Well, even though it's been an entire week since New England lost to Jacksonville, 31-24, that game feeds into our expectations for Saturday night's tilt at Houston. How many starters will play, and for how long? After last week, who will continue to stand out (rookie receivers) or remain invisible (pass rushers)? Many players to … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Jaguars Review
In 2008, I wrote a descriptive account of training camp in Foxboro. In honor of today being the final day of 2017 camp open to fans, we're posting a link to that piece here. A few highlights include references to present and past players, e.g.: 2:42 p.m. – A horn sounds. Offense stays on the … Continue reading Patriots Flashback: 2008 Letter From Camp
Ah. Did the headline get you? I figured, as a Boston media site, it might be fun to experiment with some preseason click bait. In any case, the answer to this question – as typically befits headline inquiries – is no. Sorry. Won't do that again. At least not this season. Welcome back to Thursday … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Tom Brady To Retire?
Your defending champion Patriots take to the field this week in preparation for the 2017 season. It seems like only a few days ago millennials across the nation were pointing cameras at themselves during the Super Bowl to capture incredible joy or angst-ridden disbelief. (Warning: the links are NSFW, especially the latter.) Don't tell my … Continue reading Patriots Pre-preseason Questions (And Answers)
New England has a solid reputation for taking undrafted free agents and making them into championship-level contributors, from offensive linemen like David Andrews (2015) and Stephen Neal (2001) to defensive backs like Malcolm Butler (2014) and Randall Gay (2004). Coach Bill Belichick isn't nearly as concerned about how you get to Gillette as he is … Continue reading Who’s The FA? UDFA! (2017 Edition)
Over the past few months, we at BSMW have tried to get Patriots watchers ready for the draft with a steady, accessible stream of info. (By the way, at my age, I've grown to appreciate a steady, accessible stream.) Anyway, from reviewing past drafts to categorizing future ones, we've tried to set you up for … Continue reading Patriots 2017 Draft Preview Review Preview Maybe
Well, we've made it to our last "That Guy" column before the draft. (Here's a link to the previous, Free Agency Frenzy Edition.) After the NFL Draft happens Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 30, one final "That Guy" will summarize the Patriots' picks. New England's selections should be fun to follow, and about as … Continue reading Patriots Draft Preview, “That Guy” Pre-Draft Edition
In part one of our annual Combine Snubs series, we saw some speedy receivers and strong defenders who used their college pro days to prove they would have belonged at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. In part two, we continue our search for small school standouts and big school back-ups who, despite getting snubbed, could … Continue reading Pats Draft 2017: Combine Snubs Who Showed ‘Em, Part II
I made the mistake of reading Ron Borges' piece in The Boston Herald Wednesday. It's called "Borges: A one-sided conversation over breakfast with Bill Belichick," and I'm linking to it here, with the warning that it could cause severe agitation. This column makes me despondent. Borges used to write for The Boston Globe, which had the … Continue reading Why Is Ron Borges In Phoenix?
It seems like New England goes about free agency signings the same way I approach a breakfast buffet. I start out intent on just oatmeal and a banana, but after seeing they have omelets made to order? I mean, I've got to at least inquire, right? New England went against their typical wait-and-see mode this … Continue reading Patriots Draft Preview, “That Guy” Free Agency Frenzy Edition