Author: @devansh0429

What does Duke Dawson bring to the table?

The New England Patriots’ second-round pick, Duke Dawson, could possibly return from IR. What impact could this have on the Patriots? Let’s dig deeper. Duke Dawson returned to practice last Wednesday after being placed on IR with a hamstring injury before the season even started. He can practice with the team for 21 days. The Patriots will have to activate him in that time period or his season is over. COLLEGE RESUME At Florida in 2017, Dawson totaled 34 tackles and posted four interceptions. He allowed a 37.1 passer rating with quarterbacks completing just 21 of 48 passes for 223 yards and...

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Matchups To Watch For In Patriots versus Bills

Alas, the matchup previews are back! The 5-2 New England Patriots will take on the 2-5 Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football in Buffalo. Boston Sports Extra brings you three marquee matchups to look out for while watching the game. Derek Anderson versus Patriots’ Pass Defense The Patriots have been on a win streak in the past month, but their pass defense has given up a lot of yards. Though they have played decent quarterbacks, there is no reason the scores should have been as close as they have been. Stephon Gilmore has been playing out of his mind,...

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Matchups to Watch for in Patriots versus Jaguars

The AFC Conference Championship rematch is today and we will take a look at some key matchups to watch for in the game as the vaunted Jaguars take on New England. Jalen Ramsey Versus Rob Gronkowski This matchup is probably the one everyone is looking forward to the most. More than likely it won’t even happen except for maybe one or two plays. Ramsey has been trash-talking everyone in the league and says he isn’t scared of anybody on the field. Maybe Gronk can help him gain some perspective. The more likely matchups would be Telvin Smith or Barry...

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Jeremy Hill tears ACL, out for Season

Jeremy Hill was going to tackle Tyrann Mathieu after he recovered a fumble from Rob Gronkowski when James Develin accidentally fell on his leg. He did not return the rest of the game. Yesterday, it was reported that he tore his ACL and is out for the season. Source: #Patriots RB Jeremy Hill tore his ACL and will be out for the 2018 season. Awful. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 10, 2018   Jeremy Hill was signed over this summer and had beaten out Mike Gillislee for a roster spot. He looked to be the premier power back and...

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Matchups To Watch For In Patriots Versus Texans

Alas, Patriots Nation rejoice! Football returns tomorrow as the great Tom Brady and the New England Patriots take on the up-and-coming Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans who they beat last year in a close game. Here are several matchups to keep an eye out for as the game progresses. DeAndre Hopkins versus Stephon Gilmore This is essentially the matchup of the game. DeAndre Hopkins is easily one of the league’s best receivers with the athletic ability to make any throw catchable. He still had a 1300+ receiving season with the likes of Tom Savage and T.J. Yates at...

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Who Should the Patriots Bring Back to Their Practice Squad?

Roster cuts were yesterday, and there were many surprises including the cut of Marquis Flowers. However, provided they make it through waivers, who should the Patriots re-sign to their practice squad? QB – Danny Etling Danny Etling wasn’t spectacular by any means in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Giants besides one amazing 86-yard touchdown run on a read option. The Patriots knew he would be a project when they drafted him. Belichick has given the kid high praise for his work ethic, and the Patriots should definitely continue to groom him. UPDATE: The Patriots signed Etling to their practice squad. RB...

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Top 5 Tuesday: Predictions for 2018 Season

Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday after our more-than-brief hiatus. This week, we will make 5 bold predictions for the New England Patriots’ 2018 season. THE PATRIOTS WILL LOSE ONLY ONE GAME Okay, it definitely is a daring prediction; however, this team is a lot better than the team that went 13-3 last season. My biggest worries would be the Texans, Packers, Vikings, and Jaguars. Hopefully, we don’t also lose a dud game against a divisional rival.   THE DEFENSE WILL FINISH TOP 5 IN TOTAL SACKS Don’t look now but New England’s front 7 just got stacked. Our...

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The Case of Ja’Whaun Bentley

“With the No. 143 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Ja’Whaun Bentley, ILB, Purdue. He is a 6-foot-2, 260 pounds off-the-ball linebacker who’s considered to some as a contact player.” Following the Super Bowl, a glaring need for the Patriots was a coverage linebacker. When New England drafted Ja’Whaun Bentley, the NFL community didn’t think as much of it. After all, his draft profile from the NFL.com didn’t show much promise. “…Bentley has athletic limitations that hinder his effectiveness as an NFL finisher and he’s ill-suited to handle coverage duties against the pass. Bentley lacks...

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Revis vs. Gilmore: Who was better for the Patriots?

On July 24, 2018, Darrelle Revis officially retired as a Jet. He even posed in front of a real Revis Island at his farewell. So far, both Revis and star corner, Stephon Gilmore, played one full season for New England. So it bodes the question, with all due respect to both players, who played better for the Patriots? REVIS’ 2014 STINT WITH NEW ENGLAND On March 12, 2014, Darrelle Revis had signed one year contract worth 12 million dollars with the New England Patriots. The Pats had paired him with ex-Seahawk, Brandon Browner, in the secondary. Revis had amassed...

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Veteran Free Agent Eric Decker Worked out for the Patriots

Pats Work Out Decker Yesterday, the Patriots brought in veteran wide receiver Eric Decker for a visit. Decker was notably a part of the record-breaking 2013 Broncos offense. Since then, he has played for the Jets and Titans. Most recently, he recorded 54 catches for 563 yards and a touchdown in a short stint in Tennessee. Eric played under McDaniels in 2010 when he was head coach of the Broncos. Recently, Decker expressed interest in becoming a Patriot in a recent interview with Sirius XM radio. “I think the Patriots would be a good fit and being drafted by Josh...

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Top 5 Tuesday: Players to Watch in Training Camp (@devansh0429)

It’s almost that time again. Training Camp is a time for players to prove themselves to have that shot at a roster spot. As it looms around the corner, let’s take a look at five players to keep an eye out for in this week’s entry of Top 5 Tuesday. 5. Jason McCourty Finally, the McCourty brothers are reunited at last. Patriot Nation was ecstatic to see the trade made for the veteran corner. But questions do linger in all of our minds… Why did McCourty barely get any reps in minicamp? Can the twin really replace Malcolm Butler?...

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Top 5 Tuesday: Best Plays From the Patriots 2017-18 Season (@devansh0429)

The Patriots fell short of their sixth Super Bowl this past season. However, the season did hold some fun and exciting moments. Welcome to our first installment of Top 5 Tuesday. Today, I will be ranking the best plays from the Patriots 2017-18 season. 5. Brady to Amendola, vs. Jaguars AFC Championship Magic. That’s honestly the only way to describe what Brady did in the playoffs. Down 20-10 in the fourth quarter, Brady rallied his team with two touchdown drives. The second touchdown was perhaps one of the greatest catches this year. Earlier in that drive, Brady had an...

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Bauer Nexus 2N Pro Stick

With the possible exception of the Las Vegas Golden Knights’ historic run from fresh franchise to Stanley Cup Final, nothing and nobody was more brilliant in the Stanley Cup Playoffs than Boston’s David Pastrňák. Though the 22-year-old right winger played in just 12 games as the Bruins came up short in a second-round series with Tampa Bay, he managed six goals and 14 assists to total 20 points. It’s hard to say a kid who scored 35 goals and 80 points in the regular season found another gear, but Pastrňák may have made the leap from rising star to...

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Trade Options: Defensive Superstar in New England?

Zach Martin got paid. He signed a six-year, $84 million extension, which includes $40 million guaranteed. This eclipses another guard signing earlier in the spring, when Andrew Norwell signed with the Jaguars for 5 years on a $66.5 million contract. These now set a precedent on the market for this position in free agency this year. Shaq Mason is on the final year of his contract, and there is a good chance the Patriots won’t pay him. Another important fact of note is that Joe Thuney is coming off of foot surgery heading into the season. Let’s look into...

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Patriots Send Heartwarming Father’s Day Message to Dying Fan

Father’s Day is a day of celebrating fatherhood and their influence on society. On June 15, 2018, two days before Father’s Day, this tweet was sent. Twitter blew up. People from all fan bases were showing their support. The Message These people and many more did their part and raised the attention of the tweet. The Patriots organization reached out. Both Robert Kraft and Matthew Slater had recorded messages for LB’s dad. Thank you again to EVERYONE. To everyone who RTd and made this happen. To the entire Patriots organization. To Mr. Robert Kraft. Thank you from the bottom...

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A look into JC Jackson: UDFA Corner Gets First Team Reps

Well, it’s that time of the year again. Mandatory mini camps started Tuesday for the Patriots, and players are looking to prove themselves to try to secure a roster spot. One of the biggest surprises of OTAs and the mini camps thus far is an undrafted free agent, JC Jackson, starting opposite Gilmore. Jackson’s College Career JC (Jerald Christopher) Jackson began his career at the University of Florida. However, an injury in the 2014 season opener knocked him out for the rest of the year. Eventually, the program dismissed him in 2015 after felony charges for which he was...

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Early 2018 NFL Awards Predictions

The draft is over. OTAs just started, and the NFL Opening Kickoff is lingering close by. Last year was a surprise. Teams, who weren’t expected to win, outshone all our expectations. A major part of this was key additions or breakout years from their players. This helped the likes of Todd Gurley and Marshon Lattimore win awards. Although it is way too early to really say, let’s make predictions on who can win the awards this year. Most Valuable Player – Jared Goff, QB Would I love for this to be Brady? Of course. Will Brady win even if...

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Bill Parcells comments on the Patriots Drama

The rest of the NFL has been just waiting for the Patriots’ dynasty to finally fall. It has come to the point where any news about them has been dramaticized greatly by the media. There has been a numerous amounts of drama circling Bill Belichick on his decision to bench Malcolm Butler and his relationships with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Both have not attended the voluntary workouts the Patriots’ held. Parcells’ thoughts? Bill Parcells, one of the greatest coaches of all time and someone who has worked with Belichick, said his thoughts on the topic to the Athletic....

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Who Is the Dark Horse to Earn a Spot on the Patriots?

Every year, at least one hard-working player makes his way onto the Patriots roster. He could be a late-round draft choice, undrafted free agent, previous practice squad member, or just someone completely unexpected. Who will potentially be that dark horse player this year? BSE makes its picks. Devansh Khanna (@devansh0429) – Keion Crossen I have to go with Crossen here. The dude has a work ethic that Belichick loves. He’s ready to prove it to the NFL why he is a diamond in the rough after not even getting an invite to the combine. He ran a 4.32 at...

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Christian Sam Film Review: The Linebacker New England Needs?

So for about a month, I have been continually raving about how New England will get an athletic, fast first-round linebacker in Rashaan Evans or Leighton Vander Esch. Well, it didn’t work out like that. In fact, the Patriots did not draft a linebacker until the fifth round, where they took Ja’whaun Bentley and Christian Sam.  Sam is referred to as the type of linebacker I have been wanting. Let’s get an understanding of how he really plays. Against the Run Sam is very patient in run defense. He waits for the play to develop to get the best position on...

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The New England Bulldogs?

In the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, the Patriots selected two Georgia players: LT Isaiah Wynn and RB Sony Michel – both filling a need of those departed in free agency. Wynn, although undersized, was a dominating pass protector for the Bulldogs in a division filled with elite pass rushers. Michel was electric on the field for Georgia, averaging 7.9 yards per carry and has even received comparisons to Alvin Kamara. The chemistry between these players will be amazing. Michel and Wynn have known each other since high school and were roommates in college. They are both thrilled to start...

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Boston Sports Extra Mock Draft 2.0: Pats Get Brady’s Heir?

Quarterback abundance. Trading a whole city to move up in the draft. Cleveland having the first pick. This 2018 draft has it all, and will definitely go down as one to remember. At least five quarterbacks are expected to be taken in the first round with the draft class being compared to the one in 1983. Mock drafts are mostly horribly wrong, but they are fun to do. The Patriots have two picks in the first round this year, and there has been a plethora of rumors about them moving up in the draft to select their quarterback of...

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Draft Battle: Rashaan Evans vs. Leighton Vander Esch

If you have been following the draft closely, two names you might have heard come up for the Patriots are Rashaan Evans and Leighton Vander Esch. Both are talented first round linebackers that can fill a huge need. If both are available at pick 23, who would be the best pick for New England? I analyze and compare both players in this first installment of Draft Battle. Measurables Evans Height: 6’3″ Weight: 234 lbs Vertical Jump: 30.0 inches Broad Jump: 116.0 inches 3-Cone Drill: 6.95 seconds 20 Yd Shuttle: 4.36 seconds *Evans chose not to run the forty on...

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The Biggest Steal of the Draft Might Not Be Who You Think

“Long ago, in the far away land of ancient Greece, there was a golden age of powerful gods, extraordinary heroes, and greatest and strongest of all these Heroes was the mighty Hercules. But what is the measure of a true hero? Now, that is what our story…”  Okay, okay. I know that is the wrong Hercules, but hear me out. Hercules Mata’afa could be one of the biggest draft steals this year. He is a defensive linemen that lists at 6’ 1” and 254 pounds. You read that right. Mata’afa has been doubted all his life because of his...

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Julian Edelman is a True Patriot

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination  and hard work,” as said by retired four-star general, Colin Powell. Sweat, determination, and hard work is what got Julian Edelman where he is today. He came into the NFL as a seventh-round quarterback out of Kent State. Now, he is a star wide receiver with two Super Bowls to his name. He made this illustrious transition because he took action to achieve success. Julian Edelman is a true Patriot, not only for this organization, but for the country. The Story Recently, Julian Edelman took action on a...

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