New England Patriots Patriots Talk: Reactions To The NFL Top 100 Share Tweet Published 7 months ago on May 10, 2017 By stephenhilton Patriots Talk: Reactions To The NFL Top 100 Well its finally May and that means that the NFL players talk with the league about whom they feel deserve to be in the Top 100 best players in the NFL from the 2016-2017 season. The yearly event discusses players discussing their own personal input on other teams and their star players around NFL. The Patriots in particular will be a hot topic during this month long event where the players will be bringing up man familiar names. The NFL Top 100 list has gone through the player 71-100 so far and already four Patriots have made the list. So far only [Wide Receiver] Julian Edelman (71), former [Running Back] LeGarrette Blount (80), [Linebacker] Dont’a Hightower (94) and [Cornerback] Malcolm Butler (99). The most vocal was Edelman who went onto NFL Network on Monday night with Hall of Fame [Cornerback] Deion Sanders. “As a competitor you always think you should be better than what you are. You strive to be better. Thankfully, this is a good team spot I get to play and these things don’t justify the type of player you really are, I don’t think.” And while Edelman was ranked 71 on the NFL Top 100, he is reported to be the 13th receiver out of 14 wide recievers that were selected. Considering how far a 1000 yard season and Super Bowl comeback for the ages, many would argue Edelman should have been higher but players’ respect for is hard to earn. As of now, The other four players took to Twitter to discuss their places on the list. Thanks to my @NFL peers #Blessed https://t.co/8Oyd3J1FzB — Malcolm CB Butler (@Mac_BZ) May 2, 2017 Appreciate the love jenk! And the rest of my peers! #boomtower ✊🏽👍🏽 https://t.co/qSFsr94IVw — Dont'a Hightower (@zeus30hightower) May 2, 2017 I'm truly blessed and thankful to the most high for allowing me to play the game I love!! 🙏🏿🙏🏿 #NotDoneYet pic.twitter.com/LnVwyNWkdi — LeGarrette Blount (@LG_Blount) May 9, 2017 Personally, Butler and Hightower should have been significantly higher on the list as both were the Associated Press’ 2nd Team All-Pro selections for both Corner Backs and Linebackers. And considering how they preformed this year, it is quite shocking. Blount I would argue shouldn’t even be at 80th on the list but Edelman’s placement is the most sound so far among the Patriots. The NFL Top 100 airs exclusively on NFL Network and airs only on Mondays at 9 PM EST. 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In many ways, there were a number of factors within this game that caused the Raiders to ultimately fold early on in the game The Altitude Difference Rob Gronkowski on practicing in high altitude: "You can feel it; I'm glad we're doing it." https://t.co/bRVF74yNF0 — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) November 16, 2017 The Patriots had the smart idea to stay in Denver and travel to Colorado Springs to adjust their bodies to the pressures of high altitude. The Raiders took the same approach when they traveled to Mexico City to play against the Houston Texans in Week 11 of the 2016 season. Although, the method worked last year, you can’t deny that there was a lot of outside interference in that game. This time around, it was very clearly from just the fact that CB Stephon Gilmore and WR Danny Amendola leaving the game due to dehydration showed how taxing the high altitude was on them. The Raiders were arguably worse with their team as they allowed 4 turnovers on the offense yesterdays. The sheer pressure the game put on most of the players was quite significant in this game for both team. But the Patriots ultimately minimzed the effect that it had on them. Continue Reading New England Patriots Patriots Football Talk: Patriots Dominance Continues In Mexico Published 2 days ago on November 20, 2017 By Christian Bullock It was a sunny Sunday at the Estadio Azteca, Mexico’s Premier Stadium, in Mexico City. The New England Patriots were facing off against the Oakland Raiders in what was called a Road Game. It was a made for TV experience to draw in a more viewers and fans. It was the NFL’s way to reach a larger market, that being fans in Mexico City. The Game showed off the best in the NFL. And you know what? The best Team in the NFL showed what it means to be the best. Of course I’m talking about the Patriots dominating yet another Team. They continue to out preform their opponents on the field. It’s something that this year’s Team has grown in to. 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