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Patriots Announce Hiring of New GM, Who Promptly Guts Roster
Foxboro, MA – The New England Patriots announced last week the hiring of GM Steve Jackson, who has held similar positions in multiple leagues over his career. Jackson is known as a trader; having in most seasons in his GM career maxed his trades or tightroped the max cap hit figure. While the trading sometimes seems to be excessive, Jackson has found success with it. His latest example was the MFL, in which the entire default Carolina Panthers roster only has LE Julius Peppers and P Todd Sauerbrun remain after just the 3rd season complete and took his team from a 1-15 record to 10-6 and division champions. Also, previously with the GMFL, took a Super Bowl runner up squad and replaced 8 starters, and the following season went 16-0.

Outgoing:
GM Jackson has already made an impact in New England, trading star QB Mark Sanchez, RB Bryant Buchanan, WR Julio Jones, LOLB Martez Wilson, and MLB Alex Ogletree in just about a week. In lesser trade news, the Patriots have sent QB Tyler Bray, C Kenneth Bales, and CB Alfonzo Dennard packing for mostly picks. The Patriots have also made numerous cuts, releasing WR Damian Williams, RB Brandon Minor, CB Kenneth Lynch, RB Raymond Powell, SS Joel Schneider, LOE Kapron Lewis-Moore, and CB Jerry White. Jackson has also declined to match qualifying offers on FA CB Sammy Burgess and P Scott Ravanesi.

Incoming:
GM Jackson has not only brought in a boatload of picks, including moving up to 1.3, acquiring 1.32, and also sitting on Tampa and Oakland’s 1st in 2024 (keeping the Patriots own 1st in the process), but he also has acquired some talented players as well. CB Joe Haden was acquired for the previously mention Dennard plus a 2nd. QB Lou Bishop, who is expected to be named the starting QB for the Patriots although rumor is he might be moving as well, was acquired in the Wilson deal. RE Whitney Mercilus was acquired, along with the Lions 1st and Seahawks 1st , for RB Buchanan, the Eagles 3rd and 1.12. The Patriots have also won in qualifying offers on CB Brandon Boykin and CB R.J. Stanford, and matched a qualifying offer to retain stud DT Mike Martin. The Patriots also signed a few free agents prior to the draft, highlighted by dynamo WR Douglas Thomas and RT Javier Fitzgerald. Thomas should move into the #2 slot behind WR Danario Alexander, although this is pending the Patriots direction in the draft. They also signed WR Kendall Wright, RE Earl Mitchell, RE Vince McDonald, P Thomas Morstead, and RB De’Anthony Miller.

As for what is left, the Patriots are trying to find new homes for WR Marvin Jones and/or Muhammad Sanu, and CB James Jackson, who just found himself CB4 after the additions of 3 top level CBs in the last week. Also left is the draft, the Patriots hold 1.3, 1.32, 2.24 and a bunch of mid draft picks. The Patriots have holes on OL, have no depth at QB (and may even be moving the only one they have), and have a big need at both LE (although Mercilus may be moved to LE) and ROLB, along with further depth at the linebacker position.

Up Next…Patriots GM Steve Jackson’s first draft review…stay tuned!
Forum Discussion (by S_Jackson on 11/12/2014) Replies - 0 :: Views - 28
Matty Spencer
Jets / Pats this week mate - hope your Jets crash & burn 8)
Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 11/15/2013) Replies - 5 :: Views - 65
Pats Training Camp
After coming off only their 2nd playoff campaign in RZL history, the New England Patriots will need to work even harder this season to make it back.

The offseason started poorly when offensive coordinator Chris Simms signed as the Denver Broncos head coach. Current head coach moved quickly to sign Chris Foerster as our new offensive coordinator and added Mike Tomlin as our new defensive coordinator.

Quarterback pressure has been lacking for a number of seasons & one of the main reasons for Mike Tomlins hiring was to change our defense from a 4-3 to the 3-4.

To accommodate our changing defensive scheme our scouting staff were asked to follow those defensive players more suited to the 3-4 & help rebuild our defense in general during the draft combine.

Offseason Trades
1) CB Bobby Hughes to the Chargers for a 4th round draft pick.
- Hughes had started to show some signs as to why he was taken 1.11 in the 2017 draft by the Jaguars, but when Kenneth Lynch landed in New England Hughes' chances of starting were next to zero.

2) DP 1.27 & 3.27 to the Bucs for CB Kenneth Lynch & 7.32.
- Whilst he is 32 years old, Lynch still has exceptional speed & paired with Sammy Burgess offers the Pats with the best cornerback tandem in a very long time.

3) DE Whitney Mercilus & 2nd round DP & Future 3rd round DP for OLB Martez Wilson & future 6th round DP.
- Mercilus has all the intangibles to be a quality defensive end or outside linebacker, but had grown stall in our system. Wilson the former 1.4 pick has shown he can get to the QB & should fit weill into Mike Tomlins defense.

Draft
1.14 MLB Alex Ogletree – will be paired with another former 1st round draft pick in Rolando McClain to help man the middle of our defense. Ogletree we felt slipped below the radar & we were happy he fell to us at 1.14.

3.8 WR Marvin Jones – Will miss the first 10 weeks of the season due to injury, but the scouting staff were all impressed with his play making ability. Should hopefully contribute later in the season.

4.6 DE Kapron Lewis-Moore – Has the body to play end in our 3-4, but will need to work on his strength, if he is to start in this league. Will backup both defensive end positions.

4.27 S D`Jaun Williams – A speculative pick, that the scouting staff were high on due to his excellent speed. Barring injury wont see any playing time soon.

5.8 QB Tyler Bray – Good size for a QB, but he lacks accuracy & may not be anything more than a backup in this league.

5.19 Omeregie Uzzie – Will sit this season, but could work his may into the starting lineup over the next season or two.


Where to from here ?

The preseason is almost here & whilst we wont really get a feel for how were are doing under our new defensive scheme, its fair to say that anything less than the playoffs this season would be a fail.

The AFC East has been a very tough division & the Bills & Jets no longer own the rights to the division. Its an open field & all 4 teams represented have a genuine shot at making the playoffs.
Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 03/03/2013) Replies - 0 :: Views - 21
Pats Trade for CB Lynch
The New England Patriots have traded draft picks 1.27 & 3.8 to Tampa Bay for veteran corner back Kenneth Lynch.

Lynch will replace Bobby Hughes, who just completed his best season in his pro career.

With a number of younger CB's fighting for the NCB role it is understood the Pats will look at trading Hughes.

Lynch with combine with Sammy Burgess to provide the Pats with their best CB duo in possibly team history.
Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 02/15/2013) Replies - 9 :: Views - 113
Pats PC
After making the playoffs for only the 2nd time in team history, Pats owner Robert Kraft has confirmed that GM Brett Richmond will again be GM of the New England Patriots next season.

The Pats enter the offseason in very good shape, both talent wise & financially.

A large number of roster positions are set and the Pats at this stage will enter the April rookie draft with 2 first round draft picks.

The team is keen to resign a number of potential free agents, but none of the pending players are classed as irreplaceable.

Good luck to both Super Bowl teams & bring on the offseason.
Forum Discussion (by B_Richmond on 01/11/2013) Replies - 2 :: Views - 40

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At A Glance

PATRIOTS FRONT OFFICE
GM S_Jackson
Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Offensive Coordinator Chris Foerster
Defensive Coordinator A.Youboty
Special Teams G.Wistrom
Salary $162.33M
Cap Penalty $1.25M
Cap Room $35.75M

INJURY REPORT
PLAYER POS OVR LENGTH

AFC East
RNK TEAM W-L-T PCT DIV
#12 Jets Jets 10-6-0 0.63 4-2
#21 Bills Bills 8-8-0 0.50 3-3
#23 Patriots Patriots 7-9-0 0.44 2-4
#26 Dolphins Dolphins 6-10-0 0.38 3-3

PATRIOTS SCHEDULE
WK DATE OPPONENT TIME/RESULT
1 Sun at Cardinals Cardinals #24
Lost 17-36
2 Sun vs Bills Bills #21
Lost 6-10
3 Sun at Titans Titans #2
Lost 27-45
4 Sun vs Dolphins Dolphins #26
Lost 17-38
5 Sun vs Jaguars Jaguars #9
Lost 13-31
6 Sun at Jets Jets #12
Won 20-17
7 Sun at Seahawks Seahawks #7
Lost 3-24
8 Sun vs Jets Jets #12
Lost 16-24
9 Sun vs Colts Colts #31
Won 31-23
11 Sun at Texans Texans #17
Won 62-31
12 Mon at Dolphins Dolphins #26
Lost 16-26
13 Sun vs Browns Browns #22
Won 49-24
14 Sun vs Rams Rams #30
Won 27-20
15 Sun vs 49ers 49ers #28
Won 34-25
16 Sat at Bills Bills #21
Won 26-10
17 Sun at Broncos Broncos #13
Lost 29-32

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