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Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:39 am
by Tom Nolette
Closing Patriots' notebook on NFL meeting

PHOENIX -- Closing the book on the NFL’s annual meeting with a few leftover thoughts and notes:

1. The league’s rule change to restrict the usage of eligible receivers as ineligible was obviously a direct result of Bill Belichick’s strategy from the playoffs. I look forward to seeing what Belichick has up his hoodie sleeve in the 2015 season that forces the NFL to make another change. Arguably no one knows the too-big-for-its-own-good rule book better than Belichick, who it sometimes seems is operating on a higher level than his coaching peers. He’ll come up with something else, there’s little doubt. ... fl-meeting

Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:42 am
by Tom Nolette
Ranking Patriots roster by positional need

In the ever-evolving picture of the New England Patriots' roster, here is one viewpoint of the top areas from a need perspective at this time:

1. Guard. Starting left guard Dan Connolly remains a free agent and starting right guard Ryan Wendell, who didn't elevate to that spot until Week 5 of the 2014 season, enters the final year of his contract. Josh Kline and Jordan Devey are next on the depth chart, with Chris Barker and Caylin Hauptmann in the developmental pipeline. While Marcus Cannon and Cameron Fleming have taken snaps at guard, they are best utilized at tackle.

2. Cornerback. The Patriots have filled out the ... ional-need

Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Sat Mar 28, 2015 9:51 am
by Tom Nolette
Rodney Harrison's thoughts on AFC East

NBC studio football analyst Rodney Harrison co-hosted the “Under Center” program on NBC sports radio on Friday and here were a few sound bites of note on New England and the AFC East:

Patriots and pass-catchers. “The only thing I was a little disappointed in is that they really didn’t upgrade at the wide receiver position. I knew they wouldn’t pay Darrelle Revis, and that’s just part of Bill Belichick’s DNA; he’s not paying a cornerback $16 million per year. He had an opportunity to sign Asante Samuel [in the past] and didn’t. He just doesn’t believe in paying those type of guys that kind of money.” ... n-afc-east

Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:24 am
by Tom Nolette
Quick-hit thoughts around Patriots, NFL

Quick-hit thoughts and notes around the New England Patriots and NFL:

1. Running back Stevan Ridley is scheduled to make his first visits in free agency this week as he explores potential opportunities for 2015 that would have him playing elsewhere from New England. Ridley tore his right ACL on Oct. 12, had surgery Nov. 18, and is on target to receive full medical clearance in about six weeks. Ridley is probably looking at a prove-it type one-year deal because of the injury and thus one consideration he’s weighing is landing with a team where there is a great chance to break through. Look for the needle to move a little with Ridley this week as he takes a couple visits... ... ots-nfl-20

Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:55 am
by Tom Nolette
Mel Kiper's draft notes with Patriots twist

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. held a conference call on Thursday. Here are a few draft notes with a Patriots twist:

1. Kiper's top three guards -- South Carolina’s A.J. Cann, Duke’s Laken Tomlinson and Florida State’s Tre Jackson -- are jockeying to be the first player selected at the position. Kiper has them all as second-rounders, and if it unfolds that way, the Patriots would have a crack at the top-rated guard at No. 32, the final pick of the first round. Guard currently ranks as one of the team's top need positions. At tackle, a player like Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi could be good value, as he was viewed by Kiper as a mid-first rounder before battling some injuries last season... ... iots-twist

Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:12 am
by Tom Nolette
Patriots rank high in cash spending
March, 31, 2015
MAR 31
By Mike Reiss |
The New England Patriots' cash spending for 2015 is currently at $135.5 million, according to ESPN's roster management system which tracks every contract in the NFL.

The $135.5 million figure ranks as the fourth-highest total among the league's 32 teams.

1. Buffalo Bills -- $148.0 million
2. Philadelphia Eagles -- $142.7 million
3. New York Jets -- $140.6 million
4. Patriots -- $135.5 million ... h-spending

Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:29 am
by Tom Nolette
Jamie Collins rates highly in '13 re-draft

As part of coverage leading into the NFL draft, analysts often look back at past drafts and shuffle the deck to recap how things might unfold today given the benefit of multiple NFL seasons to assess. In this case, it's a nod in the direction of the Patriots' selection of linebacker Jamie Collins in the second round of the 2013 draft (52nd overall).

ESPN's "NFL Live" program slotted Collins as the No. 5 pick in a re-draft. His 47th pick jump is the second highest among those in this re-draft.

1. DL Sheldon Richardson (12 spots)

2. RB Le'Veon Bell (46 spots) ... 3-re-draft

Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 8:12 am
by Tom Nolette
Patriots Hall of Fame news and notes

A few news and notes as the Patriots Hall of Fame committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to begin the process of narrowing down the field to three finalists:

1. This is the ninth straight year for the Hall of Fame committee. In 2007, the Patriots changed the procedure for the Hall of Fame, forming a 22-member panel that is broken down into different categories -- senior committee (10), Patriots beat writers (2), Patriots football network (3), New England broadcasters (2), at-large committee members (2) and Patriots alumni (3). That committee discusses all candidates, then has a vote that narrows the field to three finalists. One of the three finalists earns induction via a fan vote. ... -and-notes

Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2015 8:18 am
by Tom Nolette
Eight possible fits for the New England Patriots on the free-agent market

Eight players still on the free-agent market who we could envision having some appeal to the New England Patriots:

Tarell Brown -- The cornerback visited last month and is coming off a foot injury that might be the main reason he hasn't signed anywhere. The 30 year old has started 56 games over the last four seasons, and when he's healthy, perhaps he'll draw consideration.

Dan Connolly -- The interior offensive lineman, who visited with the Buccaneers on Thursday, has been with the Patriots since 2007 and served as a captain last season. Guard is arguably the team's top need at this point but bringing Connolly back into the fold would naturally make it less so. ... the-market

Re: Patriots 2014 - 15 season:

PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 6:13 am
by Tom Nolette
Patriots could get three extra picks in '16

The New England Patriots have had more compensatory free-agent losses than gains this offseason, which means they are currently in line for multiple compensatory draft choices in 2016.

The highly-regarded "Over the Cap" website projects three additional draft picks for the club:

A third-rounder for cornerback Darrelle Revis.

A sixth-rounder for defensive tackle Vince Wilfork.

A sixth-rounder for running back Shane Vereen.

Specific to Wilfork, it is noted he is on the fifth-to-sixth round bubble, and that could go either way... ... icks-in-16