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Monday, May 7, 2012

Nate Ebner: will work his ass off and make this team

By: Greg

When Nate Ebner was selected in the 6th round, I was again scratching my head. Never heard of the guy. Did research on the guy and he played only two downs on defense but was a Rugby star instead. What was Billy doing?  Well with a tip from our old friend Mike Vrabel, Belicheck knew what he was getting with drafting Ebner. Pure Heart.

Take a look at this feature on Nate Ebner:

Thank You Matt Light

Matt Light, a 3-time Super Bowl Champion and Zero Liability, hangs up his cleats today. Thank you for your service Mr. Light.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wes Welker on Tom Brady's Bathroom and Larry Izzo "Going For Two" on the Sidelines



When Dan LeBatard asked Wes Welker if Larry Izzo dropped a bomb on the Patriots' sideline, Welker answered: "That's 100% true. And Larry would be so mad at me if I said that this did not happen, because he takes ultimate pride in this whole deal. Of all the special teams tackles and Pro Bowls he’s made, I guarantee you that game ball is probably a more prized item for him than his Super Bowl rings."

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

We May Have Killed Junior Seau


By Rocky,

We were young and foolish.

We celebrated huge hits, we secretly applauded when an opponent splayed vanquished and injured (and then clapped when he peeled himself off the turf), and we revered tough guys—even exalted those even bleeding from their heads.

We grew our athletes like the Russians manipulated theirs during the Cold War Olympics(es?), actually our boys were more like race horses, our football players’ bodies became bigger and bigger while their legs got faster and faster—far past the point of  becoming too big and too fast. But instead of them running in the same direction like thoroughbreds we sent our guys careening into each other without care to their most vital organ.

Junior Seau, a Patriot, died today. He was chiseled out of a Starting Lineup Figure. He was impossibly quick, powerful and, (at least "football) smart("). He played 20 years in the League amassing 12 trips to Honolulu, 1,849 tackles and tens of thousands of collisions. In no way was he a junior anything except in name. 

He only lived 43 years.

Of post time it appears that Seau committed suicide. While the cops investigate who shot him in the chest, we are speculating that too many hits to the helmet rendered a physical specimen of a man deranged enough to end his own life in its early 40s. And if he did shoot himself in the chest did he do so in the fashion of Dave Duerson, the Chicago Bear who killed himself thusly to leave his head intact for scientists to study the effect of Riddell on Riddell collision? The curious case of death by chest blow could very well turn out to be a murder but even if it were by Seau’s own hand, we forced it. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Alfonzo Dennard Highlights

By Greg

Alfonzo Dennard Highlights







Jeremy Ebert Highlights

By Greg
Jeremy Ebert Highlights





Patriots select Jeremy Ebert WR Northwestern

By: Greg

With their last pick in the draft the Patriots get Jeremy Ebert WR Northwestern for their only offensive pick during the draft.  Ebert is another guy tht rated very high at the WR position by draft experts. He had 173 career receptions for Northwestern and ran a 4.3 during his draft day.  Ebert has speed but will have to beat out some good competition to get a shot on this team, look for him to be on the practice squad.

He is a high character guy who played alot of slot receiver in college. He can get open and work the middle of the field as he is an excellent route runner. He stole the show at his pro day, running great 40, shuttle and cone drills.

Last season Ebert has 75 catches and 1060 yards with 11 tuddies for a team that likes to throw the ball around. Against Rice he had 208 yards and vs. Iowa he pulled in 13 catches.




NFL Draft Scout:
03/20/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: Jeremy Ebert, WR, Northwestern: For a player with 173 career receptions in college, Ebert is far from a household name and hasn't received much attention in the pre-draft process. But after an impressive on-campus workout during Northwestern's pro day, perhaps that will change. Ebert, who didn't receive an invitation to the NFL Combine, ran his 40-yard dashes in the high 4.3's and low 4.4's, showing better-than-expected speed for the 20 teams in attendance. He also impressed with his numbers in the other drills, including the vertical jump (33 inches), broad jump (9'4) and short shuttle (4.15). Also, Ebert's time of 6.70 in the 3-cone drill would have ranked him third among all receivers at the Combine. He is a reliable possession receiver with soft hands and very good focus to make challenging catches. Ebert tracks the ball well and shows savvy and toughness on the field that shows up on tape. He is still widely viewed as a late round player or priority free agent, but he is moving up draft boards for most teams. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

Patriots select Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

By: Greg
The Patriots select Alfonzo Dennard, CB Nebraska in the seventh round.  Dennard was projected as a 2nd or 3rd round pick but slipped to the seventh round because of character issues. Some had Dennard even projected in mocks as a late first round pick, so the Patriots are getting a real talent here in the seventh. What I am going to do is pretend the Pats took him in the second and Tavon Wilson in the seventh.

Dennard was named Big 10 corner back of the year last season and all conference two years in a row. For his career he had 21 pass break ups and 4 interceptions. A very physical corner who also can play safety.  He was ranked as a top 15 corner back in the draft by most draft experts, real nice value by Billy here.



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Strengths:
• Good bulk with thick, sturdy build and big hands
• Excellent instincts, awareness and football IQ
• Physical and aggressive with very good strength
• Gets a good jam at the line with a violent punch
• Confident w/ short memory and plays with edge
• Tough, throws body around, plays through pain
• Offers versatility (Boundary / Slot; Man / Zone)
• Is competitive, hard working and a team leader
• A lot of experience against quality competition

Weaknesses:
• Lacks ideal height and arm length you look for
• Average speed / burst; more quick than fast
• Stiff hips and does not transition smoothly
• Struggles mightily to turn and run vertically
• Gets too caught up trying to bully opponents
• Surprisingly not a particularly reliable tackler
• Poor hands / ball skills and not a playmaker
• Battled injuries and durability is a concern

Injury History:
• Missed one game with a minor toe injury in 2009
• Hampered by nagging shoulder ailment in 2009
• Missed some game action with concussion in 2010
• Missed three games w/ pulled leg muscle in 2011
• Left the Senior Bowl mid-week with a hip flexor
• Limited at Scouting Combine due to a pec strain

Notes:
Was a three-year starter for the Cornhuskers --- 2nd Team All-Big 12 in 2010 and 1st Team All-Big Ten in 2011 --- Named Tatum-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in 2011 --- Overshadowed by former teammate Prince Amukamara for most of college career but isn't as physically talented --- At best when getting hands on receivers and facing the action --- Also being looked at as a potential safety --- Best fit at next level may come as a nickel in a zone scheme --- Enjoyed a great career for the Blackshirts but has some physical limitations and will probably need to land in just the right situation to be successful at the next level --- Overrated and isn't going to offer very much upside.


NFL Player Comparison:Tarell Brown





Career Statistics
YearGPTKLPBUINTYDS
2008125000
20091331800
201013307482
20111031600
Totals489721482

Friday, April 27, 2012

Jake Bequette Highlight Video

By: Greg

Jake Bequette Highlight Video





The Patriots select Jake Bequette DE Arkansas

By: Greg

In the third round the Patriots address thier pass rush need once again and select Jake Bequette DE out of Arkansas.

Bequette is the all time sack leader at Arkansas. He was a four year starter for the Razorbacks.  He had 10 sacks last season which lead the SEC and many more pass hurries. Jake had 23.5 sacks and 31 tackles for a loss for his career at Arkansas.
Jake is a verstile player who can play OLB or Defensive end. He is extremely athletic and has a great motor. For the Razorbacks he was the team leader and best player up front.


CBS Sports
A four-year starter, Bequette (beck-ETT) was a three-star defensive end/tight end recruit out of high school, choosing hometown Arkansas over Kansas State. After redshirting in 2007, he saw immediate action in 2008 as a redshirt freshman (11 starts), recording 27 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one pass breakup. Bequette played in all 13 games in 2009 as a sophomore (8 starts), finishing with 39 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two pass break-ups and two forced fumble. He started all 13 games in 2010 as a junior, recording 32 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, 3 pass break-ups and 1 forced fumble, earning Second Team All-SEC honors. Bequette battled a hamstring injury in 2011 as
a senior, but still had his most productive season (10 starts), finishing with 28 tackles, a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss, an SEC-best 10.0 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 1 pass break-up, earning First Team All-SEC honors. Bequette, who is the fourth member of his family to play football at Arkansas, had a productive collegiate career and looked most comfortable lining up at the 9-technique defensive end position where he could isolate blockers in space with a running start. He looks like a fish out of water at times when dropping in space at linebacker, but loves the game of football and has the overachieving mentality that he can do anything. Bequette is a stiff, upright runner with one-speed and limited explosive qualities, but is tough to stop when he is playing at full-go with intensity -- mid-round pick with borderline pro starting traits who won't wow athletically, but fights through the whistle and gets the most out of his ability.

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Strengths:
• Gets very good leverage
• Top notch motor
• Can play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB
• Great upper-body strength
• Has improved each season of play

Weaknesses:
• Not overly athletic
• Doesn't have experience in space
• Lacks lateral movement ability
• Can be caught off balance
• Technique needs improved