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

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Why Is Ron Borges In Phoenix?

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?

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

Patriots Pre-Draft Roster Roundout

New England coach Bill Belichick manages the back end of his roster as well as any NFL coach. Past Patriots champions benefitting from the rise of unsung athletes (in 2014, cornerback Malcolm Butler started just one game; this past season, running back James White scored zero rushing TDs) points to the readiness of every player. … Continue reading Patriots Pre-Draft Roster Roundout

Round-By-Round Review, Pats Draft 2017

Hey there, Patriots fans. Feel like you've gotten a bit behind in draft research? This may, in part, result from your having lives outside of football, but also because you've been floating through the daydream ending of New England's 17-2 championship season. Well, we here at BSMW want to help. Starting with the first installment … Continue reading Round-By-Round Review, Pats Draft 2017

Patriots Thursday Observations, “It’s Not Over Yet” Review

While I'm sure the frequency will dissipate with time, every few hours or so I begin chuckling to myself. I can't help it. New England won their fifth Super Bowl in the game's first-ever overtime, 34-28, after trailing 28-3 with 8:31 left in the third quarter. Even after the confetti, the parade, and the trophies … Continue reading Patriots Thursday Observations, “It’s Not Over Yet” Review