Re: Do YOU think our roster is better then it's been for the last 3 years. Yes or no.
posted at 9/4/2013 8:48 PM EDT
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Of course we won't know for fact until after the season is over, but seeing as this is a discussion board and all....
It is time for us to state our opinion. Try and be direct as some of you are not very direct at all. Please no waffling as my good friend prolate is the king of( well they could be good, but I won't get my expectations up too far, I'm not too high, and I'm not too low, etc. etc. etc.)
Here is the question: position by position, is our roster a better NFL roster then we have fielded since 2010? If you think one group or another is not as good please explain why, but also answer the question....do we look better this year then we have the past few years?
I say we look better at every position across the board! And in some areas it is not even close. Our front seven is as good as its been since the super bowl years, and our running back duo is the best it's been since Dillion, and Faulk.
The receiving combo is more talented then it's been the past few years, even though it is young, and our offensive line is as good as ever.
I could understand an argument against the TE position but if suddfield can play near as well as he is hyped we are looking at a dominant group. Then again having Gronk alone gives you the best TE in the league so you are already great.
cb's look better then they have since 07, and IMO the only thing we are missing is a hard hitting strong safety, but the coverage safeties look good.
Oh yeah, one more question....if you conclude that our roster is in fact more talented then it has been, do you also conclude that the general manager is doing an amazing job at team building, considering we have been as close as you can get to winning a championship the last 2 years?
I do not agree. I think this team, today is short on depth and experience. The top of the depth chart may look better, but the core is not, yet.
OL- imo Waters and Mankins were the best tandem in the league.
WR- assume Amendola and Wes are equal. Assume Edelman is equal. There is no one on the team today that is as good as Lloyd was last year or Branch was 2 years ago.
Ridley, Vareen, Bolden were all on the team last year. Woody was better than Blount.
Mankins and Waters played 7(?) games together. I already like Thompkins more than Lloyd, who only ran comebacks/go routes. Thompkins is already a better route runner IMHO.
Branch sucked, he sucked ever since he blew his knee. Ridley's fumbles, Vareen had a bad hammy for most of the year and Bolden played a few games and then suspension. While Woody's contributions were welcomed and valuable, he wasn't much of a threat to run. Whatever Woody did, Vareen will do.
Mankins and Wates that year were both pro bowlers. If I am not misaken the 6th and 7th on the depth hart were Solder and Wendell. I simply see too much of a drop off this year on the reserve OLmen
You may like Thompkins more than Lloyd, but will THompkins put up 74/911/4? YOu can think Branch sucked 2 years ago, but he did put up 51/702/5...I think today, that Thompkins is hard pressed to match these numbers
THis year vs last year
Woody is better than Blount as a runner, pass catcher and blocker
I like Sudfeld, Said so at OTA's. But lets not get carried away here. He is not Hern, and nevr will be. Case closed
- Mankins was a pro bowler than year purely due to reputation, he only played 6 games in the regular season after sitting out for an extension. Mankins is here to start the season this year and he seems like he's in good shape. 2013 Mankins already >2011 Mankins. As far as RG goes, I never denied Waters' was a good pick up, but I like what Cannon could bring if he stays healthy. Our OL would be a wall if the four main cogs(Solder, Mankins, Canon, Vollmer) stay healthy and start together.
- Will Thompkins put up Lloyd's numbers? Heck no, I'm hoping he doesn't too. I dont want Thompkins to be the number 2 WR in New England this year. I want a #2 WR by committee with Dobson and Boyce being included in the fold. I'm certain the 3 rooks will put up more numbers than Lloyd, Branch and Edelman were able to though.
- Ridley this year > Ridley last year who got benched a lot due to his fumbles. He's work on it in the offseason and has added more power to his game.
Vareen > Last year's Vareen. Last year's Vareen had a bad hammy in camp, he didn't recover until later in the season. Even when he did, he played second fiddle to Woodhead.
Bolden blows, but this year's version should be better than the last. This year's version, hopefully, won't get busted for PEDs anto then get benched by BB for the rest of the year.
Blount =\= Woodhead. Two completely different backs.
- I never said Sudfeld will replace Hern, I said Hern was good, not great. it's not impossible for Sudsy to replace him.