NFL Films: 2013 New England Patriots Yearbook

Always a yearly must-watch. You know, if the NFL really wanted to make money, which of course is about all they want to do, they should package these yearbooks in DVD sets.

They’ve gotten it down to science - they can make a 1-15 team seem like they had one of the best years in the NFL, or maybe I’ve just been watching Patriots yearbooks for too long.

Patriots 53-Man Roster Projection (Preseason Week 2 Edition)

Here’s my latest stab at the 53-man roster. Lots of questions remain and this is far from a finished product. My biggest areas of question are at linebacker, where it’s hard to say how the special teams and back-up spots will play out and tight end, where depth is a joke there right now.

QB (3) Brady, Mallett, Garoppolo - High confidence rate here that all three will stick.

RB (4) Ridley, Vereen, White, Develin - Dropped Bolden this time around, think White is good enough to backup both base and 3rd down duties, while Develin will be an FB/H-back/TE.

WR (6) Edelman, Dobson, Amendola, LaFell, Thompkins, Slater - Haven’t seen enough out of Boyce while the starting spot seems wide open between Dobson/LaFell/Thompkins.

TE (2) Gronkowski, Hoomanawanui - Things are light here with injuries, will have to take a closer look at Maneri. Could be an addition here after the final cutdown.

C (2) Connolly, Stork - Connolly seems to have been the main guy at center, while Stork is on the road to recovery. Wendell’s lack of versatility spells his end.

G (3) Mankins, Halapio, Kline - Kline has been a standout in practices, can he lock down a starting role?

T (4) Solder, Vollmer, Cannon, Fleming - Cannon can play any spot but center, that’s a huge help. They won’t carry more than 9 OL.

DE (4) Jones, Ninkovich, Smith, Buchanan - Moore goes to the practice squad while Bequette’s time is up. Not much depth here.

DT (6) Wilfork, Kelly, Easley, Siliga, Jones, Worthy - Big injury questions here, but once everyone is healthy and in game shape look out.

ILB(2) Mayo, Beauharnais - Would like to see more out of Beauharnais than we did in the first preseason game. He could very well be one injury away from playing time on defense.

OLB(4) Hightower, Collins, Anderson, White - Good group that should make a lot of plays.

CB (5) Revis, Dennard, Ryan, Arrington, Butler - Browner doesn’t count against the initial 53 so he’s off. Butler has been the surprise standout of camp.

SS (3) Chung, Wilson, Ebner - Forget traditional safety spots, Chung should see a lot of time in the box. I think he could revitalize his career this season.

FS (2) McCourty, Harmon - Two solid back end guys who can come up to the line of scrimmage as well.

ST (3) Gostkowski, Allen, Aiken - Same as it ever was.

Total players: 53
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Tweets of Note from Monday’s Patriots-Redskins Joint Practice

Pats should get some good work in this week going against another team and finally getting to hit someone else. The headline from the first joint practice? That Brady and the Pats offense was hot, carving up the Redskins’ defense. Must be a nice break for Brady to no longer have Revis et al on defense.

2014 New England Patriots Pump Up

Now this is how you start off a Monday! Thanks to @PatriotsSB49 for the find!

Regrouping after one week of Patriots training camp

We’re one week into training camp for the New England Patriots, and just one week away from their first preseason game, so it’s time to take a look at what we’ve learned so far about this edition of the Pats.

It’s hard not to be excited, especially on the defensive side of the ball, where the Pats are as healthy as we could’ve hoped headed into camp. Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly and Will Smith, all coming off major injuries, appear to be on track for the start of the season.

On the back end, the secondary has been as expected with Revis and Browner leading the way. Browner’s attitude and Revis’ high level of play have already seemed to bring a new swagger to the Pats defense that has been missing for a long time.

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Tweets of Note from Patriots Wednesday Practice

They’ve been at it for just about a week and you can tell tempers are growing short out there. We’re just eight days away from the first preseason game so we can expect to start seeing things take shape to get them ready to play.

Current Patriots depth chart. 

Still need some clarity on where the LBs are playing as well as some of the DBs. But generally this how things are shaping up so far.

Key:

  • Red: PUP or long-term injury (Gaffney)
  • Italics: Current injury issues
  • Yellow Box: Rookie
PatsPropaganda Training Camp Previews

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:

Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Line

Tight Ends

Defensive Tackle

Defensive Ends

Linebackers

Cornerbacks

Safeties