CONTENTS

SPORTS

OTHER

MEDIA

IHIGH LINKS

Home » Football News

2013 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PREVIEW

June 17, 2013
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



2013 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS PREVIEW

New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)

 

LAST YEAR: 12-4, FIRST IN AFC EAST, LOST IN AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

 

HEAD COACH: BILL BELICHICK, 14TH YEAR

 

There never seems to be a dull moment for the New England Patriots.  New England decided to make headlines recently by signing QB Tim Tebow.  Bill Belichick apparently has plans for Tebow, otherwise why sign him?  They have Tom Brady and back-up Ryan Mallet and they are a solid one and two at QB.  But remember, OC Josh McDaniel can do many things with the Patriots offense include spread you out, run double and triple tight ends and just about everything in between.  So don’t be too surprised when you see Tebow lined up some place on the field.  New England was #1 in total offense in the NFL in 2012.

 

The Patriots are in a championship slump.  It has been eight seasons since they have won a Super Bowl.  In New England, there are higher expectations for Belichick and Brady, so look for the Patriots to make a strong run for the title in 2013.  When Brady is healthy, the Patriots are one of the best teams in the NFL.  So what’s the problem?  They have been an average team in the playoffs over the last 15 games (8-7).   Perhaps the other playoff teams have been wise to Belichick and the magic he used early in his coaching career at New England.

 

But don’t feel too sorry for Bill and Tom.  They will have plenty of talent again in 2013.  Brady is playing at a very high level even at age 35.  His play has been good enough for the Patriots to sign him to a contract extension.  New England was 4th in the NFL in passing yards per game at 291.4.  TE Rob Gronkowski is still not 100%.  This time he is having back surgery and although the team says he will be ready for the start of the season, one must wonder.  Gronkowski was still recovering from a broken arm that required several surgeries.  The Patriots will have to do without Wes Welker who signed with Denver.  New England signed WR’s Michael Jenkins and Danny Amendola to fill the void.   There are hols to fill in the offensive line.

 

The Patriots have to be better in stopping the pass.  They were 29th in the NFL in pass defense.  The patriots signed SS Adrian Wilson and drafted Logan Ryan (Rutgers) in the third round, and S Duron Harmon (Rutgers) in the third round.  Overall, the Patriots defense has ranked 25th, 31st and 25th in the last three seasons.  Thanks to the offense, the defense has been able to slide a little but this may be the big reason why New England can’t win the big one.  LB Jamie Collins (Southern Mississippi) was taken in the second round to shore things up and DT Tom Kelly was signed as a free agent.  If this defense can make stops, especially in pass defense, look for New England to make a run into the Super Bowl.

New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)

 

2012 SEASON IN REVIEW:

 

TOTAL OFFENSE: 427.9 (1ST)

 

RUN OFFENSE: 136.5 (7TH)

 

PASS OFFENSE: 291.4 (4TH)

 

TOTAL DEFENSE: 373.3 (25TH)

 

RUN DEFENSE: 101.9 (9TH)

 

PASS DEFENSE: (29TH)

 New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)

 

2013 NEW ENGLAND DRAFT:

 

It was a typical NFL draft for the New England Patriots, filled with both applause and puzzlement.

Some picks you loved and some, well, you didn't.

While we won't truly know how good this draft was for a couple seasons, it's never too early to begin analyzing the newest members of the team.

Here's a breakdown of each of the seven newcomers.

Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss (2nd Round, No. 52 Overall)

Strengths: Collins' athletic ability is off the charts--he is truly a physical rarity.

His outstanding combine numbers drastically improved his draft stock after performing at the top of almost every category--a 4.64 second forty-yard dash and 7.10 second cone drill chief among them.

Weaknesses: Having started at safety, linebacker and defensive end in college, Collins is certainly a versatile player. However, he's never had a chance to hunker down and refine his skills for one specific position. Consequently, Collins is a bit raw--but few draftees aren't.

Projection: Bill Belichick recently revealed that Collins would start his work as a linebacker (per Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston). Given his explosive athleticism, it seems that Collins will be used as a situational pass rusher and perhaps as a coverage-type linebacker at first. 

Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall (2nd Round, No. 59 Overall)

Strengths: Dobson is a big-bodied target who has all the makings of a prolific outside receiver. 

He's tall (6'3''), strong, fast (ran a 4.43 per CBSSports) and has exceptionally reliable hands.

Weaknesses: Having played at Marshall University, Dobson's biggest knock is that he didn't consistently play against top-tier competition.

 But pundits said the same thing about other Marshall standouts like Randy Moss and Troy Brown, and we all know what they did in the NFL. 

Projection: Dobson will likely be thrown right into the mix as the starting "X" receiver in 2013. He certainly has the the physical attributes that you look for in an outside receiver, but his success in a Patriots jersey will likely be dictated by whether or not he can quickly understand the offensive system. 

For what it's worth, Belichick seems confident in the young pass catcher's ability to learn, as he recently gushed about Dobson's football intelligence (per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald)

Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers - (3rd Round, No. 83 Overall)

Strengths: Coming from a pro-style defense at Rutgers, Ryan is an aggressive cornerback with good size (5'11'', 190 lbs).

His biggest strength is his outstanding ball skills (17 pass breakups, four interceptions in 13 games in 2012, per ESPN.com ), but he also excels in run support, as he's a very willing tackler.

Weaknesses: While Ryan destroyed the 3-cone drill (6.69 sec), he lacks "elite" top-end speed (4.56 in 40-yard dash).

However, Richard Sherman--arguably the best cornerback in the league--also ran a 4.56, so this isn't a huge concern.

Projection: Ryan provides quality cornerback depth behind the top trio of Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington and will likely see the field a lot in sub-packages as the dime back. 

He also projects as a potential replacement for Aqib Talib, who enters 2013 on just a one-year contract.

Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers - (3rd Round, No. 91 Overall)

Strengths: And the annual Head Scratcher Award goes to...(drum roll, please)...Duron Harmon of Rutgers!

Considered a big reach by many, there is still a lot to like about the former Scarlet Knight.

First off, he has great size (6'1'', 196 lbs), instincts and delivers crushing hits on a regular basis. His durability is of note, also. He played in every game in his final three seasons.

While he may not wow anyone with his athleticism, he seems like a high-character, football-smart guy.

Weaknesses: One possible reason why Harmon wasn't viewed as a third-round pick by many could be that his ball skills seemed to diminish in his senior year as he only had one interception compared to the five he had the season prior.

Projection: The safety position should prove to be one of the most heated position battles come training camp, with Devin McCourty the only guy who looks like a lock at free safety.

 Tavon Wilson, Adrian Wilson, Steve Gregory and now Harmon will all be battling for the starting strong safety gig alongside McCourty. 

May the best safety win!

Josh Boyce, WR, TCU - (4th Round, No. 102 Overall)

Strengths: Boyce is an explosive receiver (ran a 4.38 40-yard dash) with a solid frame (5'11''206 lbs) who brings physicality and crisp route-running to the table.

The former Horned Frog can be used not only in the deep passing game but, given his burst and shiftiness, he could also contribute in the short-to-intermediate passing game as well.

Weaknesses: He's had some issues dropping the ball in critical times, despite having sure hands otherwise.

Projection: Boyce should compete with Dobson for a starting job, but he projects as a 3rd or 4th option in his rookie season.

Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB, Illinois - (7th Round, No. 226 Overall)

Strengths: Bill Belichick was probably ecstatic when he saw Buchanan--who was projected by many as a mid-round pick--slide to the seventh round.

Buchanan has a deadly first step, and has the arm length and athleticism to maneuver around offensive tackles.

Weaknesses: At 6'6'' and only 250 lbs, Buchanan is a bit lean. He needs to add some weight to his long frame before becoming an every-down player.

Projection: The Patriots likely look at Buchanan as a very raw prospect with a tremendous amount of upside. He may be used in a situational role initially, but his rookie year will likely be focused on development rather than playing time. 

Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers - (7th Round, No. 235 Overall)

Strengths: Beauharnais (yes, another guy from Rutgers) is an all-around solid player.

At 6'1", 240 pounds, Beauharnais is a physical linebacker who plays with refined technique and good instincts.

Weaknesses: Beauharnais isn't going to turn any heads. He isn't great at one thing, but he's good at a lot of things. This may have him destined to be a reserve in the NFL. 

Projection: Expect Beauharnais to be thrown into the special-teams mix immediately. He may also give Dane Fletcher a run for his money as the top backup to inside linebacker Brandon Spikes.

 New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)

2013 NEW ENGLAND SCHEDULE

Sept. 8 at Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.
Sept. 12 New York Jets, 8:25 p.m.
Sept. 22 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m.
Sept. 29 at Atlanta Falcons, 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1 p.m.
Oct. 13 New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m.
Oct. 20 at New York Jets, 1 p.m.
Oct. 27 Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Nov. 3 Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25 p.m.
Nov. 10 BYE
Nov. 18 at Carolina Panthers, 8:40 p.m.
Nov. 24 Denver Broncos, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 1 at Houston Texans, 4:25 p.m.
Dec. 8 Cleveland Browns, 1 p.m.
Dec. 15 at Miami Dolphins, 1 p.m.
Dec. 22 at Baltimore Ravens, 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 29 Buffalo Bills, 1 p.m.

 New England Patriots (2000 - Pres)

2013 NEW ENGLAND ROSTER

Active

                       

  

#

  
  

Name

  
  

Pos.

  
  

Ht.

  
  

Wt.

  
  

Age

  
  

Exp.

  
  

College

  

48

Aiken, Danny

LS

6-4

260

24

3

Virginia

16

Aiken, Kamar

WR

6-2

213

24

3

Central Florida

6

Allen, Ryan

P

6-2

215

23

R

Louisiana Tech

80

Amendola, Danny

WR

5-11

188

27

5

Texas Tech

97

Armstead, Armond

DE

6-5

298

22

1

Southern California

25

Arrington, Kyle

CB

5-10

195

26

5

Hofstra

88

Ballard, Jake

TE

6-6

275

25

3

Ohio State

39

Bartholomew, Ben

FB

6-2

252

23

R

Tennessee

45

Beauharnais, Steve

LB

6-2

230

23

R

Rutgers

58

Benard, Marcus

DL

6-2

256

27

4

Jackson State

92

Bequette, Jake

DE

6-5

265

24

2

Arkansas

29

Blount, LeGarrette

RB

6-0

247

26

4

Oregon

38

Bolden, Brandon

RB

5-11

220

23

2

Mississippi

82

Boyce, Josh

WR

5-11

203

22

R

Texas Christian

12

Brady, Tom

QB

6-4

225

35

14

Michigan

99

Buchanan, Michael

DL

6-6

250

22

R

Illinois

61

Cannon, Marcus

OL

6-5

340

25

3

Texas Christian

23

Cole, Marquice

CB

5-10

195

29

5

Northwestern

91

Collins, Jamie

LB

6-3

250

23

R

Southern Mississippi

63

Connolly, Dan

OL

6-4

310

30

8

Southeast Missouri State

96

Cunningham, Jermaine

DE

6-3

255

25

4

Florida

44b

Davis, Kanorris

S

5-10

203

23

R

Troy

37

Dennard, Alfonzo

CB

5-10

200

23

2

Nebraska

46

Develin, James

RB

6-3

251

24

1

Brown

17

Dobson, Aaron

WR

6-3

203

21

R

Marshall

21

Dowling, Ras-I

CB

6-1

210

25

3

Virginia

43

Ebner, Nate

DB

6-0

210

24

2

Ohio State

 

Edds, A.J.

LB

6-4

256

25

4

Iowa

11

Edelman, Julian

WR

5-10

200

27

5

Kent State

86

Fells, Daniel

TE

6-4

265

29

7

California-Davis

69w

Fisher, Elvis

T

6-5

300

24

R

Missouri

52

Fletcher, Dane

LB

6-2

245

26

4

Montana State

49w

Ford, Brandon

TE

6-3

240

23

R

Clemson

98

Forston, Marcus

DL

6-3

305

23

1

Miami

94

Francis, Justin

DL

6-4

270

24

2

Rutgers

3

Gostkowski, Stephen

K

6-1

215

29

8

Memphis

71

Green, Tyronne

OL

6-2

316

27

5

Auburn

28

Gregory, Steve

S

5-11

200

30

8

Syracuse

67b

Grissom, Cory

DL

6-2

316

23

R

South Florida

87

Gronkowski, Rob

TE

6-6

265

24

4

Arizona

30

Harmon, Duron

DB

6-1

200

22

R

Rutgers

13

Harrison, Mark

WR

6-3

235

22

R

Rutgers

72

Haslam, Kevin

T

6-5

304

26

4

Rutgers

83

Hawkins, Lavelle

WR

5-11

194

26

6

California

81

Hernandez, Aaron

TE

6-1

245

23

4

Florida

54

Hightower, Dont'a

LB

6-3

270

23

2

Alabama

47

Hoomanawanui, Michael

TE

6-4

263

24

4

Illinois

10

Jenkins, Michael

WR

6-4

214

30

10

Ohio State

36

Jones, Brandon

CB

6-0

191

23

R

Rutgers

95

Jones, Chandler

DE

6-5

260

23

2

Syracuse

19

Jones, Donald

WR

6-0

208

25

4

Youngstown State

93

Kelly, Tommy

DL

6-6

325

32

10

Mississippi State

67w

Kline, Josh

OL

6-3

310

23

R

Kent State

90

Koutouvides, Niko

LB

6-2

245

32

10

Purdue

15

Mallett, Ryan

QB

6-6

245

25

3

Arkansas

70

Mankins, Logan

G

6-4

310

31

9

Fresno State

74

Mattes, R.J.

OL

6-6

313

23

R

North Carolina State

51

Mayo, Jerod

LB

6-1

250

27

6

Tennessee

32

McCourty, Devin

DB

5-10

195

25

4

Rutgers

64w

McDonald, Chris

OL

6-5

298

23

R

Michigan State

65

McDonald, Nick

OL

6-4

305

25

4

Grand Valley State

14

Mesko, Zoltan

P

6-5

230

27

4

Michigan

35b

Morris, Stephon

CB

5-8

186

22

R

Penn State

50

Ninkovich, Rob

DL

6-2

260

29

8

Purdue

22

Ridley, Stevan

RB

5-11

220

24

3

LSU

59

Rivera, Mike

LB

6-2

255

27

2

Kansas

26

Ryan, Logan

CB

5-11

191

22

R

Rutgers

18

Slater, Matthew

WR

6-0

210

27

6

UCLA

77

Solder, Nate

T

6-8

320

25

3

Colorado

55

Spikes, Brandon

LB

6-2

255

25

4

Florida

60

Stankiewitch, Matt

C

6-4

290

23

R

Penn State

44w

Sudfeld, Zach

TE

6-7

255

24

R

Nevada

74

Svitek, Will

T

6-6

308

31

8

Stanford

31

Talib, Aqib

CB

6-1

205

27

6

Kansas

53b

Tarpinian, Jeff

LB

6-3

240

25

2

Iowa

5

Tebow, Tim

QB

6-3

236

25

4

Florida

85

Thompkins, Kenbrell

WR

6-0

196

24

R

Cincinnati

68

Vega, Jason

DL

6-4

255

26

1

Northeastern

64b

Vellano, Joe

DT

6-2

285

24

R

Maryland

34

Vereen, Shane

RB

5-10

205

24

3

California

76

Vollmer, Sebastian

T

6-8

320

28

5

Houston

33

Washington, Leon

RB

5-8

203

30

8

Florida State

62

Wendell, Ryan

OL

6-2

300

27

5

Fresno State

75

Wilfork, Vince

DL

6-2

325

31

10

Miami (Fla.)

24

Wilson, Adrian

S

6-3

230

33

13

North Carolina State

27

Wilson, Tavon

DB

6-0

210

23

2

Illinois

53w

Zupancic, Mike

LS

6-5

240

23

R

Eastern Michigan

66

Zusevics, Markus

OL

6-5

300

24

2

Iowa


Details 60 Views
Tags INDIANA SPORTS PAGE • Publisher
Rate This Article
Thanks for rating this article!
Share This Article  
Facebook
Google
» Be the first to leave a comment
Comments (0)

Announcements

Partner


Partner