We know who came out on top in that one, and the two that followed it. In three playoff games, including their Super Bowl win, Brady and the Patriots took on Bosa and Melvin Ingram of the Chargers, Dee Ford and Justin Houston of the Chiefs, and Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh of the Rams. In the three games combined, Brady was sacked just one time. Credit the Patriots’ offensive line, but also credit Brady’s release, the fifth fastest in the NFL last year among starting quarterbacks, according to the league’s Next Gen Stats. Brady’s average time from snap to throw in 2018 was 2.62 seconds. “He really is ridiculous,” Bosa said. “Like, how quick he can get rid of the ball, what he sees. Impressive.” In that game and the two that followed, the Patriots’ defense watched three of their counterpart units rendered relatively toothless. They were thrilled to be winning. They were also a little mesmerized it could happen like that. … [Read more...] about Patriots’ defense was built back to front
The Patriots have a stacked secondary — three savvy veteran safeties, and maybe the deepest cornerback group in the NFL. And the front seven was dominant on Sunday, led by Donta Hightower, a resurgent Jamie Collins, a healthy Ju’Whaun Bentley, and two immovable defensive linemen in Lawrence Guy and Michael Bennett. They didn’t even have Kyle Van Noy, who was out of the lineup due to the birth of his child. The Patriots completely shut down Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers in the competitive portion of the game, holding them to 193 yards, 3 points, and just 2-for-9 on third down through three quarters. It’s only Week 1, and the Steelers are still figuring out life after Antonio Brown. But the Patriots’ defense looks absolutely loaded right now. ■ The Steelers’ offensive game plan of “Roethlisberger closes his eyes and chucks it deep” was not effective. Other than the one deep ball to James Washington, Roethlisberger … [Read more...] about On opening night, Patriots defense was steel-tough
Good Morning Football needed a correspondent to provide some insight as players prepared for the 2019 NFL Draft. The NFL Network show turned to the prospect they deemed the top personality on the board: Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich. Winovich obliged, joking that he was the only member of the correspondents’ clique in high school — “I’ve been preparing for this for a while.” He appeared on a subsequent show wearing workout attire inside a hair salon, the sole salon he lets touch his luscious blonde locks. The New England Patriots selected Winovich in the third round of the draft (No. 77 overall). The selection had less to do with his colorful personality than his All-American abilities, and it certainly wasn’t because of his mane. Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio lauded Winovich’s motor, instincts, technique, size, speed, and toughness. “And he’s got long hair, which I’m sure everyone will enjoy until … [Read more...] about 3 things to know about new Patriots defensive end Chase Winovich
By Kevin Duffy | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: February 3, 2019 at 10:15 pm | UPDATED: February 4, 2019 at 2:02 am ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 3: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots holds up the Lombardi Trophy as he celebrate the Patriots' Super Bowl LIII victory over the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on February 3, 2019. (Staff Photo By Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) ATLANTA GA. - FEBRUARY 3: New England Patriots Julian Edelman breaks away from Los Angeles Rams John Johnson in the third quarter of Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) ATLANTA GA. - FEBRUARY 3: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots holds his granddaughter after winning Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on February 3, 2019 in Atlanta, GA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) Nancy Lane/MediaNews … [Read more...] about Patriots defense flips script, delivers sixth Super Bowl title
FOXBORO, MA. - JANUARY 13: Trey Flowers #98 of the New England Patriots sacks Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the third quarter of the NFL Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) FOXBORO, MA. - JANUARY 13: John Simon #55 of the New England Patriots puts the pressure on Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the first quarter of the NFL Divisional Round playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) FOXBORO MA. - JANUARY 13: Duron Harmon (21) of the New England Patriots breaks up a pass during the third quarter of the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 13, 2019 in Foxboro, MA. (Staff Photo By Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) FOXBORO MA. - JANUARY 13: Brandon Facyson (36) of the Los Angeles Chargers watches … [Read more...] about Patriots defense drives Philip Rivers batty. Can they do the same to Patrick Mahomes?