You are correct that Talib will warrant a significant draft pick in compensation and that some of New England’s signings such as Revis and
Hi. Why didn't the Pats give Kevin Williams a sniff? Do you think we should consider Brandon Flowers at the right price? (GO PATS!) Best Regards.
The Patriots did “sniff” Williams, hosting him in Foxborough for a visit. According to reports, New England actually offered the veteran more potential money than he received in Seattle. So there was apparently legitimate interest. As for Flowers, I’d certainly be interested at the right price. You can never have enough corners. But given that he was a Pro Bowl talent in just 2013, and the Patriots have already added to veteran cornerbacks this offseason, I don’t really see a likely marriage with Flowers.
Having good talent on defense will help the entirety of the New England offense on the practice field, certainly the quarterbacks. Garoppolo may not get quite as many reps against the top defensive backs as
Hey guys I have a few questions following the teams OTAs. First I've read conflicting reports about how
The reports you are reading about Thompkins being too inconsistent in OTAs were probably coming from me. So I agree with those reports. I’ve seen too many bobbled passes and suspect hands. He also struggled trying to work as a returner. I may stand alone on this, but I think Thompkins might be in a competitive fight for a roster spot. I’ve thought dating back to last season that he doesn’t catch the ball well or clean enough, or look like an overall fluid fit in the passing attack. We’ll see. My guess is that Dennard, who did spend time in jail earlier this offseason, is probably rehabbing from some injury/surgery that we’re not aware of. He did have knee and shoulder injuries last year. Until I’m told otherwise, I won’t read too much into his absences, although it’s obviously not ideal. Finally, I’m in the dark about Armstead. He was on the field the first day the media could watch OTAs and we haven’t seen him since. We never saw him after this point last year. There is no doubting his athletic potential, but it’s feeling like he’s wasting a year-plus of time that could have been used learning the defense and acclimating him to the system. Add in his time at USC and he’s basically been out of football for two of the last three seasons. The other was spent in Canada. It’s really hard to count on him or expect much at this point. Fair or not, it does feeling like he’s just been collecting a paycheck for a year.
What’s the rush to sign Jermichael Finley or Dustin Keller? I don't see one. Maybe Patriots like what they see in
I’d prefer that any player I expect or hope to be part of the plan for the season to be in camp now. This is valuable time to learn the scheme, learn teammates/coaches and get acclimated to the overall program. Sure it’s good to get young players like Jones and Watson reps, but it’s also good to get a new veteran as many reps as possible, whether those be mental or physical reps. I had assumed the Patriots would sign Keller as soon as June 1 passed (therefore eliminating him counting against them in the formula for compensatory picks). But that was more than two weeks ago, so I’m not sure what’s going on at this point. Still, I’d rather have them in town sooner rather than later.
Belichick has always seemingly enjoyed playing a wide variety of defensive backs in various positions and numbers. Back in the day it was the Big Nickel with Victor Green. Then there were dabblings with Tank Williams in a hybrid linebacker/safety role. Those never played out for long, but Belichick is opened minded in the back end. Certainly the strong safety has become a much tougher spot to fill in recent years. Offenses are more athletic, diverse and spread. That puts more pressure on the strong safety spot to cover. There are only so many guys who are able to be physical, hitting options in the box and still cover well enough to not get exposed in matchup issues. I think that
Two completely unrelated questions here: could you see the Patriots trading for LaMichael James and what do you think we would have to give up to get him? Also, if you could take one of the top two pass rushers of the last two drafts, Jadeveon Clowney or Ziggy Ansah, which would help the Patriots more?
I wouldn’t be stunned to see the Patriots give a guy like James a shot. He’s had virtually no role on offense in San Francisco in his two years and is frustrated, even staying away from team workouts this spring. He’s also an option as a punt and kick returner, a spot the Patriots could use boost in. That said, I can’t see New England giving up more than a conditional, late-round pick for James. The need isn’t that great and his college potential hasn’t be realized much at the NFL level. I would easily take Clowney. I think he has elite potential and unique skills that are almost unmatched in terms of recent prospects. There are no sure-things, but he’s incredibly talented with crazy potential. Ansah had a solid rookie season in Detroit, but I’ve never been as high on him as many others.
Hi guys, here's a trade proposal.....Ryan Mallett, Kenbrell Thompkins and
If you could pull off that trade, you are more than just the Mac, Shag. Three guys who could be cut this August for a Hall of Fame talent and a fourth-round pick? If I’m the Patriots I would do that deal in a heartbeat. Of course I’m sure Houston wouldn’t be quit as quick to pull the trigger. Oh, and we get Johnson at a discounted rate? Love it! Sorry that it will never happen, though.
I, too, was a bit disappointed with the draft. Obviously it really hinges on two very key factors -- Easley’s health and Garoppolo’s long-term potential/success. You’re right in that the team didn’t seem to fill its biggest needs, almost regardless of how you ranked those heading into the draft. Culling all this together, I think I’d give the draft a C. Perfectly average, with the potential to be much better or much worse when it plays out over the next few years. I will say that the one positive I took from the team not addressing the likes of tight end and safety is that there is the possibility that Gronkowski is healthy and they expect him to be ready to go sooner rather than later, and that they may believe that Harmon is the answer in the middle of the secondary. Not sure I agree with those two ideas, but they know much more than we do looking on from the outside.
Brady is getting older and the Patriots are not signing offensive weapons. Just this year Eric Decker was available and there seemed to be no interest at all and the Pats settled for
The Patriots addressed the need over the last two seasons. They invested a second-round pick in
The Patriots drafted someone who is more of a receiving back in
Ridley is what he’s been for years. A guy with the ability to carry the load who has ball security issues. The depth behind him as a more traditional back is thinner without the departed LeGarrette Blount, but guys like
I would start Collins until he proves he can’t handle the job. I think he has impressive upside and unique versatility given his size and athleticism. He looks the part of the future of the linebacker position. I’m not sold he’s ready to be an immediate star or even consistent playmaker, but he certainly has earned the shot to do the job. Anderson is a good backup option with veteran experience. I like the signing and the depth was needed. But from where I sit any reps that go to Anderson over Collins are simply limiting the younger player’s advancement and experience level. As for Amendola, he certainly will be under a microscope this season. Fans will be looking for more and the team will probably be looking for more from its pretty significant financial investment. Some thought he might be cut/traded this offseason. Those thoughts will only increase next spring if Amendola can’t have a healthier, more productive season in 2014.
This may be a silly non-football question, but I'll ask it anyway. Last year the Patriots revealed their new "font "if you will, replacing the old Script logo here on the website and then in the end zones. I never saw any gear or merchandise for sale with that curved ,block style logo on it though. Will this year’s new apparel etc. have the new Patriots logo on it and when?
Merchandise/apparel with the new logo and font is already on sale in the Patriots Pro Shop here at Gillette Stadium as well as online on Patriots.com! Go get yours now. And I’m sure even more such merchandise with the new look will be available moving forward.
Hey guys, love reading these Q&As every week. My question is about Amendola and Edelman. If Edelman outperforms Amendola again this season, can we assume that Amendola will be cut? I know his salary makes him almost untradeable if he doesn't produce, but what would need to happen for both of these athletes with similar skill sets to both be Patriots beyond 2014?
As I said in the previous answer, Amendola likely does have a lot to prove this fall. First, he must stay healthy and prove he can build a more productive rapport with Tom Brady. That said, I think Edelman must also prove that he can stay healthy again and recreate his success from last fall. Those things are mutually exclusive. If both happen, then both will be here for the future. Obviously the chances of that only improve if Gronkowski is on the field to boost and open up the passing attack as a whole. But if Amendola has another year like last year, which was actually very similar to the bulk of his career, then he indeed could be a candidate for trade or cut moving forward, more likely the latter.
Barring injury, I think that Ridley, Vereen and White are pretty much locks to make the roster. After that, I think the roles are up for grabs. That also includes a numbers game with other positions like tight end, fullback, special teams and elsewhere. Houston certainly has the size to be a true backup. Finch is a unique athlete and potential returner. Bolden may be in a fight for his life. And another name might come to the forefront, say
Hey guys Pats fan from the Caribbean here. I just wanted to know what happened with Justin Francis is he still with the Team or Practice squad? And if so didn't he had better play than
Francis was a bit of a surprise cut after last summer. As far as I know, the former undrafted rookie never caught on elsewhere. Bequette, remains on the roster but is very likely in a fight for his job this summer after two seasons with very little production and primarily serving as a healthy scratch on game days. The former third-round pick has a lot of prove right now or his days could very well be numbered.
I’m hearing a lot about the 6-8/ 277 TE Justin Jones. With his size and reliable hands do you think he can fill the void in the Patriots two-TE offense , second to Gronk? If so do you think Gronk would take him under his wing and teach him the secret to success?
To me Jones looks like a big, raw body right now. I haven’t seen nearly enough to consider him more than a guy competing for a backup job on a very thin tight end depth chart. I certainly don’t see a guy worthy of joining the field with Gronkowski in two-tight sets. And I’m not sure Gronk could teach Jones the secret to his success if he wanted to, which I’m sure he’d be open to. The bulk of what makes Gronkowski elite is God-given – his great hands, great size and unique athleticism. You can’t teach any of those things.
Hello PFW, Last year, after watching highlight tapes of
Nobody knows much about Armstead’s situation. Belichick did say to open mini-camp that the defensive lineman had done everything the team has asked of him. Clearly he’s not fully healthy, given that he worked with the rehab group of players during the early parts of OTA action. Beyond that, we’ll all just have to wait and see. I still hold out hope based on Armstead’s potential and skills, but having missed two of the last three seasons all together and having not played American football for the last three years it’s harder to keep holding out hope with each ensuing day.
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