Been gone for a while. Was on vacation in VA, PA for a week. Got some much needed R n R.
While I was gone, Lots of things transpired. The Logan trade being the biggest. I had mixed feelings about it but as of now, I understand WHY they did it and Im anxious to see if T.Wright can help this team.
Its disappointing that we have so many question marks just a week before kickoff namely with the O line and the lack of depth behind our 3 starting linebackers. I think I would feel better if I saw Mayo play at least one snap also.
Lots of talk about hybrid defenses but even still you need linebackers. I suspect BB will continue tampering with the back end of the roster with the hopes of finding the right combo by midseason. Puzzling why we have not brought in a guy like a Q.Groves who was just signed. I think my best guess is that C.Jones and Nink will be playing more LB than DE this year in a 3-4, making the LB depth not as bad.
I saw Boyce make it to the p/s as he did show some last year but its clear he was behind KT as I stated at the beginning of camp. KT is a natural at everything except catching where he is still raw but good enough to put up 50 catches and 5 TDs IMO which aint bad. I wonder if Boyce sticks all year. I thought he dogged it this summer and wasnt deserving of a spot.
I am probably in the minority here but Ive liked M.Butler since day 1 and believe BB will start him week 1 like he did w/Dowling (also vs Miami?) I just saw him on the field so much its hard not to notice how they have been grooming him. Dennard played strictly slot in week 3. I dont know how long but I def. think BB likes Butler a lot and I have told fans here for 2 years that Dennard is nice but ultimately a slot guy, not an outside guy.(we learned that last year in Denver). Ryan and Arrington are the 4th and 5th CB/S.
I was wrong about the safety spot as all 3 look to be in the mix. Not because they are great but offer different skillsets and BB had the roster spots after lots of surprising cuts.(Kelly, Smith, Worthy)
I have heard lots of criticism in regards to J.White and here is my take. I havent seen enough of him. He def. hasnt shown much running the ball but to say he will never have success is premature IMO. He could be a slow starter a la Priest Holmes. Atleast he can pass block and catch which means he still has a place in this pass happy offense. The Pats plan on playing lots of 2 back, 3 wide sets w/no TE. He factors in that mix as Ridley isnt a good catcher. I have been disappointing with his running but since we have Rids/Vareen, we can wait for him to find his stride. I noticed that he always goes down 1st contact and has little to no moves. I have to venture he is hurt or overthinking...no way he racked up all those yards if he CANT run...Give him a year.
I am not overly concerned with the D as BB has enough parts to put together a competitive bunch and Revis is on his game.
Now offensively, I am a bit concerned. I like what we have at skill positions but I am nervous about all this movement on the line. Brady needs to feel comfy and not be thinking about the rush. I hope this is hashed out by week 4 or it could be a problem.
I am anxious to see T.Wright. Didnt get to catch last game but I saw highlights. Looks like he can help.
I dont know much about the new D lineman we picked up but they are on the roster so hopefully they can help as there are lots of question marks there. Easely must be ready to go and they are just holding him back.
I dont know why Vellano made the team. I thought better players were cut. Kellys release must be more to do with him not wanting to play in the 3-4 as he is def. better than some of the bums they kept.
Excited to start the season but still have a few concerns. I suspect we can get by Miami though. After week 1, BB will bring in a few more guys who's contract wont be guaranteed?
Im a little disappointed w/Practice squad. I thought we needed another O line prospect and a DB. Not sure why they are hanging on to Boyce/Bequette who seemed to have opportunities they did not take advantage of. Glad to see Gray make it though. If Rids keeps fumbling, he will be called up soon.
I got the Pats getting by in this one.... 27-10