4:04 PM EDT, Thu May 05, 2016
Pats Pulpit May 1, 2016

Sunday NFL Thoughts: How and Why the Patriots Maneuvered the Draft the Way They Did

The Patriots followed through with an interesting draft strategy. Here are my thoughts on it. 1. The Titans are trying to emulate the Patriots with how they build their roster, per Monday Morning Quarterback. "My background is mostly in New England, obviously, for 12 years and we were a big football team," Titans general manager Jon Robinson said after the end of Round 3. "We always had big, strong backs, whether it was Corey Dillon or Laurence Maroney or LeGarrette Blount. On the offensive line we had Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder and Logan Mankins for a long time, all bigger guys....
Bucs Nation Apr 20, 2016

Evaluating the Buccaneers by position: Guards, guards!

Currently on the roster: Ali Marpet, J.R. Sweezy, Evan Smith, Kevin Pamphile, Antoine Everett The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a disastrous interior offensive line in 2014, but fixed that rapidly in 2015. Rookie Ali Marpet was a stalwart at right guard, and played very well -- especially toward the end of the season. Logan Mankins bounced back and had one of his best years in the past half-decade, but he retired this offseason. Evan Smith proved to be a solid backup option after losing his starting position at center to Joe Hawley, and Kevin Pamphile looked good in limited time replacing...
Bucs Nation Apr 8, 2016

J.R. Sweezy will improve the Bucs' running game

JR Sweezy has played in the NFL for four years with the Seattle Seahawks. He has been a full time starter in his last three years. This past offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free agent Sweezy to replace retired Logan Mankins. In Sweezy, the Bucs are investing in a three year starter at offensive guard, but he has only played right guard. Sweezy will be playing left guard in Tampa, protecting QB Jameis Winston's blind side. Just how big of a gamble was the acquisition of Sweezy? Logan Mankins Tampa Bay, 2014 -2015 Year Age Team Games Games...
Buffalo Rumblings Apr 7, 2016

2016 NFL mock draft: Ronnie Stanley to the Buccaneers

The New York Giants, and general manager Mr. Marbles, are on the clock! With the eighth pick in the 2016 Buffalo Rumblings Community Mock, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and general manager OntheRise, have selected Ronnie Stanley, offensive tackle from Notre Dame. Here's what he had to say about the pick: The Buccaneers ranked number 23 on PFF for their defensive line in 2015 and have lost Logan Mankins, their best lineman to retirement. JR Sweezy has been bought in to start at LG for Mankins. The Buccaneers need a long term plan for Jameis Winston's protection. Donovan Smith got better at...
Pats Pulpit Apr 5, 2016

New England Patriots Links 4/05/16 - Mankins, Light Warn O-Line In For 'Rude Awakening' From Scarnecchia

Daily news and links for 4/05/16 TEAM TALK Patriots sign TE Clay Harbor and DT Terrance Knighton. 2016 Draft Prospect Highlights: Guards. Lauren Williams is impressed as Julian Edelman shows off his moves in a new Instagram video. Angelique Fiske notes Devin McCourty leads a duck boat tour around Boston for Pepsi contest winners. Sweepstakes - Guess the 2016 Patriots home opener. LOCAL LINKS Christopher Price sees the chasm growing between the Patriots and the rest of the AFC. Mark Daniels hears from Logan Mankins and Matt Light, who expect the Patriots' OL will get better with...
Pats Pulpit Apr 5, 2016

2016 NFL Draft: Which Running Backs Could Interest the Patriots?

For as long as free agent LeGarrette Blount remains on the street, the Patriots will have a big hole on the roster at rushing back. We're also seeing enough smoke around the Patriots interest in running backs that we have to take some degree of notice. ESPN's Mike Reiss, who is as plugged in as anyone, highlights running back as the team's largest need and points out 2nd round prospect Devontae Booker as a possible option. Friend of the site Ethan Hammerman says that the Patriots "are targeting" 2nd-3rd round prospect Jordan Howard. Running backs coach Ivan Fears was even spotted at the...
Pats Pulpit Apr 5, 2016

Roger Goodell on Playoff Expansion: "Likely Will Happen At Some Point"; Would be a Disaster

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was speaking to a crowd in Jacksonville and was asked to talk about a possible expansion to the number of teams that qualify for the playoffs. Perhaps Goodell was just pandering to a Jaguars crowd that wants to return to the playoffs, but his response was as most would expect. "Could you do it?," Goodell responded, as transcribed by Pro Football Talk. "Yes, you could do it. From a competitive standpoint, our competition committee said ‘we think we can do it properly.' We're still looking at the broadcasting side of it and then there's a labor-relations side...

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