I’ve thought for some time that Forston had a very good chance to make the roster, but the loss of Armstead (NFI for at least six weeks) and Grissom (IR) certainly makes his chances even that much better. Depth on the interior of the defensive line is an issue right now.
Hey guys, love the work. I know I may be going out on a limb with this, and I must admit, I'm not usually one to hit the panic button. BUT... I see
The safety spot next to
I love these, “Do you think Brady could…” questions. As impressive an all-around person as Brady is, I think he could do almost anything after his playing career and be successful at it. That could include business, politics, acting, coaching and whatever else he might be interested it. But given his commitments to his family and his desire to have a large family, I’m not sure the time-consuming life of coaching is really in the cards for No. 12. Coaching in the NFL, or even in college for that matter, takes a huge commitment and can put a stress on family life. I’m not sure Brady would be looking to lead that life when he’s done playing.
Regarding the Detroit game everyone is talking a lot about the drops. But I was more concerned with the O-Line. When we played the Ravens last year Tom had people in his face most of the game. Same thing happened against Detroit. It seems when the NE O-line faces Pro Bowl caliber D-Lines they don't look so good. It was hard to tell who was playing in the game at O-Line. Was that the starting line? If so is anyone else concerned?
While I’m not overly concerned, it was a little disappointing to see the Patriots offensive line get pushed around so much in Detroit. That was the starting offensive line, of course right now that includes
Would you think the PATS might be interested in kicking the tires on Kickalicious? He actually showed a good strong leg and made some 50 yarders in Detroit...
I think that the Patriots are pretty settled right now at kicker with
At this point it certainly seems that undrafted free agent
Every time I hear about training camp and watch the preseason games I hear that
I was very much in the camp that Bequette could be an early impact player when he was drafted last year based on his work in the SEC. But it just never came to fruition. For the better part of the last year he’s failed to show up much – even in practice field reps. He’s even talked recently about his own slow progress trying to get to the point where he can contribute. The fact that he has similar measurables as other elite players, like Watt for example, is irrelevant. Many guys have the same height and weight, but that doesn’t make them the same type of players. Given his complete inability to show up on either the practice field or the game field, as well as the fact that rookie
What are the chances that
This question could be read two different ways, and I’m not sure exactly what you mean. Are you of the belief that Dobson was going to be the No. 1 receiver and Thompkins has pushed him down to No. 2? Or, are you thinking that Thompkins has elevated to No. 2 and you wondering if Dobson could work his way back into that role? See my confusion? Anyway, I’ll simply run down the depth chart as I see it. I know some people don’t consider a slot guy to be a No. 1 receiver, but that’s what I’d call
How do you explain the number of very good X-Patriots who do "so-so" for their new teams after leaving New England? The likes of Ty Law, Lawyer Milloy, David Givens and Deion Branch come to mind. On the other hand, average players seem to blossom when they arrive at Foxboro. Wes Welker is a great example. What is it about New England that does this and how much credit does Bill Belichick get?
This is a common question and I don’t really agree with your depiction of the situation. Though they were aging players at the time they left New England and on the back-end of their careers, both Law and Milloy had very productive seasons in their post-Patriots careers. The two other guys you mention, both Givens and Branch, got injured when they left. Givens had a career-ending knee injury. And Branch actually had very similar numbers in Seattle when he was healthy – without Tom Brady – that he had in New England. But, in general I do give Belichick a lot of credit for getting the most out of his players. He does a good job of putting them in positions and roles to maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses. Not all teams and coaches do that very well. I also give him credit for doing a good job of scouting his own talent and knowing what value it has and when to move on from it.
Let’s not put the cart before the horse with Thompkins. He has had a very impressive summer, especially for an undrafted rookie. But anointing him the future of the Patriots is a bit much. Let’s wait to see what he can do in actual game action, against top defenses and schemes. We all know the offense is in a bit of a transition and that Thompkins is one of the many new faces who’ll be counted on to contribute. The offense is not the sure thing it has been in recent years. But with Brady at the helm alongside Amendola and a returning Gronkowski there is still plenty of reason to believe the offense will be a productive unit, even if it’s not quite as elite as it has been of late. As for the defense, I’m not sure who is saying how good it is going to be for New England this year. The unit clearly has the potential to be better, but like Thompkins, there is plenty left to be proven when the actual games begin. The biggest questions come in the back end and with the pass defense. I certainly think the defense should be better, but given its struggles in recent years the unit still has to turn potential into reality on the field before we’ll know for sure.
Hi guys, With the uncertainty at the WR position, with the recent release of Donte Stallworth do you think we'll make a play to pick him up, given his familiarity with our system or merely stick with the rookies and develop them? Would still love to see us pick up Dallas Clark if the price is right. What are your thoughts?
I think Belichick and the Patriots have clearly decided they’re willing to go with the rookie receivers. I also don’t think that Stallworth has much left and is probably at the end of his career at this point. Maybe if an emergency were to crop up at receiver during the season, Stallworth would be an option thanks to his familiarity. Otherwise, let’s see what the young receivers can do. They certainly have much more of an upside than a fading veteran. I’d say something similar at tight end with a guy like
Hi guys! Greetings from Italy. Love your work...I have my idea on Tebow: I think that the real reason to keep him on the roster is to practice against the read option offense. Maybe we'll use him in other situations (special teams, blocker, water boy...) during the regular season to justify his roster spot .Your thoughts?
This has been a common idea with people struggling to figure out what Tebow’s role might be in New England. While he’s certainly an experienced guy running the option, he’s not exactly similar to some of the read-option guys making headlines in the league. Guys like Russell Wilson and RG3 are more athletic, speed-based runners than Tebow. Tebow is unique athlete at the quarterback position whose running is based on his power more than speed. So while he does offer some ability as a scout team quarterback to run the option, I’m not sure that would be enough to keep him on the roster, especially since the Patriots may not face too many read-option guys this season depending on how the QB battles work out in Buffalo and New York. If Tebow does make the 53-man roster later this week, I think we’ll all continue to debate what exactly his role will be with the team – both short and long term.
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