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One of the backbones of the Bill Belichick era has been relying on draft choices for success. The Patriots entered the off season needing help along the defensive line. They drafted Dominique Easley from Florida in the first round. They also needed some depth along the offensive line so they drafted a pair of lineman in the fourth round, Bryan Stork from Florida State and Cameron Fleming from Stanford. They also added Jon Halapio from Florida, an offensive guard, in the 6th round. Jeremy Gallon, a wide receiver from Michigan they selected in round seven, could be another slot receiver for Brady that he has come to rely on throughout the course of his career. Then there is the fact that Tom Brady is an aging legend who is old, and getting older. Ryan Mallett is probably not the long term solution although he should get a chance somewhere to be someone’s starter. The Patriots drafted an interesting project in the second round, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois. His stock flew up towards the end of the season and continued to soar throughout the combine, workouts, and his pro day.
Boston Patriots Became New England Patriots After Eleven Seasons
The Patriots were founded in 1960 as the Boston Patriots. The Boston Patriots called four different stadiums home. From 1960 to 1962 they played at Nickerson Field. From 1963 to 1968 they played at Fenway Park. In 1969 they played in Alumni Stadium. In 1970 they played in Harvard Stadium. In 1971 they changed their name to the New England Patriots and moved into Foxboro Stadium, which was their home until 2001. In 2002 they moved into Gillette Stadium, which is their home to this day.
The New England Patriots are the most successful NFL franchise of the last 18 years, and they had another spectacular season in 2017. After finishing the regular season 13-3 with home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs yet again, the Patriots rolled into another Super Bowl. Their opponent this time was the formidable the Philadelphia Eagles. Most expected the Patriots to smoothly win this game, and add yet another Lombardi Trophy to their case. That didn’t happen, as Nick Foles played on the of the best games of his life, and New England lost 33-41.
The Patriots usually have one of the NFL’s busiest offseasons, and this one was no different. On the same day, March 15th, the made two different trades with the Browns to acquire defensive tackle Danny Shelton and cornerback Jason McCourty. A couple of weeks later they traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Rams, and during the draft, they acquired offensive lineman Trent Brown from the 49ers. They released linebacker Shea McClellin, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, and tight end Martellus Bennett, retired.
In free agency, they signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn, running back Jeremy Hill, offensive lineman Matt Tobin, wide receiver Jordan Matthews, tight end Troy Niklas, and offensive lineman Ulrick John. That was all prior to the draft.
In the draft, Belichick did his usual wheeling and dealing. By the time he was done, they had nine draft choices. In round one they took a pair of Georgia Bulldogs, offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn and running back Sony Michel. With their next three choices they went defense- cornerback Duke Dawson from Florida, inside linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley from Purdue, and outside linebacker Christian Sam from Arizona State. They did take a quarterback, but in round seven, Danny Etling from LSU. It was a good haul for the Patriots, as usual.
The NFL’s current flagship franchise, the New England Patriots, added yet another Super Bowl trophy to their case, the sixth in the Tom Brady era. Seriously, these guys collect Super Bowl trophies like normal people collect bottle caps. So what did they do this offseason to start paving their way towards number seven?
Well, they did realize their most important move was to boost their pass rush, so in March, the Patriots traded a fifth-round draft choice to the Eagles for defensive end/outside linebacker Michael Bennett. He has been one of the best pass rushers in the league for a long time, and the Patriots will see if he has one more season left in the tank. In free agency, the Patriots made a slew of one and two-year signings, the most significant of which were tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.
New England usually does most of their work in the draft, and by the time they were done wheeling and dealing they ended up with 10 selections, so let’s look at the highlights. In round one they boosted their wide receiver depth with N’Keal Harry from Arizona State. In round two they added depth to a secondary that needed it with cornerback Joejaun Williams. They spent their trio of third-round selections on defensive end Chase Winovich from Michigan, running back Damien Harris from Alabama, and offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste from West Virginia. In round four they added quarterback Jarret Stidham from LSU, and later on in the draft they added punter Jake Bailey from Stanford. The Patriots are all set to win the AFC East yet again.