Patriots

Next Pats Podcast: From where can the Patriots find that diamond in the rough in the draft?

Next Pats Podcast: From where can the Patriots find that diamond in the rough in the draft?

Phil Perry is joined by Emory Hunt, writer for The Athletic and founder of Football Gameplan, to discuss some of the lesser-known talent the Patriots might be interested in in the upcoming NFL Draft.

3:28 - Emory gives us his take on two players out of Princeton University: Wide receiver Jesper Horsted and quarterback John Lovett. The latter of the two has the makeup to potentially play multiple positions at the NFL level.

8:14 - Next, Emory talks about wide receiver Nsimba Webster out of Easter Washington University and compares him to Troy Brown as a versatile player who's a reliable pass-catcher as well as a threat on kick returns.

10:35 - Phil asks about Assumption's Deonte Harris, who Emory calls "the best returner in the draft class period." This leads to a conversation about judging a player's talent if he's going up against below-average opponents.

15:48 - Moving on to running backs, Emory goes through a list of three big backs that might fit into the Patriots system: Desmond Nisby out of Texas Wesleyan, Xavier Turner out of Tarleton State, and Jaymar Anderson out of East Stroudsburg State.

19:40 - Only one tight end to talk about, but Emory has a lot to say about Isaiah Searight out of Fordham, who might be a good complementary piece for the Pats next to Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

22:46 - Phil wraps up his conversation with Emory talking about BJ Blunt, a defensive back out of McNeese State, who could be a similar player to Rodney Harrison.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

Patriots' point differential among best in NFL history through 3 games

rex_burkhead_092219.jpg
USA TODAY Sports Photo

Patriots' point differential among best in NFL history through 3 games

Over the two decades of the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era in Foxboro, the Patriots have gotten used to setting records. And late in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets, it looked like they were well on their way to another.

Following a season-opening 33-3 win over the Steelers and a 43-0 shutout of the Dolphins, the Pats had rolled to a 30-0 lead, giving them a +103 point differential on the season, which would have been the best in NFL history through three games.

And despite late New York touchdowns on both special teams and defense, New England still has a +89 point differential this season. While it's not a record, it's still the third-highest for any NFL team since 1940.

The previous best point differential for a Patriots team through three games was +79 in their undefeated season of 2007.

And while those two late Jets scored ruined the Pats' chances at setting the NFL record for the fewest points allowed in the first three games of the season, they still set a new franchise-record in that department by a healthy margin.

New England's 17 points allowed through three games shattered the team's previous best mark — 33 points allowed through the first three games of the 1979 season.

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

 

 

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell 'embraces the hate' in strange tweet following loss to Patriots

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell 'embraces the hate' in strange tweet following loss to Patriots

The New England Patriots cruised to their third victory of the 2019 NFL season with a 30-14 win over the New York Jets. But despite the loss, Le'Veon Bell isn't down on the potential of the Jets.

After the game, Bell unleashed a strange tweet addressed to his "haters" and encouraged them to not "go casper" once the Jets turn things around.

This is quite a lot to digest, and the use of the phrase "go casper" is entertaining. But the timing of this message is certainly strange. Sure, the Jets are 0-3 and could bounce-back from a slow start. But at the moment, things aren't looking great for them on offense and they were just completely shut down by the Patriots. 

The Jets haven't been able to score much this season. They only have a total of 33 points through three games. They're also on their third-string quarterback, Luke Falk, after Sam Darnold's mono diagnosis and Trevor Siemian's season-ending ankle injury.

And Bell himself, the Jets' best offensive weapon, hasn't played well either. The Patriots held him to just 35 yards on 18 carries while he added 28 receiving yards to the mix. So far this season, he is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and hasn't had as big of an impact as the Jets were likely hoping when they signed him.

While the Jets still have time to get things turned around as Bell noted, they are already three games back of the Patriots and the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East race. And with Darnold still out for the foreseeable future, it doesn't seem like their offense is going to get much better moving forward.

We'll see if Bell can help to motivate his team and create a better situation for the Jets by the next time they next take on the Patriots (Week 7). But for the time being, this team certainly shouldn't worry New England much as they seek to wrap up this decade as the only winner of the AFC East.

Julian Edelman exits Patriots win with chest injury>>>

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.