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New England Patriots News 3-20, and AFC East Notes
New England Patriots News 3-20, and AFC East Notes

Belichick then got TE Marcellus Bennett and a 6th round pick from the Bears for a 4th round pick. Bennett is a dynamic tight end who should pair well with Rob Gronkowski and give Tom Brady big targets in the red zone as well as excellent blockers in the running game. Bennett caught 90 passes two years ago but was injured in 2015.

5 years ago
Patriots Lay Back Wisely on Day 1 of Free Agency
Patriots Lay Back Wisely on Day 1 of Free Agency

The Patriots traditionally have made their moves on the second day of free agency after the initial frenzy of over-priced contracts dies down. Last year, they signed DE Jabaal Sheard on Day 2

5 years ago
Patriots Approach to Free Agency is the Correct One
Patriots Approach to Free Agency is the Correct One

Teams that jump both feet into free agency on Day 1 and win the day, rarely are around when the smoke clears in January. In fact, usually, the opposite is true. Look at the mistakes of the Philadelphia Eagles which should be a beacon to those who want to sign everybody…now, asap.

5 years ago
NFL Legal Tampering Window Opens March 7
NFL Legal Tampering Window Opens March 7

The basically farcical Legal Tampering Window begins on March 7 will continue until free agency begins on March 9 at 4 p.m. The NFL sent out a memo in 2013 when they first allowed this window of honeymooning free agents spelling out the parameters of what is and isn’t allowed during these negotiations.

5 years ago
Patriots Cut LaFell, Chandler, Increasing Receiver Need
Patriots Cut LaFell, Chandler, Increasing Receiver Need

Now the receiver position as we mentioned a month ago is even in a deeper state of need of an overhaul. With the contract situation of Danny Amendola still needing to be looked at, and his own roster position not a given yet, the need for youth, speed and size just got even more important.

5 years ago
Patriots Free Agency Outlook, Tackles
Patriots Free Agency Outlook, Tackles

The Patriots should find a younger, more athletic right tackle and then re-do Vollmer’s contract and move him to swing tackle. That falls in line with the Patriots way of thinking, which is to replace a player perhaps a year too soon rather than a year too late.

5 years ago
Patriots Free Agency Outlook, Cornerbacks
Patriots Free Agency Outlook, Cornerbacks

What the Patriots would really like is an upgrade at the RCB position and move Ryan into the slot. Bill Belichick loves his veterans on the defense and would like to bring in a veteran presence and allow the others to compete and sort out the rest.

5 years ago
Patriots Free Agency Outlook, Tight Ends
Patriots Free Agency Outlook, Tight Ends

Now the team has to decide whether to bring back Chandler who also battled injuries last season for a second go around and cover his cap hit of $3 million-dollars or cut him for a savings of $2.05 million.

5 years ago
Patriots Free Agency Outlook, Linebackers
Patriots Free Agency Outlook, Linebackers

The Patriots lost an iconic figure with the retirement of Jerod Mayo this week, and while it wasn’t entirely unsuspected it leaves the Patriots with a depth issue behind starters Hightower and Collins. Those two are arguably the best pair of linebackers in the league and the team’s immediate concern is locking them up long-term.

5 years ago
Patriots Free Agency Outlook – Wide Receivers
Patriots Free Agency Outlook – Wide Receivers

The team needs some youth, size and speed on the outside. Not necessarily a deep threat, that everyone clamors for, since that isn’t their offense. But someone who can stretch the field horizontally as well as vertically and has the size to go up and grab those contested throws.

5 years ago
Patriots Free Agent Profile – Nate Ebner
Patriots Free Agent Profile – Nate Ebner

The 6’0, 200-pound Ohio State product is as tough as they come, being a former member of the US National Rugby Team. While a Buckeye, his prowess on kickoffs is stuff of legend as he was compared to “a heat seeking missile.”

5 years ago
2016 New England Patriots Transactions Tracker
2016 New England Patriots Transactions Tracker

Here is a look at the transactions made thus far by the New England Patriots; this post will be continuously updated as more moves are made throughout the year. For those wishing to take a trip down memory lane, …

5 years ago
Patriots Free Agent Profile Sealver Siliga
Patriots Free Agent Profile Sealver Siliga

Siliga is one of those big bodied guys who are invaluable as run stuffers. One of the indelible moments of training camp was his crunching hit of Tyler Gaffney on August 1, shooting across the gap and leveling the runner as he was trying to get to the second level

5 years ago
Patriots Free Agent Profile – Dane Fletcher
Patriots Free Agent Profile – Dane Fletcher

Fletcher has always excelled at being a special teams’ standout and a good reserve linebacker who can spot start when needed and always did a good job of covering running backs out of the backfield.

5 years ago
Patriots Free Agent Profile Steven Jackson
Patriots Free Agent Profile Steven Jackson

“It helps me close a chapter on my terms,” Jackson said. “That’s what I always stressed … if I went back to the NFL it had to be for a team that had a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl.”

5 years ago
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