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Samsonite Make Your Case: To the Rescue?
During the playoffs many of these individuals will likely return to action and potentially could offer a boost to the team if their healthy enough to perform at their normal levels. The offensive line has dealt with injuries all season with Logan Mankins and Sebastian Vollmer dealing with countless maladies. Tight end Rob Gronkowski’s broken left forearm has impacted the offense, and in the secondary starting corners Aqib Talib (hip) and Alfonzo Dennard (knee, hamstring) are well below 100 percent.
With January football just around the corner, it’s time to decide which of these banged up Patriots would help the cause the most if healthy. This week’s Samsonite Make Your Case asks that very question.
PFW’s Andy Hart says ...
The veteran cornerback’s presence allows Devin McCourty to move to safety, something that’s seemingly brought stability to the back end. There also seems to be a tendency for the defense to play with a bit more aggression up front when Talib is on the field, given his ability to man up with opponents’ bigger receivers.
The Patriots won’t win the Super Bowl without being more competitive on defense, and the unit has been at its best this season with Talib on the field.
PFW's Paul Perillo says ...
The Patriots offensive line has struggled to protect Tom Brady and to open up holes in the running game. Gronkowski will help in both regards. Also, Aaron Hernandez hasn’t been the same without Gronkowski creating space for him underneath, as defenses have given him some extra attention without worrying about the All-Pro tight end getting down the seam.
Obviously it helps to have as many healthy bodies available as possible, but Gronkowski is the most talented and versatile player the Patriots have, and getting him back will provide the biggest boost.
Now it's the fans turn to cast their poll in this week's Samsonite Make Your Case poll.