Well, first, I’m not sure there’s any way a scenario could involve more Welker. The guy is the focal point of everything the Patriots do on offense and he’s obviously
Short answer – no. Wilfork has been his typically solid self, and he may be even more valuable off the field in terms of leading the young defense. But Defensive Player of the Year? I’m not willing to go that far. There are so many productive pass rushers who disrupt games in way Wilfork isn’t capable off, not the least of which is Houston’s J.J. Watt. San Francisco’s Aldon Smith has been dominant. Cincinnati’s Geno Atkins, like Wilfork a defensive tackle, has double digit sacks as well. Wilfork will have to settle for another Pro Bowl trip and possibly even an All-Pro selection, but it’s a bit far-fetched to envision him as Defensive Player of the Year.
Is Julian Edelman on the injured reserve that you can come back from after a certain amount of time or is he truly out for the year?
Edelman is on season-ending injured reserve so he can’t come back. The Patriots used their “designated for return” IR spot earlier in the season on Visanthe Shiancoe, and he’s back with the team.
I was just wondering about
I think Demps will have the opportunity to come to training camp with the Patriots next summer and earn a roster spot. He’s obviously lightning fast and would seem to be a perfect candidate as a third-down back with the ability to catch the ball and run out of spread formations. He’s also a dangerous return option in the kicking game. I don’t think Demps is a lock to stick around, but his ability and athleticism are obvious and he’ll get every opportunity to do so.
Hello from a deployed location, Qatar! Long time Patriots fan, first time writer ... my question is about defensive end Jason Babin. When I heard the news that Babin would be released from Philly I prayed to the football gods that the Patriots would pick him up off of waivers to play opposite
I do agree Babin would have been a nice addition but the Patriots never had a chance to get him. The Jaguars have one of the worst records in football and therefore were well ahead of the Patriots in the waiver wire and got the chance to claim him first. As it turned out, the Patriots never put in a claim for Babin anyway (according to reports) and if they wanted him they would have had to sign him if he cleared waivers. Obviously he never did, and now he’s coming up with strip sacks as a Jaguar.
With injuries at WR why don’t we move
The Patriots depth at receiver has taken a bit of a hit with the loss of Edelman but the two starters – Welker and Lloyd – are both healthy. Hernandez is also healthy at the moment, so even without Gronkowski the Patriots still have three of their top four targets available. Vereen has been contributing in spot duty at running back. He does possess soft hands and is pretty fast, but I’m not sure he has the ability to be a receiver full time. He may, but there are a lot of intricacies to route-running and reading defenses that receivers must learn. It’s not just about running fast and catching the ball. That said, I do believe Vereen is a gifted receiver and could help out in that regard in an emergency.