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Feb 19, 2021
Patriots Prospect Profile: Tommy Togiai adds another run stuffer in the middle of the defense

Patriots Prospect Profile: Tommy Togiai adds another run stuffer in the middle of the defense

Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports The Patriots defensive front will likely see a lot of departures this offseason, increasing the need to continue the rebuild. Assuming no cap cuts or a handful of free agent signings at the position, the team is poised to start 3rd year player Byron Cowart and free agent signee Beau Allen at their top two interior DL spots with no one behind them. That obviously will change, as the Patriots like to be at least four players deep at the position except against very pass-heavy offenses. What the Patriots will likely do in free agency is...
Feb 17, 2021
Patriots draft profile: Liam Eichenberg would fortify the left tackle spot for the foreseeable future

Patriots draft profile: Liam Eichenberg would fortify the left tackle spot for the foreseeable future

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Related: Patriots draft profile: Kenny Yeboah appeals as a Day Three option at the move tight end role In 2020, the strength of the New England Patriots offense was its blocking up front. The Patriots ran for 2,346 yards on 4.7 yards per carry last season with their top back, Damien Harris, averaging more than 5.0 yards per rush. However, with as good as the team’s offensive line performed, the position is very uncertain beyond 2021, especially at the tackle position. Marcus Cannon opted out of the 2020 season and Isaiah Wynn’s inability to...
Feb 16, 2021
Patriots draft profile: Kenny Yeboah appeals as a Day Three option at the move tight end role

Patriots draft profile: Kenny Yeboah appeals as a Day Three option at the move tight end role

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports Related: Patriots draft profile: Day Two prospect Tylan Wallace could be an immediate playmaker for New England The New England Patriots have a need to fortify all their skill position players in the passing game. While they selected two tight ends in the 2020 draft, I believe there is no reason to not continue to try to improve the position as a whole. Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene are certainly the two players the team is putting its hopes on at the position, but it could still use another guy who can add some receiving punch and create...
Feb 16, 2021
Sleepers in the D-backs farm system

Sleepers in the D-backs farm system

Photo by Mat Gdowski/Icon Sportswire via A look at some of the underrated prospects who could make a splash in the next couple years. The first part of the preview focused on the consensus top prospects, this installment will focus on the sleepers. While a good farm system typically has more high end prospects, a good player development program will churn out players with underappreciated skill sets or smooth out the edges for high volatility prospects. In order to build a successful championship roster, you need to be able to turn out sleepers as reliable...
Feb 15, 2021
D-backs farm system in 2021: The top guys

D-backs farm system in 2021: The top guys

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Listing the top prospects in the D-backs farm system that we should care the most about over the next three to five years. Having a top farm system isn’t necessarily going to guarantee wins at the MLB level, as Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen always alludes to when dealing with prospect trades. The reality for prospects are that they are essentially baseball’s equivalent of the stock market. You’re trying to find the right stocks, players who aren’t necessarily ready to play at the game’s highest level or haven’t...
Feb 10, 2021
Patriots draft profile: Asante Samuel Jr. provides versatility to rebuild New England’s secondary in the future

Patriots draft profile: Asante Samuel Jr. provides versatility to rebuild New England’s secondary in the future

Photo by Don Juan Moore/ Related: Patriots draft profile: Michael Carter could be New England’s next great receiving back As mentioned in the Patrick Surtain II draft profile, the New England Patriots have an aging secondary with only one starting cornerback on the roster — Jonathan Jones — signed past this upcoming season. J.C. Jackson will be a restricted free agent this spring, so should be returning this year, but will enter unrestricted free agency next year if a long-term deal cannot be not reached until that point. In addition to Jackson, former Defensive...
Feb 9, 2021
Patriots draft profile: Michael Carter could be New England’s next great receiving back

Patriots draft profile: Michael Carter could be New England’s next great receiving back

Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports Related: Patriots draft profile: Tyler Shelvin can bring back an old school mentality to the New England defense The New England Patriots don’t have a lot of stability at the running back position in the long term, especially of the pass catching variety. Rex Burkhead and James White are set to become unrestricted free agents, which leaves the team with Damien Harris, Sony Michel and J.J. Taylor as their primary ball carriers. I expect the Patriots to fill the lead pass catching back role in free agency, with the intent to develop the next...
Feb 3, 2021
Arizona Diamondbacks sign reliever Joakim Soria to a 1-year deal

Arizona Diamondbacks sign reliever Joakim Soria to a 1-year deal

Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports The D-backs add an experienced veteran to the back-end of the bullpen. The Diamondbacks have had a mostly sit and wait approach during the offseason, waiting until just days before the resumption of Spring Training. Today, the team and reliever Joakim Soria have reportedly agreed to a 1-year contract. Free-agent reliever Joakim Soria in agreement with DBacks, source tells @TheAthletic.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 3, 2021 The deal is reported to pay Soria a base of $3.5M over that one year and has incentives that can...
Feb 3, 2021
Patriots draft profile: Patrick Jones II would give New England a high-ceiling pass rusher

Patriots draft profile: Patrick Jones II would give New England a high-ceiling pass rusher

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports Related: Patriots draft profiles: Daviyon Nixon is a game wrecker along the defensive line One of the biggest issues with the New England Patriots’ defense over the past four seasons is the inability to protect the edges in the run game. The Patriots have cycled through plenty of edge defenders including Derek Rivers, Chase Winovich, John Simon, and Keionta Davis with no real success. Of that group, Winovich and Simon have developed into quality rotational options at the position but haven’t been able to become consistently reliable...

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