain. He’s a 50/50 proposition to return.

Chris Hogan/Phillip Dorsett/Cordarrelle Patterson:

The Patriots three complementary wide receivers are all unrestricted free agents this spring. Hogan has spent the past three seasons here after signing a three-year deal bringing him over from Buffalo. Hogan was a key contributor on the two Super Bowl teams his first two seasons but this year, he seemed to be frozen out of the offense, where he was forgotten for very long stretches. A classy vet, on and off the field. He’s a great teammate who works hard every day and can be a valuable complementary piece in any offense.

Dorsett seemed primed to have a nice role in the offense after a really strong training camp. But when the team signed Josh Gordon, he saw his playing time slashed. However, when his number was called, he contributed some big plays, most notably the touchdown pass in KC during the conference championship game right before the half. He never lived up to his first-round draft pick expectations but can be a nice role player.

Patterson remains one of the premier kick returners in the game and the opening kickoff in the Super Bowl showed how dynamic he can be, nearly breaking it for a TD. The Patriots installed a package on offense to take advantage of his blazing speed and he chipped in with three receiving touchdowns. He also jumped into the mix at running back when injuries piled up at mid-season and acquitted himself pretty well there. That concept of doing whatever the team needs you to do wasn’t lost on the coaching staff.

The belief here is that Hogan is gone and Dorsett is slightly less than 50 percent to be returning, probably looking for a spot that will allow him more playing time. Patterson seemed to really like it here and if the Patriots offer him anything close to what he gets on the open market, then his chances of returning are better than 50 percent.

Malcom Brown/Danny Shelton:

The two big men in the middle both had the team decline fifth-year options for each in 2019 which says that they are prepared to move away from either or both unless the money is right. Brown had a good but unspectacular 2018 season and like his previous four years, had bouts of inconsistency. He was much better down the stretch and into the playoffs. But in truth, he never really lived up to his first-round draft expectations.

The Patriots picked up Shelton from the Browns last spring and he too was plagued by consistency problems. He was a healthy scratch for three late-season games including the AFC Championship Game but was active and very good in Super Bowl LIII.

The belief here is that the team could easily bring one of the two back on a team-friendly deal, but the chances that either return are under 50 percent.

John Simon/Albert McClellan/Ramon Humber:

The Patriots love their special teams’ guys and in a year when the normally stellar STs units were struggling with their consistency early in the year, they brought these three into to the fold to steady the boat.

Simon proved to be a valuable role player on the defense first and STs second. He did a very good job when called upon in setting the edge and getting after the passer as well as dropping into coverage. In the sub-packages the team runs, he provided a valuable role and fit in well.

McClellan was an outstanding addition to the STs and blocked a couple of kicks, forced a key fumble. But in the punt coverage teams? Before McClellan’s arrival, the team was allowing nearly 13 yards per punt return. After he came on board, it was cut in half. That isn’t a coincidence.

Humber is another STs maven and he’s terrific on kick coverage and recovered a blocked punt. The chances of these three returning are better than 50 percent, it would be nice to see the team re-sign all three this spring.

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VIDEO: The Ten Best Plays From The 2018 Patriots

Robert Alvarez
February 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm ET

The New England Patriots created a lot of memories during the 2018 season.

On Twitter this past weekend, the NFL shared video of what they felt were the ten best plays by the Patriots on their road to their sixth Super Bowl championship.

From spectacular catches to clutch special teams plays, relive some of the best in the video highlight reel below.

Josh Gordon To Receive Super Bowl LIII Ring

Robert Alvarez
at 5:00 am ET

Josh Gordon will be a Super Bowl champion afterall.

According to a report by ESPN Boston’s Mike Reiss, Gordon will receive a Super Bowl LIII ring from owner Robert Kraft.

In December, Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy.

The suspension prevented Gordon from playing in the final two regular season games and playoffs.

In 11 games with the Patriots, Gordon finished third on the team with 720 receiving yards.

Gordon logged 40 receptions and three touchdowns, one of which was the 500th of Tom Brady’s career.

As the Patriots marched to a Super Bowl championship, Gordon continued to show his support over social media.

Gordon thanked fans and the organization in his Instagram story Monday.

He is eligible to apply for reinstatement in May pending treatment progress.

PHOTO: Bill Belichick Renames Boat To “VIII Rings”

Robert Alvarez
at 4:30 am ET

Eight days after winning Super Bowl LIII, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has renamed his famous fishing boat.

Spotted by fan Evan Landy, Belichick’s boat got a paint upgrade from “VII Rings to “VIII Rings”.

The boat appears to be in a tropical location far from the cold New England winter.

Belichick’s eight rings come from his tenure with the Patriots (6) and as an assistant with the New York Giants (2) under Bill Parcells.

Belichick donated a previous fishing boat named “V Rings” to Sail Newport in 2017.

Patrick Chung Shares Photograph Of Scar Following Surgery On Arm

Robert Alvarez
February 12, 2019 at 11:07 pm ET

During the third quarter of Super Bowl LIII, Patriots safety Patrick Chung suffered a broken forearm injury that knocked him out of the game.

Chung had surgery performed back on February 9th and shared video a day later providing an update on his recovery.

On Monday, Chung shared a photograph (WARNING Graphic) of his scar that coincidentally contained as many stitches as his jersey number.

“23 stitches. Coincidence??? I think not! Hahaha #keepbeingsavage is my new hash!!” Chung wrote below the photograph.

In the days following the Super Bowl, Chung shared a few optimistic postings to his Instagram, including himself in a sling postgame with his father.

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Daddy man!

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Chung signed a two-year contract extension with the Patriots in March 2018 and is expected to be back in time for training camp next summer. 2019 will mark his 11th NFL season.

VIDEO: NFL Turning Point – How the Patriots Held the Rams to Three Points in Super Bowl LIII

Robert Alvarez
at 11:06 pm ET

As part of NFL Films “Turning Point” series, check out how the New England Patriots successfully held Sean McVay and his Los Angeles Rams offense to just three points in Super Bowl LIII.

(View the episode in its entirety on YouTube per NFL restrictions)

Best Of Social Media: Julian Edelman and The McCourty Twins Attend 2019 Grammy Awards

Robert Alvarez
February 11, 2019 at 10:22 pm ET

Winning a Super Bowl has a variety of special perks.

During Sunday nights 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and safety Devin McCourty were selected as the presenters to announce the winner for the
 “Best Pop Duo or Group Performance” category.

Lady Gaga won the Grammy Award for her song “Shallow”, sung by Gaga in the film “A Star Is Born” with actor Bradley Cooper.

McCourty and Edelman’s appearance garnered a few boo’s from the Los Angeles crowd, but Devin made light of the situation joking, “LA, thank you for your cheers. Also, thank you for your boos. I appreciate you supporting your community.” 

After the show, Edelman shared photographs of himself with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, actor Mark Wahlberg, musician Rob Thomas, and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

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Danger Russ. #CliveDavisPreGrammyParty

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Not crazy, just a little unwell.

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Tony toe taps. #Grammys

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The McCourty twins shared a backstage photo with former First Lady Michelle Obama and actress Jada Pinkett Smith.

VIDEO: On The Field After Super Bowl LIII

Robert Alvarez
at 10:21 pm ET

The New England Patriots released more behind the scenes Super Bowl LIII video this week.

Check out how Matthew Slater, Sony Michel, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Jason McCourty, Julian Edelman and Rex Burkhead celebrated on the field in Atlanta.

Video courtesy, New England Patriots YouTube Channel.