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Three Plays That Defined Chiefs Loss To Bills - September 12, 2011 by indyfootballreport

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Patriots vs. Jaguars: Three Roster Battles to Watch - August 11, 2011 by indyfootballreport

After a strong 2010 season as a starter, Kyle Arrington looks to receive ample playing time as the team's "star" cornerback in 2011.

During tonight’s New England Patriots preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, I will be focused on the team performance of the first team offense, and the first team’s defense. The starters are expected to play about one quarter. Beyond that, I will be paying particular attention to the individual performances of players at positions that have roster battles.  Here are three battles I will be paying particular attention to:

Speed Rusher: Mark Anderson vs. Andre Carter vs. Eric Moore vs. Rookies

Since the Patriots picked up both Mark Anderson and Andre Carter, I’ve said that I think only two of the three will make the Patriots final roster.  Eric Moore isn’t exactly a speed rusher, but with his performance at the end of last year, the Patriots are certainly expecting something from him.  The real battle will come down to Mark Anderson and Andre Carter.  However, I will also be paying attention to the rookies, both the undrafted free agents and sixth round pick Markell Carter.  The Patriots picked up Christian Cox, Clay Nurse, Alex Silvestro, and Aaron Lavarias; perhaps one of those guys can stand out.

4th Receiver: Taylor Price vs. Brandon Tate vs. Julian Edelman

Brandon Tate is unlikely to play in tonight’s game.  Nonetheless, 2nd year receiver Taylor Price, who has impressed thus far in camp, is likely going to get his chance to prove himself.  The Patriots could very well keep all three of these players.  However, there’s also a chance they only two.  Julian Edelman is likely a lock for the roster, but a good performance from Price could help him secure a roster spot.  Of course, they will also be looking to prove that they can be counted upon for the regular season.

Nickel or “Star” Cornerback: Kyle Arrington vs. Darius Butler vs. Jonathan Wilhite

Because of the logjam the Patriots have at other positions, the Patriots will be challenged to keep all three of the above cornerbacks.  Kyle Arrington started most of last season when Leigh Bodden went down, and performed fairly well.  Darius Butler struggled early on, losing his starting spot, but improved down the stretch.  Jonathan Wilhite was the team’s primary nickel back in 2010 before going down for the season.  The battle for the fifth defensive backs figures to be an intense one, and all three of these guys will not only be playing for playing time, but for their roster lives.

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2011 NFL Draft: Day Three Open Thread - June 30, 2011 by indyfootballreport

Day Three of the NFL Draft!  Patriots Hold:

Round 5, Pick 138

Round 5, Pick 159

Round 6, Pick 193

Round 7, Pick 219



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The Philadelphia Eagles helped out all three phases of the team last April - June 14, 2011 by indyfootballreport

The Eagles helped all three phases of the game last April.  It all started with G/T Danny Watkins who will likely step right into the starting lineup likely on the interior of the offense.  Safety Jaiquawn Jarrett (2nd round), CB Curtis Marsh (3rd round) and MLB Casey Matthews (4th round) each could be starters early on in their career with the Eagles.  Kicker Alex Henery was picked in the 4th round of the NFL Draft and he will bump David Akers out of a starting job.  RB Dion Lewis might be small but he has the heart to get it down.  G Julian Vandervelde and C Jason Kelce give the Eagles some reinforcements along the O-Line.

PROJECTED GRADE:  B

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2011 NFL Draft: Day Three Open Thread #2 - June 2, 2011 by indyfootballreport

So far, in day three, the Patriots have selected just one player: TCU guard/tackle Marcus Cannon.

Currently, Washington is on the clock at 155, and the Patriots are up in four picks at 159.  Their remaining two picks are in the sixth round (193rd overall) and in the seventh round (219th overall).  Hopefully, the team can pick up a few more solid developmental prospects.



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Looking at Potential NFL Draft Day Three Patriots Prospects - December 2, 2010 by indyfootballreport

With the third and final day of the 2011 NFL Draft set to kick off in just over an hour, I thought now would be an excellent time to look at a few prospects who the Patriots could target in day three of the NFL Draft.

  • Don’t expect the Patriots to look at any more quarterbacks or running backs, although with the way this draft has been unfolding, you never know.
  • I could definitely see the Patriots targeting a receiver in the later rounds.  A couple of the bigger names are still available in Indiana’s big target Tandon Doss, Hawaii’s underrated Greg Salas, Nebraska’s Niles Paul and Abilene Christian’s explosive athlete Edmund Gates.  But there are also some interesting under the radar players available. Chris Matthews is an underrated, big and physical receiving from Kentucky who I like in the fifth or sixth round.  Cecil Shorts III (Mount Union) is a small school prospect who is a Taylor Price clone.  LSU’s Terrance Tolliver is another big target who I like.  Some other options include Hillsdale’s Andre Holmes and TCU’s Jeremy Kerley.  As you can see, there are a lot of big targets still available, and I would really like to see the Patriots go after one of these targets with one of their four draft picks today.
  • If the Patriots wished, they could draft a third tight end of the future.  Luke Stocker, Virgil Green, Josh Baker, Julius Thomas, Kyle Adams, and Zack Pianalto are all still around.
  • Along the interior offensive line, there are still some options available.  Brandon Fusco, the center from Slippery Rock is a player who I really like.  Marcus Cannon, who was recently diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is another option at tackle/guard.  Tim Barnes of Missouri remains on the board.  Utah’s Zane Taylor is another guy I really like as a developmental guard.  Arkansas tackle DeMarcus Love is projected to go in the fifth or sixth round and could slide over to guard.  USC’s Kris O’Dowd is another top center/guard prospect still on the board.  But the number one player who I think the Patriots should target would be Georgia’s Clint Boling.  He is extremely versatile, although I doubt he would be available at pick 138.  There are still options on the interior line, and I would expect the Patriots to use a pick or two in that area day three.
  • On the defensive line, there are far fewer options that look like a fit.  Arizona’s Lawrence Guy and UCLA’s David Carter are two players that look like they could be potential fits at right end. Alabama’s Frank Kearse and Northwestern’s Corbin Bryant are potential sixth or seventh round options at defensive end.  I also like Christian Ballard, but I’m not sure if he’s a fit at defensive end.
  • At outside linebacker, there are actually some good prospects still available.  Texas’ Sam Acho would be the top option.  Although he is short for the position, he was widely regarded as a potential 2nd round pick yet somehow still remains on the board.  Pittsburgh’s Greg Romeus has all of the tools the Patriots look for in their 3-4 outside linebackers, but he’s fallen due to an injury filled senior season.  Fresno State’s Chris Carter is shorter like Acho, but also like Acho, would be a steal at any point in day three.  In addition, Oklahoma’s Jeremy Beal is still on the board (as expected).  While I didn’t like him as a day one or two pick because he wasn’t particularly special as a pass rusher, he represents terrific value day three.  There are also plenty of other options in the later rounds, and I would mind seeing the Patriots pick up a small school option at the position.
  • I could also see the Patriots picking up an inside linebacker for special teams purposes.  Casey Matthews is an instinctive player and high character player who could fill this role.  Doug Hogue is athletic, versatile, underrated and would be an excellent back-up linebacker and special teams player.  Other names on the board include Quan Sturdivant, Greg Jones, Mark Herzlich, Adrian Moten, Colin McCarthy, and Chris White.
  • I don’t see the Patriots taking another cornerback, but I would like to see the Patriots add a body at safety.  One of my favorite players in the draft, Florida’s Ahmad Black, is still on the board and could be available in the fifth round.  Most of the other top prospects are off the board, although the likes of DeAndre McDaniel of Clemson and Shiloh Keo are still around.  There are also some other late draftable prospects available, including Desia Dunn, Collin Zych, Justin Taplin-Ross, and Mark LeGree.

Overall, I would just like to see the Patriots add a couple of players along the front seven that the team could develop.  I also would like to see the team pick up a bigger wide receiver as well as an interior lineman.  Safety could also be an option.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have three areas they will be keying on this weekend - November 12, 2010 by indyfootballreport

The Eagles need to beef up the offensive  line, defensive line and the secondary in this weekend’s NFL Draft.  With that in mind here are the players I had the Eagles picking in my mock draft:

1st round (#23 overall) – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

2nd round (#54 overall) – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (FL)

3rd round (#85 overall) – Stephen Schilling, OG, Michigan

4th round (#104 overall) – Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson

5th round (#149 overall) – Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech

5th round (#153 overall) – Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo

7th round (#227 overall) – D.J. Smith, OLB, Appalachian State

7th round (#237 overall) – Jamie Harper, RB, Clemson

7th round (#240 overall) – K.J. Black, QB, Prarie View A&M

The Eagles would be excited if they got these players.  I see three players likely being starters in Carimi, Harris and Schilling in 2011.

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2011 NFL Draft: Notes From Bill Belichick’s Day Three Press Conference - October 12, 2010 by indyfootballreport

Marcus Cannon, OG/OT, TCU:

Cannon presented good value. He was a highly rated player and the felt comfortable taking him in the 5th round. Belichick does not know the time frame surrounding Cannon, but he’s comfortable with what he presents. Hasn’t decided whether Cannon is a guard or tackle. Team doctors told Belichick their thoughts on Cannon and he felt he was worth the risk. Every player’s injury is different and everyone heals differently. Unique situation because the Patriots won’t be able to contact Cannon. Belichick has a discount value on players with injuries or concerns (Mallett, Cannon) and Cannon was worth the value.

Lee Smith, TE, Marshall:

Outstanding blocker. Belichick knew his father while at Cleveland.

Markell Carter, OLB, Central Arkansas:

Carter had success while in college.

Malcolm Williams, CB, TCU:

Fast, physical player who will be useful in the kicking game. There was enough tape on Williams to evaluate him.

Rookie Free Agents:

Cannot sign rookie FAs and they aren’t allowed to speak to them.

Current OLBs in the roster:

More comfortable with the current OLBs than others might think. Eric Moore has had a productive career and showed a lot of promise, joining the team at the end of the season and immediately contributing. He has things going for him. Wants to give players like Moore (also mentions Woodhead) a full off-season with the team to show their skill sets.

On OLBs and DEs in the draft:

The draft fell in a way that shifted the Patriots away from certain players. There were early runs on OLBs and DEs that forced OLBs with less value up the draft board. Belichick does not overdraft a player and thought their value was not worth the pick and didn’t trade up to beat the inflation. (my thoughts: Implied that he did not have a first round grade on Muhammad Wilkerson and Cameron Heyward). There were some players he had his eyes on, but the players were unavailable because the teams were unwilling to trade. (my thoughts: Aldon Smith). The draft fell so that players were drafted higher than they were valued. In response, the Patriots drafted players who dropped because less valued players were rising up the board.

On drafting 6/9 players on the offensive side of the ball:

Belichick didn’t enter the draft planning on addressing one side of the ball- he never does. It’s just how the board fell with early runs on defensive players. Have to accept how the board falls into place and make lemonade out of the lemons (my words).

On trading with the Eagles from 193 to 194 with no compensation:

Belichick thought it was for the best of the team. I believe it’s so they can pay less for a player.

NOTE: The Patriots have NOT traded with the Eagles every year since ’00. It’s a false statement. They’ve made four trades. FOUR.

On the type of players they draft:

Belichick doesn’t enter the draft looking to draft a certain quantity of captains, but the Patriots value leadership and the qualities that are associated with leadership. Captains are usually hard workers and the Patriots value work. They want good football players. Can’t predict which players will contribute, but they will all have a fair chance.



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