Author: Jonah Perez

Jonah Perez is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He covers USC and the NE Patriots for Gridiron Heroics. Follow him on Twitter @jonahap2.

After years of trade rumors involving the failed (so far) receiver from Arizona State, N’Keal Harry has been traded to the Bears for a 7th round 2024 pick. Patriots The pros for this trade is they get something for a distressed asset, the rest is all cons. New England gets to add to their terrible history of drafting receivers. Especially if they were a high draft pick. When he was drafted in 2019 at 32, the Patriots passed on four future pro bowl receivers. Deebo Samuel (All-Pro), A.J. Brown, D.K. Metcalf and Hunter Renfrow. Also two players everybody views as…

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Big Ten media days is July 26 – 27 this year and college football fans can’t wait to see what the conference of realignment has to say. The biggest storylines will have to do with the addition of Los Angeles to the conference, but there will be plenty of other ones to watch out for too. USC/UCLA The biggest storyline for both schools is how competitive will they be when they finally join the Big Ten in 2024? USC last season at 4 – 8 had their worst record since 1991 when they went 3 – 8. It was a…

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“Sophomore Slump” is when a player, after a great first season, struggles in year two. It’s not always the players fault, once the rest of the league is used to their talent and style, they can adjust and be ready for the young player. The Hype This Year It’s “best shape of my life” season and Mac Jones showed off his preparation for the upcoming season. Whenever you hear this phrase or read about it, usually an eye roll follows. However, if the talks surrounding Jones last year are any indication, he means it when he shows off his…

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Reclaiming the west coast is step one for reviving a sleeping giant like USC. They are one of the programs always three years away from being a power house. Them, Miami, LSU and Georgia all have it in common. When USC is on top, they don’t just control California, but the whole coast, and even states in their vicinity like Nevada, Idaho, Utah and Arizona. Head Coach Lincoln Riley appeared on, former Alabama quarterback and 2009 national champion and current ESPN Analyst, Greg McElroy’s Always College Football podcast. One of the main themes of his interview was taking the west…

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The NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame announced July 8th the semifinalists for enshrinement August 6th. Patriots owner Robert Kraft is among the 25 semifinalists and it was to be expected. When he purchased them in January 1994 they were a laughingstock franchise full of embarrassing results and inconsistent success. Like the Red Sox, at the time, it was like the team was cursed. However, the team full of bad fortune became the winningest franchise of the last 30 years. Purchasing/Initial Results 1995 – 1999 Pre-Kraft the Patriots (not counting ties) had a regular season record of 231-276 (.460). They…

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Can USC win a championship this year? Yes. Will they win a championship this year? No. Tempering expectations is what fans need todo. Offense USC’s spring game on April 23 ended with a final score of 34-30. The offense came out rolling, scoring 17 in the first half. Right off the bat there was a sense of connection between new quarterback Caleb Williams and the receivers, but especially with Mario Williams, from their days at Oklahoma. He had two touchdowns and caught almost half of Williams passes with four. The other thing noticeable about the offense was its commitment to…

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With offensive position battles already covered, these are the Patriots training camp defensive battles to watch for. Outside Linebacker Veteran and Pro Bowler Matthew Judon is going to start as the right side outside linebacker. This battle is for the left side rusher. Third year player out of Michigan, Uche, has the most experience coming into camp. He’s played sparingly the past two seasons, but it’s more than the other two options. Third year player out of Alabama, Anfernee Jennings, played inconsistently his first season and none last year due to injury. While, second year player from Oklahoma, Ronnie Perkins,…

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As one of the historic programs in the country, UCLA and USC’s historic move to the Big Ten shocked the sports world. Not even top coach Lincoln Riley knew this was in the works. “President Folt, Mike Bohn and Brandon Sosna have been completely aligned with the vision of what our athletic department can be, while always putting our student-athletes first,” said Riley. “This move to the Big Ten Conference positions all of our teams for long-term success. It provides our student-athletes with more exposure, new resources and challenges them with elite competition. USC Football is excited to compete in the…

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Patriots training camp is a microcosm of what the league wants. The NFL wants constant parody and with the league being a hard cap one, every team has to make tough decisions to fall under the cap. If a team is above the cap, they lose all flexibility to adjust and adapt their roster to how the league changes from year to year. Training camp is one of the only times a team can evaluate their roster to determine how to field the best one, while at the same time saving the most money. Head Coach Bill Belichick is one…

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