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by chenyan94 » Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:27 am

FOXBOROUGH http://www.buffalobillsteamonline.com/micah-hyde-jersey , Mass. (AP) — One of these seasons, the New England Patriots won’t cruise through the AFC East to an easy division title and position themselves, more often than not, for a Super Bowl run.

One of these seasons, 40-something quarterback Tom Brady will begin showing his age and stop putting up MVP-caliber numbers. His lack of options at receiver will cause the offense to stall, the defection of another coordinator will fatally weaken the defense, and coach Bill Belichick’s cold-blooded approach to his roster will backfire.

That is sure to happen, one of these seasons.

There’s just no indication that it will be 2018.

When the defending AFC champions return to the field in pursuit of their sixth NFL title, there are no credible threats in the division (and only one in the conference: a Pittsburgh Steelers team that hasn’t outlasted them in the postseason since 2010 or beaten them in the playoffs since 1997).

So while the Patriots appear to be vulnerable in several areas — tension between Brady and Belichick could be the biggest threat to the dynasty — there still doesn’t seem to be anybody ready to knock them off the postseason podium.

Here are some things to look for from the Patriots this season:

AGELESS WONDER

Brady was 40 when he won his third NFL MVP last year, leading the league in yards passing and leading the Patriots to the Super Bowl for the eighth time. In the game, he threw for a record 505 yards and brought New England back from a 10-point, third-quarter deficit to take a 33-32 lead with nine minutes left.

That’s a player who is at the top of the mountain, not over the hill.

BOUNCING BACK

But Brady was unable to muster another comeback after the Eagles retook the lead, and the lingering image of the game was Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles catching a touchdown pass while Brady let the ball thrown his way bounce off his hands.

It was the third Super Bowl loss for New England in the Brady-Belichick era.

So, how have they bounced back from previous big game losses?

In 2008 Anthony Beauvillier Jersey , after a loss to the Giants in the Super Bowl spoiled New England’s hopes for a perfect and unprecedented 19-0 season, Brady was injured in Week 1 and the Patriots went 11-5 under backup Matt Cassel but did not make the playoffs based on a tiebreaker.

In 2012, after another loss to Eli Manning and the Giants, New England went 12-4 but lost in the AFC title game to the Baltimore Ravens.

POOR RECEPTION

With the loss of Brandin Cooks (65 catches) and Danny Amendola (61), the Patriots are down their top two wide receivers from last year. Throw in Julian Edelman, who caught 98 passes in 2016 but was injured last year and is suspended for the first four games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancers.

Until Edelman is eligible to return for the Oct. 4 game against Indianapolis, Brady’s top targets are tight end Rob Gronkowski (69 catches), running back James White (56), and wideout Chris Hogan, who had 34 catches in nine games. Malcolm Mitchell, Jordan Matthews, Kenny Britt and Eric Decker were all brought in but didn’t work out.

TEAM TURMOIL

The decision to bench Malcolm Butler, the hero of the 2014 championship, in this year’s Super Bowl not only cost him a reliable member of the secondary, it also raised doubts about Belichick’s judgment in New England — new territory for a team whose unofficial motto had been “In Bill We Trust.”

Belichick has also clashed with owner Robert Kraft about the succession plan at quarterback: The coach was reportedly ready to move on from Brady to backup Jimmy Garoppolo Chris Thompson Jersey , and when Kraft took sides with the player he treats like a son, Belichick gave Jimmy G. to San Francisco for the pittance of a second-round pick.

Belichick has also struggled to establish boundaries for Brady’s fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, banning him from the sidelines and the team plane for a time. Guerrero was back in both places during preseason Week 3.

CALLING THE SHOTS

Longtime defensive coordinator Matt Patricia left to take over as head coach of the Detroit Lions, and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels left for — and then backed out of — the top job in Indianapolis. Belichick did not replace Patricia, but linebackers coach Brian Flores will call the plays on defense.

Coaching churn is one thing the Patriots are used to, though. Charlie Weis, Bill O’Brien, Eric Mangini, McDaniels and Romeo Crennel are among those who earned promotions after serving on Belichick’s staff, and he replaced all of them without difficulty.

Zack Martin rejoined the Dallas Cowboys for mandatory minicamp Tuesday with the two-time All-Pro closing in on a contract that’s expected to make him the highest-paid guard in the NFL.

Martin skipped all nine voluntary offseason practices while negotiations that started about a year ago kept dragging. But he was on the field after the club and his representatives got close on a deal over the weekend.

The 27-year-old Martin was set to make $9.3 million in the final year of his rookie deal. Martin’s new contract is expected to surpass the $13.3 million annual average in the $66.5 million, five-year contract that Jacksonville’s Andrew Norwell signed in March.

Martin, the 16th overall pick in 2014, was an All-Pro as a rookie when DeMarco Murray led the NFL in rushing for the NFC East champions. He repeated the feat two years later when rookie Ezekiel Elliott was the league rushing leader for another division champion.

A Pro Bowl player in each of his first four seasons, Martin only did individual and conditioning work in his first practice of the offseason. While coach Jason Garrett said that was more because Martin has been out Womens Roquan Smith Jersey , the former Notre Dame standout noted the contract isn’t finished.

Four years ago, Martin was a rookie who engaged Sean Lee in a noncontact drill when the star linebacker’s left knee gave way, resulting in a torn ligament that kept Lee out all season. It was the first offseason practice.

”Right now, until the pen actually gets on paper, I’m going to be smart about it and just do individual work and some conditioning so I don’t do something stupid,” Martin said. ”Two more days, so we’ll see what they want to do, if we just want to play it smart.”

Martin said he wasn’t sure if he would have attended the first mandatory practice without the progress in negotiations. With the agreement close, he said it was an easy decision.

During the voluntary portion of the offseason, Martin said he worked out by himself while players were in meetings. Before practice started each day, he went home, where he ”kind of got a little stir crazy.”

”If you’d have asked me, I never would have thought in a million years I’d be the guy holding out and not coming to things,” Martin said. ”I had to make a decision, as hard as it was Tanner Pearson Jersey , but what was best for me. Hopefully it gets done, but I think I made the right decision.”

Assuming the Martin deal gets done, the Cowboys will have their top three offensive linemen – all first-round picks with multiple Pro Bowls – locked up well past 2020. Left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick are the others.

Smith, who signed an extension in 2014, and Frederick (2016) were the highest-paid at their positions at the time, and are still in the top five. Martin figures he’ll be on a similar track once he goes to the top of the list.

”It’s something obviously my agents and I, we were shooting for, so it’s a huge honor,” Martin said. ”That’ll probably get beat by someone whenever the next one signs, but that’s how it works. Whenever we lock this thing up, very excited to get it over with and put it in the past.”

For Garrett, it’s the strongest sign of stability in the rebuilding of a line that started before his first full season as head coach, when the Cowboys drafted Smith ninth overall in 2011.

”It took us a while to rebuild it the way we wanted to rebuild it,” Garrett said. ”We reinforced that idea that you have to rebuild the offensive and defensive lines in order to allow your skill players to have some success.”

NOTES: DL David Irving attended the start of minicamp after missing voluntary offseason workouts to deal with personal issues. His girlfriend accused him of domestic abuse before recanting in a case that police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco closed without filing charges. … Smith was limited in practice because of a neck issue that Garrett said was minor.



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