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…


Patriots: Sights, sounds & thoughts from Day 6 of training camp

August 2, 2022

Day two of padded practices was another good one for the defense, a struggle for the running game and while there were some more flashy catches from a few receivers, an inconsistent day for the offense yet again. -Terrance Mitchell made it six-for-six as the first guy out for practice. -Lonnie Paxton was on hand in the family/VIP area. He might be the only field goal/long snapper in NFL history…


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: In need of a “get right” game, Pats throttle Jags by 40 & clinch playoff spot

January 2, 2022

FOXBOROUGH – Back in 2018, the Patriots blew out the Jets on December 30th and everyone sort of dismissed it. Later on after the Super Bowl run, players admitted just how important that type of “get right” game was. So, when the hapless Jaguars visited Gillette Stadium Sunday afternoon for what could possibly be the last Patriots home game of the year, another day like that one in 2018 was…


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: 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…