While Connolly may not be the best guard in the league, I can’t remember too many times when I thought he wasn’t a quality starter. He’s proven himself a reliable option when healthy. He does have one of the top-10 cap numbers on the Patriots, so I’m not sure that rates with his level of play or is ideal for a team that already pays a premium for top guard
Can we all finally say that
I certainly agree that no team is likely to sign Tebow if he’s cut at the end of camp. They all had that chance this spring and passed. The Patriots have brought veterans back in the past. It’s a little different case than with a guy like Branch, who was an established veteran contributor with the team previously. Those vested veterans have their entire salary guaranteed if they are on the roster for Week 1. That’s not the case for Tebow. So little would be gained by releasing him and bringing him back, especially if the idea is to spend time and effort developing him for either a specific role or for the long term. If they really want to work with Tebow, I think they keep him for the entire season. As far as judging which guys will last on the open market and which won’t, that’s always a tough job. While I tend to agree that Bolden, Blount and Cole might land jobs elsewhere, certainly when injuries continue to pile up with other teams, that’s not necessarliy the case with every bubble guy in New England.
Maybe I don’t understand the question. What works? Like winning his division every year? Going to AFC title games and Super Bowls? Sure, Belichick has made mistakes drafting and on defense. It happens. He’s also made good picks as well. It’s the nature of the business. He’s probably neither the genius some people paint him to be nor the drafting nightmare others portray. As always, the truth is in the middle. I think the Patriots should have a decent run defense this year and the pass defense has the chance to be better. A lot of that will be decided by the improvements of
I'm really hoping, and so is Andy, that
I am rooting for Fells because he seems to be a good guy, a true professional and a pretty versatile tight end option. (For the record I like to call him Big Smooth – because he’s big, and, well, smooth.) He missed the third preseason game and some practice time before that to injury. Last we saw him on the practice field it looked at that time like trainers were working on his left shoulder. That’s not a good sign for a guy who was limited last summer by injury and is battling for a role and a roster spot with this team. He’s also the costliest of the tight end options, so that’s a strike against him as well as the team can save nearly a million dollars by cutting him. That said, I still think he’s the most consistent, versatile, proven option on the tight end depth chart and think he has to be one of the final 53 men on the roster if he’s healthy. If he’s on the roster I think he’ll have a valuable role with the team early in the season and could open the eyes of some fans.
Hey guys, I like the work you do. I'm not sure if this has been talked about already, but Edelman and Amendola seem to have a lot of redundant abilities to the point where it seems like they are in many ways the same player. Does this put Edelman's job on the team in danger at all? It seems like he could find himself being a surprise cut.
While there are clearly some overlapping roles with the two players, the same could have been said about Edelman and Wes Welker over the years. Edelman’s biggest strengths are his punt return ability and his versatility. He’s a solid backup receiver with the ability to play inside and out if needed. Amendola is the top dog at receiver right now, but there is always room for depth guys like Edelman at every position. His biggest issue is staying healthy, something that’s also a concern with Amendola. So that actually probably helps Edelman’s job security. I don’t think he’s in danger of getting cut. But I guess that’s why they would call it a surprise cut!
Clearly the health of Amendola and Gronkowski is a concern and will be throughout the season. They are the two proven cogs of the offense and they have injury histories. But that doesn’t mean that other weapons aren’t going to develop and take advantage of extra opportunities. I’m a big
Hey guys, Montana State alum and Pats fan here, haven't heard much about
Fletcher has had a solid training camp and preseason. He seems fully recovered from the ACL injury and his teammates,
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