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2018 NFL Draft Top 10 Fits #10: Central Florida CB Mike Hughes

Hughes may be the best 4-down value in the draft for the Patriots at the CB position in this year’s draft. It’s time to kick off my favorite list and that’s the Top 10 Draft Fits list. Of the 30 players I’ve put on this list over the past three seasons, 3 of them (Danny Shelton, Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones) are on the Patriots current 90 man roster although only Jones was originally drafted by the Patriots. The first player to make the list, coming in at #10 is Central Florida’s Mike Hughes. Hughes was originally recruited by North Carolina, but an incident had him dismissed from...

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2018 NFL Draft prospects that match the Patriots' needs

There aren’t many needs, but there are a lot of options! With the big chunk of free agency still over, the Patriots have turned a lot of their attention to the draft. That doesn’t mean they aren’t done signing free agents but given their cap is about $10M, the major moves are likely done. Now that we have an idea of the Patriots roster heading into the draft, here are some players that could fit the team’s needs. Offensive Tackle (Priority: High) The Patriots lost their starting left tackle in Nate Solder and the guy they planned as a replacement in Antonio Garcia missed the season...

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New England Patriots links 3/23/18 - Pats’ free-agency moves provide flexibility in draft

Daily news and links for Friday TEAM TALK Patriots 2018 Free Agent tracker. Angelique Fiske helps us get to know new Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson. Don Banks’ NFL Mock Draft 2.0. Pats pick UCLA OT Kolton Miller. Meredith Gorman brings you inside Boston College’s Pro Day and talks to DL coach Brendan Daly and BC DE Harold Landry. (1.15 min. video) PFW in Progress 3/22: Have the Patriots improved this offseason? (2 hour program) LOCAL LINKS Karen Guregian admits that the Patriots’ roster now gives Bill Belichick flexibility at the draft, “There is always a method behind...

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Patriots currently projected to get three compensatory draft picks in 2019

New England will be rewarded for losing some high-profile players. While the New England Patriots had a productive free agency period and were able to address some of the most glaring weaknesses on the team, it also suffered some high-profile losses over the course of the last week-plus. The most notable players to leave through the open market are offensive tackle Nate Solder, running back Dion Lewis, wide receiver Danny Amendola and cornerback Malcolm Butler. All four played considerable roles on the 2017 Patriots and due to various factors – from productivity to upside to experience to...


Patriots Mock Draft: Biggest Remaining Need Filled In First Round

The 2018 NFL offseason officially began just over a week ago, and the New England Patriots have done a pretty... Read More »

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New England Patriots links 3/22/18 - Patriots stock up on special teams with Marquis Flowers signing

Daily news and links for Thursday TEAM TALK Patriots re-sign WR Matthew Slater. Lauren Williams helps us get to know new Patriot RB Jeremy Hill. Fun facts: Jeremy Hill. Promo - How do we feel about Matthew Slater returning to New England?! (30 second video) Don Banks and Nick Stevens Cover 2 podcast: Chris Mortensen interview, strengths of the 2018 NFL Draft class, updating the catch rule, free agency and more. (54 min.) PFW in Progress 3/20: Analysis of Patriots roster moves. (2 hours) LOCAL LINKS Ryan Hannable looks at whether selecting an offensive tackle high in the draft will...


Former Oregon safety Patrick Chung signs extension with Patriots

Former Oregon Ducks safety Patrick Chung is signing an extension with the New England Patriots. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that Chung signed an extension worth two years and $7.8 million. Chung has spent most of his career in New England. The Patriots drafted him in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft out […] The post Former Oregon safety Patrick Chung signs extension with Patriots appeared first on Diehards.

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2018 NFL draft: Patriots Pro Day Tracker, Wednesday Edition; Georgia, Boston College, UConn

Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots coaching staff are all over the place scouting this week. I mean, rock bands tour the country all the time and play city after city, show after show, day after day and night after night. But can a rock band be in three places at once? No, they cannot. Point, Patriots. The Patriots coaching staff hit up college Pro Days at three different schools on Monday, and one of them was the other team in the College Football National Championship - the University of Georgia. The other two were a bit closer to home - Boston College and the University of...


Bill Belichick At Ohio State Pro Day; Will Patriots Finally Draft A Buckeye?

The scouting trail led New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to Ohio State’s pro day Thursday. Belichick has been... Read More »


Guregian: Patriots’ roster now gives Bill Belichick flexibility at draft

When it comes to the Patriots, there is always a method behind the madness.While they’ve waved goodbye to all of their big ticket free agents, they’ve also purposefully gone about filling some holes and checking off most of the boxes to address their most glaring needs.A pass rusher and edge setter?Adrian Clayborn. Check.A cornerback to help fill Malcolm Butler’s void?Jason McCourty. Check.A kick returner to replace Dion Lewis?Cordarrelle Patterson. Check.A defensive tackle and run stopper to make up for the departures of Alan Branch and Ricky Jean Francois?Danny Shelton. Check.The...

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Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia team up again to coach NFL Draft prospects at Ohio State's pro day

It's been over a month since Patricia left the Patriots to take the head coaching job with the Lions. But that won't stop him from working together with his old boss.

Big Cat Country

Jaguars Daily: AFC South favorites in 2018?

Are the Jacksonville Jaguars the favorites for the AFC South in 2018? - ESPN.comEven with recent cuts and the departure of two front-line players who signed elsewhere, the Jacksonville Jaguars are a slightly better football team right now than they were when they lost in the AFC Championship Game. The New England Patriots, who beat the Jaguars 24-20 at Gillette Stadium to advance to the Super Bowl, and Pittsburgh Steelers are not. Dawuane Smoot, the athlete - BigCatCountry.comYou know Dawuane Smoot... The Jacksonville Jaguars’ most recent third-round draft pick. The once-heralded Illini...

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Raiders scouts on hand to watch Johnny Manziel at University of San Diego pro day

There is a lot of curiosity, apparently in just what Johnny Manziel can offer an NFL team. The former 22nd overall pick in the 2014 draft is looking to get back into the league. To do that, he threw at the University of San Diego pro day Thursday. Among the 13 teams with scouts on hand according to the school was the Raiders. Scouts from 13 NFL teams confirmed by the school were on hand to watch Johnny Manziel throw at the University of San Diego's pro day: Bears, Browns, Chargers, Giants, Chiefs, Jets, Patriots, Raiders, Titans, Lions, Jaguars, Panthers and Bucs....


Patriots’ Bill Belichick meets Bradley Chubb, assures him he’s not New England bound

The 2018 NFL Draft is just a little over a month away, and one of the issues the New England Patriots will be looking to address there is the improvement of their defense. The Patriots, however, are picking second to the last in the first round, meaning they will likely miss the chance of getting […] The post Patriots’ Bill Belichick meets Bradley Chubb, assures him he’s not New England bound appeared first on ClutchPoints.

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“It was a roller coaster type of day”: Jason McCourty recounts getting traded to Patriots

The newly signed Patriot tells how the trade went down from his perspective. One of the New England Patriots' biggest moves of free agency so far was trading a sixth-round draft pick to the Cleveland Browns to obtain Jason McCourty and a seventh-round selection. New England, which moved down a mere 14 slots in the draft to get the veteran, was not only able to add a starting-caliber player to its secondary, it also reunited the cornerback with his twin brother and Patriots starting safety Devin McCourty. Jason McCourty last played alongside his brother during the 2008 season, when both were...

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Daily Bucs Links: Pro Day season is heating up

Pro Days and more. Jalen Ramsey: Derwin James is 2018 NFL Draft's best player - NFL.comJacksonville Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey believes his former Florida State teammate, Derwin James, is the 2018 NFL Draft's best player. Ex-NFL running back Ricky Williams has launched a new marijuana brand - Tampa Bay TimesRicky Williams, former NFL running back who now advocates for the use of marijuana, was once suspended for an entire season and failed drug tests multiple times while using the drug during his 11-year career. Tuesday pro days: Patriots' Belichick meets with top TE prospect - NFL.comBill...

The Falcoholic

Albert Breer makes the worst Atlanta Falcons mock draft selection my eyes have ever seen

What in the hell happened here? The Atlanta Falcons have had a pretty easy to follow offseason. They have made an effort to keep their own players, and there has not been much turnover. The biggest changes have been along the defensive line. DE/DT Adrian Clayborn left for more money with the New England Patriots. DT Dontari Poe left for more money with the Carolina Panthers. DE/DT Derrick Shelby. DE/DT Courtney Upshaw has not been re-signed. It is pretty clear that they lost a lot along the defensive line. The only other major loss was cutting TE Levine Toilolo. We were not sure what the...

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New England Patriots links 3/20/18 - 2018 Roster still in spin cycle

Daily news and links for Tuesday TEAM TALK Patriots release LB Shea McClellin. Patriots acquire WR Cordarrelle Patterson in a trade with Oakland. Andy Hart catches up with newcomer Danny Shelton, who wants to join the Patriots winning ways after a tough three years in Cleveland. Patriots 2018 free agent tracker. Patriots 2018 mock draft tracker. LOCAL LINKS Kevin Duffy looks at what moves the Patriots can make in the second week of NFL free agency. Ryan Hannable points out Bill Belichick has a lot of work to do over the next month, given the lack of cap space and number of needs...

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Details of Cordarrelle Patterson trade released; Patriots get 210th overall pick

We now know the full details of the move. On Sunday afternoon, the New England Patriots made their third trade of the offseason: The team acquired wide receiver and All-Pro kickoff returner Cordarrelle Patterson from the Oakland Raiders. The Patriots sent a 2018 fifth-round draft pick (#159) to Oakland in order to get both the former first-round draft pick on board and an additional selection in the sixth round of the draft. With the Raiders owning a total of six selections in the sixth round, however, the final slot of the draft pick New England was to receive was not yet publicly...

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Patriots select Nate Solder's replacement in latest SB Nation mock draft

New England adds to their offensive line. The New England Patriots lost some core players over the first week of free agency. The biggest of those losses – both from a physical perspective as when it comes to importance – is arguably starting left tackle Nate Solder. The 29-year old, who protected Tom Brady's blindside for the majority of the past seven years, signed a record-breaking four-year, $62 million contract with the New York Giants. Naturally, the Patriots are now in need for a new left tackle and the draft might be the way to go – and SB Nation's Dan Kadar has already...

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Film review: The strengths and weaknesses of Richmond QB Kyle Lauletta

Is former Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta as good of a fit in the Patriots’ offense as some think? Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta is an obvious choice for the Patriots in this year’s draft for many reasons. Lauletta has all the intangibles that a team looks for in a quarterback. He was considered to be a team leader and was elected captain twice at Richmond. His father, Joe, was a quarterback at Navy in the 1980s. Throw in former High School lacrosse player for good measure, and on those facts alone, Bill Belichick is already interested. On the field, Lauletta keeps checking...

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3 Bill Belichick quotes of note from Patriots’ previous encounters with Cordarrelle Patterson

Revisiting Bill Belichick’s press-conference scouting reports on Sunday trade acquisition Cordarrelle Patterson. Though Bill Belichick didn’t draft Cordarrelle Patterson No. 29 overall in 2013, the New England Patriots head coach hasn’t been short on things to say about the receiver, part-time rusher and three-time All-Pro returner over the years since then. Patterson, by way of North Carolina Tech Christian Academy, Hutchinson Community College and Tennessee, instead went to the Minnesota Vikings that spring. And by trading down, New England netted picks that would become linebacker...

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Bengals RB coach attended NC State pro day, spent time with Nyheim Hines

NC State’s pro day was busy, but the Bengals had their eyes on someone other than Bradley Chubb. Most NFL teams were represented at NC State’s pro day and for good reason. Bradley Chubb, an expected top five pick in this year’s NFL Draft showed up and proved why he is being talked about as one of the best prospects this year. Of course the Bengals don’t have any hope of being able to draft Chubb at pick No. 21. Neither do the Patriots as Bill Belichick literally told Chubb, “no chance we see you” at pick No. 31. Bill Belichick, master of the pigskin, coached up Bradley Chubb...


Report: Raiders trade FB Jamize Olawale to Cowboys

The Raiders continued their offensive shake-up Tuesday, trading fullback Jamize Olawale to the Dallas Cowboys, according to the NFL Network. The Raiders are reportedly sending Olawale and a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft to Dallas in exchange for a fifth-round pick. The terms are similar to the Raiders’ trade of receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the Patriots over the weekend. Oakland now owns two fifth-round picks in the draft and four sixth-round selections. As the Raiders signed fullback Keith Smith, who played the last four seasons...

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New England Patriots draft prospects: Bill Belichick meets with South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst

After a busy weekend in free agency, Bill Belichick is back on the scouting trail. He met with South Carolina TE Hayden Hurst on Tuesday.


Bill Belichick Works Out Bradley Chubb, Knows Patriots Have No Shot At Drafting Him

Bill Belichick likes to take a hands-on approach to his pre-draft evaluation. So when the New England Patriots coach visited... Read More »

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Patriots release linebacker Shea McClellin after failed physical

New England parts ways with the veteran. One of the weaknesses of the 2017 New England Patriots was the team's depth at the linebacker position, especially after defensive signal caller Dont'a Hightower and former first round draft pick Shea McClellin were placed on season-ending injured reserve. But while the former will return next season, the latter will likely not. According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Patriots have released McClellin: Source: the Patriots have released veteran LB Shea McLellin. McClellin, who was released with a failed physical designation, was placed on injured reserve...

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Resetting the Patriots' linebacker depth chart after releasing Shea McClellin

New England let the linebacker go earlier today. Earlier today, the New England Patriots released linebacker Shea McClellin with a failed physical designation. The former first round draft pick who joined the team via trade from the Chicago Bears before the 2016 season, missed all of last year after a string of concussions forced him onto season-ending injured reserve. While the move creates $1.72 million in salary cap space, it also further weakens New England's linebacker depth. Let's reset the position's depth chart with McClellin now gone: Dont'a Hightower Kyle Van Noy Elandon...

Can Glenn And Rob Gronkowski Unite With The Patriots?

Glenn Gronkowski, the youngest brother of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, is entering the 2016 NFL Draft this season and will be participating in the Senior Bowl. NESN.com's Michaela Vernava explains how the younger brother feels about the