Patriots Thursday Observations, Tom Brady To Retire?

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?

Patriots Pre-preseason Questions (And Answers)

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)

Who’s The FA? UDFA! (2017 Edition)

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)

Patriots Draft Preview, “That Guy” Pre-Draft Edition

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

Pats Draft 2017: Combine Snubs Who Showed ‘Em, Part II

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

Pats Draft 2017: Combine Snubs Who Showed ‘Em, Part I

Every year, over 300 college athletes get invited to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. There, they go under the proverbial (and sometimes literal) microscopes of pro football personnel, getting interviewed, tested, poked, and prodded to prove their potential worth to a franchise. And they're considered the lucky ones. For every invitee there exist multiple snubs, … Continue reading Pats Draft 2017: Combine Snubs Who Showed ‘Em, Part I

Patriots Draft Preview, “That Guy” Free Agency Frenzy Edition

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

Patriots Draft Preview, “That Guy” Combine Edition

Listen, I tried. For years, I struggled to figure out players Coach Bill Belichick and his cohorts would select in each draft. I'd look at New England's draft positions, figure out where athletes were ranked, and attempt to make them fit. At my prediction rate, I may as well have spent my time trying to … Continue reading Patriots Draft Preview, “That Guy” Combine Edition