In February of 2014, it looked like the Seahawks were set up to be the NFL’s next great dynasty. They had just held the Denver Broncos, a team that some were calling the greatest offense of all time, to 8 points in Super Bowl 48. The Broncos offense hadn’t been held below 20 points all season to that point and their quarterback, Peyton Manning, broke the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season with 55. The Seahawks defense was not only good, it was legendary.
Who was the last elite quarterback in the AFC East not named Tom Brady? Was it Chad Pennington? That one year when Ryan Fitzpatrick was half decent on the Bills? The one year Brett Favre spent with the Jets before crushing Packers fan’s hearts by going to the Vikings? It’s hard to say any of those players were truly among the elite at their position at the time. Tom Brady has unquestionably been the best quarterback in the AFC East for almost 2 decades, but what’s even more amazing is how big of a gap there’s been between Tom Brady and the 2nd best quarterback in the division.
Madden Gives Last Season's Cover Athlete and MVP Tom Brady Lower Rating Than Aaron Rodgers Who Missed Most of Last Season with Broken Collarbone
Player ratings in any video game have become a staple of the offseason in all sports in recent years. In a lot of ways, it's just another ranking system for players in their league's and with many player in the league often playing these video games in their free time, it quickly becomes a topic of conversation. Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat once famously said in a postgame interview after a breakout game, “I’m just trying to get my 2k rating up”. With Madden and the NFL players there's always a lot of problems. Most players will complain about their ratings, usually their speed, and it's hard to convince any player who's not a 99 that their rating is accurate.
According to Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has been suspended four games for using performance enhancing drugs. Edelman is appealing the suspension.
New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski announced today at the One Mission's Buzz Off For Kids With Cancer charity event at Gillette Stadium that he would be in attendance for Patriots Mandatory Minicamp from June 5th-7th after missing all of the Patriots OTAs in April and May.
The 2018 NFL Draft is over, and I am already thinking about next year. New players, new team needs, and more fun. As I end my draft analysis for 2018, here’s an early look at the prospects I can see going early in next year’s NFL Draft.
Drafting Sony Michel, while exciting, was very out of character for the Patriots. Since Bill Belichick took over as coach in 2000, the Patriots had drafted one tight end, one running back, and no wide receivers in the first round of the NFL draft, until last week. Generally, the “skill position” players are viewed as a luxury rather than a necessity in the first round in the eyes of Bill Belichick and he usually likes his chances of finding a player to fill a need at one of those positions later in the draft. Moreover, the aforementioned one running back and one tight end that the Patriots previously did take we're Ben Watson and Laurence Maroney, both of which never lived up to their draft position.
The 2018 NFL Draft has come and gone, and I will admit, some picks made me want to throw my television out my window. After 3 days and 7 rounds, I have my 3 winners and 3 losers, and as a New England fan, I will dive into the Patriots draft class.