Kenny Britt: The Breakout WR?

There is still SO much time between now and the start of the Patriots season (we haven’t even hit training camp yet) but Patriots nation is already scrambling trying to figure out who will be the next man up at wide receiver (nothing new, we do the same thing every year at the running back position). However, this offseason, in particular, hasn’t been great for the WR position; the Pats lost Dola to Miami, Cooks to the Rams, and Edelman has been suspended 4 games for ‘PEDs’ (F*ck Goodell).  So the big question on everyone’s mind is, who will be the man to step up? The Spike Kings pick? Kenny Britt.

I’ll admit, this isn’t just me pulling something out of thin air, this thought came to me at the end of May when I attended the ‘Tedy’s Team’ Football game. Brian Hoyer was the QB for both teams and threw a nice dime down the sidelines, to which someone said to him,

“Wow, that was a great catch, just like Chris Hogan!”

Hoyer’s reply go me thinking as he looked back at the guy and said,

“Yeah that was nice, but I’m a big fan of Britt from Cleveland. He’s fast. Reminded me more of him.”

This had me intrigued as Hoyer has been working with Britt last season during practice. I had to rush home and gather some stats to see how he compares to the rest of the crew.

I think we can all pretty much agree that Chris Hogan becomes the major player to step up with Jules out the first 4 games. Last year he had 34 Rec, 439 yards and 5 touchdowns and has been pretty consistent in crucial moments. It’s a no-brainer that he will start, but will he become the ‘Edelman’ the team needs during the first four games? I’m not sold.

Kenny Britt is the tallest WR on the depth chart standing in at 6ft3 and weighs in around 223lbs making him two inches taller and 10lbs heavier than Hogan for a start. In addition, Britt has the same explosive speed as Hogan, (both logging 4.5 in the 45-yard dash) so on paper, Britt seems the better option.

However here is my take. Brandin Cooks last season had 1082 yards and 7 Touchdowns, which led the Patriots receiving core (Gronk is a TE for you sticklers). In comparison two seasons ago with the Rams, (with Goff/Keenum as QB) Britt had 1002 yards and 5 Touchdowns making him only 80 yards and 2 touchdowns short of Cooks production but without having the GOAT Brady to throw at him. His quiet year last year could easily be a ‘warming up’ period as he gets used to the new playbook.

Also, one thing not to forget out of all this, Britt is a Rutgers Alumn & a former first-round pick. Both traits that make Belichick salivate.


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What about Malcolm Mitchell? Isn’t he meant to be our WR prodigy?

Everybody fell in love with Malcolm two years ago due to his shown potential in such a short amount of time (Mitchell started 6 games, with 401 yards at 4 touchdowns). However, the big question is, can he stay healthy? He seems to be battling a hamstring problem already this year. I believe that the longer he has a nagging injury, the likely it is that Britt takes over the starting role. Hogan is already locked in due to the Edelman suspension so Patriots fans can expect a battle between Britt and Mitchell for the other starting position.

With one year left on his contract before becoming UFA, Britt has to shine in order to earn an extra payday. I believe that the talent is there and Britt can execute however it is still too early to tell what will happenn. My advice though, keep a close eye on Britt. #TrustHoyer

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The Spike King – The Road to the Crown.

 

Fans of ‘The Hudson Halftime Report’ will remember an interview we held with Patriots loyal ‘Young Gronk‘ at the beginning of our blog. ‘Young Gronk’ has become a common name amongst the Patriots nation, making local and national news when he spiked a Philly cheese-steak before Superbowl 52 (and then again, when he admitted his loss following the New England defeat). The man behind ‘Young Gronk’ has decided that it is time for his brand to develop and we have the deep pleasure of welcoming our new guest writer for the 2018 season – the newly rebranded ‘Spike King.’

Here is a little more on why ‘Young Gronk’ decided it was time to become ‘The Spike King,’

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The Spike King

Firstly, I would like to thank the ‘Hudson Halftime Report’ for having me team up with them for the 2018 Patriots season, I love writing recaps and getting my thoughts out there for public viewing. It is going to be a really fun year and I’m grateful to have another platform to bring my passion, excitement, and entertainment to you, the fans.

So, we are here to talk about the end of ‘Young Gronk, ‘let’s start at the beginning…

The History of Young Gronk

Nearly five years ago I was going through a transformation in my personal life. I dropped a serious amount of weight, (300lbs to 19lb5) I felt like a completely new person, and during this process, a few of my close friends mentioned I had a look similar toyg2 Gronk. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t see it, but seemed too. One night before a Boston Bruins game, a NESN reporter came up to me for an interview and called me ‘Young Gronk‘. After that night, I ran with the name.

As many of you know, my platform is social media however prior to the 2017 season I wasn’t pushing myself at all. Although my Instagram and Twitter had the ‘Young Gronk’ username, I was never active and used most of my energy on Snapchat; which meant that only those close to me saw my antics, (although my content was featured on the ‘national’ Snapchat story multiple times. I saw Snapchat as my way to work on my style, my confidence and a way to figure out what works and what doesn’t. I was running with the ‘Young Gronk’ persona but I wasn’t pushing it to its full potential; that all changed on December 17th, 2017 during a New England vs Pittsburgh game.

The Instagram Conversion

The Bud lights were flowing and I was feeling it. I’d posted myself on Snapchat multiple times during the game and had been featured on the NFL Story twice when I was shushing the Pittsburgh crowd after the final score; that night ‘Young Gronk’ was viewed by over 1.5million Snapchat users. This moment started a reaction. When the Patriots got the ‘W’ in Pittsburgh I decided to make a quick reaction video on Instagram, which got 65k views overnight despite my account only having 300 followers at the time.

I knew then I was onto something and that it was time to push forward. Fast forward to the NFL Playoffs, I was ready to make some videos. I started by calling out the Titans in a quick video; we got an easy win and moved onto Jacksonville. This time I decided to call out the fan base and get some excitement going, which brought in a ton of buzz and chatter, however when the Eagles won the NFC title match I was ready to go one step bigger.

I drove down to Philly, filmed a ton of videos, and released them one-by-one during the week leading up to the Super Bowl, culminating in my famous ‘Cheesesteak Spike’ video. FullSizeRenderIt was a fun week and win or lose, I knew I had something that could be built on in seasons to come. It was also a pretty amazing feeling when the ‘Cheesesteak Spike’ went viral (Barstool/NBC Sports Philly) and it gave me the confidence to keep pushing myself even further. To entertain you, the fans. Actually, through the entire playoffs, I gained a whole new wave of support. Meeting all sorts of new people to talk with is the best part of my journey and it makes me so thankful for all the support you all have given me, which is why I take the time to write back to anyone out there that gets in touch.

I then went on to start the #GronkSpikeChallenge which I mentioned in my first interview with the Hudson Halftime Report, that can be read here.

The End of Young Gronk

Behind the scenes, I kept pushing for something bigger and better (and still to this day, however, I can’t officially announce anything just yet because its still being finalized). but I came to the realization that if I wanted to keep on moving forward I would have to drop the ‘Young Gronk’ name. ‘Young Gronk’ has gotten me this far, it fits a character, it fits me personally but unfortunately, we live in a world of business, trademarks and copyrights. Brian Babs, the face behind ‘Young Gronk’ has new opportunities on the horizon and it’s something I would never want to give up on in order to continue using a name. The Gronkowski family built their name through hard work and dedication, and is it fair for some jabroni from Boston to use the ‘Gronk’ name to possibly profit of it? No, it’s just not right. Although it’s not easy to let go. I’ve been building this brand for a few years now and to be told its time to end it is a tough thing to hear. However, through talking with some of my closest supporters and asking their thoughts, I realised that everyone is 100% on board with me as a person, not just as the ‘Young Gronk’ brand.

The Spike King is Born

If you look back through this history, spiking has been as integral to my success as the Gronk similarities. I spiked a cheesesteak in Philly, it went viral. I spiked a football to help raise awareness for Best Buddies, it went viral. I even spiked Clam Chowder, Baked Beans, and a Cooked Lobster to atone for my sins in Philly. Spiking is what I seem to do best!

Do I hope the ‘Young Gronk’ name makes a return? Absolutely. I hope that respecting the Gronkowski Family name can possibly open the door up to talk with them about a future collaboration but for the now, its time to continue pushing on with the ideas and plans at hand. A few things are brewing and I absolutely cannot wait for them to finally go out there for the world to see.

Again, I thank you, the fan, for supporting me through the process. Lets make 2018 the best season ever!

Young Gronk The Spike King.

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Performance Enhancing Edelman…?

Patriots fans had the excitement of seeing Edelman tearing up OTAs last week – a promising sign of his recovery and the return of Bradys go-to receiver. However, that excitement may be short-lived as reports surfaced today that Edelman will be facing a 4-game ban as a result of ‘supposedly testing positive for PEDs’

If this report is true and Edelman does not win his appeal he will miss the first four games of the Patriots 2018 season. The Patriots schedule shows that they will host the Texans in the season opener before going on the road to Jacksonville in a rematch of last season’s AFC Championship. In Week 3 the Patriots will once again be on the road against their former coach’s Lions and in Week 4 will return home to Gilette to host the Dolphins.

Edelman has already been reported as appealing this suspension and Patriots fans can only hope that this situation is similar to when Adrian Peterson tore his ACL and was wrongfully accused on PEDs. During the medical process of an ACL repair, multiple steroid shots are given throughout, which is what showed up on Peterson’s screening, making it seem like he had used PEDs. However on appeal, and the second review the suspension was dropped and Peterson was exonerated; a fate that Patriots fan hope Julian will also incur.

We will keep you updated as the story develops.