Re: Tommy Kelly Signed
posted at 4/8/2013 7:49 PM EDT
In response to RidingWithTheKingII's comment:
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
In response to nomadfan's comment:
I posed a question early in the morning when I noted the DE draft thread in ESPNBoston
Should the Pats take a DE or DT first, if an equally good prospect is avaialable for either position when it comes time for the pick?
I guess now that Kelly is signed, the Pats will take a DE. And this year the draft has great depth for DE.
Not really. From 2011 to 2012... 80% decline in sack total, 50% decline in solo tackles
Who? Kelly? Dude, I already explained this above. I actually talked about the Seymour and Kelly thing months before this signing has occurred.
Teams were doubling Seymour in 2009, some in 2010, but they started shifting on focusing more on Kelly because Kelly was playing better than Seymour in 2011.
Seymour got dinged up last year, played 8 games, and couldn't finish the year, so teams stuck to doubling/focusing on Kelly.
Hence, the drop in production. So, picture him now playing NEXT to a healthy, nasty Wilfork.
I am not making any guarantees or anything, but you can bet BB is looking as to why his numbers dropped in 2012, but also WHY his numbers not only spiked in 2010 and 2011, but how he actually started outproducing and outperforming Seymour.
It doesn't really matter where the stats come from, but the skill set is important here. He's more known for penetrating and pass rushing down the middle v.s. being a beast against the run, but we don't need more run stuffing DTs.
Throw in Justin Francis, Myron Pryor, Armstead and maybe a DT in the draft (deep DT draft - Jesse Williams?) and Love and Deaderick are now competing for back up spots or only spot roles as run stopping guys.
Put it this way, if our new DTs next to Wilfork are Kelly and Alabama's Jesse Williams, call me a very happy camper.
Pretty much confirms what you were saying.