Patriots: Heading into first preseason game, defense has plenty of confidence & might just be better than we thought

August 10, 2022

Yes, the offense has looked poor for the majority of training camp, but that’s because we may have severely underestimated this defense heading into training camp. After two weeks, it’s clear the offensive line still needs time to get communication down – David Andrews and Mac Jones said as much earlier this week – but part of the reason it’s looked so bad at times is because the defense is…


Patriots: Peppers already feeling at home with his new team

April 12, 2022

Jabrill Peppers met with the New England media for the first time virtually for just under 15 minutes on Tuesday afternoon, but it felt like he’d been here forever. Peppers talked about why he decided to come here, his relationship with Joe Judge, whether he was surprised Judge was moving to the offensive side of the ball and what he’s most looking forward to learning under Coach Belichick, among other…


Patriots: The Patriots sign another versatile safety in Jabrill Peppers

March 30, 2022

Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images The Patriots signed versatile free agent safety Jabrill Peppers yesterday to a one year, $5 million dollar deal. Peppers went 25th overall to the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the 2017 Draft. At 5-11 215, Peppers is a dynamic athlete who can play all three downs and on all three levels. His versatility is exactly what Bill Belichick has been looking in a…


Patriots: WILD CARD Preview and Prediction

January 15, 2022

Featured image via Omar Rawlings/Getty Images Follow me on twitter: @zcarey13 It is finally here! A year after their first losing season in 20 years, the Patriots retooled and reloaded. This team looks very, very different from the last time the Patriots were in the playoffs, but they are hungry. And one thing has stayed consistent. Bill. Belichick. The greatest coach of all time provides stability and a high floor…


Patriots: Week 16 Preview and Prediction-HOLIDAY EDITION

December 26, 2021

Photo via: Jim Rogash/Getty Images Follow me on twitter: @zcarey13 HO HO HO! Happy Holidays to all of the readers here at NEFJ. In the spirit of the Holidays and because my last preview for Patriots vs Bills was for a normal game and not one in a monsoon, I’m gonna switch things up for this preview. You can read my last in depth preview here where I break down…


Patriots: Are the Pats legitimate Super Bowl contenders? Here’s three reasons why the answer is yes and three reasons why the answer is no

December 9, 2021

Okay, so none of us thought the Patriots would be in this position back in August, right? Sure, once Mac beat out Cam for the starting job and it was clear he was going to be the guy moving forward, a lot of people believed he’d have what it takes to help lead this team to something better than the 7-9 finish a year ago. But, no one could have…


Patriots: Win over the Chargers was a statement game for the defense and most importantly, for Bill Belichick

November 1, 2021

PHOTO: Kirby Lee-USA Today The Patriots didn’t just beat the Chargers 27-24 on Sunday, it was a much needed reminder that Bill Belichick is still pretty good at what he does. Sure, New England may have given up 369 yards of total offense to Justin Herbert and Los Angeles, but when it mattered most, it was Adrian Phillips – a free agent Bill brought in from that same Chargers team…


Patriots: No such thing as a must win game in Week 2, but the defense needs to assert dominance

September 17, 2021

So what happens if the Patriots lose to the Jets on Sunday? You’re 0-2 coming home with the Saints and some guy named Tom Brady waiting the next two weeks. New England probably falls to 0-4 and for all intents and purposes the season is over. That’s worst case scenario. However, if the the Patriots do lose on Sunday, the season isn’t over and there’s one reason why. The defense….


Patriots: The addition of Adrian Phillips gives the Patriots another versatile piece on defense

March 21, 2020

After several defections from Foxboro this week including Tom Brady, Patriots fans got a bit of good news on Thursday when the team signed veteran safety Adrian Phillips to a two year deal worth a maximum of $7.5 million dollars. $3 million of it is guaranteed. S Adrian Phillips contract w/ Patriots: Signing bonus: $1.5 million 2020Base: $1.25mRoster: $500k ($31,250k per game)Incentives: $750k 2021Base: $2.25m ($500k g'teed)Roster: $500kIncentives: $750k ANALYSIS:…