Patriots Rewind: Patriots 43 Dolphins 0

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September 15, 2019

After a sluggish first half, the Patriots took control in the second half and buried the Dolphins 43-0. The story will be the debut of Antonio Brown but the dominant performance of the defense should be the real story. They were once again tremendous. Here are five thoughts on this game. 1. Solid debut for Antonio Brown: Brown caught 4 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. He was targeted…

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Patriots: New England Patriots (1-0) at Miami Dolphins (0-1)

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September 15, 2019

Miami has traditionally been a house of horrors for the Patriots through the years and many felt with Brian Flores leading the Dolphins, that would continue to be the case. Instead, the Dolphins are rebuilding and tanking for all intents and purposes. They might just have the worst roster in the NFL. All of sudden what used to be tough game now appears to be a winnable game. Here are…

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X’s and O’s: 5 routes that are most effective for Antonio Brown

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September 15, 2019

The Patriots have activated Antonio Brown and plan to play him today against the Dolphins. Brown is one of the best route runners in the NFL. He is quick, fluid and shows terrific body control when getting in and out of breaks. He is an easy target for his quarterback to play with. Here are five routes that Brown runs well and can get open on at anytime. Diagram 1:…

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Patriots Rewind: Patriots 33 Steelers 3

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September 9, 2019

Maddie Meyer/Getty Images Game Rewind: It was a banner night at Gillette Stadium as the Patriots unveiled their sixth Super Bowl banner and promptly thumped the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers 33-3. New England dominated this game from start to finish and made an early statement in the process. Here are five thoughts on the game. 1. Big plays galore: The Patriots made several big plays in the passing game. The biggest…

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Patriots: 2019 Season Preview

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September 8, 2019

The Patriots kick off the 2019 season on Sunday night at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. New England will be raising their sixth Super Bowl banner. The franchise is well positioned to add an NFL record 7th Super Bowl title this season. Here is my breakdown of the offense, defense and special teams. Offense: Bill Belichick responded to the March retirement of Rob Gronkowski by loading up at wide receiver….

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Patriots: Thoughts on the Patriots roster moves

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September 2, 2019

The Patriots cut their roster down to 53 players on Saturday. There were quite a few surprises. Here are some thoughts on who the Patriots kept and who they didn’t. 1. Keeping Gunner Olszewski over Demaryius Thomas was a surprise but there are two things to keep in mind. One: Olszewski is versatile. He can play in 10 personnel packages and special teams. Two: Thomas didn’t get activated until last…

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Patriots: NEFJ’s Projected 53 man roster

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August 30, 2019

I am not a fan of the projected 53 man roster speculation but here’s our guess as to whom the Patriots will keep. Quarterbacks (2) Tom Brady Jarrett Stidham Running Backs (5) Sony Michel Rex Burkhead Damien Harris James White James Devlin Wide Receivers (6) Julian Edelman N’Keal Harry Josh Gordon Demaryius Thomas Phillip Dorsett Jakobi Meyers Tight Ends (3) Lance Kendricks Ryan Izzo Stephen Anderson Offensive Lineman (8) Isaiah…

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Patriots Preview: New York Giants (2-1) at New England Patriots (3-0)

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August 29, 2019

The Patriots wrap up the pre-season tonight at home against the Giants in the fourth and final pre-season game. Here five thoughts on the game. 1. Does Stidham start? One has to assume that Jarrett Stidham will start and play the majority of the game. The Patriots have a tough decision to make regarding the back up quarterback position. Stidham could lock up the job tonight. 2. Eyes on Edelman,…

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Patriots Rewind: Patriots 10 Panthers 3

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August 27, 2019

Game Rewind: The Patriots played their starters for a quarter and a half in their win over the Panthers. The starters looked rusty at times but also put some good stuff on film. Here are five thoughts from the game. 1. Sony Michel looked good: Michel got his first game action of the pre-season and looked good. Michel looks leaner and quicker and showed good burst. He finished the night…

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NEFJ Notebook: Patriots release Inman and Allen. Activate Edelman and Thomas

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August 23, 2019

The Patriots made some moves following Saturday’s pre-season win over the Titans. Here are my thoughts on the moves that were made this week. 1. The Patriots released Dontrelle Inman after the veteran receiver requested his release. Inman has since signed with the Chargers. Inman saw the writing on the wall. He knew he couldn’t beat out rookie Jakobi Meyers and he decided it was better to move on. 2….

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