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Pats Madness: Second-round voting in the first two regions has started!

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Related: Help us choose the biggest bust of the Bill Belichick era!

Filling out brackets is a March tradition. It’s no different here at Pats Pulpit — Coronavirus be damned! Last year, we looked at the best games of the New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick era, which was fun, but this year, we’re doing something a little different: we decided to take a look at the biggest busts of the Belichick era.

They could be draft picks, free agent signings, or trade acquisitions. We picked 32 of the biggest disappointments, and arranged them into a bracket for you to fill out.

Today, voting continues with the second round in the Greg Jennings Region and the DeMarcus Lawrence Region — both named after players the Patriots missed out on in order to get some of the busts on our list. Make sure to vote in every one of the matchups and discuss your choices in the comment section below!

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#1 Chad Jackson vs #4 Scott Chandler

Chad Jackson took down number eight seed Reggie Wayne in the first round to move on to a matchup with Scott Chandler, who took down five-seed Darius Butler. As disappointing as Chandler was in his lone year in New England, the whiff on Jackson in the second round of the draft was worse, especially considering the players selected after him. This matchup should therefore be another runaway victory for Jackson.

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#1 Chad Jackson vs #4 Scott Chandler

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  • 87%
    Chad Jackson
    (256 votes)
  • 12%
    Scott Chandler
    (36 votes)
292 votes total Vote Now

#3 Antonio Brown vs #2 Cyrus Jones

Antonio Brown took down six-seed Tavon Wilson to take on Cyrus Jones, who himself took down seven-seed Laurence Maroney. This matchup might be the closest of the second round, as Jones was nothing but trouble for the Patriots after they drafted him in the second round in 2016 — he couldn’t play defense, and made a ton of bad plays on special teams as well. Brown, on the other hand, is one of the most polarizing figures in Patriots history. There are people that still say the Patriots should have held onto him last season, despite the off-field issues that ultimately led to his release. Because Brown showed so much promise and only played a single game for the Patriots, I actually think I’m inclined to vote for him, but I can certainly understand how you might vote differently.

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#3 Antonio Brown vs #2 Cyrus Jones

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  • 41%
    Antonio Brown
    (128 votes)
  • 58%
    Cyrus Jones
    (177 votes)
305 votes total Vote Now

#1 Dominique Easley vs #4 Jermaine Cunningham

Dominique Easley took down eight-seed Jonathan Fanene to face Jermaine Cunningham, who took down seed number five, Kenny Britt. This is a pretty open and shut case. Cunningham was terrible for the Patriots, but Easley never did a thing after being taken in the first round. Just like the Easley’s last matchup, this one against his fellow Florida Gator should be a blowout.

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#1 Dominique Easley vs #4 Jermaine Cunningham

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  • 81%
    Dominique Easley
    (240 votes)
  • 18%
    Jermaine Cunningham
    (55 votes)
295 votes total Vote Now

#6 Doug Gabriel vs #2 Adalius Thomas

In the only upset of the tournament so far, Doug Gabriel took down three-seed Ron Brace to advance to the second round. Here, he will have to go up against Adalius Thomas, who took down number seven seed Deltha O’Neal. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, Gabriel’s Cinderella story is probably going to come to a quick ending. Although Gabriel was bad, and didn’t even last a full season in New England, Thomas had much higher expectations, and has served as a big-market free agent cautionary tale ever since the Patriots signed him back in 2007.

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#6 Doug Gabriel vs #2 Adalius Thomas

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  • 27%
    Doug Gabriel
    (81 votes)
  • 72%
    Adalius Thomas
    (209 votes)
290 votes total Vote Now