The offensive line continues to be the area that seems to be generating the most concern. I can see why, to an extent, but I’m not sure it should be the case. The Patriots have lost some depth so far in camp, no doubt. With three starters yet to practice in
For weeks leading to the camp, the local media was saying that O-line is fine, while I had my doubts. Now everywhere I read, they are saying the line is thin. Sure the presence of a healthy Mankins, Vollmer and Waters should help big time. But is the line still thin in terms of quality backups?
Once again, I do not believe that to be the case. Right now the Patriots are dealing with injuries to their fourth and fifth tackles, not players anyone would expect to see playing regularly. The lack of depth is well down on the list of players. At tackle there is Solder and Vollmer, plus Cannon before you get to the point where there are concerns (assuming Vollmer will be ready for the season).
I haven’t heard much about
There’s a good reason you haven’t heard much about Scott – he hasn’t really been involved very much. At the start of camp he was getting some reps at defensive end but for the past several practices he hasn’t been in the mix much. The good news is he’s healthy and on the field every day, but obviously he’s working behind the likes of
I was wondering if the team still has
I think both are real long shots at this point. Both have been able to suit up and take part in every practice, which is important for young players looking to establish themselves. But the competition at the position is just too strong for me to envision either cracking the roster. They have size that is somewhat intriguing but neither has caught the ball consistently during camp and when you’re already behind several veterans, you need to be almost perfect. Unfortunately for these guys they’ve been far from it.
Considering the impact that training camp injuries have on the makeup of the opening game-day roster, what veteran player is most susceptible to being an unexpected cut? I think many would have answered
First, I don’t necessarily agree with the assessment that Cunningham and Brace have looked pretty good in camp. Neither has done much to distinguish himself. Cunningham in particular has had many opportunities in one-on-one battles and aside from one or two reps here and there hasn’t been great. Brace is pretty much in the same category, and now he’s missed the last few practices with an injury. I think Cunningham will make the team because I don’t see much depth at defensive end and cutting a young athlete at this stage without many alternatives doesn’t seem like a Bill Belichick move to me. Brace is still a candidate to be let go, however. I also think Dan Koppen could be in trouble, although Robert Gallery’s retirement may have strengthened his position.
What do you think of the chances Justin Francis has of making the 53-man roster? I am proud to say I am a Rutgers fan, and I was wondering if you thought he had a good shot at making the team. Thanks for your response!
I think he does. Francis has been quite active throughout camp and has shown a high motor and great speed in getting to the quarterback. He’s a physical player and has some versatility based on his college days when he played inside and out on the defensive line. Francis is by no means a lock for a roster spot, but it he can show a level of consistency by continuing to string strong practices together, and take those strong performances with him to the preseason game field, I think he’s got a shot. As our buddy Greg Bedard (a Rutgers grad) would say, “RURahRah!”
I try to keep up with all the transactions, and I have a question regarding the addition of several tight ends. As a WVU fan, I was thrilled to see the signing of
First, I think Urban has been a nice surprise. He’s done well catching the ball on his few opportunities and has been part of the team’s three-tight ends package. Shiancoe was out of the lineup for a while and that gave Urban more chances, and he took advantage. The question here is
Hey guys, how has
Allen has been pretty active, showing good speed and some range as a safety. He seems to be picking up the system pretty well, but also has been working behind rookie
Hey guys, love the work you do, avid reader every week. Thanks a bunch. It feels like the injury list is growing and we haven’t even hit the first game of preseason yet. For instance,
Not to give you a Belichickian answer, but each player is treated on a case-by-case basis. Overall, all teams are missing lots of players in camp. That’s because even the most minor problems are treated with caution at this stage of the season. Lloyd is an example of that. He missed some time with what was reported as a minor leg injury. During the season he likely would have dealt with it and played, but because of the time of year the team wanted to be more cautious. He’s been back out there recently and looks none the worse for wear. But other players are dealing with ailments that might be more serious. Fanene has been out for the past several practices so perhaps he’s dealing with something that could potentially cause him to miss time during the season. At this point, we just don’t know. But for the most part, I wouldn’t be alarmed by the health of the team at this point.