Re: Do YOU think our roster is better then it's been for the last 3 years. Yes or no.
posted at 9/6/2013 2:03 AM EDT
Sorry is this still a question? I mean we've all come to an agreement that health is the biggest factor, that is without question. But suppose life was like a video game and you could turn the injuries off, the Patriots would be the best team on the game, especially after week one when they update the player rankings.
QB's; better, Mallet more experienced.
RB's; better, sorry but an older wiser Ridley, Bolden, Vereen and Blount is better, more talented than 2011.
WR's; 2011 we've had an old folks home and a reality show at receiver, and Gronk got hurt.
Now Thompkins looks like Brandon Lloyd was supposed to, the kid runs routes like Troy Brown but he's bigger. Brady calls him 1A, no joke, that's his nickname, the kid is a fundamentals freak, he runs every route and fights for every ball. Dobson is a jump ball burner, he is tall, fast and has huge mitts, he looked really good in preseason running underneath routes and coming back for the ball, I swear they might cut him loose on day one, if all he does is run fly routes Tommy can pretend he is Randy Moss and the kid will go get it. Boyce is a bowling ball of muscle slot receiver who also happens to run a 4.3... I'm having trouble seeing the problem or choosing which one I'm most excited about because I think they'll all blow up at the same time.
OL; better, a lot better. Reason? Healthy Cannon, the guy wins because he is too big to fail, he's the biggest guy on the field AT ALL TIMES. Everyone else that was here in 2011 who matters is still here, and healthy. Solder is more experienced and bulkier, Vollmer and Mankins are two of the NFL's best at their positions and are healthy. We have such versatility and depth at O Line now, it's scary.
TE; Aaron Hernandez was a fullback, we can make up his production with our explosive new receivers and our tight ends. Gronk has had this back injury since college and finally got it fixed, his arm hopefully is fixed but that is a concern. Sudfeld looks like a great pickup. Huey has another year in the system and his starting means we are stronger and tougher then the serial killer. Add a huge 6th Olineman, blocking TE and you have your roster, if something happens Fells and Ballard may be back and/or some of that money we're holding will come in handy.
DT; Much better, the addition of Kelly and two fresh backups with Armstead waiting in the wings is so much better than we've had it since the last days of Vince and the Warren Bros. Our defense will be better, the main reason why will this group.
OLB; the most promising looking 2nd year defensive end/OLB in the game with a championship pedigree in his family another year under his belt and bigger, Nincovich who beats guys who have 50-60 pounds on him, Buchannon is fast and exciting, Bequette is defensive end sized but linebacker mobile. Hightower can play here if need be and Jaime Collins might make a fearful sight coming off the edge.
ILB; Mayo, Spikes, Hightower, Fletcher, Beauharnais is great depth, add the two linebacker corps together and you probably won't find a better unit in the NFL after this year.
Corners; really Talib, Dennard with Arrington at his strength in the slot, a promising rookie Ryan and room for one is so much better than 2011 it's not even funny.
Safeties; McCourty might lead the NFL in INT's this year, I have no reason for saying this other than it's a hunch and free safeties are usually stars of successful BB defenses via picks, anyone else remember Willie "big play" Clay? Harmon, Tavon and Ebner will fill the SS spot, one will emerge. Better than the uncertainty of 2011, the good news is we'll have a pass rush. Better.
Special teams; wash or maybe better depending on Ryan, he's already as good as Mesko.
This isn't a debate, experience is the best teacher and we have a rebuilt team in their prime.
Injury can ruin any team, but if healthy, I would choose this team every time.