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New England Patriots links 1/15/21 - Divisional round previews; Revisiting the Patriots 2018 draft

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Erik Scalavino tells us how 2020’s artificial crowd noise became reality. /Please, may this be a one-and-done. Highlight: 15 years ago Thursday, Ben Watson tackles Champ Bailey at 1 yd line after 100 yard interception. (1.36 min. video) /No mention of how it should have been called a touchback. Patriots Unfiltered 1/14: The QB quandary,...

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Patriots offseason preview: Tight end remains a work in progress for New England

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Related: Patriots offseason preview: New England needs to upgrade its wide receiver position

While the NFL playoffs are still underway with eight teams left standing, the New England Patriots are already in the process of turning their attention towards what lies ahead: after not qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2008, the offseason has arrived at Gillette Stadium — and it will be one of major intrigue...

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Matthew Slater is ‘going to take some time’ before making a decision about his future

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Related: Matthew Slater leaves questions about a potential return in 2021 unanswered

The New England Patriots fielded the best special teams unit in the NFL in 2020, in no small part due to Matthew Slater’s contributions. Not only did Slater play at a Pro Bowl level yet again, he also served as the unit’s emotional leader — just like he did for the entire team after it lost Tom Brady and other long-standing veterans during the offseason.

Turning the...

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What the Jets hiring Robert Saleh as their new head coach means for the Patriots

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Related: AFC East Report: Jets hire Robert Saleh as their new head coach

Not even two weeks after parting ways with Adam Gase, the New York Jets have found their new head coach: Robert Saleh, formerly the San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator, will take over the vacant position. The Jets have therefore landed one of the most promising young coaches in the league, and went back to a defensive-minded coach after the failed Gase experiment.

While...

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AFC East Report: Jets hire Robert Saleh as their new head coach

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Related: Who is Jerod Mayo competing with for the Eagles’ head coaching job?

The New York Jets have found their new head coach: former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh has “agreed in principle” to take over the position that became vacant when Adam Gase was fired 11 days ago. Saleh was in New York for a second interview on Thursday, and promptly took the job.

Saleh will become the 20th head coach in franchise history,...

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Tedy Bruschi: Jimmy Garoppolo is best Patriots' option at QB

New England Patriots rumors this offseason will primarily focus on who is going to replace Cam Newton at quarterback, and one team legend thinks the Pats could benefit by bringing back a familiar face under center.

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Patriots named most innovative team in the NFL

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Related: Patriots are in good financial shape heading into the offseason. Other teams, not so much.

Ever since Bill Belichick’s arrival in 2000, the New England Patriots have been at the very top of the NFL when it comes to innovation — both on the field and from a bigger-picture perspective. A recent study by Sports Innovation Lab has now put a number to this after evaluating the world’s sports franchises based on three categories:

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Cam Achord’s first year as Patriots special teams coach was a success

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Related: Were the 2020 Patriots really that good on special teams? The experts think so.

The New England Patriots’ 2020 offseason was one of turnover. But while the departure Tom Brady and the Coronavirus opt-outs led by Dont’a Hightower dominated the headlines, the team also had to adapt to some major changes on its coaching staff. One of which was special teams coach Joe Judge, who also worked with the wide receivers in 2019, leaving to take over as the...

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Who is Jerod Mayo competing with for the Eagles’ head coaching job?

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Related: Patriots assistant Jerod Mayo to interview for Eagles’ vacant head coaching position

With the exception of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are on the verge of hiring Urban Meyer as their next head coach, all of the NFL’s current openings are still just that. A total of franchises have not yet reached that same point as the Jaguars, including one that has set its sights on a member of the New England Patriots’ coaching...

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New England Patriots links 1/14/21 - Bring back the ‘pack: QBs Jimmy G, Jacoby B options for the Pats?

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Mike Reiss explains why Bill Belichick’s assessment of the young linebackers is critical to the future. The position has been the heartbeat of New England’s championship defenses, and the team hopes the current group can lead another dominant unit. Michael Hurley says the NFL stripping a third-round pick from the Patriots for filming the...

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Patriots offseason preview: New England needs to upgrade its wide receiver position

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Related: Patriots offseason preview: Fullback position appears to be in good hands

While the NFL playoffs are still underway with eight teams left standing, the New England Patriots are already in the process of turning their attention towards what lies ahead: after not qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2008, the offseason has arrived at Gillette Stadium — and it will be one of major intrigue considering that the 7-9 squad has a long...

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Rookie J.J. Taylor left a positive impression despite playing just six games in 2020

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Related: Patriots offseason preview: Running back position faces unclear future after strong season

The running game was one of the few positives for the New England Patriots during the 2020 season. True to Josh McDaniels’ mantra of designing the unit based around the strengths of the players, the Patriots built their attack around a deep corps of running backs, a dual-threat quarterback, and an impressive offensive line.

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Bill Belichick's assessment of New England Patriots' young linebackers critical to future

The position has been the heartbeat of New England's championship defenses, and the team hopes the current group can lead another dominant unit.

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Were the 2020 Patriots really that good on special teams? The experts think so.

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Related: Patriots’ Jake Bailey, Gunner Olszewski named 2020 first-team AP NFL All-Pros

The New England Patriots’ 2020 season was a disappointment: the team went just 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the first time in 12 years. Despite all of that, however, the team still has some positives to look back on and build upon heading into the new year. Look no further than the kicking game: despite a change atop the coaching staff, the...

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Ex-Raiders executive Amy Trask explains how she almost changed NFL, Patriots history

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Related: Patriots assistant Jerod Mayo to interview for Eagles’ vacant head coaching position

The NFL coaching carousel is in full swing, and the New England Patriots are also somewhat involved: inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo is expected to interview for the Philadelphia Eagles’ vacant head coaching position. The Patriots themselves, meanwhile, did not have to fill that most important role on their staff in quite some time.

Bill Belichick took over...

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Patriots are in good financial shape heading into the offseason. Other teams, not so much.

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Related: Drafting an offseason plan to reload the Patriots for the 2021 season

After failing to qualify for the postseason because of their 7-9 record, the New England Patriots will have to set their sights on what lies ahead. Free agency will begin in mid-March, and it will be a big one for the team: the Patriots, after declining to sign four of their practice squad members...

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Gillette Stadium to become first mass Covid-19 vaccination site in Massachusetts

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Related: Patriots’ veteran leadership took on a key role in a challenging 2020 season

Instead of getting ready for playoff football, Gillette Stadium is currently preparing to serve a different purpose this year. As was announced by Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday, the New England Patriots’ stadium will soon be turned into the first mass Coronavirus vaccination site in Massachusetts.

As Baker said at a press conference, the site will initially be...

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Patriots add some much-needed wide receiver help in new mock draft

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Related: Drafting an offseason plan to reload the Patriots for the 2021 season

The New England Patriots invested a first-round draft selection in their wide receiver position just last year, picking up N’Keal Harry with the 32nd overall pick in 2019. Two season into his NFL career, however, Harry has still not been able to live up to the expectations associated with his draft status.

After catching a mere 12 passes as a rookie, he did not fare much better...

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New England Patriots links 1/13/21 - Would Pats fans be fans of Fitzmagic in New England?

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The NFL announced Joe Cardona as one of three finalists for Salute to Service Award. Mike Dussault reports former Patriots AndreTippett and Kenneth Sims were elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Paul Perillo’s NFL Notes: Wild Card edition. Patriots Unfiltered 1/12: Wild Card weekend takeaways; Scouting the next QB. (2 hours)

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Eagles To Interview Jerod Mayo

The Eagles are expected to interview Patriots inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo for their head coaching vacancy, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Mayo has only been coaching for a short while, but he’s been a fast riser over the last couple of years.

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