Gentleman - great job as usual. Quick Question - if the Pats trade a draft pick for Asante Samuel, do they assume his existing contract? In addition, have you heard any rumblings within Patriots HQ about this happening? I would love to see him back in a Pats uni!
Samuel seems to always be involved in potential trade talks with the Patriots ever since he left following the 2007 season. But thus far we’ve received no indication that the Patriots feel as strongly about re-acquiring him as the fans do. If they did make a trade for the Pro Bowl corner, the team would have to assume the existing contract. However, New England would almost certainly try to rework the deal as they did with Randy Moss, Albert Haynesworth and
The Law Firm moved his practice to Cincinnati (stole that one from you guys, obviously), what do you think will become of the position? I know that
I actually think Battle would make some sense replacing BenJarvus Green-Ellis in the Patriots backfield committee. At this point I’m comfortable with Ridley assuming Benny’s role as the “lead back” getting most of the carries and handling the ball around the goal line. Vereen is more of a third-down type but is also capable of filling in as a more traditional option. And
Hey guys, I understand we still have the draft coming up but I was recently looking over the current roster and in my opinion we are worse off than we were last year. The Patriots have done nothing via free agency to address the d-line other than adding depth, we have no starting DEs on the roster. We still have no pass rush, the safety position needs work and I’m not overly impressed with our wide receivers other than
I’m not sure you’ve identified that many needs where you’d characterize them as “all these needs.” The Patriots need some help along the defensive line. They’ve added
Rodney Harrison took a lot of heat for his criticizing
First, what does Brady receiving $7.2 million up front have to do with anything? There isn’t a player in any sport who wouldn’t want to get his base salary paid up front. The Patriots did that for cap reasons but by no means is Brady to be commended for it. The move was quite beneficial to him and like I said it’s one that any player would be crazy not to agree to. As for Gronkowski, I believe Harrison was dead wrong to call him out after the Super Bowl. We’ve gone over this before but just to reiterate, how a player chooses to handle a tough defeat is up to the individual player. How Harrison would have handled it is irrelevant. Gronkowski chose to blow off some steam with his brothers and that’s his right. It’s also his right to enjoy himself during his offseason. As long as he’s 100 percent committed to the Patriots during the time the team needs him to be, I don’t have a problem with his behavior. I’m sure the team does talk to him – and all the players – about making good decisions and avoiding positions that can appear unfavorable. But to ask a young athlete to sit in his house and not enjoy life is too much for me. The Patriots need more players like Gronk, not less.
What are your thoughts on
Based on his history, no. Gallery has to be considered one of the all-time draft busts. As the second overall pick he was supposed to be a franchise left tackle and never even played there. He started at right tackle and failed to produce before being moved to guard. By most accounts he’s been serviceable inside despite playing through a number of injuries. If healthy I expect him to provide some insurance as a backup at both tackle and guard. But if Light indeed retires and Vollmer and
Hey guys, I read PFW and believe it keeps the diehards in touch. My question is, are the Patriots going to finally draft an impact defensive playmaker? I hope they either move up, or stay put and take somebody that will scare the crap out of opposing QBs. I'd still take Mike Wallace if the asking price is just a No. 1. I'd be happy with Janoris Jenkins and Andre Branch. Paul Carlone
Well, the asking price for Wallace isn’t just a No. 1. It’s a No. 1 plus a long-term, big-money contract. Wallace has even put out numbers as high as $120 million. So, it’s not as simple as giving Pittsburgh a first-round pick – the Steelers would not be interested and Wallace wants a boatload of cash. As for the playmaker on defense, I couldn’t agree with you more. That’s exactly what the Patriots are lacking. I’d love to see Alabama safety Mark Barron slip to the Patriots, and I’d also be interested in one of your suggestions – Jenkins. I know he has some baggage but if Belichick is comfortable with it after meeting with him, there’s no denying his ability. I talked to several wide receivers at the Combine and many of them indicated that Jenkins was the toughest cornerback they faced in college. Talent like that is hard to find and the Patriots may have an opportunity to take him.
With the addition of so many new receivers can you see the Pats possibly using two slot receivers plus maybe Hernandez coming out of the backfield for swing passes?
The Patriots used multiple slot receivers quite a bit last year with Hernandez serving in that capacity more often than he did as a tradition tight end. I’m not sure Gonzalez will factor into the team’s plans that much considering his injury history. Lloyd should help on the outside and that would allow
If I counted correctly we currently have nine wide receivers on the roster. Usually the Patriots keep seven, so who do you think is going to get cut? I don't see Anthony Gonzalez or Chad Ochocinco making the final roster.
The Patriots have certainly added their share of wide receivers to create plenty of competition this summer. With Deion Branch and Ochocinco returning, as well as the additions of Gonzalez, Stallworth and Lloyd, obviously there won’t be room for all of them. The Patriots usually keep six wide receivers during the Belichick era (they did keep seven once, in 2008) so there would seem to be the need to chop even more than you suggest. It’s way too early to make such speculative evaluations but I’ll do my best to come up with a list. Welker and Lloyd are the only locks in my mind. From there things get hazy. I’d keep
I am fully aware that most mock drafts have the patriots picking DE/OLB or CB in the first round. Another option is if David DeCastro or Peter Konz are available go for solidifying the offensive line since
I think both DeCastro and Konz are solid prospects, and I want no part of either in the first round. With Cannon and Gallery here the depth at guard should Mankins be sidelined early in the season seems fine.
With the loss of Green-Ellis do you think the Patriots will take a RB like LeMichael James? They can get him in the second to third round and he will provide some explosiveness or be a great third-down back, or do you think we will just stick with Ridley? And are there any free agents who would fit the team?
I love James and believe he will be an explosive player just like you said. But I’m not sure it would make sense for the Patriots to take him with Woodhead and Vereen already on the roster, especially Vereen. The Patriots used a second-round pick last year to get him and he has the versatility to contribute in that manner. He’s also capable of making some big plays and if healthy he should get the chance to do so this season. Ridley is more of the traditional workhorse type but he has more big-play potential than Green-Ellis. He’ll get the chance to show he can contribute on a more regular basis. As reader Steve posted earlier, former Chiefs running back Jackie Battle may be a guy the Patriots take a look at in free agency to add to the mix.
Why can’t he be the third-string quarterback and still learn from Brady? Look, in a perfect world neither Hoyer nor Mallett is going to play any significant snaps. So, where they’re positioned on the depth chart is not of the greatest concern at the moment. I think the Patriots feel Hoyer has developed to the point where he’s comfortable in the offense and would be the better option if Brady were unavailable. That should be the case given his three years in the system as opposed to Mallett’s one. But Mallett still has time to learn and develop and he’ll get every opportunity to do so with Brady this year.
With the draft just around the corner; I have two questions I would love to ask. First, what position do you think BB will go for? Will it be a defensive end? Andre Carter isn't going to get any younger. Or will it be an O-line player in case
It’s still a little early to forecast the draft, and even when the time comes Belichick isn’t exactly easy to read when it comes to these things, but I believe he will target defense early on. In particular, I feel he’ll look for some help along the front seven (maybe a defensive lineman and an edge rusher) and in the secondary. I also feel wide receiver would make some sense. As for your second question, I’d be surprised if Belichick didn’t make a trade. It seems to be what he prefers, especially when dealing with multiple picks in the early rounds. He likes to have control over the draft and then wait for teams to come calling. Usually that has resulted in trades and gathering more picks in the future. I expect this year to be no different.
Every year we all know BB will trade down in the draft to pick up more picks in later rounds or future picks. Do you guys think that because of the few picks we have this year that BB will trade out of the first round completely and pick up more picks later in this year’s draft instead of for future years? I think if he can pick up two to three more seconds, a couple of thirds and a couple of fourths for our first rounders. This draft has depth on defense where we can restock for the future now? What do you guys think if BB can get that done?
I for one would extremely disappointed if something like this transpires. I know it’s sort of become vogue every year to suggest there is not much difference between players taken in the 20s and the 50s but that’s simply not true. Every year the majority of the best players in each draft are taken early. The odds of getting an impact player are greatly reduced the further down the board you travel. So I would not rather have four second-round picks than two first-rounders, as it seems many others do. To me, the higher the pick the better. I have no problem with the way Belichick trades picks for future first-rounders, but to trade them for lower round picks wouldn’t be wise in my opinion.