Patriots: Zappe throws for over 300 yards in second career start as Pats hammer the Browns

October 16, 2022

Image courtesy of David Richard/AP Sunday was a tough afternoon for those that heavily critiqued Bill Belichick’s 2022 draft. Rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe thew for over 300 and two touchdowns in his second career start, while draft classmate Tyquan Thornton scored his first two career touchdowns – one receiving one rushing – and the Patriots cruised to a 38-15 win over the Browns. The defense also held the highly hyped…

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Patriots: Jonnu Smith restructure a sign Belichick believes in this year’s team

September 3, 2022

The Patriots and tight end Jonnu Smith agreed to a contract restructure this week that will create $5.3 million in cap space for the team. The Patriots now have $8.9 million in cap space, the ninth most cap space in the NFL according to @patscap. The restructure does however add $2.65 million per season over the next two years to Smith’s contract. My new Patriots salary cap space number after…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 12 of training camp

August 15, 2022

With Carolina set to visit Tuesday and Wednesday for joint practices before a preseason game Friday night, the Pats weren’t in pads on Monday, but still got some things accomplished. Jumping right into the next installment of sights, sounds and thoughts… -I believe Brendan Schooler was first out today, not Terrance Mitchell. However, Coach Belichick and the assistant coaches were talking as players made their way out, so there’s a…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 8 of training camp

August 4, 2022

Jumping right into it today… -Eight practices, eight straight days being the first one out for Terrance Mitchell. Today may have been the longest period of time in-between Mitchell’s arrival and the next guy out, which was Jalen Mills followed by Malcolm Butler. -Practice got going a bit late today, but for a good reason. It was rookie “slip & slide day” with Matthew Slater manning the hose. A staff…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 3 of training camp

July 29, 2022

If the first and second day of training camp for the Patriots was clearly 1-1 between the defense and offense, then Day 3 was more of a tossup. There was some good and bad from both units as things continue to progress towards the first padded practice on Monday. The Pats have one more practice this week on Saturday morning (9:30, open to the public) before the first day off…

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Patriots: 10 players I am watching in training camp

July 27, 2022

Training camp has officially kicked off and I am watching these ten players this summer. 1. Mac Jones: Jones development is the key to success for the Patriots. If he takes the next step and gets better, the Patriots will be better. Regardless of who is calling the offense, Training camp and the pre-season will go a long way in telling us where Jones is in his development. Bill Belichick…

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Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from the first day of mandatory mini-camp

June 7, 2022

There was a slight first day of school vibe on the lower practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Mandatory mini-camp began and aside from a few excused absences, just about everyone was in the house for the first of three straight practice days. There was definitely a bit more tempo to the near two-hour session compared to the optional OTA’s and we even got a small skirmish at…

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Patriots: Patriots need a 2022 rebound from Jonnu Smith

March 29, 2022

(AP Photo/Steven Senne) The Patriots have been mostly quiet during this offseason after making several big splashes to begin free agency last year. One of the theories behind this is that several players signed last year will make a second year “jump” and become larger contributors than they were in 2021. The player who most badly needs to make that jump is tight end Jonnu Smith and if he can,…

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Patriots: Week 9 preview and prediction

November 7, 2021

Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images Follow me on twitter @zcarey13 Patriots @ Panthers: November 7th, 2021. 1:00 PM Line: Patriots -3.5 The New England Patriots face off against the Carolina Panthers at 1 o’clock on Sunday in Charlotte. The Patriots are coming off a great win against the Los Angeles Chargers who looked like a contender before going on their current losing skid. The New England defense looked great and the…

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Patriots Preview: New and Improved Patriots look to reestablish order in the AFC

September 12, 2021

Patriots fans suffered through the departure of Tom Brady last off season and then sat through a miserable 7-9 season in 2020. As a result, Bill Belichick loosened the purse strings this past off-season and decided to spend money. Boy did he ever. To the tune of $160 million dollars in contracts. The Patriots signed several high profile free agents on the market most notably tight ends Hunter Henry and…

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