Re: NOW will people start to really take note of Vereen?
posted at 8/23/2014 12:12 PM EDT
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Strange you say that...take a look at Reiss's answer in his recent mail bag. Actually Patseng, did you write this question to Mikey?
Q. With tight end Nate Byham filling the final spot on the roster, and Byham coming off a torn ACL, I have to ask the question: Why does Bill Belichick keep signing injured players? I love BB as a coach but as a GM do you think he does too much business with his friends Greg Schiano, Nick Saban, etc. than he does by listening to his scouts on healthy players? -- Dave (Woodland Hills, California)
A. Dave, I don't think this is the type of signing where Bill Belichick is overruling scouts or relying too much on the information of a trusted voice in Schiano the way maybe he did with former Florida coach Urban Meyer in the past. We're talking about a blocking tight end here at very little financial risk to fill out the depth chart for training camp. I do think one part of the question that warrants more exploration is the idea that a healthy player is a better signing than one coming off an injury. That line of thinking makes sense to me, but as we saw with first-round pick Dominique Easley (two torn ACLs at Florida), the Patriots don't always see it that way. They've done extensive studies on the topic and have determined that there is little to no connection with past injuries and forecasting future injuries. I like the topic and think it's especially interesting this year with the Easley pick. I'd love to do more with it in the future.
Oh I'm sorry I didn't realize 1 study by 1 team speaks absolutely truth for the entire league. My bad, I guess Brady, Edelman, and Amendola didn't read that report. What a waste of money they spent. But, True you're so bright lets play a game. I'll list every play who since rook year, college, or prior coming to the Pats has been known to have injury issues and if they continued on that trend with the Pats. You list every player who has come to the Pats who has been known to have injury issues and was/has been healthy since coming to the Pats. Ready:
Talib - continued to get injured
Gronk - continues to get injured
Vereen - continues to get injured
Amendola - continues to get injured
Stork - continues to get injured
Edelman - 1 healthy season out of how many?
Vollmer - Continues to get injured
Ras-I - Cut off the team because he couldn't stay healthy
McKenzie - never got health 1 injury right after the other
I'll take a pause and wait for you and your list. I'm sure it will be large, after all past history of injury prone players doesn't continue right? And no 1 off injures don't mean they are injury prone, having multiple injures and missing multiple games across a number of years does.