Re: CHUNG is BACK!
posted at 4/3/2014 3:49 PM EDT
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to tcal2-'s comment:
BFB with another spectacular signing. Garbage - in - Garbage - out - Garbage in again.
The following article causes me to lose some respect for Mike Reiss. My responses are in BOLD BLACK:
"Safety Patrick Chung, one of the few top draft choices in Bill Belichick’s tenure who didn’t emerge as a big-time contributor, re-signed with the club on Thursday, the team announced.
RESPONSE: Oh come on, Mike! Here's the names of 16 top 100 picks from 2006-12, that weren't "big-time contributors", if in fact they contributed at all:
1.) 2006: WR Chad Jackson (36th overall), TE David Thomas (86th overall);
2.) 2007: SS Brandon Meriweather (24th overall);
3.) 2008: CB Terrence Wheatley (62nd overall), LB Shawn Crable (78th overall), QB Kevin O'Connell (94th overall);
4.) 2009: SS Patrick Chung (34th overall), DT Ron Brace (40th overall), CB Darius Butler (41st overall), WR Brandon Tate (83rd overall), LB Tyrone McKenzie (97th overall);
5.) 2010: DE/OLB Jermaine Cunningham (53rd overall), WR Taylor Price (90th overall);
6.) 2011: CB Ras-I Dowling (33rd overall);
7.) 2012: DB Tavon Wilson (48th overall), DE Jake Bequette (90th overall);
8.) 2013...still too early to tell.
Chung spent last season with the Philadelphia Eagles, who had signed him to a three-year, $10 million contract on March 12, 2013. After a disappointing season, the Eagles released Chung almost one year to the day they signed him, on March 11, 2014.
RESPONSE: Not very encouraging. Chung could hit, and was a good speciual teams player, on the fairly rare occasions when he was healthy. But, as the Eagles learned last year, he can't cover.
Chung, who turns 27 in August, played in 12 games last season with 10 starts.
RESPONSE: Well...that's somewhat promising.
With the Patriots from 2009-2012, he played in 50 games with 30 starts and was a regular on special-teams units. When the Patriots released veteran safety Steve Gregory on Feb. 28, it depleted their depth and Chung fills in that void at a fraction of the cost. Still, he will have to compete for a roster spot and shouldn't be viewed as a roster lock.
Chung entered the NFL as a high second-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2009. He was selected with the pick acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel.
RESPONSE: The Chung selection represents a big-time lost opportunity for the Pats.
Yes, a lot of missed opportunities (not so different from the rest of the league though). But to the topic - Chung: I agree it is a good thing he is not a lock for a roster spot. But I find it interesting that BB would want him back to compete for a roster spot. I would expect that means he thinks he has the capability of making the roster - which is not the same as thinking he will make it. And by that I also mean he must feel Chung might be ready to let himself be coached up more than during his previous stint with the club.
I am hopeful but with little expectation. I do not expect him to make the team but perhaps he will. If he does I do not expect him to play any major role. But if he has become coachable he could start to fit into certain roles that use his better attributes. And that would be a very good thing. But he is not at all likely THE answer to the central player at safety.