PHOTO: Tom Brady posts his college resume online


Tom Brady is the all time NFL Draft “Horatio Alger” story. As a sixth round pick, the New England Patriots did not expect much from him.  No one in the entire NFL did.

Considering that the NFL Draft is only seven rounds long, at pick #199 he came very close to going un-drafted in 2000. Had that occurred, the University of Michigan graduate would have faced very long odds to catch on in the NFL as a free agent.

Of course, the history of football wrote a very different story.

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2014 New England Patriots expectations are SKY HIGH!


Expectations for the New England Patriots are of the charts this season, and it’s easy to understand why. Pass defense has been this team’s Achilles heel for so long, but they went out and acquired the shut down corner of all shut down corners this season. With Revis Island in tow, as well as the other upgrades to their secondary and pass rush, expect huge things out of the Patriots.

The NFL punditocracy agrees.

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New England Patriots Season Preview with Michael Irvin


So what does the 2014 season hold for the New England Patriots? Here to break it down is NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin. You pretty much know that the New England Patriots will own the division, but who will be the biggest threat?

It’s fitting that the NFL Network has both Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin as part of their on-air talent roster. Both of these phenomenal athletes helped define what today’s NFL truly is with their physical talents and outsized personalities.

Sanders (exclusive with Neon Deion here) and Irvin established the precedent of what a National Football League superstar must be in today’s mass-marketed, mass media landscape.

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Your New England Patriots 2014 Season Preview


Most teams in any sport would be happy with three consecutive trips to the conference championship that includes one trip to their sport’s finals.

But the New England Patriots aren’t most teams.

Bill Belichick isn’t most coaches, and Tom Brady isn’t most quarterbacks. But neither of these guys are going to be happy with anything less than a Super Bowl win this season.

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ESPN’s Lebron, Manziel, Tebow over-coverage IS TOTALLY justified

Johnny Manziel

We’ve all made jokes about the excessive coverage of Johnny Manziel. And Lebron James. And Tim Tebow.

Specifically, we’ve been critical of ESPN in particular for their over-coverage of these three hugely polarizing figures. Because ESPN is….well, not only is it the most popular network on cable among men 18-34, it’s #1 with a bullet. It’s numbers are so big that the flagship program, SportsCenter, if it stood alone would still be the fifth most popular network all by itself.

So when you’re that big, you’re also a big target. And you and I have repeatedly enjoyed taking aim. But I’m telling you the excessive focus on certain personalities is justified, and warranted. I had a conversation with Stuart Scott and Steve Levy, in which they verified this idea.


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Patriots draft Garoppolo, Ryan Mallett about to be traded to the Texans?


The biggest rumor floating around the NFL Draft was this one: “the New England Patriots are trading Ryan Mallet to the Houston Texans.” This rumor never included any specific stated return for the Patriots, but since the Texans took Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick, it has been widely believed that they would attempt to trade for a starting-level QB.

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Patriots won’t trade Ryan Mallett, Texans may go Garoppolo instead


Fox Sports Mike Garafolo says the Houston Texans still have avenues to acquire a quarterback today and could resume trade talks with the New England Patriots about back-up Ryan Mallett.

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Patriots draft Easley; what he does he bring to New England’s table?

Dominique Easley

The Dominique Easley era has officially begun in Foxboro after Thursday night’s NFL Draft first round saw the Patriots draft Easley, a 6’2″, 288 pound defensive lineman, with the 29th overall pick.

Injuries to Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly decimated the Patriots’ interior line last season, and Easley is expected to step right in and play- especially with Wilfork coming back from Achilles surgery.

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New England Patriots draft preview 2014- day two


If you think it’s difficult trying to figure out what Bill Belichick is going to do in the first round of an NFL Draft, the real fun in any Patriots draft doesn’t start until the second and third rounds get going.

Belichick loves to trade down and acquire additional picks to use on day two of the draft, hoping he can find some first-round talents who may have fallen for one reason or another. Since 2007, only once has a Patriots draft not included multiple picks in at least one of the second or third round. (And that was the 2012 draft, when the Pats traded up to take Chandler Jones and Dont’a Hightower in the first round).

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New England Patriots draft preview 2014- day one


“Who will the New England Patriots draft in the first round”?

A person is more likely to pick all six lottery numbers than to answer that question accurately. The only thing that is consistently predictable is that whoever the Patriots draft, most fans and experts will not have seen it coming.

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NFL playoffs seedings, schedule, tv info and kickoff times


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced minutes ago the NFL playoffs schedule of sites, dates and times for the Wild Card and Divisional Playoffs on January 11-12 (all times Eastern. Nope, this site is a Midwest thing! All NFL playoffs kick times are CENTRAL

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Former New England Patriots on the Pats policy of player expendability


If there was a song that New England Patriots management could sing to it’s players it’s…..

“I could have another you in a minute. Matter fact he’ll be here in a minute, baby.  You must not know ’bout me. You must not know ’bout me. I can have another you by tomorrow. So don’t you ever for a second get to thinking you’re irreplaceable.”

Wes Welker knows that, and he’s the main reason this was the NFL talking heads topic du jour, as his Denver Broncos would later take on the New England Patriots in the Sunday night prime time game which was an instant classic; with a finish you had to see to be believed.

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