Pats Preseason Week Two Preview – Week One Review

New England outscored Washington 26-17 in their first preseason game of 2018 last Thursday night, coming back from an ugly 17-0 deficit behind backup quarterback Brian Hoyer as Tom Brady stayed on the sidelines. Some notes from the game below, including players to watch for during this Thursday's tilt vs. Philadelphia (7:30 p.m. eastern time). … Continue reading Pats Preseason Week Two Preview – Week One Review

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Patriots Preseason Next Best Thing To Real Football Preview 2018

Preseason is to real NFL games what Snackwells are to real cookies: They'll do fine if they're all you've got. Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., your New England Patriots play the Washington Piscataway (see, Dan Schneider? Not that hard). If you're a Pats fan, you're feeling pretty excited right now. Like the NFL draft, your … Continue reading Patriots Preseason Next Best Thing To Real Football Preview 2018

Patriots Roster Preview (Hunch-‘n’-Hankerin’ Edition)

We interrupt this major league All-Star break to bring you an overlong, not-nearly-informed-enough look at the Patriots' roster. The Red Sox' run has helped New England fans get away from football and all of its speculation for a bit. This has been a good thing, though I may have lost track of the weeks without … Continue reading Patriots Roster Preview (Hunch-‘n’-Hankerin’ Edition)

Patriots “That Guy” 2018 Draft Review

Over New England coach Bill Belichick's 19 drafts in Foxboro, the coach has shown tendencies for picking certain types of players. (You can see some of these tendencies develop in our annual Round-By-Round Review.) One of his go-to's that manages to frustrate mock drafters, of course, is when Belichick avoids picking for need and goes … Continue reading Patriots “That Guy” 2018 Draft Review

Patriots (Early) Thursday Observations, “That Guy” (Pre-draft Edition)

We're doing our Thursday Observations early to give you, dear reader, a little extra time to prep for tomorrow night's broadcast of NFL Draft Round One. (At this point, the draft has gotten so over-hyped that I expect network talking heads to start it off with the Bugs Bunny-Roadrunner Hour's "This Is It.") Overture, curtain, … Continue reading Patriots (Early) Thursday Observations, “That Guy” (Pre-draft Edition)

Pats Draft 2018: Combine Snubs Who Showed ‘Em, Part II

Every year, we here at BSMW scour the interlines for college football players not invited to February's NFL Combine in Indianapolis who managed to excel at their pro days. Last year's Combine Snubs prepped us for several New England roster additions, as Riley McCarron, Josh Augusta, Austin Carr, Caleb Kidder, Max Rich, and Jason Thompson … Continue reading Pats Draft 2018: Combine Snubs Who Showed ‘Em, Part II

Patriots Thursday Observations, Everybody Remain Calm (2018 Edition)

Okay, let's all take a deep breath, shall we, Patriots fans? With the free agent signings of now-former New Englanders Dion Lewis, Danny Amendola, Malcolm Butler, and Nate Solder, the forecast of the 2018 season has gotten more grim than a double Nor'easter. It's appropriate that this column posts on the Ides of March, because … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, Everybody Remain Calm (2018 Edition)

Patriots Thursday Observations, “That Guy” (Post NFL Combine)

Since his first NFL draft with New England in 2000, Bill Belichick has shown certain tendencies that shed light on how to cover this annual pick prediction fail-a-palooza. Because of this, rather than providing a monotonous stream of mocks and position run-downs, it seems better to deal with specific categories of picks. For a rundown … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, “That Guy” (Post NFL Combine)