Checking in on the New England Patriots

By Guest Author Jay Flannelly // @jflannez19

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter

With an intro by Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

The NFL Champions.  A Dynasty.  We all know how their season ended, but I wondered how their offseason was going. 

To do that, I asked my good friend, fellow Wolverine Fan, and co-founder of Beav’s World, Jay Flannelly, about what he liked and what he didn’t like about the Patriots offseason.  

He was even gracious enough to type up his thoughts into article format.

The New England Patriots won their Sixth Super Bowl since 2001 and entered the offseason with some major free agents on both sides of the ball while having the most picks in the NFL draft. The front office and coaching staff added some solid vets and rookies with upside at key spots. Let’s look at the good and bad as the Pats start training camp this week.
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The Patriots as underdogs?

Sonja Greenfield, OTFB Writer

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Admit it, you just rolled your eyes when you read that. It’s OK. I sort of did that as well, when I first heard about it.

I’ve often said, until someone can beat them, the road to the Super Bowl will have to go through New England at some point. But this year seemed a little different for the Patriots. After back to back loses early in the season to the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Detroit Lions, you have to admit, people outside of New England started to get a little excited at the thought of witnessing the Patriots’ descent back to Earth.

Then after the stunning loss to the Miami Dolphins and then the Pittsburgh Steelers, the noise was getting louder.  I mean, they weren’t even favored to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the championship game. And while it could have been more for the sake of betting, they still weren’t favored and that’s not something we are used to.

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Patriots hand Chiefs their first loss

Traci McCartney, New England Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

Patriots 43 – Chiefs 40

I had a hard time watching the Patriots’ game on Sunday night. There were several reasons (Cris Collinsworth drives me nuts, for one), but I was on the edge of my seat and my blood was pumping. 

I was trying to go back and forth between the Red Sox vs. Houston in ALCS game 2, and the Patriots/Chiefs game.

I can honestly say that no matter how exciting a close game is, I’m getting too old for it!   I thought I was going to have a heart attack.

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Patriots make Dolphins feel unwelcome at Gillette Stadium

Traci McCartney New England Patriots Reporter

By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

New England Patriots 38 – Miami Dolphins 7

The Patriots looked like themselves again on Sunday. They beat the Miami Dolphins 38-7, and Miami’s seven points came in the 4th quarter.  It was almost like they were having an identity crisis earlier on.

Maybe it was like trying to live with a whole bunch of new roommates where you’re still trying to find out who everyone is and how they’re going to contribute to this new household.

Whatever it was, as the Patriots so often do, they rectified it in their game against the Dolphins, who, albeit only three games in, were at the top of the AFC East, undefeated. But Gillette has a strange mystery to it, especially for the Dolphins.

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Three Rookies to Watch at Patriots Camp

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Every year, training camp proves decisive for a handful of players. It’s where jobs are won and lost. It’s where careers start and stop.

With Julian Edelman suspended for four games and both the secondary and backfield in flux, Pats camp is shaping up to be crucial for a few newcomers to Foxborough.

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