Patriots Time Machine

Patriots Time Machine

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Do you ever wish Twitter existed for the start of the Patriots dynasty? Enter Patriots Time Machine, a collaboration between the Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon and the New England Patriots, to bring the team archives back to the Internet. The Patriots Time Machine will chronicle the Patriots on Twitter, Instagram and right here on Patriots.com, posting transaction graphics, game photos, video recaps, press conference highlights, Patriots Football Weekly analysis, pop culture memes and everything you need to follow the 2001 Patriots, stadium construction and future seasons.

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Offensive Line: Production depends on new faces up front

There is one glaring positive about the 2001 Patriots offensive line. That is, of course, that it can’t possibly be any worse than it has been the last two seasons when starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe was sacked a combined 100 times, including 45 last season.
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Defensive Line: Line lacks depth as camp opens

Maybe Bill Belichick knows something the rest of New England has yet to see. Then again, maybe he doesn’t, but simply didn’t have the financial resources to properly address the needs on the defensive line. 
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Linebackers: Questions surround linebacking corps

It doesn’t seem like long ago that the Patriots had a stellar and deep linebacking corps that made it a strength of the team. Those were the days when Ted Johnson was teetering on stardom, Chris Slade was a feared pass rusher and a Pro Bowler and Tedy Bruschi and Todd Collins fought it out for playing time.
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Special Teams: Pats get tougher

The Patriots struggled on both sides of the ball for much of last season, but one area where they performed solidly was special teams. This was particularly true early in the year before injuries forced several backup players into key roles.
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Defensive Backs: Improvements must translate on field

While a subpar pass rush deserves its share of the blame, Belichick thrives on his secondary getting the job done and it didn’t do that well enough as a group last year.
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Is this turnover for the better?

Year two is sure to be different, but could it be the same?
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Pats get picks in on time

The Patriots were busy throughout the month signing several of their draft picks before the start of camp.
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Redmond waiting to run for his job

A year ago, the Patriots newest rookie running back, J.R. Redmond, was recovering from groin surgery and haggling about his contract.
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Looking for big money production

In order for any team to be successful, the big-money players have to perform as well as they get paid.
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Patriots add more depth with T-Buck

Terrell Buckley has the reputation of a gambler. The veteran cornerback plays with a high risk/high reward attitude that is evidenced by his penchant for making interceptions and occasionally allowing the big play.
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First line of defense

One gap, two gap. Over, under. Strong side, weak side. We hear these terms in regards to the Patriots defensive line on an almost daily basis during the season. But what do they all mean? How does Bill Belichick’s scheme affect the way the Patriots defensive linemen are asked to go about their business? What are the differences between the Patriots 3-4 alignment and the more traditional 4-3 set up? We posed these questions to the players who man these all-important spots, and here’s what they had to say ...
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Patriots filling in the gaps

Perhaps the most important pieces within Belichick’s system are also the most unheralded: the defensive linemen.
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Free agents: boom or bust for Pats

Quality is better than quantity. That being a safe assumption, one has to wonder, then, if the Patriots free agent strategy will pay off. Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli worked the market hard as they promised they would, but did they simply come away with quantity or did they find value players on the positive side of their careers?
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Non-contact injuries a pain for Pats

A disturbing trend of rookie injuries continued in May when third-round pick Brock Williams suffered an ACL injury during passing camp.
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Former rivals among latest editions

The Patriots have signed seven free agents from AFC East rivals, and all came from either the Dolphins or Bills. 
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Classes underway at Camp Belichick

Life in the NFL nowadays is much different than in years past. Time off for players has shrunk to the point where players take a couple of weeks off in February before getting right back into the rigors of working out in March in preparation for the following season.
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Oh brother where art thou?

When Bobby Hamilton looked in his locker and found the printout of an email that had been sent to the team from a gentleman named Billy Hamilton, the Patriots defensive end gave it little thought. The note claimed that this Billy was Bobby’s half brother and the two shared the same father. It was a notion Bobby gave little credence to.
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Johnson's pay cut paves FA way

It’s rare in this day and age when an athlete agrees to actually take less money, but that’s exactly what Ted Johnson did.
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NFL realignment passes for 2002 season

The NFL owners needed less time than it takes to order a cup of coffee to approve a realignment plan that will begin next year with the arrival of the expansion Houston Texans.
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Lane takes high road in departure

From what Max Lane sees, the Patriots are doing what it takes to move forward. He just wishes he were a part of it.
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Patriots building a Huskie safety net

New England has found a safety net through the University of Washington. Already with Pro Bowler Lawyer Milloy in place, the Patriots could have a Husky backfield down the road with Hakim Akbar joining the secondary.
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Holloway hoping to be middle man

The Patriots, and Drew Bledsoe in particular, have been searching for more than a year for a suitable replacement for Ben Coates to exploit the middle of the field on those crucial third-down passing situations.
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With health, Myers a steal

It was clear early that Myers was a tough kid. That toughness impressed the Patriots, and if Myers can recover from the foot injury that limited him as a senior and stay healthy, he should establish a role for himself.
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Love brings mental, physical package to Pats

Each year the staff at South Carolina State conducts a “draft” and asks players to pick the 12 best players on the roster. Last fall, 56 of 60 Bulldogs took tight end Arther Love with the No. 1 pick.
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Jones ready for the fight

After spending a pair of choices on tackles Adrian Klemm and Greg Robinson-Randall in his first draft, he picked tackles Matt Light and Kenyatta Jones this time around, and like last year, used second- and fourth-round picks to do it.
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