State of the Position: Offensive Line

With training camp under way and the first preseason game in the books, it’s time to take an in-depth look at each position group. To kick off the evaluation, we’ll examine the most underappreciated group —The Big Uglies. Often overlooked, the Patriots offensive line has consistently been one of the better units in the league […]

New England loses a member of Patriot Nation: Junior Seau dies at age 43

One of the game’s best linebackers and one of its biggest personalities passed away on Wednesday. Junior Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowler who starred with the San Diego Chargers before finishing his career with the Miami Dolphins and Patriots, was found dead in his California home by what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  […]

Welcome to the Patriots: Taking a look at the 2012 Draft Class

After three painfully long days of rumors, trades and picks, the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books. For Patriots fans, it was a characteristically unpredictable experience, beginning with the unthinkable – trading up for two players in the first round, and ending with the usual – taking some obscure players. Let’s take a look […]

The Hoodie Strikes Back: New England Trades Up Twice in Round 1

Just when everyone expected the Patriots to move down in the first round, think again.  Bill Belichick took advantage of some sliding prospects and moved up twice to secure two building blocks for one of the league’s worst defenses.  The Patriots traded the 27th pick and their 2012 third-rounder to the Bengals for pick 21 […]

Stephen’s Final Mock Draft

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford New face of the franchise. 2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor They traded three first-round picks and a second rounder to move up four spots. Shanahan gets his man. 3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC The Vikings took Christian Ponder, an injury-prone quarterback, in round […]

Scout’s Eye: A Draft Preview with ESPN/Scouts Inc.’s Matt Williamson

By the time the 2012 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night, it will have been 108 days since the Alabama Crimson Tide knocked off the LSU Tigers in the Allstate BCS Championship game. During those three-and-a-half months, scouts, coaches, draftniks and fans have dissected the hundreds of draft-eligible players who hope to hear their names […]

Draft Needs: A Healthy Dose of Defense

In typical Belichickian fashion, the Patriots attacked free agency looking for the best value. I won’t waste time recapping this strategy as I’ve already covered it before, but long story short, the Pats brought in a bunch of mid-level guys who strengthened the middle of the roster. Robert Gallery, Donte Stallworth and Steve Gregory all […]

Value Shopping: 10 Underrated Draft Prospects

Earlier this week I looked at 10 prospects who will get over drafted based on their potential or athletic ability. Today, I’m flipping to the other side of the coin. Listed below are 10 prospects who I think will be successful in the NFL based on their college production, scheme versatility and athletic ability. This […]

Buyer Beware: 10 Overrated Prospects

Every year, there are players who fly up the draft boards after blowing up the combine. Others dominated early in their career before regressing as seniors. Then there are some who were top prospects that never met expectations. The 2012 Draft is no different with multiple players projected to go in the first round based […]

2012 Mock Draft 3.0

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford New face of the franchise. 2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor They traded three first-round picks and a second rounder to move up four spots. Shanahan gets his man. 3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC The Vikings took Christian Ponder, an injury-prone quarterback, in round […]

Analyzing the Patriots Approach to Free Agency

In typical Belichickian fashion, the Patriots didn’t hand out fat contracts to the big-name free agents. Within a few days, it was evident that Mario Williams, Vincent Jackson and Cortland Finnegan weren’t suiting up in Foxboro in 2012. Instead, the Patriots opted for their traditional low-risk, solid moves that should fortify the middle of the […]

Anderson, Green-Ellis depart the Pats

Two unheralded, but important players from the 2011 season officially left the Patriots for greener pastures and big checks on Wednesday. Defensive end Mark Anderson jumped ship and joined Mario Williams and the Bills to form potentially the best defensive line in the league. And when you look at his contract, you see why. The […]

Potential Patriots: Defensive backs

If you’re a gambling man (or woman), it’s a safe bet that the Patriots will draft a defensive back in the first two rounds. Hell, they’ve done it in four straight drafts. Unfortunately, the results have been a mixed bag. 2008: Patriots select Colorado cornerback Terrence Wheatley with the penultimate pick of the second round. […]

Pats fill receiver void with Lloyd

It’s not often that a player goes on national radio and openly markets himself to one team. Then again, Brandon Lloyd isn’t like every other player. The nine-year veteran is the definition of a journeyman, having played for five teams since he entered the league as a fourth-round pick in 2003. After improving his numbers […]

Friday Wrap: Connolly returns, Gregory joins Pats

While it may not be the big splash Patriots fans were hoping for, Bill Belichick appears to have found a new starting safety in six-year veteran Steve Gregory.  The former Charger brings starting experience, versatility and athleticism to a cripplingly-bad group of safeties from 2011.  In 15 games, Gregory recorded 67 tackles and a pick. […]

Free Agent Fits: Defensive Backs

When Bart Scott said the Patriots defense “couldn’t stop a nosebleed” after the 2010 playoff defeat, he wasn’t joking. Unfortunately, that trend carried over to 2011 where Belichick’s defense was only one spot from taking home the trophy for the worst pass defense in football. Between injuries, ineffectiveness and a pure lack of talent, the […]

No Reunion in Store: Randy Moss signs with San Fran

For those clinging to memories of the Tom Brady-Randy Moss connection, put those dreams to rest.  The man who caught 23 touchdowns in 2007 and made two Pro Bowls during a three-year run (2010 was a joke), is back in the league after retiring last season.   Moss made headlines this offseason when he announced […]

2012 Two-round Mock Draft

For the latest draft talk, analysis and Patriots news, please follow me on Twitter: @SSheehan925 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford New regime, new quarterback. While I tend to think Luck is a little overrated, he’s a can’t-miss prospect with no discernable weaknesses. 2. Washington Redskins (trade with St. Louis): Robert Griffin III, QB, […]

Potential Patriots: Edge rushers

New year, same old story. The Patriots need a pass rusher. Since the departures of Willie McGinest, Mike Vrabel and Rosevelt Colvin, New England fans have clamored for a replacement at outside linebacker. We thought Adalius Thomas was it. Six-foot-two, 270 pounds with 4.6 speed, coverage skills and a knack for getting after the quarterback […]

Dwight Freeney a possibility?

Yesterday we talked about the possibility of adding Mario Williams.  Based on reports from, there could be a shot that Dwight Freeney may also be available. After signing Robert Mathis to a four-year, $36-million deal, the Colts may not be able to afford Freeney’s $19.035 million cap hit in 2012. Combined with the whole […]