Who’s The FA? UDFA! (2018 Edition)

Here's where I usually tell you about how New England keeps at least one undrafted rookie free agent on their roster each fall. This year, for the first time in a while, I'm not so sure. Granted, looking back at last year's UDFA column, neither Vanderbilt defensive lineman Adam Butler nor Wyoming tight end Jacob Hollister … Continue reading Who’s The FA? UDFA! (2018 Edition)

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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)

Round-By-Round Review, Pats Draft 2018

Well I, for one, can think of no better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than by running our annual Round-By-Round Draft Review. Much like the origins of the holiday itself (St. Valentine was apparently two different guys), it's difficult to nail down the more vague aspects of how well New England has selected players – … Continue reading Round-By-Round Review, Pats Draft 2018

With A Little Bit Of Luck (2018 Edition)

Here's our annual column reviewing every Super Bowl champion's dependence on some lucky bounces of the proverbial ball since the beginning of New England's winning run. Half of the 16 Super Bowls listed here were decided by four points or less, and that's not including last year's six-point win in overtime. For a look at … Continue reading With A Little Bit Of Luck (2018 Edition)