Aaron Hernandez was a budding NFL superstar. He was fresh off a lucrative contract extension when, in an event all Patriots fans who were old enough remember to this day, he was led out of his house with his hands under his shirt and cuffed behind his back for the murder of Odin Lloyd. The stardom of Hernandez came crashing down after more evidence was unearthed and eventually the disgraced Patriot hung himself on April 19, 2017 at the age of 27, marking the end of a short, tumultuous life. The documentary miniseries released by Netflix grapples with the unknown reasons for Hernandez’s misdeeds and takes us into the life of a convicted murderer who once seemed to have it all.
When a franchise is as successful over a long period of time as the New England Patriots have been since the turn of the century, one player is often regarded as the most valuable. Like Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers in the 80s or Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls in the 90s, Tom Brady has been the unequivocal leader of the Patriots’ franchise over the last 20 years. But while these players get a bulk of the credit for the on-field success of their respective teams, these dynasties would not be possible without an outstanding supporting cast.
With 28 of the 32 teams officially out and locked into their draft slot and the college football season wrapped up, it’s time for the 1st really big mock draft where I actually do some work of the season! Below I have a full 2 round mock, 1st round analysis, my top 5 players per position, and my teams most likely to be making trades.
With the regular season officially over and the top 20 draft slots set, it’s officially time for the 1st mock draft of the season. This year’s class features very deep skills positions including receivers, running backs, and corners, and a few solid quarterbacks. With a lot of teams on the cusp of greatness and needing one additional piece to make the jump, this will be an extremely important and impactful draft.
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For the first time in what feels like forever, the Patriots are set to play what seems like a meaningful division game in December. The Patriots have dominated the AFC East for the past two decades, winning 10 straight division titles and 15 of the last 16 with the only exception being the year in which Tom Brady was injured.
Despite an 11-3 record and current hold of the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Patriots don’t have the Pro Bowl selections to match. Only 3 Patriots players were named to the NFL Pro Bowl roster released earlier this week. Stephon Gilmore (3rd selection), Dont’a Hightower (2nd selection) and Matthew Slater (7th selection) received the honor.
Sony Michel hasn’t lived up to expectations in his second NFL season. Michel is currently in the midst of one of the worst sophomore slumps the Patriots have seen in recent memory. Although New England’s offensive line has taken more than a few hits this season, it doesn’t serve as an all-encompassing excuse for Michel’s poor play.
Even split in a week where I took a few shots and believed in teams that I shouldn’t have (thank you Dallas and Jacksonville). There are a few easy games this week, including Thursday night so hopefully I can improve my record there. In what should be a great week of playoff implications, wish me luck.
Although the Patriots offense has struggled in 2019, it hasn’t been due to any lack of production from their best receiver. At age 33, Julian Edelman is having a career-year.