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Only two Patriots make ESPN’s list of the best 100 players

in Top "Hähnchen Griller" 28.11.2018 08:18
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in the NFL The New England Patriots http://www.patriotsauthorizedshop.com/authentic-trey-flowers-jersey , winners of two of the last four Super Bowls, enter the 2018 season as one of the favorites to again capture the Vince Lombardi Trophy: the team has a deep team across most of the board (looking at you, wide receiver position), and has some of the NFL’s best players on offense, defense and special teams under contract. Despite some questions still, the 2018 Patriots are projected to be a good football team.You would not think that, however, when judging it solely by ESPN’s list of the best 100 players in the NFL right now. Only two members of the reigning AFC champions have made the cut – the usual suspects:#2: QB Tom BradyThe most successful quarterback in NFL history is ranked at number two behind only the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. While Rodgers – arguably one of the greatest talents to ever play the position – is coming off a season derailed by a broken collarbone, Brady just won his third league MVP award and played another record-breaking Super Bowl. It would not be a surprise if the 41-year old again turned out to be the NFL’s best player this year.#12: TE Rob GronkowskiComing off another highly successful year – he led all tight ends in receiving yards (1,084) and finished second in touchdowns (8) and fifth in receptions (69) –, Gronkowski is ESPN’s highest ranked player at the tight end position. For good reason: there are few weapons in the NFL as dominant and difficult to defend as Gronkowski. Clearly the best and most complete tight end in all of football, the 29-year old is terrific as a receiver and a blocker.While the two future Hall of Famers are ranked inside the top-12, no other members of the Patriots’ current roster have made the cut even though the team has some serious talent at other positions as well. The most five realistic candidates are as follows:OC David Andrews: A reliable and steady presence in front of Tom Brady, Andrews improved even further in 2017 – his first year as a team captain – and is now one of the best centers in football.OG Shaq Mason: You don’t earn five-year, $50 million contracts for no reason. Mason is a top-10 guard in the NFL, that excels as a run blocker and continues to improve as a pass protector.LB Dont’a Hightower: One of New England’s team captains, Hightower ended 2017 on injured reserve. When healthy Shaq Mason Jersey , though, he is the heart of the Patriots’ defense and a dangerous player no matter where he lines up.CB Stephon Gilmore: After a rocky start into his Patriots tenure last year, Gilmore bounced back big time: by the time the playoffs rolled around he was a true number one cornerback and one of the NFL’s best players at the position.FS Devin McCourty: The veteran is still one of the NFL’s best free safeties and the leader of New England’s secondary. A versatile player, McCourty excels due to his rare combination of atheleticism, vision, and play diagnosis.What do you think, who is the Patriots’ biggest snub to miss the list? It took a few days before Bill Belichick finally admitted Friday that troubled but talented wide receiver Josh Gordon is a New England Patriot.The trade bringing Gordon, who played in just 11 games with the Cleveland Browns since 2013 due to NFL suspensions, was announced by both teams on Monday. Gordon and a seventh-round draft pick went to New England for a fifth-rounder. The New England coach then refused to talk about it on Tuesday when it hit the NFL transactions wire. Belichick then said the trade still wasn't done on Wednesday, when Gordon was on the practice field.Belichick doesn't talk to the media on Thursdays. On Friday, he said matter of factly, as usual, "Since the last time we met, we officially added Josh and Cyrus (Jones, re-signed) to the roster, so it's good to get them here. I'd say really in both cases, those two guys have done about as much as they can do in the few days that they've been here Authentic Kyle Van Noy Jersey , or been back in Cyrus' case. We'll see how it goes."Belichick refused to talk about Gordon's off-field problems, but noted his new receiver was learning quickly. "I think Josh is a smart kid," he said. "He's worked hard. He picked up a lot."Asked if Gordon, who played in the first Browns games this season and is hampered by a sore hamstring, is the type of talent that doesn't often come available on the trade market, Belichick added, "Look, all players in this league are talented players or they wouldn't be in this league. We'll see."Limited in practice, Gordon, who missed 43 of his last 48 games, could make his debut with his new team Sunday night in Detroit when the Patriots (1-1) face former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia and his Lions (0-2)."(He's) been eager to get in there and learn everything we're doing and, you know, just trying to acclimate himself to what the program is," Tom Brady said Friday.As far as Gordon playing Sunday after limited exposure to the Patriots' complicated playbook, Brady said, "It's just up to the coaches. I think if they're in there it's up to the coaches to decide those things. I don't think anyone is going to put anyone out there if they don't know what they're doing. Now you can limit the number of plays and try and do that, I think we've done that plenty of times; anytime you get new players that's what you try to do."Asked Thursday about Gordon Cheap Jonathan Jones Jersey , who had a big game against New England in 2013, Devin McCourty, stumbled a bit and said, "That's a lot of, 'I don't knows.' I don't . he's only been here for I think two days now so I wouldn't say I can formulate an opinion on him. But, we all know he's a good player."Excited to have him here and he seems excited to get to work. We'll see how it all shakes out."NOTES: TE Rob Gronkowski, "limited" in practice Wednesday (ankle) was back at "full participation" Friday. ... Brady completed his first NFL pass against the Lions on Nov. 23, 2000, but that was at the Pontiac Silverdome. He was 1 for 3 for 6 yards, the completion to Rod Rutledge in a 34-9 Thanksgiving Day loss. That was the only game Brady saw any action in his rookie season. . The Patriots lead the series with the Lions 7-4 and come into this game 16-9 on "Sunday Night Football," 10-2 in their last 12. . New England hasn't lost two games in a row since 2015 and is 12-1 since 2002 (the loss in 2012) after a September loss. . Jones, the Patriots' second draft choice in 2016 and injured all last year, was cut by the club at the end of camp and was on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad when New England decided to bring him back.

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