Brown is back
posted at 7/11/2007 10:51 AM EDT
I personally like the move. I wouldn't have been surprised if he didn't come back but BB has pretty much said all season, he can come back if he wants to so he was a man of his word. Don't think that will be missed by the other players.
I do think there is a ton of depth at WR.
1-3 Moss, Stallworth, and Welker are locks.
4- Washington, Caldwell, Gaffney will fight for slots 4-5
6- TB (inactive most games-- see below)
PUP- Jackson (whether he is or not). If he's healthy and blows everyone away then he'll fight for slots 4&5 and one of those is the lone main out.
Practice Squad- Bam, Klight, and the others
I think a big thing is that 8 people are inactive every game. I really don't see TB getting a lot of playing time unless (1) someone gets hurt at either WR or DB (2) Moss or Stallworth become head cases and we cut the rope or (3) we have a team where bringing in a ton of WRs is prudent.
I think TB's main role will be to mentor, start the transition to asst coach, and give competition in training camp. BB has shown in the past he'll go with the best guys regardless or rep. I'm also pretty sure TB is getting the vet minimum or close to it and won't cost too much against the cap.
I personally wouldn't be surprised if he gave it a go in camp, the knee wasn't completely back, and he decided to retire a Patriot (and hopefully become a coach).
It'll definitely be interesting to see how it unfolds and I for one like this situation WAY more than last year.