Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon were taken consecutively in 2013. (NFL Game Rewind)
There may no longer be one dominant pipeline for Bill Belichick. But there are still several college streams running down into the Foxborough ravine.
The New England Patriots have collected players from an assortment of schools over the years, whether it be first-year pros or 10-year veterans, whether it be via free agency, trade, or the draft. And admittedly, the strength of some connections in the collection aren’t as strong as they once were.
Some of Belichick’s ties have dispersed in different directions, with the likes of Greg Schiano, Urban Meyer and Randy Edsall no longer at the forefront of the programs the Patriots head coach once picked from. Yet other waters have appeared over the years.
And with the Patriots’ pool currently standing 75 deep, here is a look through the most prominent products featured in its depths.
Kyle Arrington sits atop a now-cloudy Patriots cornerback position. (NFL Game Rewind)
It was Herman Edwards who once said “a goal without a plan is a wish.”
There is reason to believe a goal is in mind for the New England Patriots after one week of moves. With Darrelle Revis a New York Jet, Brandon Browner a New Orleans Saint, Shane Vereen a New York Giant, and Vince Wilfork a Houston Texan, there’s also reason to believe there is a plan.
But exactly what that plan entails hasn’t been shared by head coach Bill Belichick. And when it is, it won’t be with words.
Time will tell how the organization will address the key positional needs on the roster. It could be told in the coming weeks, in a trade, in the draft, or in the season opener next September. But right now, however it may ultimately be addressed, New England is heading into the second week of the free-agent process with newfound vacancies.
Duron Harmon’s fourth career interception transpired when the Patriots needed it Saturday. (NFL Game Rewind)
Few had read the name Duron Harmon until it appeared on the screen at pick No. 91 overall in the 2013 NFL draft. But the second-year pro, once projected as undrafted free agent coming out of Rutgers, has since made his name known in the New England Patriots’ secondary.
What he called “the biggest pick” of his life reaffirmed it.
Brandon Bolden’s 17-yard run helped the Patriots outlast the Jets on Sunday afternoon. (NFL Game Rewind)
There was no LeGarrette Blount in the backfield, no Julian Edelman out wide, no Dan Connolly on the line, and no Kyle Arrington in the secondary to face the New York Jets. The New England Patriots had to look elsewhere to replace the production of those four key contributors in Sunday’s 17-16 win at MetLife Stadium.
Here are some quick-hits as to how the depth fared. Continue reading
Davante Adams worked his way through New England’s secondary. (NFL Game Rewind)
He turned left, right and downfield. Along the way, Davante Adams turned in his best NFL game on Sunday, leading the Green Bay Packers with six catches for 121 yards in a 26-21 victory over the New England Patriots.
The rookie second-round pick via Fresno State did so with the little things, against a secondary with several big things. But those big things, headlined by three-time All-Pro Darrelle Revis and the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Brandon Browner, had much of their attention dispersed elsewhere. And that was something Adams made the most of over the course of his 59 snaps.
It was part of the design.