Over the last two weeks I banged out extensive previews of each position on the Pats’ roster. You can get caught up on all of them here:
The Patriots defensive end group starts and almost ends with Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich. The two combined to play the most snaps by two defensive ends in the NFL.
Behind them the depth is either coming off injury or largely unproven. In a league where your defense lives or dies by their pass rush, do the Pats have enough horses to control the edges for five-plus months?
Here’s our take on the defensive end group.
The offensive line has long been a point of pride for the New England Patriots. But recent years have brought transition, and they will be further put to the test with this offseason’s departure of legendary offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.
The Pats were able to reinforce their line in the draft this year, and with the return of Sebastian Vollmer, the Pats should once again be able to give Tom Brady top-notch protection.
Here’s our preview of the offensive line.
2013 was a year of transition at the Wide Receiver position for the Patriots. They weathered injuries to almost every receiver, save Julian Edelman, who came through as a breakout go-to star of the offense.
Things should be better for the Pats’ aerial assault in 2014, especially if they can stay healthy. With a year of development under their belt, the Pats collection of second-year pass catchers must be counted on to take significant steps forward.
Here’s our preview of the receivers.
Running back is one of the most intriguing positions on the New England Patriots’ roster this training camp. The headline of the offseason was the loss of breakout player LeGarrette Blount, but the Pats didn’t make a veteran addition to replace Blount, leaving the spotlight on fourth-year veterans Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, both of whom enter contract years.
With a diverse set of rookies also on the roster, this could be one of the most competitive position battles in training camp.
Our Training Camp Preview series continues with a look at the running backs.
Welcome to part one of our Patriots Training Camp preview that will feature an in-depth look at each position on the roster and what we’ll be looking for in training camp along with our expectations going into the season.
Another Patriots season is upon us, here we go!
The New England Patriots’ offense underwent changes and injuries in 2013. With multiple weapons in their second seasons with Tom Brady, as well as their two top running backs entering contract years, the Pats’ attack is primed be better in 2014.
Tom Brady has gone through multiple phases of offense during his Patriots career. There was the efficiency years of 2001-2006, the Randy Moss years of 2007-2009, then the high-speed blitzkreig of 2010-2012 with Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Deion Branch and Wes Welker.
Now Brady enters the twilight of his career with two highly-drafted young quarterbacks behind him. Brady should have a few more sure-fire seasons left in him, but what can we expect to see out of Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo?
Our training camp preview series kicks off with the quarterbacks.
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Another day with media access to the Pats’ OTAs and it’s nice to get some actual observations from those who were there. You know, instead of all the fun listening to how Tom Brady really isn’t that good.
Some general consensus thoughts I found interesting:
Boyce and Thompkins have made good impressions on a number of those watching the practices. I haven’t been especially excited about either, but that doesn’t mean I’ve closed the door on them. It’s certainly not helping Dobson to not be out there.
Undrafted rookie Roy Finch has gotten some attention as well, always with the caveat that we’ll see what happens when the pads come on. But who wouldn’t like another Danny Woodhead-type?
Dennard and Solder are probably two of the bigger injury surprises. Dennard has been MIA, seems like he was always fighting through something last year and dinged his shoulder in the AFCCG. Solder is a mystery.
Looks like Mayo and Vollmer are fully recovered and should have no issues from their injuries last year.
Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, and Will Smith also did a little more today, that’s a very positive sign.
Garoppolo looked inconsistent. Shocker for a rookie QB in this system.
Here’s a round-up of the round ups…
Here are some reports from the reporters who were there today. Some nuggets that stood out to me:
Jamie Collins looked bigger and rarely left the field despite a lot of rotation going on.
Jemea Thomas seeing time at Free Safety with the second team.
Roy Finch and James White standing out, those two will push not only for roster spots but playing time it seems. Though we’ll wait until the contact starts before saying anything definitive.
Starting nickel was what I expected outside of Hightower being in there instead of Collins. Though other reports said Collins was in there a ton, not sure what that means.
Mark Harrison is actually on the field, but Armond Armstead continues to rehab whatever.
Updated depth chart, with injuries in italics: