First off, of course there’s a chance the Patriots re-sign Edelman, their best wide receiver this past season. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they ensure this by designating him their franchise player. Even if they don’t, there’s still a chance that he and the Patriots work out a deal that’s agreeable to both sides. However, after the season he’s had, other teams might be tempted to throw larger sums at Edelman, which might prove too lucrative to turn down.
Secondly, Amendola isn’t going anywhere, regardless of where Edelman signs in 2014. He was brought here last offseason on a multi-year, multi-million dollar pact, and has done nothing to shake the club’s confidence in his abilities. Sure, he’s played injured for the entire year (groin issues), but that may have been more of a testament to his toughness, rather than a detriment. Amendola has been sure-handed and reliable, which is all you can ask of a receiver in this league. He’ll be around for the foreseeable future. Erik Scalavino
OK, one time is a fluke, but twice in a row? [LeGarrette] Blount has run rampant over opposing defenses the last two games. I know it is a mix of offensive line opening holes and good recognition and timing from the running back to see the holes and get through them. Blount has been on the team the whole season. Why is he just starting to peak now (which is perfect timing!!!)? Why didn't we see some of his "running rampant" earlier in the season? Sam Spammer
Those of us who pay close attention to this team certainly did see Blount’s “running rampant” immediately. Allow me to take you back to the preseason opener at Philadelphia, where Blount plowed through the Eagles secondary: 11 carries, 101 yards, two TDs, including a 51-yard scoring jaunt in which he outraced the entire Philly defense. And certainly, Blount’s 1,000-yard rookie campaign as a Tampa Bay Buc a few years ago gave us an early indication of his abilities at this level.
Blount’s performances in recent games came as no surprise to me. He’s been getting more opportunities of late at the expense of
I understand and appreciate your concern, Tony. Best answer I can give you is this: they were down 24 to Denver two months ago and rallied to win in overtime. And they didn’t have any “outside threat” then either. It can be done, but I agree that in the playoffs, it’s much, much more difficult to expect a double-digit comeback. Erik Scalavino
How badly hurt are the guys on IR? Would any of the earlier ones (like
Impossible to say for certain, Paul, given how jealously the Patriots guard their injury secrets around here. I suppose it’s possible that some other player, besides Vereen, could have been a candidate for the short-term IR, but he was definitely deserving of the designation, and the rules only allow one such player per team per season. No sense playing the “what if” game at this point. Erik Scalavino
I am very disappointed with the play of
Arrington has become a popular target of Patriots critics, and not entirely without merit. He is often victimized in coverage for big gains. However, in previous seasons, he was very productive, even being asked at times to line up as a pass rusher (hand on the ground). He was a hard-working special teamer who actually played fairly good defense for a while, which earned him a sizeable contract extension. Perhaps he’s coming back down to earth a bit, but when a team pays a guy significant money, he’s forced to play. You’re right, though, about the many other corners they’ve had and let go. It’s been a tough position for New England. They’ve gambled with several talented players and lost quite often. Erik Scalavino
Yes, Siliga has been a pleasant surprise since being called up from the practice squad late in the season. The youngster has made up for the disappointing play of veteran
Collie is a solid player, too, but still not nearly as good as the players ahead of him on the depth chart. He’s a role player and performs that role well, when called upon. But guys like
The Patriots will have 8.5 million in dead cap next year. Is there any way for a team to clear dead cap space? Michael Baker
Not sure where you’re getting that figure, or if it’s even accurate, but in general, teams can be credited for cap hits if a player if forced to return any money given to him, or if the team is no longer required to dish out future payments (if, for example, a player is determined to have breached his contract). Erik Scalavino
Dear PFW Gentlemen: Two questions, if you'd please. 1. If it turns out that
If the Patriots do need to sign a punter for the remainder of the postseason, Mesko is not an option. He was on the Bengals roster when Cincinnati’s season came to an end, meaning he is still under contract with them, at least until the new league year starts in March.
For both their sakes, I’d like to see them exit gracefully, which might mean doing so before either is mentally prepared to do so. I feel pity for guys like Brady (who seem to have it all, yes), when they say, as he has often, that he doesn’t know what he’ll do with himself after football. That he wants to play as long as possible because that’s all he knows. It is truly sad to hear that. Sure, he loves football. So do a lot of us. But there is a great big world out there with infinite possibilities.
Brady and Manning and other NFL players are forced to spend nearly every waking hour during their careers focusing on nothing but this game. That makes for a very boring, one-dimensional person. So, it’s understandable that he knows not what he’ll do when he retires. But trust me, there’s WAY more to life than football.
For instance, they could take music lessons, learn to cook, travel the world, go back to school, start a charitable foundation, volunteer at their church or other civic organization… the list goes on and on and on. Who knows, one of these activities just might be more enjoyable to them than football ever was! You know what they say… Life begins at 40. Hopefully, Manning and Brady embrace that philosophy. Erik Scalavino
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