Author: @carolynsistrand

Remembering Nick Buoniconti

On July 30, the football world lost Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti. He was 78. Buoniconti grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, a city better known for its basketball roots. He played for the now-closed Cathedral High School. Following high school, Buoniconti was a standout for The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. At Notre Dame, Buoniconti was a leader in tackles and in the locker room. In his 1961 season, he served as co-captain and was the only All-American. Buoniconti’s first shot at professional football brought him home. The Boston Patriots drafted him in 1962. He...

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Could The Trent Williams Holdout End In New England?

As Trent Williams holdout with Washington continues, speculation amps up around where he will go. The Jets, Browns, and Texans are all teams whose names are in the conversations, alongside The New England Patriots. Tom Brady, who recently celebrated his 42 birthday, recently signed a two year, $41-million contract extension. This new deal saved over $5 million in cap space, putting the Patriots somewhere in the $12-13 million range in total cap space available. With some money in the bank and room for improvements, Williams may not be far out of reach. The Patriots could take a shot at the veretan offensive tackle for a few reasons. Currently, the tackle depth for New England is very young. Isaiah Wynn, the projected started at left tackle, is heading into his second season. Wynn is around the same weight and just three inches shorter than Williams. He was drafted out of Georgia to the Patriots in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. In 2018 he was injured in training camp and began his first regular season on the bench. Dan Skipper is another young guy and sitting second on the left tackle depth chart. He has only one year on his resume and has seen time on four different practice squads. Dallas signed him as a rookie free agent in May of 2017. Cedrick Lang isn’t a guy to...

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Belichick and Carroll: What The Coaching Gap Looks Like

Six-time Super Bowl Champion. Sixteen division titles. A 225 win record and 19 seasons in New England. Put it all together and you get Bill Belichick. The facts don’t lie. Belichick is one of the most successful coaches in the NFL ever. Heading into his 20th season, the next best coach in the league has a tough task trying to match up. So who falls number two behind BB in the standings? According to NFL.com analyst Elliot Harrison, it belongs to Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. Carroll’s head coaching career began in 1994 with the New York Jets,...

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Can New England Find Success In Another QB-Receiver Transition With Etling?

The Patriots are at it again and developing within. Last year’s seventh round draft pick out of LSU, Danny Etling, is making the transition from quarterback to wide receiver.  There has been success in similar transitions before. Julian Edelman was a quarterback-turned-wide receiver. Edelman, however, made the transition before the draft, not into his professional career.  So what can be expected from Etling as receiver? Well, for starters, his speed and size is promising. At 6 foot 3, Etling posted a 4.76 40-time at the combine in 2018. He was in the top five for quarterbacks at the combine,...

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Patriots Players To Consider Heading Into Fantasy Season

As football season fast approaches, so does fantasy season. For the Patriots, their fantasy options seem a little more scattered than everyone is used to. The departure of Gronkowski and suspension of Watson leaves a gap in the position. Injuries also bring with them questions on who will be ready to go by the team’s first game. When it comes to picking up a Patriot for your fantasy roster, great consideration must be taken.  Best picks Julian Edelman Heading into this season, Edelman will surely be the receiver with the most catches and fantasy points for the Patriots. Currently...

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The Men Behind Some Of Tom Brady’s Firsts

It is easy to talk about the Tom Brady that everyone knows now. The records have all been set and more remain within reach, but at one time, Brady was not a record holder. Brady was not arguably the greatest in the world.  In 2001, Brady stepped into the starting quarterback spot for the Patriots after Drew Bledsoe was injured during a week two matchup against the Jets. The young quarterback was just given an opportunity to make a name for himself in the league.  Most know the story of Brady’s rise to football stardom, but many do not...

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Gronk-Brady Workout Amps Up Return Rumors

Patriots fans thought they got what they have been wishing for this week. Now-retired Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had a private throwing session at UCLA on Monday with his favorite quarterback, Tom Brady.  The Patriots remain one of the favorites to win Super Bowl LIV even without Gronkowski. If your’e thinking of placing a bet on the Patriots, be sure to check out these sportsbook reviews. In the Los Angeles area for a charity basketball game, Gronkowski told TMZ Sports that Brady needed someone to throw to and, of course, “[Brady] calls Mr. Reliable Robbie G the one...

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