Patriots use transition tag on Dugger; Onwenu most likely a free agent

March 5, 2024

Image courtesy of New England Patriots The first major move in the Jerod Mayo/Eliot Wolf era has been made. With the NFL franchise tag deadline at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler first reported the Patriots used the ‘transition tag’ on safety Kyle Dugger at about 2:15. With the transition tag, Dugger is guaranteed to make at least $13.8 million in 2024, but the Patriots have the right to match…


The Patriots have made Kyle Dugger an offer

March 1, 2024

  According to sources, the Patriots have made free agent safety Kyle Dugger an offer. Earlier this week, Patriots Director of Scouting Eliot Wolf expressed an interest in retaining both Dugger and free agent offensive tackle Michael Onwenu. It appears the Patriots have taken the first step to trying to make that happen.  The Patriots drafted Dugger in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Lenoir-Rhyne University….


Patriots stand pat at the trade deadline

October 31, 2023

The NFL Trade Deadline has come and gone and the Patriots did not make a trade for the third straight year.  The Patriots have several unrestricted free agents that could have moved but are staying. Safety Kyle Dugger, guard/tackle Mike Onwenu, EDGE, Josh Uche, running back Ezekiel Elliott, offensive tackle Trent Brown, safety Jalen Mills and tight ends Mike Gesicki and Hunter Henry are on expiring contracts but none of…


Patriots Training Camp Preview: Defensive Backs

July 20, 2023

We kick off our positional camp previews with the defensive backs. Defensive back has been a strength for the Patriots during Bill Belichick’s 23 year tenure and this season should be no different. Losing Devin McCourty hurts on and off the field. The 13 year veteran was one of the best free safeties in the NFL and was a three time Super Bowl winner. His playmaking ability and leadership will…


Ranking the Patriots 15 Best Players ahead of the 2023 Season

July 12, 2023

The Patriots kick off training camp on July 26th. Before rookies report next week, I will rank the Patriots fifteen best players in the order heading into this season. The list is 1. Matthew Judon, EDGE: Judon is not only the heart and soul of the defense, he is the heart and soul of the team. Signed as a free agent in 2021, Judon has been worth every penny of his…


Patriots: Defense & just enough offense help Pats keep playoff hopes alive

January 1, 2023

Image courtesy of ESPN FOXBOROUGH – Pats and Dolphins, playoff berth on the line in unseasonably warm weather. It truly didn’t get much better than the scene at Gillette Stadium to open 2023 on New Year’s Day Sunday afternoon. Thanks to a huge play from Kyle Dugger and just enough offensive output, the Pats opened the New Year by keeping playoff hopes alive with a 23-21 win over Miami. Now…


Patriots: Raiders stun Pats with bizarre finish

December 18, 2022

Image courtesy of Getty Images The Miracle in Sin City has quickly replaced the Miracle in Miami. Either way, it’s not good for the Patriots. A 30-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday can only be described as unbelievable. With the game tied at 24-24 and 32 seconds on the clock after Vegas had just driven the length of the field for a controversial game-tying touchdown pass from Derek…


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…


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: Now in his third season, Dugger set up for a big year

August 3, 2022

Since being drafted in 2020, it’s clear that the guy Bill Belichick drafted from little-known Lenoir-Rhyne has become one of his best picks during a shaky few years of drafting. Kyle Dugger is entering his third season and with guys like Devin McCourty and Adrian Phillips on the back nine of their careers, Dugger is slowly moving into that “next guy” role in the back of the secondary. There are…