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Top 10 Patriots Draft Fits #4: Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence

Top 10 Patriots Draft Fits #4: Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence

Lawrence is an athletic defensive tackle in the mold of Vince Wilfork who can not only play right away, but also succeed Lawrence Guy as the main DT on the team. The Patriots are mostly set with the DT position as they’ve got 3 solid rotational players in Lawrence Guy, Mike Pennel, and Adam Butler. Guy and Pennel are more early down run stuffers with moderate pass rush upside whereas Butler is better at pushing the pocket than anchoring against the run. This year’s draft has a handful of solid DT prospects the Patriots should have a chance on, with only Quinnen Williams, Ed Oliver,...
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Top 10 Patriots Fits #5: Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping

Top 10 Patriots Fits #5: Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping

Scharping could be the Patriots’ long term solution at left tackle or Marcus Cannon’s successor at right tackle. If you are wondering why I skipped #6, there is already an excellent article on Deebo Samuel’s fit with the Patriots by Bernd. Instead what I’ll do is move onto my #5 fit for the Patriots in the draft with NIU OT Max Scharping. The Patriots have drafted a tackle in the first three rounds twice in the last two years, but both players have not played a single regular season snap to date. Antonio Garcia had an off-the-field health issue that led to him being released one...
Apr 19, 2019
How the Patriots should approach their needs in the 2019 NFL Draft

How the Patriots should approach their needs in the 2019 NFL Draft

The Patriots have a couple glaring needs. Here’s how they should fix them. Draft season is one of my favorite times of the year because championship teams are built over the spring and summer months. I’ve already looked at the New England Patriots’ biggest roster needs, and now I’m going to show how the Patriots should address them. As a recap, I said the Patriots’ biggest needs are at wide receiver and tight end, closely followed by offensive tackle. Then there’s a need at quarterback, interior offensive line, and on the defensive line. The way that the draft board looks to me,...
Apr 19, 2019
Former NFL scout discusses quarterback and tight end draft prospects for the Patriots

Former NFL scout discusses quarterback and tight end draft prospects for the Patriots

Which players interest you? NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah spoke about the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft and answered a few questions about the New England Patriots. Jeremiah believes that the Patriots’ advantage of having both Bill Belichick and Tom Brady atop the franchise makes it easier for other pieces to fall into place- and what pieces they should be looking for. “When you have the continuity that they have and the elite people in [Belichick and Brady], there’s zero guesswork in how guys would fit and function in what they do,” Jeremiah said. “That’s huge.” “Looking at...
Apr 19, 2019
Patriots players still don’t know who their coaches will be

Patriots players still don’t know who their coaches will be

Who will watch the players? The New England Patriots are finishing up their first week of conditioning for the 2019 season, but there remains a big gap on the roster. Who the heck are the coaches? “They haven’t told us, so we’re just kind of just working out right now,” cornerback Stephon Gilmore said, according to MassLive. “[We’ve had] little meetings, but nothing that we know yet.” When you look at the Patriots website, there is still just one defensive coach listed: safeties coach Steve Belichick, who is entering his fourth season in the role and eighth season as a...
Apr 19, 2019
The Top 20 Patriots Moments of 2018: Number 14

The Top 20 Patriots Moments of 2018: Number 14

Our offseason countdown continues with the Number 14 Most Memorable Patriots Moment of 2018. We’re well into draft preview mode here at Pats Pulpit right now, so I’m going to be taking a bit of a break from the countdown of the Top 20 Most Memorable Patriots Moments of 2018 while we turn our attention to trying to figure out which DIII backup safety the Patriots will be taking with their first round pick. But I wanted to sneak one more in there today, so as to allow myself more time to slack off on this list down the road. The list so far: 20. Danny Etling gets half of the Giants...
Apr 19, 2019
New England Patriots links 4/19/19 - Stephon Gilmore fine with coaching situation; Media not so much

New England Patriots links 4/19/19 - Stephon Gilmore fine with coaching situation; Media not so much

Daily news and links for Friday TEAM TALK Pro Football Hall of Fame: New “Road to the Super Bowl” film debuts in Super Bowl Theater: The season in two parts starting with a creative look at the many memorable moments of the 2018 NFL season captured through the lens of NFL Films’ cameras. The theater then rotates 180 degrees where the drama of Super Bowl LIII unfolds on the large screen. Unique footage from the field and sidelines added to the drama of the Patriots’ sixth Super Bowl championship. Media Access: Brandon Bolden (10.54 min. video) and Stephon Gilmore (11 min....
Apr 19, 2019
Draft Rumor: New England’s interested in Duke QB Daniel Jones

Draft Rumor: New England’s interested in Duke QB Daniel Jones

As with everything this time of year, take this with a Vince-Wilfork-size grain of salt Q: How do you get everyone to hate the New England Patriots and the Boston sports scene in general even more than they already do? A: Add more Duke players Ok, that’s probably more of a sure shot for more Haterade in the NBA than in the game we play over here where even joining the Patriots falls somewhere between “SELLOUT!” and “Of course (insert whoever’s name here) did!”, but the point still stands. With this year’s class of quarterbacks not particularly, let’s say, ‘sparking joy’...
Apr 18, 2019
Patriots 2019 Schedule: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Patriots 2019 Schedule: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Taking a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of Patriots’ 2019 schedule. The Patriots 2019 schedule has officially been released, and as always, there’s a lot to like about it. There is also a lot not to like about it, and some aspects of it that are downright ugly. But that’s the way it goes in the NFL, and every team is more or less in the same boat; you have to take the good with the bad. So here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly regarding New England’s slate of opponents for this coming league year. THE GOOD Week 10 Bye. Once again, the Patriots get to enjoy a late bye...
Apr 18, 2019
New England Patriots links 4/18/19 - Every which way from Sunday: Breaking down the 2019 schedule

New England Patriots links 4/18/19 - Every which way from Sunday: Breaking down the 2019 schedule

Daily news and links for Thursday TEAM TALK Patriots 2019 Free Agent Tracker. Patriots 2019 schedule announced. Including printable version. Erik Scalavino offers his analysis on the Pats’ schedule. This marks the third time the Patriots will open with the Steelers at Gillette Stadium. Don Banks picks the 15 most compelling games on the 2019 NFL schedule. Angelique Fiske reveals the story behind the dent in the Super Bowl LIII Lombardi trophy. Hint: Gronk was involved. (Here’s the video, 1.41 min.) Patriots Foundation announces it’s 2019 Patriots Fantasy Camp to celebrate...
Apr 18, 2019
2019 NFL season: Patriots open as week 1 favorite over the Steelers

2019 NFL season: Patriots open as week 1 favorite over the Steelers

The Patriots are expected to start the season with a win. The New England Patriots have opened as 6-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Westgate SuperBook. The over/under is set at 53, suggesting a 29.5-23.5 Patriots victory. This game will be the Patriots’ third season-opener as reigning champion since the 2015 season, but the first time the game will be played on Sunday Night instead of on Thursday Night. They’ve previously defeated the Steelers 28-21 in the first week of 2015 and lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 42-27 in the first week of the 2017 season....
Apr 18, 2019
Will Demaryius Thomas Be This Year’s Eric Decker?

Will Demaryius Thomas Be This Year’s Eric Decker?

What can we expect from Thomas this season? The Patriots finally made a move to improve their receiving corps! Demaryius Thomas is going to be the dominant outside receiver that they’ve been lacking, and that he was for years in Denver! Or is he? I wouldn’t pencil him in for the Pro Bowl just yet. I think the absolute best case scenario for Thomas is Brandon LaFell. In LaFell’s first year with the Patriots, he had 74 catches for over 900 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns. He also caught 2 playoff touchdowns, including 1 in the Super Bowl. LaFell was also 28 and healthy, which makes me...
Apr 17, 2019
Of course Rob Gronkowski dented the Lombardi Trophy by using it as a baseball bat

Of course Rob Gronkowski dented the Lombardi Trophy by using it as a baseball bat

How else would you dent it? New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski used the Lombardi Trophy as a baseball bat to hit a baseball pitched by Julian Edelman and dented it. Read that sentence. Let it sit for a bit. Re-read it. Gronk retired in the best possible fashion. Patriots.com has the story. .@RobGronkowski left a mark on this organization.And on the sixth Lombardi. pic.twitter.com/t5IVTyCXcA— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 17, 2019 Brian Hoyer: The first thing I remember is Julian [Edelman] like, “Hey, if I’m throwing out the first pitch, I need to get loose. I...
Apr 17, 2019
Top 10 Patriots Draft Fits #7: Oregon EDGE Justin Hollins

Top 10 Patriots Draft Fits #7: Oregon EDGE Justin Hollins

Hollins’ length, speed, and upside as a pass rusher makes him a potential replacement for Kyle Van Noy down the road. Kyle Van Noy is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency after the season. Fortunately for the Patriots, there is a player with a similar skill set available in the draft if they want to go that route as insurance in case an extension never happens. Justin Hollins from Oregon presents a potential low-floor, high-ceiling player in the middle rounds of the draft. The Patriots have been known to take undersized edge rushers and convert them to either an on-ball or...
Apr 17, 2019
Here’s My Choice For The Patriots Hall of Fame

Here’s My Choice For The Patriots Hall of Fame

One player stands above the rest. The three finalists for the Patriots Hall of Fame have come out, and all 3 are very qualified for the honor. The finalists are: Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel, and Rodney Harrison. The choice is now up to the fans, so who should you vote for? Well, I’m going to give you a complicated answer, because, while I think there is one player most qualified, he’s not the guy I’ll be voting for. The player who I think is most qualified to be voted in is Richard Seymour. Belichick has said before that they wouldn’t have won the first 3 Super Bowls without...