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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:27 am

A grand celebration after a historic game

Hundreds of thousands of New England sports fans put a euphoric exclamation point Tuesday on the end of the greatest Super Bowl comeback ever seen, in perhaps the greatest Super Bowl ever played, jamming the city’s victory parade route on a soaking, raw morning to commune with one another, and with their team, over a championship game that even days later seems hard to believe.

Bundled up in Patriots gear against a mix of snow and rain, fans climbed on one another’s shoulders, hoisted their children, steadied cellphone cameras, pressed against metal barriers, hung out windows, scaled trees, packed Boston Common and City Hall Plaza, all to catch a glimpse of the champions — the players, coaches, and owners — and their newest Lombardi trophy, slowly passing in duck boats.

“My mom loves Tom Brady more than me,” read a sign carried by Jared Grillo of Watertown.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/ ... story.html

Patriots sign nine to future contracts, including UMaine's Bates
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Bennett, Hightower lead key free agents for Patriots
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Patriots can't find another piece of memorabilia: James White lost game-winning football
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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:59 am

Patriots face a number of variables in deciding what to do with Jimmy Garoppolo

INDIANAPOLIS — One of the biggest pieces of news kicking off the day at the NFL’s scouting combine yesterday was an ESPN report claiming the Patriots were not trading Jimmy Garoppolo.

It’s not the first time that notion has been out there. But the timing is significant given all the movers and shakers from the league are assembled here and Jimmy G trade talk figured to be a hot behind-the-scenes topic between the Patriots and quarterback-needy teams.

It’s certainly possible the declaration was just a smokescreen to see if the Pats could drive the price up and pry a No. 1 pick out of some desperate team. However, it’s just as easily believable to think the Patriots are buying more time and holding on to the 25-year-old as long as possible as insurance for Tom Brady.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:06 am

Patriots make an uncharacteristic splash on Day 1 of NFL free agency

In 2016, the biggest contract the Patriots handed out on the free agent market was a $12 million pact with wide receiver Chris Hogan. In 2015, it was an $11 million deal for defensive end Jabaal Sheard.

On Thursday, the first day of NFL free agency, the club doled out $65 million — $40 million of which is guaranteed — for Pro Bowl cornerback Stephon Gilmore. With a single move, the team spent more money on one premier player than it had spent in the past two offseasons combined.

But Gilmore wasn’t the only impact player the team targeted with its $48 million in cap space this March. He’ll be joined on the roster by tight end Dwayne Allen (who came to the Patriots via trade), defensive end Alan Branch, and safety Duron Harmon; the latter two re-signed not long after the Gilmore news broke. The four players are slated to earn a combined $111.3 million if they complete their contracts in Foxborough.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:10 am

Dont’a Hightower expected to make his decision today

Dont’a Hightower should set up a table in a high school gym with three hats, and call an assembly where he’ll dramatically pick one.

Actually, when he does it this time, he’ll be getting paid for real.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the free agent linebacker is expected to make his decision today after a quick tour.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:31 am

Brady willing to play 6-7 more years

PHOENIX -- Could New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady really play until he's 46 or 47 years old?

That's the target range Brady highlighted in a recent conversation with owner Robert Kraft.

"As recently as 2-3 days ago, he assured me he'd be willing to play six to seven more years and at the level he performed," Kraft said Monday at the NFL's annual meeting. "There's no one that would be happier than I, and our fan base."

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:19 am

Patriots, Gronk steal the show (and shirt) at Red Sox opener

When five figures slipped past the Green Monster’s giant, unfurled American flag on Monday, there seemed to be no surprises left to reveal.

This was Opening Day at Fenway Park, and of course these were the Super Bowl champion Patriots — all dressed in blue — to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

It was the loudest ovation of the day until Tom Brady slipped off his blue jersey to uncover the white Super Bowl jersey that had been stolen in the infamous locker room heist.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:37 am

Our best bets for who the Patriots will draft this week

The Patriots added starters and built depth through trades and free agency this offseason, addressing positional needs ahead of a draft in which they currently have just six picks.

New England’s modus operandi is to build through the draft while simultaneously stockpiling extra picks to cash in later. This is the cash-in year, as the team used picks to acquire Brandin Cooks, Mike Gillislee, Dwayne Allen, and Kony Ealy.

As a result, the Patriots are left with their fewest selections since 2002 (also six). They hit a home run in that draft, grabbing four impact players (Daniel Graham, Deion Branch, Jarvis Green, and David Givens), with the first two coming in the first two rounds.

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Re: Patriots 2016 -17:

Postby MattyB » Thu May 04, 2017 5:33 am

For most NFL fanbases the NFL Draft is the weekend that is like Christmas. They have all these draft picks like presents under the tree waiting to be opened. Before they get to the field this summer, every single pick gives them hope for their franchise in 2017

For the Patriots’ fanbase in 2017 it was more of a case of those kids who already knew what their parents bought and they had peeked at the gifts a week earlier.

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Postby MattyB » Mon May 08, 2017 5:10 am

Patriots' initial 90-man roster trends heavier towards offense http://dlvr.it/P5DFl4
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Re: Patriots Running Thread

Postby MattyB » Fri May 19, 2017 5:46 am

NFL execs think “Patriots are set up for perfection” due to roster depth and speed

The 2017 New England Patriots offer the best chance of going undefeated of any team since the 2007 version of the Patriots fell short in the Super Bowl. Ask any team executive or coach around the league- other than Bill Polian- and they’ll echo that same sentiment, according to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman.

“We've all heard offseason "Patriots 19-0" chatter before, but not to the decibel you hear now when you talk to team executives and assistant coaches around the league,” Freeman writes. “They think this is the year the Patriots win all their games, including the Super Bowl. This isn't completely crazy since the Patriots came within a crazy helmet catch of doing it before.

“They believe the Patriots are set up for perfection better than maybe any team in history—including the only team to do it, the 1972 Dolphins, and the Patriots team that lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl after the David Tyree catch.

“They point to Tom Brady, of course, who is at the top of his game. They also note that coach Bill Belichick has built maybe the fastest, deepest version of the Patriots yet. They also point to how the rest of the division has yet to make significant gains on the Patriots in terms of finding a quarterback who is even in the same solar system as Brady.”

Bill Belichick has assembled the “fastest” and “deepest” Patriots squad over the past couple of seasons and he’s ready to cash in all his chips for a run at 19-0.

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