Re: Pit matched orrer sheet for Sanders
posted at 4/14/2013 6:54 PM EDT
In response to dapats1281's comment:
Not sure if the Pats will be able to draft a guy who can provide the same kind of production as Sanders would have for this coming season. Ignoring the Pats WR draft history, it's extremely difficult to find rookies who could contribute...the majority of the ones who have big rookie seasons are typically 1st rounders.
Granted, I don't think WR is a dire need, but it would've been nice.
I don't know who is on the WR market next season, but it's going to be a whole lot harder to get Sanders when he hits the open market as an UFA. He should have a better year now that Wallace is gone and Miller coming off an injury.
As long as Gronk can stay healthy for the playoffs, I'm not going to be too worried about this offense.
The offense should function the majority of the time with Brady under center, but ultimately, you need playmakers, especially come playoff time when the difference in a game comes down to one big play here or there.
As I said above, Sanders is a young Deion Branch v2.0. He would've been a perfect fit in this offense, and between him, Amendola, and Jones, we would've had a young, productive, dynamic tandem at WR.
You take Sanders out of the equation and the situation goes from comfortable to questionable at best.
I still think they need a young-body at interior DL, although Kelly is a big help. I think they also need some more CB depth, and a 3rd-down pass-rusher would be helpful as well.
Offensively, they now need WR help, and I think a young, interior DL would be a big help.
That leaves one big priority (WR), and a handful of lesser needs, that nonetheless should be addressed (CB, interior DL, interior OL, pass-rusher).