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Old 5th May 2019   #1
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If and when Tom Brady ever actually retires from playing professional football Julian Edelman Jersey , one of the best biographies anyone’s ever done on the G.O.A.T is going to need a lil’ update.That book is called “Moving the Chains” by Charles P. Pierce.It came out in October of 2007.Brady’s done a little more than move the chains ever since, but in what’s become an annual September tradition over the last several seasons, moving the ball on offense feels like January at the gym. It’s loud, there’s too much stuff going on, I don’t know what any of this stuff does or what it means, and I want to go home already.Come on, like that’s NOT the way you felt after the Lions game.The Patriots went 2-9 on third down in the Patricia Bowl, and that brought them down to 29th in the entire NFL in third-down conversion rate at 28.6 percent. You know September doesn’t mean jack when this is happening to Tom Brady and the Patriots while the rest of the world is in awe of prime Fitzmagic.Not like they were killing it on third down before then, either - after the Week 2 Super Bowl loss to the Jaguars, New England was 8 for 26 on third down, and in a bizarre case of “life is tough when you suck”, the Pats weren’t really any better on third-and-short than they were on third and anything else. Through those first two games, when they were facing third and five or less, they went 4 for 11 in conversions.Of course, it doesn’t help when after the Detroit game in Week 3 Kevin Faulk Color Rush Jersey , Brady was 1 for 8 throwing to Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett on third down, which is basically to say that the Pats offense in those situations looked like this dude when he has to learn to grill with HIS DOCTOR PEPPER HAND:BUT WAIT.As we’ve learned by now that it goes with the Patriots, the first few weeks of the season looked like the rest of us trying to learn this year’s Madden, and by Halloween, things were looking up - according to our good buddy Mike Dussault at Pats Propaganda, by the end of the Bears game, New England was up to converting 44.2% of their third downs - and that’s good enough for 7th in the NFL (at the time, obviously).And after this week’s game where the Patriots might as well have told the entire Vikings team to shut the f*#$ up, their third-down prowess is, to paraphrase our friend Ace Ventura:I HAVE EXORCISED THE DEMONS!!!Even though they’ve played some solid-to-pretty,pretty-good defenses in the Titans, the Bills, and the Vikings, they’re still 10th in the NFL at third-down conversions, moving the chains on 40.8% of their chances.(oddly enough https://www.patriotsfanstore.com/Adrian-Clayborn-Jersey , Tampa Bay is #1 in the league at 49.3% on third down, which...I got nothing. Your guess is as good as mine)Then there’s this, which as much as we hate to give ESPN credit for anything around here, is both interesting and mildly infuriating. Check out where the Patriots rank on third-and-short, third-and-medium, and third-and-long:Not much to see there, presumably they’re middle-of-the-road somewhere, which, given the way this season started, sounds about right.Third and medium, this is where stuff gets weird:You’re telling me that the king of the quick slant, the sultan of the spot route, the duke of the drag, the emperor of the in-route, Tom Brady Dont'a Hightower Color Rush Jersey , can’t pick up a third-and-5? Johnny from Foxboro High could hit that!Want to get real weird? Let’s get weird! Let’s get weird!Converting 27.4% of your third-and-longs might not sound great on paper, but that still puts the Pats in top-10 territory.And without more data, it’s really hard to say why that’s the case. It’d be really fun to find out what kind of defense New England was facing in all of these situations - like, on your third-and-longs, for example, are more defenses running man coverage and blitzing, or dropping back in a cover-3 or quarters coverage to allow short stuff but limit the YAC? How many of those were drops or picks, and how many were throwaways? How many of those were running backs getting stoned at the line of scrimmage? These are the things we think about here.And with the Miami game in Miami being a complete wild card, all these numbers may very well be shot in a couple days anyway.After all, a now-fully-healthy Josh Gordon alone should be enough the make the rest of the AFC audibly shart themselves. New England is bringing in free agents."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementNFL Free AgencyPatriots NewsPatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots to host ex-Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey, ex-Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse on free agency visitsNew,31commentsNew England is bringing in free agents.EDTShareTweetShareSharePatriots to host ex-Chiefs defensive lineman Allen Bailey, ex-Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse on free agency visitsDenny Medley-USA TODAY SportsOne of the biggest positions of need on the New England Patriots’ current roster is defensive tackle: with Malcom Brown and Danny Shelton both having hit unrestricted free agency on Wednesday, the team is in need for reinforcements at the position either in the form of the two ex-Patriots or via outside hires. Among the latter group appears to be former Kansas City Chiefs defender Allen Bailey.Bailey spent the first eight years of his pro career with the AFC’s runner-ups and will visit New England later today, according to a report by Pro Football Talk. Listed as one of our potential free agency targets for the reigning world champions earlier this week Joe Thuney Jersey , the veteran could help fill the void of potential departures by either Brown or Shelton as an experienced and potentially low-cost alternative.While Bailey was used as a bit differently in Kansas City’s three-man front — he played primarily in 3-technique and 5-technique alignments — as Brown or Shelton were in New England, he could bring a solid interior presence to the table as a versatile defender that looked solid against the run and the pass in the past. In 2018, for example, Bailey was an integral part of the Chiefs’ league-leading pass rush: playing 72.1% of the club’s defensive snaps, the veteran registered 6.0 sacks from the defensive tackle spot.That being said, adding Pro Football Focus’ 91st ranked interior defender (Brown ranked 85th, Shelton 27th) to a group currently consisting of only Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler would not entirely fill the Patriots’ need at defensive tackle given: the former third-round pick will turn 30 later this month, which means New England might also look at other channels to add to its interior line.The Patriots are also bringing another play in for a visit today: according to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, former Denver Broncos tight end Matt LaCosse will meet with the team today. The 26-year-old, who entered the league as as an undrafted rookie signing by the New York Giants in 2015, played 38.9% of the Broncos’ offensive snaps last season. As the number two tight end, he caught 24 passes for 250 yards and a touchdown.LaCosse, who also played 22.9% of Denver’s special teams snaps, is primarily a blocking tight end and could help fill the void created when New England cut Dwayne Allen before the start of free agency. He entered the open market after the Broncos decided against tendering the restricted free agent.
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