With rookie camp right around the corner, I figured it’d be a good time to try and forecast what we can potentially expect from each player heading into the 2010 season (assuming the players are healthy).
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22- CB Devin McCourty:
What the scouting reports say: He has a ton of game experience is tough, physical, smart, fast and quick and has shut-down potential in both man and zone schemes. He also profiles as a potential pro-bowl special team player.
2010 Projection: I think he projects as atleast their #3 CB, potentially their #2 and should give them great production on most all special teams, especially as a potential return man and gunner. 45 TACK- 2 INT- 2 FF
42- TE Rob Gronkowski:
What the scouting reports say: Great size/speed combo, profiles as a good dual purpose TE with the ability to dominate as a blocker and stretch the seam and create match up problems in the red zone as a receiver. He had great production in 2008 47-672-10.
2010 Projection: While he didn’t play in 2009 due to a back injury, he’ll have the opportunity to come in and play right away due to the lack of NFL caliber TE’s on the NE roster. Learning from a true pro like Alge Crumpler can only help to accelerate his acclimation. Early on, I think he provides great value as a blocker and red zone target while the rest of his game catches up. 25 REC- 325 YDS- 4 TD
53- OLB/DE Jermaine Cunningham:
What the scouting reports say: Athletic, tough and consistent defender that plays with a great motor, has a good burst off the edge and uses his hands well. Decent production in the SEC with 33 TFL and 18.5 sacks.
2010 Projection: Due to the lack of quality edge players on the team, he may have the opportunity to impact from day one. I think he’ll see consistent playing time as part of the OLB rotation and also play on special teams. 25 TACK- 5 SACKS- 1 FF
62- ILB Brandon Spikes:
What the scouting reports say: Great leadership ability and size for the position, tough and physical at the POA and great against the run. Has good instincts and awareness and looks to have decent ability and ball skills in coverage (6 career INT’s, 4 returned for TD).2010 Projection: Has the opportunity to start from day 1 opposite Mayo and would be an immediate impact at the ILB position. He should at least provide value as a 2 down run stuffer early on and has the ability to develop into a 3 down backer with is ability in coverage. 55 TACK- 1 INT- 1 SACK- 1 FF
90- WR Taylor Price:
What the scouting reports say: Good size, great speed and athleticsim and was underutilized in college. Tough, competitive, hard working kid with a lot of upside and potential as a vertical thread.
2010 Projection: Will join Edelman and Tate on the list of talented young receivers in Foxboro and will likely compete with Tate for reps as the # 4 along side Randy, Julian and Tory. 15 REC- 225 YDS- 1 TD
113- TE Aaron Hernandez:
What the scouting reports say: Fast, quick, strong and athletic TE prospect with great versatility and ability after the catch.
2010 Projection: I think this kid will impact from day one, as mentioned above he has the skill set to be utilized in a variety of formations and alignments and could develop into a big play threat for TB and make a killing out of the slot. The loss of Welker and any sort of productive TE opens the door for a potential big year. 40 REC- 520 YDS- 5 TDS
I think Mesko will prove his worth at their new #1 punter and both Deadrick and Weston could potentially see some time in the DE/DT rotation.
My assumed catch totals per player below, this nets out to 390 (last year TB completed 390 passes):
Randy Moss- 80
Julian Edelman- 60
Torry Holt- 50
Brandon Tate- 25
Taylor Price- 15
Sam Aiken- 10
Alge Crumpler- 20
Rob Gronkowski- 25
Aaron Hernandez- 40
Kevin Faulk- 35
Sammy Morris- 15
Laurence Maroney- 10
Fred Taylor- 5