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Bernd Buchmasser

Getting N’Keal Harry going is the easiest way to improve the Patriots’ passing offense

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Related: Patriots’ 2019 draft class ranked as one of the worst in the league

Earlier this month, ESPN polled a panel of experts about the major questions heading into the NFL’s 2020 offseason. While the discussion delves into speculation quite a few times — one writer, for example, suggests the New England Patriots will be leap-frogged in the AFC East by either the Buffalo Bills or the New York Jets this year and miss the playoffs — it does include...

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Report: Tom Brady will have hard time leaving culture he created in New England

Tom Brady is far from a sure thing to return to the New England Patriots, but at least one connected reporter seems to think all the talk about Brady being excited for a fresh start has been overblown. ESPN’s Mike Reiss, who has been covering the Patriots for years and is as plugged in as anyone with all the happenings in New England, thinks Brady will remain with the team as long as the Pats show him some love at the negotiating table. Reiss wrote on Sunday that the culture Brady has...

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Retiring Patriots TE Ben Watson shares players' view of critical CBA talks

The recent negotiations have thrust the respected vet, a vice president on the NFLPA's executive committee, back into the business side of the game.

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Ranking Tom Brady-Era Defenses: Part One

Although the offense has been the main contributor to the New England Patriots dynasty, they have had some good, and some not so good, defensive units throughout the years. This list will attempt to rank each of the Tom Brady-era defenses from worst to best. #18: 2017 EPA Rank: 30th DVOA Rank: 31st The first four weeks of the 2017 season were hard to watch. In historically bad fashion, the defense struggled mightily in trying to stop their opponents. They allowed 32 points per game, which is...

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Ranking Tom Brady-Era Defenses, Part Two

Here is part two of our series where we take a look at the best Tom Brady-era defenses for the New England Patriots. The first part ranked the units which, in certain seasons, didn't distinguish themselves with their play. This article takes a look at the best ones. Part One Ranking Tom Brady-Era Defenses, Part Two #9: 2015 EPA Rank: 11th DVOA Rank: 12th In 2015, the Patriots offense got off to an incredible start. Due to some major injuries to the offensive line and to skill positions,...

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New England Patriots 7-Round Mock Draft

The 2020 NFL Draft is fast approaching, as the April 23rd opening night is just over two months away. While free agency has yet to commence, the New England Patriots will likely have several positions on their roster in need of reloading young talent. Currently, New England will have 12 selections, including their projected compensatory picks, this April.     New England Patriots Mock: 7-Round Draft 1.0 Predicted Draft Pick Trades   Bill Belichick has long been known for his draft board...

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Matthew Rewinski

Report: WR Danny Amendola is re-signing with the Detroit Lions

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Well, it appears that the next installment in the vaunted film series “Pats: Cleaning the Streets” has been relegated to development hell.

NFL Network’s Peter Schrager reported in advance of the NFL Combine that DA is going to be signing a new one-year deal with the Detroit Lions.

Some pre-Combine news.

Free agent WR Danny Amendola is re-signing with the @Lions on a 1-year deal, per league sources.

Amendola is coming off a 62 reception/ 678 yard 2019...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Free agency profile: Darren Fells could be the Patriots’ 2020 version of Benjamin Watson

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Related: Free agency profile: Randall Cobb would add proven productivity to the Patriots’ wide receiver group

With the Super Bowl in the rear-view mirror, the focus is now entirely on 2020. The next important point on the offseason agenda will be free agency, which starts on March 18 and projects to be a big one for the New England Patriots: not only does the team have 19 players whose current contracts will expire — including quarterback Tom Brady...

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Bill Belichick hires special teams coach Joe Houston away from Alabama

Former USC Trojans kicker Joe Houston is moving on up in the coaching world. Houston was hired by the New England Patriots as an assistant special teams coordinator, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman. Houston was a kicker at USC from 2007-2010 under Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin. He then kicked in the Arena Football League for the Chicago Rush and Nebraska Danger. Houston began coaching in 2012 for his junior college, El Camino College and spent three seasons there. He moved on to...

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Patriots have intriguing options to replace Brady

Few franchises in American sports history have rivaled the 21st-century Patriots in terms of stability. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s partnership has checked off the most important boxes for long-term success for nearly two decades. In turn, New England has been able to bypass the kind of era-defining offseason moves every other franchise has needed to make at various points over the past 20 years. But Belichick’s decision last summer not to extend Brady’s contract beyond 2019 thrusts...

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Oliver Thomas

Report: Patriots hiring former USC kicker, Alabama special teams analyst Joe Houston

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Joe Houston will serve as assistant special teams coordinator for New England, according to The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman.

A second member of Nick Saban’s Alabama staff is set to join Bill Belichick’s in Foxborough.

According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, the New England Patriots are hiring Joe Houston as assistant special teams coordinator.

Houston served as an analyst for the Crimson Tide kicking game in 2019 after being named Iowa State’s...

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How a new CBA could make it more likely Tom Brady returns to Patriots

NFL owners met on Thursday and approved the terms of a proposed new collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NFL Players Association, and there is optimism that a new CBA could go into effect before the start of the league year on March 18. If the New England Patriots are planning to bring back Tom Brady, that could be a significant development for them. It’s no secret that NFL teams use a variety of tricks to manipulate the salary cap, and one of those is basically...

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Alec Shane

Setting the Patriots offseason narrative

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Nobody knows what the offseason will hold for the Patriots. But we do know what the storylines will be.

Free Agency is just a few weeks away, and the initial frenzy of signing players, letting players go, and spinning whatever our team does as the right move while criticizing other teams for doing the exact same thing is almost upon us. This is both an exciting and depressing time on the NFL calendar, as we welcome new guys into the fold while watching...

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New England Patriots links 2/21/20 - Depth Charge: Lawrence Guy, the ‘A’ player on the D-line

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Bernd Buchmasser

A group of recently released veterans could garner the Patriots’ interest

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Related: One month before the start of free agency, all remains quiet on the Patriots’ front

While free agency will not officially begin until March 18, there has already been plenty of movement around the NFL. The New England Patriots have been relatively quiet so far with the exception of signing cornerback Lenzy Pipkins, and will likely pick up the pace after the scouting combine next week, but they might still be interested in taking a closer...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Patriots should not count on receiving a potential cap benefit for Antonio Brown before March 18

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Related: Outstanding grievances could increase the Patriots’ salary cap space by up to $12.6 million

Even though Antonio Brown played only one game for the New England Patriots last season and has been off the team since his unceremonious release on September 20, he still has an impact on the club. Not only will he hit the team’s books with a $4.5 million dead salary cap number this season, the Patriots and Brown are...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Six takeaways from the owners’ CBA proposal

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Related: Owners approve new CBA proposal; player representatives to vote on Friday

On Thursday, the NFL owners voted to send a proposal for the new collective bargaining agreement to the players union. While the full proposal that will be discussed in a conference call on Friday by the 32 team representatives — a group including New England Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater — has not been made public, the NFLPA sent out a fact...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Owners approve new CBA proposal; player representatives to discuss it on Friday

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Related: New CBA proposal would increase playoff field, make number one seed much more valuable

The league’s current collective bargaining agreement will enter its final year on March 18, and the NFL’s ownership and players association have worked towards a new deal for several months now. On Thursday evening, an important next step was taken towards finalizing a new CBA: the owners, albeit not unanimously as ESPN’s Adam...

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Patriots Rumors: Tom Brady 'More Likely Than Not' Will Leave NE in Free Agency

For the first time in nearly two decades, the New England Patriots might be in the market for a new starting quarterback...

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Bernd Buchmasser

Nate Ebner thinks returning to the Patriots in free agency ‘would be the best thing’

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Related: Two Patriots hold minority ownership stakes in New England’s new pro rugby team

While the Tom Brady steals most of the headlines these days, the future Hall of Fame quarterback is not the only member of the New England Patriots facing an uncertain future. A total of 19 Patriots are headed for unrestricted free agency, after all, and are therefore no safe bets to be back in New England for the 2020 season. One of the 19 men, however, thinks...

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