One of the backbones of the Bill Belichick era has been relying on draft choices for success. The Patriots entered the off season needing help along the defensive line. They drafted Dominique Easley from Florida in the first round. They also needed some depth along the offensive line so they drafted a pair of lineman in the fourth round, Bryan Stork from Florida State and Cameron Fleming from Stanford. They also added Jon Halapio from Florida, an offensive guard, in the 6th round. Jeremy Gallon, a wide receiver from Michigan they selected in round seven, could be another slot receiver for Brady that he has come to rely on throughout the course of his career. Then there is the fact that Tom Brady is an aging legend who is old, and getting older. Ryan Mallett is probably not the long term solution although he should get a chance somewhere to be someone’s starter. The Patriots drafted an interesting project in the second round, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois. His stock flew up towards the end of the season and continued to soar throughout the combine, workouts, and his pro day.
Boston Patriots Became New England Patriots After Eleven Seasons
The Patriots were founded in 1960 as the Boston Patriots. The Boston Patriots called four different stadiums home. From 1960 to 1962 they played at Nickerson Field. From 1963 to 1968 they played at Fenway Park. In 1969 they played in Alumni Stadium. In 1970 they played in Harvard Stadium. In 1971 they changed their name to the New England Patriots and moved into Foxboro Stadium, which was their home until 2001. In 2002 they moved into Gillette Stadium, which is their home to this day.
The Belichick-Brady era is one of the most successful in league history. However it won’t be around for much longer. Brady is nearing 40 and Belichick is on the wrong side of 60, so enjoy it while you can.