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New England Patriots: How botched pick in 2020 draft set franchise back

The New England Patriots have a habit of missing on high draft picks and in 2020, they missed big on their 2nd round pick again. But, maybe not too big. Let’s take a look. The Patriots missed a golden opportunity to select their quarterback of the future in the 2020 NFL Draft when hey passed on […] New England Patriots: How botched pick in 2020 draft set franchise back - Chowder and Champions - Chowder and Champions - A Boston Sports Site - Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and More!

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Potential Patriots: Picking Edge Defender In Each Round Of NFL Draft

The New England Patriots have spent big money and draft capital to improve their pass rush over the last year, but don’t be surprised if they use a high pick on an edge defender again in next week’s 2021 NFL Draft. The Patriots selected Josh Uche in the second round and Anfernee Jennings in the […] The post Potential Patriots: Picking Edge Defender In Each Round Of NFL Draft appeared first on NESN.com.

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Evaluating Patriots’ Potential Trade-Up Options In 2021 NFL Draft

It’s the biggest question surrounding the New England Patriots as the 2021 NFL Draft approaches: Will they trade up for a quarterback? And if they do, with whom? With the draft now just one week away, we’ll take a closer look at each of the 11 teams set to pick ahead of New England — […] The post Evaluating Patriots’ Potential Trade-Up Options In 2021 NFL Draft appeared first on NESN.com.

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Top 50 Big Board: Round 2 draft targets for the Patriots

Photo by Mark Brown/ Related: Top 50 Big Board: Round 3 draft targets for the Patriots The NFL world has officially hit the homestretch of draft season. You’ve heard all about the coverage that we have been doing since January. Weekly podcasts and draft profiles have tried to give you in-depth looks at individual prospects, while Ryan Spagnoli and Keagan Stiefel’s draft spreadsheet has assaulted you guys with information on over 150 different prospects. In an effort to make all of this info a little more palatable, we have now got something new for you: a New...

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It’s one week before the draft and nobody has any idea what the Patriots will do

Photo by Al Pereira/ Related: Draft rumors: Multiple teams ahead of the Patriots are willing to trade down in the first round The Jacksonville Jaguars will draft Trevor Lawrence first overall. The New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers will also go after quarterbacks with the next two picks as well. Multiple teams are already viewed as candidates to move up or down the board via trade, while others have concrete needs that they will likely try to address one way or another. With one week to go before the 2021 NFL draft there is some level of clarity, or at least rumor...

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Potential Patriots draft target Justin Fields not expected to be impacted by reported epilepsy

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ Related: Picking a quarterback will not be the Patriots’ ultimate goal in the draft Justin Fields, one of the top quarterback prospects in this year’s draft and therefore a potential target for the New England Patriots, has confirmed to teams that he is managing epilepsy per a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. Despite the diagnosis, though, the 22-year-old has not had any recent issues with the neurological disorder. Fields has taken medication to treat the illness, but it has reportedly not impacted him on the field...

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Patriots draft profile: Alim McNeill would add size, upside to New England’s defensive line

Photo by Grant Halverson/ Related: Patriots draft profile: Jaelan Phillips has all the tools to be a successful edge rusher at the next level Their interior defensive line was a definitive weakness for the New England Patriots, and they tried their best to bolster it through free agency. But even though players were re-signed to multi-year deals and added from outside the organization, the long-term outlook of the group is somewhat uncertain particularly at the nose position: Davon Godchaux and Carl Davis are playing on two-year and one-year deals respectively. While...

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Why Patriots Reportedly Have Been Pleased With Jarrett Stidham This Offseason

There has been plenty of chatter about the Patriots’ quarterback situation this offseason, but Jarrett Stidham has been a part of very little of it. As the football world anticipates how Cam Newton will perform in 2021 as well as which QB New England might target in the draft, Stidham appears to be keeping his […] The post Why Patriots Reportedly Have Been Pleased With Jarrett Stidham This Offseason appeared first on NESN.com.

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Kellen Mond To Patriots? Evaluating QB’s Potential Fit In New England

In the weeks leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, NESN.com will be taking a closer look at this year’s quarterback class and how each player could fit with the New England Patriots. Next up: Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond. Kellen Mond, Texas A&M6-foot-2 5/8, 211 pounds, 9 3/8-inch handsProjected round: Second-third round2020 stats: 63.3 percent (188-for-297), […] The post Kellen Mond To Patriots? Evaluating QB’s Potential Fit In New England appeared first on NESN.com.

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Patriots reportedly feeling good about Jarrett Stidham’s offseason so far

Photo by Billie Weiss/ Related: Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham leading the charge as Patriots kick off voluntary offseason workouts Even though they are expected to select a quarterback at one point in next week’s draft, there is no guarantee said passer will be the New England Patriots’ starter come the 2021 season. While the team’s projected first-round targets — Justin Fields (Ohio State), Trey Lance (North Dakota State), Mac Jones (Alabama) — are all more than capable, the coaching staff might prefer to go with a more experienced option after all. There are...

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New England Patriots links 4/22/21 - Profiles, prospects, predictions: All the noise, noise, noise NOISE!

Kyle Van Noy will keep No 53 this season | Photo by Adam Glanzman/ Daily news and links for Thursday TEAM TALK Mike Dussault reports the NFL approves jersey number expansion, plus other 2021 rule changes. Angelique Fiske reports Julian Edelman joins ‘Inside the NFL’ cast, teams up with ViacomCBS. Draft Prospect Review: Edge Rusher. (10.38 min. video) LOCAL LINKS Phil Perry profiles prototypical Patriots the team could target in the draft: Cornerbacks. David Heim continues his ‘NFL hidden gems’ series with a look at South Carolina CB Israel Mukuamu. The...

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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs could trade for a cornerback

Photo by Jim Davis/The Boston Globe via Chiefs headlines for Thursday, April 22 The latest 3 potential trade scenarios for New England Patriots star CB J.C. Jackson | SportsNaut New England Patriots trade J.C. Jackson to the Kansas City Chiefs It’s not a secret that Kansas City needs to find an upgrade or two at cornerback during the 2021 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, they are now likely to go offensive line in the first round after moving off starting tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz earlier in the offseason. Yielding a low second-round pick next week and a...

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New England Patriots links 4/21/21 - More mocks in stock! Get ‘em while they’re hot

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Daily news and links for Wednesday TEAM TALK Mike Dussault tallies up all the mock drafts to figure out who the favorite is for the Patriots at 15th overall. Paul Perillo’s NFL Notes: Offering some rough draft suggestions, a Patriots perspective and more. Patriots Foundation now recruiting runners for 2021 Boston Marathon. Patriots Unfiltered 4/20: Pondering the draft; Trade up or trade down; Top prospects; More. (2 hours) LOCAL LINKS Ian Logue (PatsFans) Patriots news and NFL notes: 5 Things to Know: 1) With the draft creeping...

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Patriots Mock Draft: Pats Select Risky, High-Upside First-Round Pick

The 2021 NFL Draft is just over a week away, and the New England Patriots head into the event with the freedom to not be constrained by draft needs. The Patriots filled the majority of their holes in free agency. They should at least look to come out of the 2021 draft with a quarterback, […] The post Patriots Mock Draft: Pats Select Risky, High-Upside First-Round Pick appeared first on NESN.com.

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Draft rumors: Multiple teams ahead of the Patriots are willing to trade down in the first round

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports Related: Picking a quarterback will not be the Patriots’ ultimate goal in the draft With the NFL draft only eight days away, the rumor mill is already working overtime. While everything has been quiet on the New England Patriots’ front so far, multiple teams ahead of them in the first round are reportedly willing to trade down from their respective spots — giving the Patriots a possible chance to move up from the 15th overall selection in case they are looking to add one of the top-tier passers available. While there is virtually no...

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Who are the men running the Patriots’ pre-draft operation?

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Related: Matt Patricia among those ‘heavily involved’ in the Patriots’ draft process this year When New England Patriots head coach/general manager Bill Belichick held his annual pre-draft press conference last week he did not go into too much detail. He said the same about the quarterback class as last year, spoke about value as the basis of his team’s decision making, and went only through hypotheticals when discussing potential trades. While there were no groundbreaking statements or deep dives into the organization’s...

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Jordan Love To Patriots? Evaluating Sketchy Hypothetical NFL Draft Trade

The Patriots need a quarterback and the 2021 NFL Draft features several top-level QB prospects projected to go early in the first round. The result has been a perfect storm of internet speculation, with everyone and their grandparents trying to crawl inside Bill Belichick’s mind — an unpredictable piece of real estate — to figure […] The post Jordan Love To Patriots? Evaluating Sketchy Hypothetical NFL Draft Trade appeared first on NESN.com.

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Potential Patriots: Picking Defensive Tackle In Each Round Of NFL Draft

The New England Patriots still have one potential spot to fill on their interior defensive line even after signing three defensive tackles and bringing back Lawrence Guy in free agency. The Patriots already had Byron Cowart, Bill Murray, Akeem Spence and Nick Thurman heading into the offseason. They then signed Henry Anderson, Davon Godchaux and […] The post Potential Patriots: Picking Defensive Tackle In Each Round Of NFL Draft appeared first on NESN.com.

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Field Yates: Patriots should trade up for Trey Lance rather than Mac Jones

Photo by Sam Wasson/ Related: Picking a quarterback will not be the Patriots’ ultimate goal in the draft Nobody knows in which direction the New England Patriots will go during the 2021 NFL draft, but it seems likely that they will add to a quarterback room currently headed by incumbent starter Cam Newton and third-year backup Jarrett Stidham. The biggest question is who they will target and when they will do just that. One popular scenario around NFL media is New England trading up from the 15th overall selection to grab one of the top-five available. With the...

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Patriots draft profile: Chris Evans would be a versatile addition to New England’s backfield

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Related: Patriots draft profile: Michal Menet has the intangibles New England is looking for The New England Patriots’ running back position is well set for the 2021 season. Damien Harris and Sony Michel project as the one-two punch on early downs, while James White was re-signed to serve as a receiving back. Add veteran Brandon Bolden and youngster J.J. Taylor as depth options and you get one of the better running back rooms in football. However, that does not mean the club won’t be willing to invest further resources at the...

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Patriots draft profile: Jaelan Phillips has all the tools to be a successful edge rusher at the next level

Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Related: Patriots draft profile: Chris Evans would be a versatile addition to New England’s backfield The New England Patriots’ pass rush is coming off a weird season. While the group ranked fifth in the league in pressure rate, it finished with the seventh worst sack total in the league. Converting pressure into actual quarterback takedowns has to be a defensive goal for 2021, and New England made some pretty big investments to achieve it. New England bolstered its interior defensive line by...

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Why NFL Analyst Believes Patriots Should Prefer Trey Lance Over Mac Jones

There are five top-tier quarterback prospects in this year’s draft class, but the Patriots effectively will only have a shot at two of them. Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are virtual locks to go first and second overall, respectively, April 29. All signs point toward the 49ers going quarterback at No. 3, but it remains […] The post Why NFL Analyst Believes Patriots Should Prefer Trey Lance Over Mac Jones appeared first on NESN.com.

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Davis Mills To Patriots? Evaluating QB’s Potential Fit In New England

In the weeks leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, NESN.com will be taking a closer look at this year’s quarterback class and how each player could fit with the New England Patriots. Next up: Stanford’s Davis Mills. Davis Mills, Stanford6-foot-3 6/8, 217 pounds, 9 1/2-inch handsProjected round: 2-32020 stats: 62.2 percent, 1,508 yards, seven […] The post Davis Mills To Patriots? Evaluating QB’s Potential Fit In New England appeared first on NESN.com.

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Could Patriots Trade Up For Panthers Pick?; Here’s What It May Take

It seems there is another potential trade partner for any team who wants to secure a top-10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday the Carolina Panthers potentially are opening to trading back from their current No. 8 overall selection. NESN.com’s Doug Kyed has confirmed that report, as well. And with […] The post Could Patriots Trade Up For Panthers Pick?; Here’s What It May Take appeared first on NESN.com.

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Join us for Episode 9 of the Pats Pulpit Mock Draft Show tonight at 6pm on Twitch!

Related: Patriots Draft Guide: Scouting reports, prospect profiles and more The NFL Draft is next week, and you’ve all heard the spiel by now. Pats Pulpit has individual player profiles, weekly podcasts, and a spreadsheet all designed to increase your knowledge on this year’s prospects, and now for the first time ever, we have a live mock draft show where YOU can interact with us and help make some decisions. Every Wednesday we are live on Twitch at 6pm! Bringing you that weekly mock draft show to talk about all things NFL Draft! These live streams will allow you to...

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This Julian Edelman College Evaluation Makes Perfect Sense In Hindsight

Julian Edelman wasn’t the most highly touted prospect coming out of college, but the Patriots obviously saw something in the Kent State product. As such, New England selected Edelman in the seventh round (232nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. The rest, of course, is history. So, what exactly did the Patriots see? Well, former […] The post This Julian Edelman College Evaluation Makes Perfect Sense In Hindsight appeared first on NESN.com.

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NFL Mock Draft Projects Patriots Trade Up — And Don’t Pick Quarterback

Maybe the New England Patriots will trade up in the 2021 NFL Draft. But what if Bill Belichick does so and doesn’t select a quarterback? This hypothetical surfaced Tuesday in Peter Schrager’s mock draft 2.0 for NFL.com, raising yet another possibility to consider with the big night less than two weeks away. Schrager projects the […] The post NFL Mock Draft Projects Patriots Trade Up — And Don’t Pick Quarterback appeared first on NESN.com.

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Patriots draft profile: Michal Menet has the intangibles New England is looking for

Photo by Scott Taetsch/ Related: Patriots draft profile: Could Nico Collins replace N’Keal Harry in the New England offense? Despite injuries and personnel movement the blocking up front was the strength of the New England Patriots’ offense in 2020. And even though the group lost long-time starting left guard Joe Thuney in free agency, that is still projected to be the case heading into the new season. New England retained center David Andrews, acquired Trent Brown via trade, and brought back Ted Karras from his one-year stint in Miami. While Thuney and veteran...

Patriots Mailbag: What Will Belichick Do With All His 2019 Draft Picks?

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick once again has a plethora of draft picks for the 2019 NFL Draft. In this week's Patriots Mailbag, NESN.com's Doug Kyed tells you how BB might approach this year's draft. For more: https://nesn.com/new-england

How Patriots can use offseason to return to the Super Bowl | Pro Football Talk | NBC Sports

With a multitude of draft picks in the first three rounds, the Patriots can put themselves are in position for a tremendous offseason, Peter King explains. #NBCSports #ProFootballTalk #Patriots »

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