With the play of
A lot of people seem to think Browner would make sense as a safety but so far we haven't seen any of that during camp. Browner said that the Patriots haven't asked him about a potential move and Bill Belichick hasn't mentioned him as anything but a cornerback. We've seen
What's up with
Morris is indeed on the roster at the moment. He originally signed with the team in May but was waived because he didn't pass his physical. He was then re-signed during camp and has been with the team since. He's an undrafted free agent linebacker out of Iowa, by the way.
With Brandon Browner and
Players who are suspended are not allowed to do any team activities. They are not allowed to practice, attend meetings or be at the facility during the time they are suspended. So in the cases of Browner and Tyms, neither will be allowed to be at Gillette Stadium for four weeks, assuming they stay with the team.
If a player starts training camp on PUP, and gets pulled off during camp, can they be put back on PUP to start the season? I'm just wondering if
Unfortunately, no. Once a player is removed from active/PUP during camp, he is no longer eligible to start the regular season on reserve/PUP. If a player is injured during camp, he is only eligible for injured reserve is he's unable to play. In the case of Dobson, he would not be a candidate to open the season on PUP since he came off the list and started practicing last week.
What am I missing about
White has not done much in games as of yet but I believe his real strengths will be as a receiver, and so far he hasn't gotten many opportunities to show what he can do in that regard. White has exceptional hands but has only one catch so far, so he hasn't really had the chance to do much damage. White is capable of filling in as a runner in a role similar to
I'm not sure where you're hearing a lot of people saying Thompkins is going to get cut. To the contrary I believe most people have been writing about his strong camp. Personally, I think he's been OK – nothing great, nothing terrible. But I definitely see him on the team and he will be one of the top five receivers with Edelman, Amendola, LaFell and Dobson. Boyce on the other hand, is in trouble. He hasn't shown any consistency and his reps seem to be dwindling as the preseason progresses. I don't think he'll make the cut. Tyms will likely stick around through his four-game suspension to open the season. At that point Bill Belichick will be able to better assess the health and productivity of the receiving corps and make a decision about keeping Tyms. If the top five are in good health, I don't see the need to add Tyms but injuries almost always creep in.
I don't think Boyce is on the roster so I'm not sure there will be a roster spot available for Tyms. I definitely agree that Tyms has outplayed Boyce, so if it does come down to the two of them it should by Tyms' job. As I mentioned earlier, keep in mind Tyms' four-game suspension. That should actually help the youngster because he won't count on the roster for the first month and Belichick will buy some time before he has to make a final decision on him. It will depend on the overall health of the team and the availability of roster spots at that point.
I'm not sure the Patriots would agree with you that Tom Brady earns so little as a quarterback. First, he's never taken a pay cut during his Hall of Fame career. He's done some contract restructurings in order to help the team find additional salary cap room, but when that happens it means Brady gets his money up front in the form of a bonus rather than spread out. As an example he received almost $60 million is guaranteed money two years ago when he last restructured his deal. Now, in terms of base salary the next three years his pay will be quite modest at $7 million, $8 million and $9 million – but don't forget about all the bonus money he's received over the years. Few players in football have been paid like Brady has over the last 15 years.
Should coach BB trade
SARCASM ALERT!!! I wouldn't make that trade unless Arizona throws Patrick Peterson into the deal. Peterson and Fitzgerald for a backup quarterback sounds right to me. SARCASM ALERT!!!! In all seriousness, why would anyone want to trade one of their best players for a backup quarterback?
Hi, I keep seeing tight ends coming and going but we still seem to only really have the two. Once upon a time there was talk of Dustin Keller or Jermichael Finley coming on board. Both of them seem to be better options (even considering the injury risks) than the recent interviewees for the job. Any possibility of getting one of them on before the season kicks off? I would have thought another offensive TE would have been beneficial for the team?
Keller has been rumored to be coming to New England for the better part of four months at this point and still there's no sign of him. I'm not sure if that means the Patriots aren't comfortable with his health situation or if they simply believe his services aren't needed. I don't think the depth at tight end is as big a problem as most do, only because I feel if
When are NFL teams informed of a change to the rules or an adjustment to how the game is called? The Pats spent a lot of money on the secondary, which is awesome. However, the team may have not decided to contract Revis if it had known that the league was going to place an emphasis on receiver protection? I wonder if the Pats or any other NFL team will petition the league for compensation for this type of thing (extra salary cap space?).
The rules are what they are and for the most part they don't change much from year to year. The league's owners' meetings take place in March and the competition committee proposes their changes/emphases and they are voted on at additional meetings in May. But I'm not sure Belichick would have thought any differently about signing a guy like
There has been a lot of 3-4 visible with the Patriots recently. Even assuming that
If the Patriots play a traditional 3-4 I believe the starters would be Ninkovich and
Gallon just came off PUP on Monday and took part in his first practice of camp. Unfortunately we won't get to see much of him since we will no longer be allowed to watch the full practices from now on. So, it's too early to give any kind of assessment on Gallon's ability based on such little practice time.
Since a lot of the better TEs in the NFL are the taller speedier basketball types why don't the Patriots and other teams scout more basketball players to have them play TE or even WR. I feel that those types would be great at red zone jump balls. And if you teach them to block, OK then you've just got a lot of cake and eat it.
Teams scout basketball players all the time and many of them have successfully made the transition to tight end. Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham are just three examples of basketball players-turned tight end who have made a huge impact. Denver's Julius Thomas also has a basketball background. The Patriots briefly had former Colts tight end Marcus Pollard, another former hoops star, several years ago. New England looks at all options when it comes to scouting players, and you are correct, many of the basketball players are able to make the jump to tight end.
When the Patriots drafted
Only Bill Belichick could answer that question for sure but certainly I believe Garoppolo was drafted with the idea of him one day replacing Brady. When that happens is anyone's guess, especially considering Brady looks to be playing at his normally consistent levels. Garoppolo will likely need a year or two before he's ready to enter into the conversation, but perhaps in his third year there will be some discussion of him taking over as the starter. Personally I feel Brady will remain the team's quarterback for at three or four more years, and perhaps the Patriots will need to decide if they want to keep Garoppolo around that long while he waits.
Who on the Patriots are left from Super Bowl title 1? Title 2? Title 3?
Brady is the only member of the Patriots who was on the first two title teams and
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