NFL.com ranks Joe Thuney as the 21st-best rookie this season

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That Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is the top candidate to fill upcoming head coaching jobs this offseason, though New England defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is also pretty high on the list. nfl.com ranks Joe Thuney as the 21st-best rookie this season.

No doubt one of the rookie players who is leaving their mark long before the thought is OL Joe Thuney.
The young player coming from North Carolina State has been able to fill one of the available slots within the offensive line after the injuries and absences of several of his most experienced members. Thuney has had such a resounding turnout that many point to being the starter in the left guard position.

On the offensive line this year, though, there might be an opportunity for third-round draft choice Joe Thuney. Thus far, after six training camp practices, he’s made the most of his chances. During team periods, the N.C. State product has been lining up regularly at left guard between left tackle Nate Solder and center David Andrews. He’s also acquitted himself nicely during the daily 1-on-1 pass rush drill against nearly every defensive lineman he’s faced.

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This, therefore, should explain to many who were left scratching their heads why New England made Joe Thuney (pronounced TOON-ey) its second overall choice in this year’s draft. His name wasn’t one with whom many casual and even some passionate draft observers were very familiar. No sooner, though, was his name called than the debate began raging over where the versatile offensive lineman would compete for his new team.

So, while many Patriots fans may not have recognized the name Joe Thuney jersey when it was first announced, Uremovich believes they’ll come to know and respect it sooner rather than later. Nike Patriots #54 Dont'a Hightower Navy Blue Team Color Men's Stitched NFL Limited Tank Top Suit Jersey

“The thing he’s best at is what you see on film: he’s physical, a very good run-blocker, especially in the zone game. He’s athletic, and he’s held up well in pass protection. He’s going to make his name by all of the stuff he does before the game – film study, repetition, technique work, so he can play well on Sundays.”

In the selection of Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown with the 32nd pick of the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft the Patriots checked off one of the team’s top needs.
After a spring that saw the Super Bowl champs lose Vince Wilfork via free agency, Bill Belichick tabbed a guy who in many ways is a younger version of the former Patriots captain and defensive mainstay. Brown is a 320-pound mountain of a man with unique though not unprecedented athleticism for his size.

The pick of Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown fills a major need in New England and came after a flurry of erroneous reports that the Patriots might be trading out of the first round. Or even up in the first round. Read
In reality Bill Belichick stayed where he was at No. 32 and grabbed the big, athletic, mature defensive tackle who’ll have a shot to replace Vince Wilfork on the defensive front.

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The Patriots spent Tuesday morning painting, planting and playing as part of the annual Hometown Huddle, the NFL’s day of community service. Matthew Slater, Jabaal Sheard and Jordan Richards teamed up with United Way Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and paid a visit to Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester, Mass., on Oct. 18.

Though it was a day off for the Patriots, Matthew, Jabaal, Jordan, Pat Patriot and cheerleaders were hard at work to better the play area of Sarah Greenwood School. Jabaal removed weeds and helped to beautify the landscape with fresh flowers and shrubs. Matthew sanded down and painted benches, which will be used to create an outdoor classroom space. Jordan ran relay races and tossed footballs with students in a Play 60 event.

Neither player was able to garner the eight votes necessary for induction, however, so each was among the nine nominations put forth by the committee.
We are not permitted to disclose the details of the conversations that take place but we are able to reveal the three individuals we choose as finalists.

The Patriots have been known to take some unconventional routes at times in the draft and this year could very well present a couple of opportunities to do so again. In the past the Patriots have rolled the dice on injured players, understanding that they wouldn’t likely be available in the first year but recognizing the potential value of getting a first-round talent much later due to the injury.

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LeGarrette Blount turned in his best performance of the season

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The Patriots have always been willing to do business in unconventional fashion and earlier this week they did just that with LeGarrette Blount. Various reports indicated the team invoked a rarely-used unrestricted free agent tender just ahead of the deadline to do so on May 9, giving the Patriots at least some rights to Blount in the coming months.

With the NFL Draft just two-and-a-half weeks away, much of the Patriots news today is draft-centric. However, we’ll begin with some veteran news. First, LeGarrette Blount.

Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for September by the National Football League. It is the first time in his career that he has earned an Offensive Player of the Month Award, and it is the first for the Patriots since QB Tom Brady and K Stephen Gostkowski earned Player of the Month Awards for September in 2015.

Blount leads the NFL with 298 rushing yards and 99.3 yards per game and is tied for the NFL-lead with four rushing touchdowns. Blount rushed for back-to-back 100 yards games and has scored at least one rushing touchdown in all three games so far in 2016. He gained 105 yards rushing against Houston, a week after gaining 123 yards vs. Miami. It was his 12th NFL 100-yard rushing game in the regular season. He has now rushed for over 100 yards in back-to-back games three times in his career.

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For most of the game this matchup was a lot more of the same: very little push from the offensive line and even less push from running back LeGarrette Blount. Through three quarters Blount had just 54 yards on 18 carries for a pathetic 3-yard average, and that included a 12-yard run on his first attempt. Nike Patriots #29 LeGarrette Blount Navy Blue Team Color Youth Stitched NFL New Elite Jersey

He was slow to the hole and often got stacked up at the line by Ndamukong Suh and friends. But in the fourth quarter and the Patriots suddenly trying to protect a 7-point lead with rookie backup Jacoby Brissett in the game, Blount sealed it. He carried 11 times for 69 yards in the final quarter, often sweeping to the left behind Nate Solder for big chunks. His 26-yard scamper included a hurdle over cornerback Byron Maxwell, and his work on the final possession brought the Patriots within field goal range. Blount finished with 123 yards on 29 carries (4.2-yard average) but his production was even more impressive considering the circumstances in which he accounted for most of it.

Two other players worth mentioning – and watching – in the coming weeks and months: wide receiver Austin Carr out of Northwestern, and tight end Jacob Hollister from Wyoming. Not that others won’t have equal chances to make it. They will.

The Panthers are the first defending NFC champion to not make the postseason since, ironically enough, the 2013 Falcons missed out at 4-12 after being a lofty No. 1 seed in 2012. While Carolina (6-9) is left to lick its wounds from a wildly underachieving season, the Falcons have reason to celebrate, improving to 10-5 and clinching the franchise’s first playoff berth since that 13-3 season of 2012.

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And the turnaround all started that day at Bank of America Stadium, when the Falcons were humiliated by a Panthers club that seemed poised to become the new powerhouse of the NFC. Turns out their reign was brief.

Traylor, 23, originally entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys on May 17, 2016 out of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder, was released by Dallas at the end of training camp and spent time on the practice squads of both Dallas and San Diego in 2016. He was released from San Diego’s practice squad on Oct. 4, 2016. Traylor played in 38 games with 18 starts and caught 17 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns during his college career.

Backman, 23, was originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round (213th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Last season, he played in seven games as a reserve and did not accrue any statistics. Backman began the year with the Packers and was released prior to the start of the regular season.

The running game has been rather dormant in recent weeks but not so in Pittsburgh on Sunday. LeGarrette Blount jersey authentic turned in his best performance of the season and it came during a game in which the passing game wasn’t clicking on all cylinders. Blount finished with 24 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and that production was not the result of one or two big runs. Instead Blount consistently churned out efficient runs, picking up 4 yards or more on 15 of his attempts. His long carry resulted in a 25-yard pick up on a third quarter touchdown drive. When the offense seemed to be stagnating during the second and third quarters, it was Blount who jumpstarted things with back-to-back runs that resulted in first downs and soon the Patriots were back on the scoreboard.

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The New England Patriots announced today that they have placed TE Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve. In addition, the Patriots signed RB D.J. Foster from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

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It’s probably not any one thing but rather a combination of several items that could stack up for – or against – an addition of this sort. First, there’s the health issue. Next, is there a willingness on the part of the player (Peterson) to play within a certain role the team apparently has set for someone like him? 10-20 carries per game, playing primarily on 1st and 2nd downs, and in short-yardage situations. Is he willing to take a reduced role in the offense, for a chance to play with a championship-level team?

The gloves Rob Gronkowski wore during Super Bowl XLIX. The Patriots tight end caught six passes for 68 yards and one touchdown in the 28-24 win.

Put aside, if you can, Peterson’s suspension from the league for 15 games in 2014 due to child abuse allegations. Not that anyone should ever put anything aside like this, but for the moment simply consider only the football side of this equation.

Gronkowski played in eight games in 2016 with six starts and caught 25 receptions for 540 yards with three touchdowns.
Foster, 23, was released from the 53-man roster on Nov. 28, 2016 and signed to the practice squad on Nov. 20, 2016. The 6-foot, 195-pounder, was originally signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Arizona State on May 6, 2016 and made the 53-man roster out of training camp. He played in three games and accrued 24 yards rushing on seven attempts (3.4 avg.) and caught one pass for 2 yards.

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The Patriots recent run of bad injury news got much worse on Thursday when reports indicated that All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery on Friday and is expected to miss two months. The news was first reported by Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News and confirmed by several other outlets. The reports indicated Gronkowski suffered the injury during the Seattle game Nov. 13 and turned out to be a herniated disk. This will mark the third time Gronkowski has been forced to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disk.Nike Patriots #87 Rob Gronkowski Navy Blue Team Color Men's Stitched NFL Limited Strobe Jersey

For his dedication to volunteerism and spreading smiles across the community through his contagious, convivial character, Rob Gronkowski limited jersey has been named the New England Patriots nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, presented by Nationwide. Gronkowski was among the 32 players announced by the National Football League who have been named their respective team’s Man of the Year, representing the best of the NFL’s commitment to philanthropy and community impact. With the Man of the Year honor comes eligibility to win the league-wide award, named for the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back, Walter Payton.

Following the tour of the facilities, Captain Davis Love III and vice-captains Steve Stricker, Tom Lehman and Jim Furyk assembled on the field along with Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth to take a team photo with Patriots Chairman, CEO and host of the evening, Robert Kraft.

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The league unveiled a new slogan — “It Just Means More” — and paraded all 14 head coaches and 42 players around the Wynfrey Hotel. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey kicked off the event with a 4,300-word opening statement that included several references to specific athletes that made him proud.

Arkansas senior linebacker Brooks Ellis was among those who earned a special mention for his 3.8 grade point average, pre-med student status and the summer trip he took to Central America.

Ellis and other Arkansas biology students traveled to Belize earlier this summer to study and take in a different culture. He enjoyed his time there — even if the trip got off to a less-than-ideal start.

Gronkowski has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to participating in the many programs put on by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation and has done so with genuine excitement and enthusiasm. In an effort to promote the importance of living a healthy lifestyle, the seven-year veteran has visited dozens of schools across New England to lead students through a Play 60 ultimate gym class and has even joined his teammates in building new playgrounds to provide children in underserved communities with safe places to play. As a way to extend those efforts, Gronkowski created the Gronk Nation Youth foundation to help youth stay actively involved in both school and sports while providing them with resources they need to follow their dreams.

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