Three Undrafted 2022 Patriots Free Agents To Watch

It’s time to look at three undrafted free agents to watch. Head coach Bill Belichick is u predictable and is a great roster manipulator. With, mini _camp a month away, it’s time to check out the undrafted players. In this post, we will review three payers undrafted that will battle for a roster spot.

Jake Julien/Punter/Eastern Michigan

Jake Julien is a player to watch. In, 2021, Patriots punter Jake Bailey had three punts blocked. Julien will give Bailey a run for his money. In fifty_four games, at Eastern Michigan, Julien made fifty_one punts. Seventy _one was inside the twenty_yard line.

With Bill Belichick always looking to upgrade, Bailey’s days are in jeopardy. Julien, a Canadien born in Ontario, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2020 Canadien Football League draft.

LaBryan Ray/DL/ Alabama

Injuries prevented LaBryan Ray from being drafted. In four_years with the Crimson Ray missed every season. Ray played in forty_four games, making thirty_seven solo tackles, and thirty-nine assisted tackles, His best season was in 2018, starting in fifteen games.

Ray has the size and frame that NFL coaches love. He specializes in the run and is a decent two _gap player. He fights off double _team coverage consistently. With time, he can contribute to the rotation. Staying healthy will factor in his success.

DeMarcus Mitchell/ Edge/ Purdue

The 6’3″ 265 pounder has great size and athleticism. Playing only in nine games his senior year, he made twenty_ five tackles. In his ultimate game against Tennessee, he recorded four solo tackles. Although he was not present at the combine, he had an exceptional workout in front of scouts at the Purdue Pro day. I look for Mitchell to start off on special teams, working his way into the rotation.

Conclusion

Focusing on offense, it will be interesting to see how the defense plays in 2022. Last season, they were one of the best in the AFC. With a lighter linebacking group, the team is emphasizing speed. As Mac Jones continues to develop, there is always a player undrafted player who makes a statement.

Bruins Defense Needs To Tighten Up

Once again the Bruins have been stymied. The defense needs to tighten up. Carolina big man Sebastian Aho continues to expose the Bruins. Hurricanes goalie Antti Raanta left the game after a vicious collision with David Pastrnak. The Bruins continue to argue with the referees. In this post, we will review three areas the Bruins need to improve on.

History

Historically, the teams met four times since 2019. In 2019, the Bruins swept the Hurricanes. In 2020 the Bruins won in five games. This year is a different story. Carolina has shut out the Bruins through four periods.

Overall, the Hurricanes dominated the Bruins this year winning all three games. Scoring_ wise, the Bruins cannot score against the Hurricanes. The Canes were the best defensive team in the NHL in 2022. Also, they were the number one penalty kill team in the league.

If the Bruins want to even the series, they need scoring from all four lines. If the Bruins cannot find the net it will be an early exit.

Rejuvenate Brad Marchand

The second area is Brad Marchand needs to wake up. In _game one, Marchand earned a minus 3 in performance. He continues to fight with the referees and makes life easy for Carolina.

The Bruin’s top line is non_existent and the Hurricanes are outplaying the Bruins. The team only scored one goal in the three matches this season. If the Bruins intend to get going it starts with the Marchand line.

Stay With Linus Ullmark

Linus Ullmark does not have one playoff series under his belt. In _game one, the Bruins out shot the Hurricanes. Ullmark made 20 saves out of 24 shots. This is life in the post,_ Tuukka era. Backup Jeremy Swayman has not appeared in a playoff either.

The way Bruce Cassidy breaks up the lines, a goalie switch would not be shocking. Swayman earned the title of number one goaltender midway through the season. Putting Swayman under pressure could backfire on the Bruins. The only hope of a victory is a total team effort.

Conclusion

The scoring drought continues for the Bruins. With only three goals in six periods, the confidence is low. Head coach Bruce Cassidy has some decisions to make. This may be, Hall of Famer Patrice Bergeron’s last appearance in a Bruins uniform. Reshuffling Hampus Lindholm and Matt Grzelcyk are not enough.

Celtics Defense Will Determine The Outcome

The Celtic’s defense will determine the outcome in the playoffs. Wednesday the Celtics went up 2-0. Boston was down by seventeen. The Celtics are shooting 35% from the three_point range. Brooklyn is shooting47% from the three _point area. Both teams are tied in turnovers and rebounds. In this post, we will review three areas the team needs to focus on.

Durant Struggling

Star player Kevin Durant is struggling. Durant was 8 for 17 from the field in game two. Jayson Tatum’s defense has shut him down and frustrated him. Point guard Kyrie Irving just had ten points. Forward Jaylen Brown had a monster game making clutch shots. In two games, Brown has a total of forty_five points while shooting 300 from three _point land.

In_ game two, Brown had his biggest game as a pro. helping the Celtics overcome a seventeen_ point deficit.

Marcus Smart Shutting Down Opponent

One player frustrating the Nets is Marcus Smart. Smart is having one of the best playoff series of his career. In two games, Smart has forty_five points. he is shooting 333 from the three _point area.

In order to beat the nets, Smart must continue to score. In two games, Kevin Durant is completely frustrated by Smart’s play. Games three and four will be pivotal for Smart and the Celtics.

Play As A _Team

As the series progresses, the Celtics will have to play together. Keeping the turnovers down and rebounding will be significant. The Celtics have committed fourteen turnovers. In the rebounding department, they have a total of 39.5.

Getting big points from the bench has been crucial. Grant Williams, Payton Pritchard, and Daniel Theis have been spectacular. Pritchard especially has been clutch, off the bench.

Conclusion

Head coach Ime Udoka has the Celtics believing in themselves. It’s only two games but the team is playing together. Believing in one another is the key to beating any team. personally, i like the Celtics in six. Boston has a deeper bench and is better defensively than Brooklyn.

Three Bargains For The Bruins At The 2022 Deadline

The NHL trade deadline is in one week. Three bargains for the Bruins at the 2022 deadline are thin. My issue is, with nineteen games left after the deadline, is it worth giving up a draft pick or quality player. At this stage, the organization needs a second_ line center and defense. In this post, we will review three players who would be a bargain for the Bruin.

Zdeno Chara/ Defenseman /Islanders

The towering defenseman is available. For the right price, he would be a logical solution with Charlie McAvoy. With a cap hit of 750,000, the Bruins would be a perfect fit. He would add a physical presence and bring toughness to a passive team.

At thirty_ eight years old, he is still productive. In 48 games he has 0 goals and 9 assists. The Bruins need more muscle on defense and his experience would be welcomed. The Bruins need a big body heading into the playoffs and Chara would be the perfect fit.

Mark Giordano/Defenseman/Seattle

Another valuable piece that could help a team down the stretch. Has a ton of playoff experience and brings a needed toughness. Would be a great addition to a young defensive group.

At thirty _eight, he is still productive. In forty_four games he has 4goals and 17 assists. A hard_ nosed player who would be an immediate upgrade. With a cap hit of 6.75 million, he would cost you a low_round draft pick. A valuable player for any team.if they have the right player in return.

Jakob ChyChrun/D/Arizona

This player will not be a free agent until after the 2025 season. That means a team can have his services for two years. For 4.6 million dollars, he is the best deal on the market.

This player brings a toughness that the Bruins lack. A left_ shot defenseman he would be a home run in a trade. The Bruins are front runners to land his services. In 47 games this year, he has 7 goals and 14 assists. With decent size 6’2″ 215 pounds, Chychrun would be a welcomed addition in Boston.

Conclusion

With the season winding down, the Bruins are sitting in fourth place in the NHL Atlantic Division. As of late, the club has been getting balanced scoring from all four lines The team lacks toughness. Surviving in the playoffs requires patience and toughness. Any of the players mentioned above would be a valuable acquisition to the roster.

Three Prospects That Could Help The 2022 Red Sox

With opening day slated for April seventh, the Red Sox will begin spring training on Monday. Three prospects that could crack the 2022 opening day roster. Presently, there are several prospects to keep a close watch on. In this post, we will review potential opening day surprises.

Triston Casas/First Baseman

This prospect has risen through the system. This prospect has risen through the system. Drafted in 2018, Casas stands 6’4″ and weighs 252 pounds. What makes Casas stand out is his ability to hit all fields, Only, 22 he has great length. A gifted athlete is he can impress in spring training, he will be the starting first baseman.

If the team fails to resign, Kyle Schwarber Casas does not have much competition. With the strike over, first base is an area the organization needs to address. I look for General manager Chaim Bloom to keep the payroll thin and go with the young players.

Durbin Feltman/ Righthanded Pitcher

The Red Sox bullpen needs an upgrade in 2022. One prospect who may fill that role is Durbin Feltman. Selected in the third round in 2018 by the Red Sox, Feltman had his best season in 2021.

Splitting time between Worcester and Lowell, Feltman compiled a 6-0 3.29 and 2-1 2.59 record respectively. If Feltman can stay on the pace, he will be a big help for the organization. His arsenal includes a slider, curveball, and fastball.

Jay Groome/ Lefthanded Pitcher

Jay Groome has been in the Red Sox organization since 2016. Injuries have hindered his career. Only 23 he is finally healthy and ready to take a step forward. His massive 6 6′ 262 _pound frame makes him the perfect power pitcher.

He had a successful season in 2021 while at Portland. If he can stay healthy, and regain his confidence, he is a long shot to be in the team’s starting rotation in 2022. The key variable for Groome is staying healthy. With Eduardo Rodriguez signing with Detroit, Groome could be the perfect replacement.

Conclusion

With the strike over, the club has several holes to fill. With the tax threshold at 230 million, the Sox stands at 206 million. They are still paying David Price’s salary. Do not expect Chaim Bloom to be generous with his payroll.

Revolution Preparing For Another Successful Season

The Revolution is preparing for another successful season. They have been one of the busiest teams in the MLS. Adding depth to the defense and drafting a goalkeeper, the Revolution is poised for a big year. New England suffered a loss to New York in the 2021 Conference semi _finals. The loss was disappointing for Revolution fans. The Revolution finished with 73 points the most since the LA Galaxy scored in 2019. In this post, we will review three reasons to see if the club improved since the last season.

Depth On Defense

The club has vastly improved since last season. The only question is will they survive with the loss of goalkeeper Matt Turner? The team drafted Loyola Marymount goalkeeper Jacob Jackson with the 24th selection in the 2022 MLS draft. Jackson has a reputation that is very coachable and possesses a strong work ethic.

During the offseason, the organization signed veteran defender Omar Gonzalez.Gonzalez. played in twenty_ seven games last season for Toronto. He started in every game but three scoring three goals.

He adds ten years of experience to a veteran group led by Andrew Farrell and Brandon Bye.

Goalkeeping Concerns

Losing Matt Turner to the English Premier League will hurt. New England resigned Brad Knighton to a one _yeardeal Knighton has fifteen seasons of experience. Over that span, he has posted a 36-26-20 record. He’s no Matt Turner but a nice piece to have.

Backup Earl Edwards will platoon with Knighton. Unlike Knighton Edwards has not appeared in as many games over an eight_ year career. Still, an adequate veteran until rookie Jacob Jackson is ready.

Compared To The Rest Of The League

The Revolution was one of the league’s busiest teams adding Ryan Spaulding, Omar Gonzalez, Edgar Castillo, and drafting Jacob Jackson is a step to a solid year. Teams like Seattle, Portland, Nashville, Atlanta, and the La Galaxy went out and spent. Drafting a young goalkeeper is keeping the club in the conversation.

Conclusion

Head Coach Bruce Arena is building towards the future. It will be hard to replace Matt Tur They may not record seventy _three points, but they are better on paper.

Offensively the club will be the same. Defensively Gonsalvez adds depth. Jacob Jackson will take time but then again the Revolution has Bruce Arena as a coach.

Celtics Playing Like Contenders In The NBA East

The Celtics are playing like contenders in the NBA East. Boston has been one of the hottest teams in the league as of late. With, the trade deadline hours away, the Celtics will be buyers. For the first time in two years, the Celtics are the talk of the town. In this post, we will review three areas the club needs to focus on to stay, in the hunt.

Number One Defensively

The Celtics are number one defensively in the NBA. They are currently riding on a six_ game winning streak. Their longest winning streak this season. Basketball has resurrected again in Beantown.

Not as popular as the Bird era, the team is getting a lot of attention. Led by Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, the Celtics have one of the toughest clubs defensively. Jayson Tatum was selected for his third straight All_Star appearance.

Head coach Ime Udoka has the club believing in one another. The results have been positive as the team sits as a seventh seed in the East. Playing defense is been a priority for Udoka. Winning in the playoffs will depend on playing together and defense.

Consistent Ball Movement

Consistent ball movement has been another bright spot for the Celtics. The team has been passing more than in previous seasons. Jayson Tatum has a total of 203 assists. Point guard Marcus Smart has a league_ high of 249 assists.

Playing together and strong communication are essential tools for winning. The group is likable and it shows on the court.

Creating Less Turnovers

The Celtics are still committing unnecessary turnovers. Making lazy passes is still a problem. Communication is important in order to pull out close games. Winning close games will determine how far the Celtics finish this season. Blowing large leads will only cause disappointment. Being patient is a sign of an intelligent playoff team.

Conclusion

If the team expects to keep winning, playing together is a must. Having trust in one another and strong defensive stands are two ingredients for success. With, the trade deadline here, adding another role player is important for the chemistry. I like the Celtics winning two rounds in the playoffs.

Life For The Red Sox After The Work Stoppage

Life for the Red Sox after the work stoppage will be interesting. The team has currently added Rich Hill, James Paxton, and Jackie Bradley Jr. Still a long way to go. Currently, the organization has spent 190.000 000 on next year’s salaries. They still have to solve the second base dilemma. In this post, we will explore available options for next season.

Roster Chaos

One obvious answer is roster chaos. With Chaim Bloom already committing to washed _up veterans, one has to wonder what direction is next. Pitcher Michael Wacha is not the pitcher he once was. Rich Hill is in his third stint with the Red Sox. And Jackie Bradley is coming off his worst season ever.

In 2021 Bradley hit a disappointing 163 6 home runs, and 39 rbi’s. Plus an OBP/236, OPS/497, and 261 slugging percentage. Certainly not marketable numbers. No doubt the club will miss Renfroes production. His 14 assists were tops in the league. His postseason performance is what got him dealt. With, not much cap space left, Chaim Bloom’s options are minimal.

Number Three Starter And Closer

Replacing Eduardo Rodriguez is a priority. Michael Wacha and Rich Hill aren’t the answers. James Paxton is a reclamation project who we won’t see until 2023. That leaves only help in the farm or another free agent.

Notable free agents still available are Carlos Rodon, Alex Wood, and Michael Pineda. The most attractive name is Rodon. He had his best season in 2021 winning 13 games and losing six posting a 2.37 ERA. At 29 years old he would be the perfect fit for the Red Sox. A dependable lefthander who is still in his prime.

Another avenue to explore is the fam system. Two pitchers I like are Jay Groome and Chris Murphy. Groome is a monstrous 6’6″ weighing 262lbs. A slider, curve, and fastball are his best pitches. Murphy was 3-2 at Portland last season and throws 94 mph. Reliever Durbin Feltman went 7-0 at AAA Worcester

Outfield Depth

Replacing Hunter Renfroe will not be easy. Renfroe is coming off a career year, slamming 36 home runs. With Alex Verdugo in left and Jackie Bradley in centerfield, the club. is better defensively. With no help on the farm free agency is their option.

Several key free agents are still available. My personal favorite is Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos. Castellanos had a career year in 2021 belting 34 home runs and knocking in 100. Adam Duvall of the Braves and Tommy Pham of San Diego are still unsigned. Renfroe’s bat will be sorely missed. Free_ agent Kyle Schwarber is still available will be too expensive.

Japanese free agent Seiya Suzuki is a possibility. Suzuki is the best player on the market. He has a lifetime average of 309 with a 402OBP and 189 home runs. He would also be an asset defensively.

Conclusion

With the lockout still on hold, the team is not much better than last seasonWith the lockout still on hold, team is not much better than last season. Replacing Hunter Renfroe’s bat will be difficult. However, his twelve errors were the worst in the league. Resigning Kyle Schwarber will be tough even if the Luxury tax increases a little after the strike. Look for the team to pursue Seiya Suzuki is the most logical candidate.

Patriots End The 2021 Season On a Downer

The Patriots ended the 2021 season on a downer. Instead of clinching a division title, they finished in second place at 10-7. Although respectable to most fans, a lot of Patriots nation were left disappointed. Most people thought they had the talent to win the AFC East. Instead, the season ended in disappointment. A frustrating loss to the Dolphins set reality in. In this post, we will review three areas that they need to focus on the road back to the Super Bowl.

Get More Receivers Involved

Quarterback Mac Jones needs more help. Outside of the run game, he has only three weapons. Receiver Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, and tight end Hunter Henry. Off_ season acquisitions, Nelson Agholor and Jonnu Smith have been non-existent. Offensive coordinator Josh Mcdaniels needs to find a successful formula for these two receivers.

If Mac Jones is going to be successful, then he needs everyone healthy and involved. The team needs big contributions from the run game.

Improve The Play Of Special Teams

One area that has been disappointing is the Special Teams department. Too many penalties has been a problem all year. Overall, the team ranked fourth in the NFL in special teams’ play.

Kicker Nick Folk is one of the best in the game. The team continues to get solid production from Gunner Olszewski in the return game. Punter Jake Bailey has been disappointing. If the Patriots expect to beat Buffalo, they need consistent play from special teams.

Mix It Up

In order to beat the Bills, the Patriots will have to mix it up. With the weather expected to be around zero, throwing the ball may be unrealistic. Getting Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith involved is crucial. A run game may not be enough.

Conclusion

Mac Jones needs a big gameMac Jones needs a big game. He needs a victory. The naysayers are already out. Fans will continue to question the drafting of Jones. Look for a Patriots victory.

Bruins Ring In the New Year Making Points

The Bruins have rung in the new year making points. Boston currently sits fourth in the Atlantic Division. Since Christmas, the Bruins are 3-4. With many players injured with Covid head coach, Bruce Cassidy remains optimistic. In this post, we will review three areas the team needs to focus on going forward.

Rotate The Goalies

The Bruins have experienced recent success by rotating their goalies. Rookie netminder Jeremy Swayman has been impressive since the start of the season. Free _agent signing Linus Ullmark has been a pleasant surprise.

Last week the organization announced they have signed Tuukka Rask. Rask for years has been the team’s number one netminder. How the club utilizes three goaltenders remains to be seen.

Rask was the big reason the Bruins went to the Stanley Cup finals three years ago. Swayman has won the respect of Bruins fans with his athleticism. If the team has any hopes of reaching the finals, one of the three needs to play consistently.

Add A Left Shot Defenseman

Overall, the Bruins rank seventh in the league in Goals Against. The top four are Charlie McAvoy /Brandon Carlo, Matt Grzelcyk/Derek Forbort/ Mike Reily/Connor Clifton. The group is OK but not Stanley Cup material.

Two players I like are Jakob Chychrun and Cam Dineen both of Arizona. ChyChruns name has popped for several weeks. Chychrun is a towering 6’3,” 210lb defenseman. The beauty of Chychrun is he is a left shot. Salary_ wise, he is carrying a 4.6 million cap hit with three years left on his contract. Dineen is a promising young defenseman. Standing at 5’9” Dineen would not be as expensive as Chychrun. The reality is the Bruins would pay a hefty package in return. It would take a hefty package to acquire a player of his skill.

Depth At Center

Adding another centerman is another option for the Bruins. The experiment of Charle Coyle on the second line is not working. Head coach Bruce Cassidy has had to rotate Players like Coyle and Jack Studnicka. since Deave Krejci left finding a replacement hasn’t been easy.

In, thirty games this season Coyle has eight goals and eight assists and a plus_ minus rating of 1. There is no doubt that Bruin fans miss David Krejci. His playmaking skills were exceptional.

Conclusion

After a 3-2 loss to the Wild, the Bruins hope to rebound against Tampa Saturday. The goaltending issue is worth keeping an eye on. Rookie Jeremy Swayman is proving he belongs at the NHL level.