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New England Patriots

Discussion in 'Team Management' started by Big Suge Knight, Aug 6, 2017.

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    Coming off the franchise's fifth Super Bowl victory in spectacular fashion over the Atlanta Falcons, the Patriots were very active in the offseason. The team went out and acquired several vets via FA and trades. The likes of Stephon Gilmore, Kony Ealy and David Harris bolster the defense with experiance and skill across the board. The biggest upgrade likely will be Brandon Cooks who the team acquired via trade. Cooks gives the team a vertical element it has not had since the Moss years. Conversely, the loss of Martellus Bennett is pretty big as he was a key kog in the championship chase last season. Acquiring Dwayne Allen from the Colts is a downgrade but he has ability to line up opposite Gronk and do damage in mismatches.

    Offense
    QB: The GOAT Tom Brady steps under center again for New England. He has made statements about playing into his mid-40's which may be possible with the weapons he has at his disposal. The offseason narrative of where will Jimmy G end up came and went. He will be the primary back up to Tom with Jacoby Brissette toting the clipboard and running the scout team.

    HB: Gone is league TD leader LeGarrette Blount. The team will look to keep its RBBC approach with Dion Lewis being the starter and James White spelling him. Former Bill Mike Gillislee will see his role as more of a short yardage battering ram. But look for the hot hand to lead the way. The X factors in the back field could be Gillislee or maybe former Bengal Rex Burkhead, who provides a great deal of flexibility as downhill runner or H-back receiving option out of the backfield. FBs James Develin and Glenn Gronkowski will battle for the lead back snaps when the team does go to two back sets.

    WR: We have discussed the veritcality of Cooks addition to the offense above. Returning starters Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan will likely see fewer targets as the team incoporates Cooks into the system. Malcolm Mitchell started to come on later in the season as a reliable pass catcher and special teams player and the team will continue to develop the youngster. Odd men out here maybe Danny Amendola, who never quite lived up to his Welker replacement role, and Andrew hawkins, the vet who came over in the offseason.

    TE: Gronk is back! Many will ask the question for how long? The team is hoping it never knows the answer to that and he makes it through the entire season. In the even he does not look for Allen to be a solid target in the middle of the field for Tom.

    LT: Nate Solder returns to Brady's blindside and continues to play at high level. Drafting Antonio Garcia as a player to groom for the future.

    LG: Joe Thuney is developing into a very capable blocker going into his second year.

    C: David Andrews is the anchor for the line.

    RG: A player who struggled initially but came around when the team needed him the most is Shaq Mason. He has proven to be a very solid interior blocker.

    RT: A few years ago the Patriots took a gamble on Marcus Cannon. That risk paid off as he has developed into one of the leagues best right tackles.

    Defense
    LE: Newly acquired Kony Ealy will be expected to take the place of Chris Long and give the team some pass rush.

    DT: Alan Branch and Malcolm Brown provided solid run stopping and added some pass rush in key spots last year. The pair returns in ’17 and look to be spelled by 2ns year Vincent Valentine.

    RE: Potential star in the making is Trey Flowers, the third year edge player will take over for the recently retired Rob Ninkovich.

    LOLB: Elandon Roberts and Shea McCellin will compete for one outside backer spot. Both are more pass rusher than coverage player.

    MLB: Donte Hightower did a mini free agency tour before realizing he was best suited returning to New England. He will accompanied by longtime Jet David Harris, who was released after 10 seasons.

    ROLB: Rookie Derek Rivers figures to work his way into the rotation if he can learn the playbook. If not Look for Kyle Van Noy to see PT in 4 backer sets.

    CB: Former Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Butler was rumored for most of the offseason to be on his way out of town. But he was bought back by the team.

    CB: Stephon Gilmore is another former AFC East foe who joined the Pats in the offseason. A physical corner of Gilmore’s capabilities should fit nice in the man heavy play style of New England.

    NB: There will be a tremendous battle for the Nickel corner position. Eric Rowe and Cyrus Jones will battle it out to see who will get the bulk of the snaps at the ultra important position.

    FS: Devin McCourty will call the plays and adjustments for the secondary this season. The veteran is strong in one or man coverage and has the hands to make plays when the ball is in the air.

    SS: Patrick Chung looks to hold off the younger more athletic Duron Harmon at strong safety. Chung has flexibility to play multiple positions.
     
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    Nice write up! See you week 3
     
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    Thanks. Looking forward to it.
     
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    well done amigo
     
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