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Musket Fire Jun 24, 2017

New England Patriots: Richard Sherman in New England would have failed

The New England Patriots may think highly of Richard Sherman, but no trade was ever close to happening and won’t anytime soon. When Bill Belichick uncharacteristically signed Stephon Gilmore to a lucrative contract, the idea was that he and Malcolm Butler would team up to form an elite cornerback tandem in Foxboro. However, the signing led […] New England Patriots: Richard Sherman in New England would have failed - Musket Fire - Musket Fire - A New England Patriots Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Pats Pulpit Jun 20, 2017
New England Patriots links 6/20/17 - Reloaded Patriots set to repeat

New England Patriots links 6/20/17 - Reloaded Patriots set to repeat

Daily news and links for Tuesday TEAM TALK John Rooke's View from Above: The silly season is here...Jacoby's shot to shine...and we might remember the Titans... LOCAL LINKS Mike Reiss discusses how the Patriots reloaded with authority in hopes of a repeat. Karen Guregian points out how dynamic duo Stephon Gilmore and Malcolm Butler have gotten off to a good start with each other. Karen Guregian notes Stephon Gilmore was surprised to find out that he is already a familiar face to New England fans, "Sometimes, you can’t walk by yourself like I normally could do in the previous...
Pats Pulpit Jun 18, 2017
Sunday NFL Thoughts: Devin McCourty and Ed Reed, 30+ yard touchdowns, and letting DT Akiem Hicks walk

Sunday NFL Thoughts: Devin McCourty and Ed Reed, 30+ yard touchdowns, and letting DT Akiem Hicks walk

Also, why have the Patriots opened up their wallets to everyone but Malcolm Butler? 1. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have always been open about their love and respect for former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed. “He’s the best weak safety I’ve seen since I’ve been in the National Football League in my career,” Belichick said about Reed back in 2012. “He’s outstanding at pretty much everything. The list goes on and on with him. It’s just a question of pretty much anything he’s out there for, he’s good at.”  “He’s pretty...
Pats Pulpit Jun 13, 2017
Patriots Tuesday practice: Chip Kelly and Malcolm Butler make appearances, but no Jimmy Garoppolo

Patriots Tuesday practice: Chip Kelly and Malcolm Butler make appearances, but no Jimmy Garoppolo

For the last time until training camp, the media was allowed to attend a Patriots practice. Find out what happened. The New England Patriots are currently in the final phase of their organized team activities. This means that the team is scheduled to hold three practice sessions this week. Today, the first of the sessions took place and it was also the lone one open to the media. With that in mind, here are today’s practice notes. Attendance Four players were not spotted during today’s session: Defensive linemen Alan Branch, Lawrence Guy, Kony Ealy and offensive tackle Andrew Jelks were...
Pats Pulpit Jun 12, 2017
How Patriots could deploy nickel defensive backs according to their schedule

How Patriots could deploy nickel defensive backs according to their schedule

The Patriots plan on using a quartet of nickel backs to defend their 2017 schedule. Here’s how. The New England Patriots have a chance to field one of the top secondaries in the league for 2017. FS Devin McCourty and CB Malcolm Butler were both Second Team All Pro nods in 2016, while CB Stephon Gilmore and SS Patrick Chung round out an incredibly balanced secondary. But the Patriots spend the vast majority of their time with five defensive backs on the field. Teams often have to throw against the New England in order to close a deficit, or they just operate out of a standard spread...
The Republican Jun 9, 2017
Malcolm Butler's absence at New England Patriots minicamp was not related to injury

Malcolm Butler's absence at New England Patriots minicamp was not related to injury

Malcolm Butler did not miss the New England Patriots' Thursday minicamp practice due to injury.
CSN New England Jun 8, 2017

Butler absent from Day 3 of minicamp; Ealy departs early

FOXBORO - There was one notable absence from Thursday's proceedings on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium, Day 3 of mandatory minicamp: Malcolm Butler. One half

Malcolm Butler among those absent from Patriots minicamp Thursday

The Patriots held their final minicamp practice on Thursday and a prominent member of the secondary wasn’t in attendance. According to reporters in attendance, cornerback Malcolm Butler was not present. In addition, Lawrence Guy and Andrew Jelks were also missing. Like the other days, Dont’a Hightower, Malcolm Mitchell and Alan Branch were present but did […]
Pats Pulpit Jun 8, 2017
Malcolm Butler absent but Patriots defensive backs still have a very good final minicamp practice

Malcolm Butler absent but Patriots defensive backs still have a very good final minicamp practice

New England concluded its mandatory minicamp today. On Thursday, the New England Patriots returned to the practice fields once more for their third and final practice of 2017 mandatory minicamp. The team was practicing in perfect conditions on the fields behind Gillette Stadium in what turned out to be a somewhat sloppy but spirited session. Here are the notes from today’s practice. Attendance The Patriots had solid but not perfect attendance during their last session: For the first time all minicamp, cornerback Malcolm Butler was absent for undisclosed reasons. He was joined by defensive...
The Republican Jun 8, 2017
New England Patriots minicamp Day Three: Malcolm Butler absent, coaches ramp up intensity

New England Patriots minicamp Day Three: Malcolm Butler absent, coaches ramp up intensity

Highlights and observations from Day Three of New England Patriots minicamp..
Pats Pulpit Jun 8, 2017
Patriots LT Nate Solder on free agency, future: “I don’t know what is going to happen”

Patriots LT Nate Solder on free agency, future: “I don’t know what is going to happen”

The Boston Herald speaks with the Patriots longtime starting tackle to learn about his future. Of the New England Patriots four big name free agents for the 2017 season, LT Nate Solder has stayed the furthest away from the spotlight. QB Jimmy Garoppolo and CB Malcolm Butler were at the center of numerous offseason stories, while WR Julian Edelman is a well-regarded fan favorite. Solder, entering his 7th season after being the 17th overall selection of the 2011 draft, is in his prime at 29 years young and coming off possibly the best season of his career, Super Bowl notwithstanding. And yet...
Minicamp observations: Malcolm Butler absent, Jimmy Garoppolo sits for final two periods

Minicamp observations: Malcolm Butler absent, Jimmy Garoppolo sits for final two periods

The Patriots have concluded their three-day minicamp from Gillette Stadium. Here are the Herald’s observations from the final practice.Attendance notes:Malcolm Butler was absent for the first time. The reason remains unclear, but nobody appeared concerned about the absence. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s back on the field next week for the final stretch of OTAs.
Musket Fire Jun 7, 2017

New England Patriots: How the Patriots could acquire Richard Sherman

Will the New England Patriots trade for Richard Sherman? No. Is it impossible? No. Earlier this offseason, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reported that the New England Patriots may have been interested in trading for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman if they lost Malcolm Butler. Not long after, Tom Curran of CSN New England reported […] New England Patriots: How the Patriots could acquire Richard Sherman - Musket Fire - Musket Fire - A New England Patriots Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Pats Pulpit Jun 1, 2017
ESPN: 6 Patriots will help shape the 2017 NFL season

ESPN: 6 Patriots will help shape the 2017 NFL season

Somehow they’ve forgotten some important names. ESPN released a list of the 99 people that will shape the 2017 NFL season on Wednesday with 99 days to go before the start of the 2017 season and there are six members of the New England Patriots that made the cut, including a section dedicated exclusively to the reigning champions. Here are the players and my thoughts on each. WR Julian Edelman Everybody wants to talk about Malcolm Butler's contract situation, but Edelman has caught more than 90 passes in three of the past four seasons and is making $4.5 million in the final year of his...
Pats Pulpit May 31, 2017
Former Steelers defender thinks Patriots have a top 5 cornerback duo in the NFL

Former Steelers defender thinks Patriots have a top 5 cornerback duo in the NFL

High praise from a formal rival! NFL.com’s Ike Taylor, former cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, offered his rankings for the top five cornerback tandems in the NFL. The New England Patriots projected starting duo of Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore came in fifth place. “Malcolm Butler doesn't get the credit he deserves,” Taylor writes. “There was plenty of trade talk this offseason surrounding the restricted free agent, but it all ended in Butler signing his one-year tender from the Patriots in April. This guy made one of the biggest plays in our sport's history, and his...

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