|08-21-2012, 06:41 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Louisville, CO
The Death Star Begins to Crumble...
1. Patriots cut Fanene, after having just given him a $3.85M signing bonus months ago - This is significant, because it leaves them thin at DE. Chandler Jones hasn't shown much in the preseason, and relied on his arm length to overpower OT's in his brief college career. He won't be able to do that against NFL OT's who have arm's just as long as his (Clady's arms are longer). Their starting LDE is Rob Ninkovich (who had his way with Franklin in the playoffs), but is undersized, and questionable how well he'll play as a full-time 4-3 DE.
2. Patriots OT's (especially LT Solder) getting ragdolled in the preseason - Some of you may know that Patriots LT Matt Light retired in the offseason, leaving Nate Solder to take over at LT in 2012. So far, the results have been outstanding...for opposing Defenses. A Solder breakdown led to a big hit on Brady and a fumble in the 1st preseason game. RT Sebastian Vollmer is still recovering from a back injury sustained last year, and hasn't played. He was visibly in pain at the start of training camp. Marcus Cannon has slow feet and won't work at RT.
3. Patriots RG Brian Waters may have retired - We won't know until the weekend after the last preseason game, but if the 35 year old, Waters hasn't returned from Waxahachie, TX, by then...he ain't coming back. Nobody knows except the Patriots what's going on, and they aren't telling anyone, but consider this: their starting Center from 2011 (Dan Connolly) has been practicing solely at RG all training camp long, while the team looks for a replacement for Connolly at Center. 4 players took snaps at Center during the Patriots 2nd preseason game, Monday Night.
4. The Return of Hoodie Jr. - We all know too well what this means: A crappy running game, and bubble-screens galore. The Patriots exhibited both during their loss to the Eagles last night. This ain't 2007, and B. Lloyd ain't Randy Moss.
Worst of wishes, cheating Patriots...see ya Oct. 7, Brady, if you make it that far...