Patriots: Did the Mac Jones Era begin on Wednesday?

August 25, 2021

If you were one of the thousands in attendance at the Patriots and Giants joint practice on what was a sweltering Wednesday morning, make sure you keep the posters they were handing out or anything else you may have taken home from the experience. It may have been a turning point kind of day for the direction of this franchise moving forward. The Pats and Giants had an old-school, tough,…


Patriots: Newton’s absence should end the QB competition, but it probably won’t

August 24, 2021

We got 397 words from coach Belichick on Tuesday morning, that’s it. That’s all the media got from Belichick prior to the morning practice as he was peppered with questions regarding Cam Newton and what his situation means for Mac Jones. Any other coach in the NFL probably tries to defuse the situation with some honesty, but Belichick’s unwillingness to have actual conversations with the media only fuels speculation even…


Patriots: Gilmore saying & doing all the right things, but Pats need him on the field

August 23, 2021

If you’ve seen any of the public practices for the Patriots or watched the first two preseason games, it’s fair to say that the secondary needs Stephon Gilmore back. Now, that’s not to say that they’re completely doomed without him, but if the defense is going to be as elite as we all believe it can be, Gilmore is the final piece to the puzzle. The former Defensive Player of…


Patriots: Running backs continue to impress in second preseason game

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August 19, 2021

For everyone like me who would rather watch a 38-35 game over a 24-21 game, we may be out of luck when watching the Patriots this season. I’m okay with it too if this is what it’s going to look like for the next six months or so. The Patriots offensive line and running backs were completely dominant on Thursday night in a 35-0 preseason win over Philadelphia. Now, in…


Patriots: Patriots cut Troy Fumagalli, ending any hope I had of him making the team

August 18, 2021

Image courtesy of Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images The Patriots released tight end Troy Fumagalli with an injury settlement yesterday ending speculation that he could make the final 53 man roster. Fumagalli got off to a strong start the first two weeks of camp but tailed off after that and was fairly unimpressive in the limited snaps he got last Thursday night against Washington. At 6-6 248, Fumagalli…


Patriots: Previewing joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles

August 16, 2021

The Patriots play the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night in pre-season game number two but before the two teams meet on the game field, they will meet on the practice field for two practices today and tomorrow. Here is what we can expect from the joint practices between the two teams. 1. Individual competition drills: You can expect to see a lot of one on ones both along the offensive…


Patriots: Film review of the Patriots’ first pre-season game

August 13, 2021

Photo by Steven Senne/AP. Follow me on twitter @zcarey13 The Patriots kicked off their 2021 campaign Thursday night against the Washington Football Team. The Patriots came out victorious, winning by a final score of 22-13. I could type up a long piece about the game and what I saw, but Kevin Stone has been doing a fantastic job relentlessly covering the Patriots’ position by position for the preseason. Instead, I…


Patriots: Stone’s sights & sounds from Patriots training camp – Day 12

August 10, 2021

FOXBOROUGH – For the final time before their first preseason game, the Pats were back at practice on a muggy Tuesday afternoon. This one was a bit different as the team was inside Gillette Stadium for the second time in five days, this time for a public practice. Here’s what stood out as the team prepared for the Washington Football Team… -As fans entered the stadium the very first song…


Patriots: Stone’s sights & sounds from Patriots training camp – Day 11

August 9, 2021

FOXBOROUGH – For the first time this camp, the Pats had their second straight day of padded practice. With just one more practice on Tuesday (3:30 inside Gillette, open to the public), the focus is slowly shifting to the first preseason game on Thursday night. Let’s recap what went down on Monday… -For once it was Jalen Mills hitting the field first, it was receivers coach Troy Brown who sprinted…


Patriots: Belichick may have secured the steal of the NFL Draft in Christian Barmore

August 9, 2021

Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Follow me on twitter @zcarey13 The New England Patriots had one of the most opportunistic sequences to start their 2021 NFL Draft that I have seen in a while. In the first round, sitting at pick 15, Mac Jones fell to New England who scooped him up quickly after staying put during Justin Fields‘ slide. Mac had one of the best college…