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New England Patriots 12/22/15 - Depth at DE Has Been a Strength for Patriots

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Jabaal Sheard makes Mettenberger wish he were holding a clipboard instead of a gameball
Jabaal Sheard makes Mettenberger wish he were holding a clipboard instead of a gameball
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  • Mike Reiss points out the Patriots' depth at DE has been a strength this season with Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich and Jabaal Sheard.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Bill Belichick can't imagine the Jabaal Sheard signing turning out 'any better than it has.'
  • Tom E. Curran notes Bill Belichick admitted the Pats 'have to give thought' to resting players.
  • Rich Garven says the Patriots must balance the need to heal with the need to earn the top seed.
  • Sam Galanis notes the Patriots are working hard to acclimate their new players to a challenging system.
  • Jeff Howe dissects the film, and comes up with 18 thoughts on the game: Logan Ryan had his worst statistical game of the season, but it shouldn’t be a concern.
  • Ben Volin reviews the film and breaks down the key plays from Patriots-Titans.
  • Doug Kyed reviews the film from Sunday and suggests Steven Jackson shouldn't cut into James White's snaps. In a 3-game stretch, White had 21 receptions on 27 targets for 224 yards with three total TDs.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Eleven things we learned from Sunday's win over the Titans.
  • Rich Garven notes Rob Gronkowski sees his workload increase in his second game back from injury.
  • Phil Perry notes Tom Brady is still confused about that questionable offensive pass-interference call wiped out an 80-yard gain.
  • Ryan Hannable finds that Tom Brady's quick release lead to first half success, but the second half was a different story.
  • Mike Reiss breaks down what the addition of Steven Jackson means for the Patriots offense.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) What can Steven Jackson bring to the Patriots? Plenty.
  • Doug Kyed believes Steven Jackson will add depth and experience to the Pats' running back corps.
  • Jeff Kane (ESPNNH) Patriots bring in Jackson for stretch run.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Sam Monson from Pro Football Focus, who says Malcolm Butler has been better than Darrelle Revis.
  • Mike Petraglia notes Bill Belichick insist he's not a big scoreboard watcher: 'Majority of my focus is on us.'
  • Ryan Hannable notes Belichick on Dale & Holley explains how the Patriots use football analytic websites.
  • Steve Buckley says the Patriots skipping the first round of the playoffs is old hat.
  • Ron Borges issues his Week 15 Report Card: Win barely passable.
  • Jeff Howe, Adam Kurkjian Patriots Notebook: Prognosis good on Danny Amendola; Tom Brady says it's wishful thinking that the offense will suddenly click when injured players return; Brady and the coaching staff laud the play of James White; Jabaal Sheard has helped make the pass rush consistently effective.

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