Patriots Wire Podcast

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Weekly NFL podcast covering the New England Patriots from USA Today Sports and PatriotsWire.

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The guys discuss the Patriots’ runaway win over the Titans and how offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is scheming up chunk plays with yards after the catch (known as “YAC”). Also, thoughts on the Patriots’ run defense and a Patriots-Bills preview with predictions. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Dec 2

35 min 49 sec

The guys open the show with a discussion on the Patriots’ shift in roster construction, and the fascinating strategy coach Bill Belichick deployed to help speed up the franchise’s rebuild following the departure of Tom Brady. Also, should fans buy or sell the idea that brotherhood in the locker room has keyed the team’s five-game win streak? The show wraps up with a Patriots-Titans preview with predictions against the spread. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Nov 26

34 min 53 sec

The guys discuss the Patriots’ fifth straight win with takes on the team’s surging defense and young talent. Also, is Mac Jones ready to carry this team if it can lean on the defense and run game? Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Nov 19

33 min 59 sec

The guys break down the Patriots’ latest dominant performance against a Sam Darnold-led offense. As for the Patriots’ offense, should fans be concerned with another game plan that left Mac Jones in the background? Also, did Mac Jones make a dirty play in the game against Carolina? And how much should Pats fans be believing in this team entering another winnable game against Cleveland? All that and more with Pats-Browns predictions against the spread. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Nov 11

35 min 31 sec

The guys discuss the Patriots’ big road win over the Chargers and take a look at what statistically was an uneven game from rookie quarterback Mac Jones. Are the coaches starting to push Jones to be the focal point of the offense? Also, thoughts on New England standing pat at the trade deadline, facing old friend Stephon Gilmore and a Pats-Panthers preview with picks against the spread. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Nov 4

32 min 39 sec

The guys discuss the Patriots’ blowout win over the Jets and what it means for the team’s immediate future. Also, a discussion on what the team could do at the upcoming trade deadline, and what a win over the Chargers in L.A. would mean for the Patriots’ status as AFC contenders. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Oct 28

39 min 50 sec

Steve Borstein fills in for Ryan O'Leary in this week's Patriots Wire Podcast, breaking down some of the best and worst free agency signings from last offseason.

Oct 21

31 min 14 sec

The guys break down Bill Belichick’s defensive game plan against Tom Brady and relive some of the key moments in one of the biggest regular season spectacles in NFL history. Did Belichick make the right call with kicker Nick Folk at the end of the game? Was Mac Jones’ performance as good as most are making it out to be? Those topics are tackled along with a Patriots-Texans lookahead with picks against the spread. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis).

Oct 7

38 min 22 sec

The guys discuss the Patriots’ alarming loss to the Saints that revealed an ugly truth: The Patriots’ perceived strengths entering the season have been massive letdowns through three weeks. Also, how will the Patriots' organization handle Tom Brady’s return to Foxboro, and how will Brady respond? As always, the guys close with picks against the spread and total with odds provided by the Tipico Sportsbook. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Sep 30

35 min 28 sec

The guys discuss the Patriots’ latest conservative game plan on offense and where rookie quarterback Mac Jones falls into that equation. Topics include the team’s massive problem at right tackle, James White’s fantasy value and picks against the spread for Pats-Saints in Week 3. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Sep 23

29 min 48 sec

The guys discuss the Patriots’ 17-16 loss to the Dolphins in Week 1 and give their takes on Mac Jones’ NFL debut. Also, a look at some defensive snap count surprises and a Patriots-Jets preview with picks against the spread. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Sep 16

31 min 36 sec

With expectations rising for the Patriots and new quarterback Mac Jones, the guys discuss the team’s path to becoming a Super Bowl contender this season. They also highlight some areas of concern that could derail the team’s playoff hopes in 2021. Other topics include a look at the Patriots’ Week 1 matchup against the Dolphins and some advice on how to approach this game from a sports betting perspective. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Sep 9

28 min 29 sec

The guys discuss a wild cut-down day that saw the Patriots release Cam Newton and promote rookie Mac Jones as their new starting QB. But why let Cam walk and lose $3.5M? Also, top takeaways (and concerns) on the team’s initial 53-man roster, and should Mac Jones now be a target in fantasy football drafts? What about Offensive Rookie of the Year betting odds? Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis)

Sep 2

25 min 49 sec

The guys discuss the Patriots’ decision to trade former first-round pick Sony Michel to the Rams and what it means for the team’s running back room entering cut-down week. Also, how Mac Jones took full advantage of Cam Newton’s absence at practice this week by outperforming Giants starter Daniel Jones at joint team practices. Hosted by Ryan O’Leary (@RyanO_Leary) with Patriots Wire Managing Editor Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis).

Aug 26

25 min 18 sec

Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna and host Ryan O’Leary return with thoughts on Cam Newton vs. Mac Jones, Matthew Judon’s instant impact and why it’s not too early to panic over the team’s two injured starting tight ends. Also, is Damien Harris a running back to target in fantasy drafts this summer?

Aug 19

20 min 35 sec

On “Schedule Day,” the guys react to Tom Brady’s Bucs visiting the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Week 4 of the 2021 regular season. Also, Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna breaks down where to find the team’s best positional battles entering training camp.

May 13

24 min 2 sec

The guys react to the Patriots selecting Mac Jones, a player that’s come up often on the pod, with pick No. 15 of the NFL Draft. What will the team’s plan be for the former Alabama star? Also, why Christian Barmore was the quintessential Round 2 pick by Bill Belichick, and other thoughts on this draft class as a whole.

May 6

27 min 16 sec

Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling, with host Ryan O’Leary, give their final takes on Day 1 of the NFL Draft. Could Micah Parsons tumble to the Steelers at pick No. 24? Are the Patriots poised to make a move for their quarterback of the future? Will Patrick Surtain make it past the top 10 picks after the Broncos’ trade for QB Teddy Bridgewater? Elijah Moore or Alex Leatherwood for the Packers at pick No. 30? Happy draft weekend everybody!

Apr 28

23 min 13 sec

Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna discusses the brilliant story that is Julian Edelman’s football career. Also, the guys dive into Henry’s latest 7-round mock draft that sends Alabama WR DeVonta Smith to Foxboro and cornerback J.C. Jackson to Miami.

Apr 22

32 min 30 sec

Host Ryan O’Leary and Draft Wire editor Luke Easterling discuss Julian Edelman’s legacy following his retirement this week. Is the former Patriot wide receiver bound for the Hall of Fame … or the Bucs? Also, the guys discuss their favorite NFL Draft prop bets, including two longshots involving Bill Belichick and the Patriots in the first round.

Apr 15

23 min 11 sec

In Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna’s latest mock draft, Bill Belichick pulls off a blockbuster trade with the Falcons and selects Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields at No. 4 overall. Hey, maybe it’s a pipe dream. But Henry’s not the only draft pundit who thinks the Patriots could make a major move on Day 1. Reality or alternate reality? You be the judge.

Apr 8

22 min 4 sec

Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna goes over his latest mock draft, which sees Bill Belichick trading in both directions. The guys also discuss Jimmy Garoppolo’s situation with the 49ers, and why he’s unlikely to finish the 2021 season without first switching teams. Should Patriots fans be bracing for the return of Jimmy G?

Apr 1

25 min 48 sec

The guys discuss three key Patriots resignings: David Andrews, James White and Lawrence Guy. Also, Jalen Mills’ perfect introduction to Bill Belichick, Cam Newton’s status as the team’s QB1, and thoughts on Alabama’s Mac Jones to the Patriots on Day 1 of the NFL Draft.

Mar 25

25 min 9 sec

Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna gives us an in-depth look at the team’s approach to free agency, and how coach Bill Belichick and Co. could deploy their many new weapons on offense. The guys also discuss the team’s strategy to ramp up its defensive line and pass rush.

Mar 18

21 min 50 sec

Most NFL teams are stuck in salary cap chaos, restructuring contracts and releasing players in bunches. The Patriots find themselves in a position of power — entering the new league year with $64.5M in cap space. In the return of the Patriots Wire Podcast for the 2021 season, the guys discuss where Bill Belichick could make splash signings on both sides of the ball. Also, who’s the most likely Patriots quarterback in 2021?

Mar 11

23 min 36 sec

Join host Ryan O’Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna for Season 2 of the Patriots Wire Podcast, with new weekly episodes starting March 11.

Mar 4

1 min

In the season finale of the Patriots Wire Podcast, the guys react to the team’s embarrassing Week 16 loss to the Bills and look toward an uncertain future. Is Belichick regretting his decision to let Tom Brady get away? Is his new marriage with Cam Newton coming to an end? What positions should the team be targeting in the 2021 NFL draft, and which free agents should the Patriots be both targeting and working to retain? The 18th and final episode of the Patriots Wire podcast is powered by the USA Today Sports Media Group, with a fantasy segment from The Huddle and sports betting advice from the Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

33 min 6 sec

Now officially eliminated from playoff contention, the Patriots will play out the string in Weeks 16 and 17 before looking ahead to an uncertain future. The guys discuss why Bill Belichick and the team failed in multiple ways this season, and give a progress report on the many first-year players who saw meaningful snaps in last week's loss to the Dolphins. Episode 17 of the Patriots Wire podcast is powered by the USA Today Sports Media Group, with a fantasy segment from The Huddle and sports betting advice from the Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

25 min 41 sec

Officially eliminated from AFC East title contention, the Patriots are in unfamiliar territory entering the final three weeks of the season. The dynasty days are clearly over. The question now is: How long will it take to catch the surging Bills and ascending Dolphins? Host Ryan O’Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna discuss Belichick’s unwavering support of Cam Newton and what that could mean for their future together, N’Keal Harry’s recent flashes, and the dawn of a new era in Foxboro as the franchise prepares for a rebuild. Also, Henry discusses a recent tweet by Harry’s trainer, who claimed publicly that he was misquoted in a Patriots Wire article about his client. Episode 16 of the Patriots Wire podcast is powered by the USA Today Sports Media Group, with a fantasy segment from The Huddle and sports betting advice from the Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

32 min 24 sec

The Patriots have put themselves in an interesting spot. Win their final four games of the season, and they’ll have more than a 95 percent chance to sneak into the 7-team AFC playoff picture. That fact makes Thursday night’s game at the L.A. Rams even more fun and intriguing. Host Ryan O’Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna discuss that matchup along with other topics, including the likelihood of another NFL team accomplishing a 16-0 regular season. Episode 15 of the Patriots Wire Podcast is powered by USA TODAY Sports and includes fantasy football smart plays from The Huddle.com, and sports betting advice from USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

25 min 32 sec

The Patriots scored their second straight win as a home underdog, but they remain a long shot for the AFC playoffs. The reality is that the team is rebuilding, and host Ryan O’Leary and Patriots Wire Editor Henry McKenna discuss what position groups they’re most concerned about. Also, how far fetched is the idea of Tom Brady and the Patriots reuniting? Episode 14 of the Patriots Wire Podcast is powered by USA TODAY Sports and includes fantasy football smart plays from The Huddle.com, and sports betting advice from USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire.

Dec 2020

27 min 57 sec

For the first time in two decades, the Patriots are cooked before Thanksgiving Day. At 4-6 and well out of the AFC playoff race, it’s time to look toward the future. Host Ryan O’Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna dive into the team’s most pressing issue: Its lack of a plan at quarterback for 2021 and beyond. Is Cam Newton really the answer? This podcast is powered by USA Today Sports and includes fantasy picks of the week from The Huddle, and sports betting advice from the Sportsbook Wire.

Nov 2020

25 min 40 sec

The Patriots … aren’t quite done yet! Host Ryan O’Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna discuss the team’s big Week 10 win over Baltimore, the rising star that is Jakobi Meyers and whatever’s going on with Stephon Gilmore. The guys also take a look at the Patriots’ Week 11 game at Houston. This podcast is powered by USA Today Sports and includes fantasy advice from The Huddle, as well as a sports betting pick of the week from The Sportsbook Wire.

Nov 2020

27 min 4 sec

The Patriots scored a last-second win over the Jets on Monday night that has to leave Patriots fans scratching their heads. On one side, the Pats did everything they could to win the game and snap a four-game losing streak. On the other side, the Jets did some fishy things in the fourth quarter to help facilitate the Patriots’ rally from a 10-point deficit. Host Ryan O’Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna discuss all the conspiracy theories. Powered by USA TODAY Sports with fantasy advice from The Huddle and the sports betting pick of the week from The Sportsbook Wire.

Nov 2020

26 min 26 sec

Now at 2-5 following a loss to the division rival Bills, the Patriots are officially cooked. The guys discuss the team's approach to the second half of the season, the Patriots' surprising trade deadline acquisitions, and Bill Belichick's questionable in-game decision making.

Nov 2020

28 min 6 sec

Bill Belichick and the Patriots have owned Buffalo, winning the last seven meetings. But now the Bills are 5-2 atop the AFC East and could bury the Patriots with a win on Sunday. What would 2-5 mean for the Pats at this year's trade deadline and beyond? Ryan O'Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna discuss, with fantasy advice from The Huddle and sports bettering picks of the week from the Sportsbook Wire.

Oct 2020

25 min 57 sec

Patriots coach Bill Belichick made it be known, over and over again, that his team was unable to practice and properly prepared for Sunday's game against the Broncos, who kicked six field goals and got out of Foxboro with an 18-12 win. Ryan O'Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna also discuss Belichick's decision to attempt a two-point conversion with the score Denver 18, Patriots 9 with 8:31 left in the fourth quarter. With Week 7 fantasy football advance from USA TODAY's The Huddle, along with sports bettering picks of the week from the Sportsbook Wire.

Oct 2020

22 min 54 sec

 Coming off an impromptu bye week, host Ryan O'Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna update the Patriots' latest schedule change before diving into 5 questions from around the league. (With fantasy football advice from The Huddle, and sports betting tips of the week from The Sportsbook Wire.)

Oct 2020

21 min 19 sec

Despite QB Cam Newton's positive COVID- 19 test, the NFL pushed ahead with Monday's rescheduled game between the Patriots and Chiefs. The Pats traveled in two planes — one for those who had close contact with Newton — and have had more players test positive since returning home. Host Ryan O'Leary and Patriots Wire Editor Henry McKenna discuss: Should the Patriots be frustrated with how the NFL handled their COVID situation?

Oct 2020

21 min 8 sec

Patriots QB Cam Newton is already getting sick and tired of all the questions surrounding his relationship with coach Bill Belichick, and his future with the team. Host Ryan O'Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna tackle that topic, discuss the team's Week 3 win over the Las Vegas Raiders, and look ahead to this week's showdown in Kansas City.

Oct 2020

21 min 45 sec

The Patriots were 1 yard away from beating the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night. QB Cam Newton came up short on a rush attempt as time expired. Still, as host Ryan O'Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna discuss, Newton is getting more out of this offense than anyone could have expected just two weeks into the season.

Sep 2020

23 min 9 sec

Have head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots been craving a run-pass threat quarterback like Cam Newton? Host Ryan O'Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna discuss that topic, and break down the Patriots' 21-11 season-opening win over the Dolphins.

Sep 2020

22 min 27 sec

Host Ryan O'Leary and Patriots Wire editor Henry McKenna discuss why the Dolphins are no slouch entering Sunday's season opener in Foxboro, and why the Bill Belichick-Cam Newton marriage seems to be working.

Sep 2020

18 min 13 sec

Host Ryan O’Leary and Patriots Wire managing editor Henry McKenna discuss the start of the Cam Newton era in New England, and what surprises could be coming this year in a revamped AFC East division.

Sep 2020

22 min 34 sec

Ryan O' Leary hosts the Patriots Wire Podcast beginning September 3

Aug 2020

39 sec