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  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from MinniSoxFan. Show MinniSoxFan's posts

    Meriweather on the rise

    This kid is having a year right on par with ED REED. These stats have changed, as Reed had 2 picks today, and Meriweather had a sack, and they both obviously have more tackles, but still, WATCH OUT FOR THIS KID FOR THE REST OF THIS YEAR AND INTO NEXT YEAR!

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/statistics?stat=def&sort=int&league=nfl&season=2&year=2008




    TACKLES MISC INTERCEPTIONS RNK NAME TOT SOLO AST SACK FF BK INT YDS LNG TD PD
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from nastee. Show nastee's posts

    Meriweather on the rise

    What???

    Do you even watch the games.

    Ed Reed is a playmaker.

    Merriweather blows. Branch scored with him "covering him" and TE Carlson was making him look like a fool. He doesn't know how to tackle or play the pass. He has a long way to go and having a play at the end of a game that any idiot can accomplish doesn't make you Ed Reed.
     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from pyegian. Show pyegian's posts

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    Meriweather is neither one of your assessments. He is not nearly on the level of Ed Reed yet, but he shows potential. And he most certainly doesn't blow. Early in the game, he was beaten a couple of times, but do you really expect a safety to cover Deion Branch one on one and be successful? He shouldn't have been alone on Branch. Carlson beat a bunch of defenders, mostly linebackers. I think Meriweather will be a very good player.
     
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    Meriweather on the rise

    I agree pyegian. Meriweather has progressed a lot since last year and I think he still has room to grow. He is not Ed Reed--not yet anyway.
     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from MinniSoxFan. Show MinniSoxFan's posts

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    Nastee: A little harsh. I'm not saying he's Ed Reed yet, it's only his second year. All i'm saying is that he's right there with him statistically this year, and that should give him enough confidence to just shine next year, as the third year is usually the breakout year for DB'S anyway.
     
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    With a player like Meriweather it's learning the defensive schemes and making plays. I agree that he will be better in year 3. That Safety blitz call was the kind we normally see Harrison play and it's kinda what I expected Pees/Capers/Belichick to call. Reed is already a pro-bowl player; I think that Meriweather has that potential, but he has to progress, not regress in order to achieve it.

     
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    Meriweather is starting to make plays this year. Sack/FF yesterday was as big a play as Pats have made all year on D. He's going to develop into a bigtime player. He's no thumper, though. If Rodney can't come back a bone crunching SS would be a nice offseason addition.
     
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    You can't argue that meriweather has a lot of upside but he still has a ways to go. Always difficult to fill the shoes of Rodney but he has held his own. He needs to become a better tackler and learn to wrap up (case and point the Jets Dustin Keller's 3rd and 15 reception in overtime - he caught it about 3 yards short of the first down. Meriweather made the hit but the TE shook him off and go the first, ultimately leading to the GW field goal - rodney and ed reed would never let this happen). His 4 interceptions hints that he has the ability to make plays, something last year he was criticized for and his safety blitz to end the game against seattle was also a huge plus. His offseason this year will be key in his development and hopefully he comes to camp as the pats #1 safety we all expected him to be (i love rodney but you gotta be realistic). He still has a ways to go but next year will be the major indicator of how valuable he can be to this team.

     
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    He's on his way up. The guy who said he's nothing to Ed Reed, well Reed is an accomplished veteran, give Merriweather time and we'll see. He may just end up on Ed Reed's level time will tell.
     
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    Ed Reed is great and many and I mean many people and experts have compeared Merriwhether to Reed and as good as Reed is can you imagine what he would be like if he had Belicheck as his head coach all this time instead Bullick? Well that is the oppertunity we have with merriwhether, this kid has all the talent you can ask for in a S and he has Bill Belicheck to coach him up, in a few years i honestly think he will be better the Ed Reed. he leads the team in picks, he is playing almost 100% of the games now that Rodney is out, he is always around the ball, and that sack for a FF was not as easy as stupid people like Nastee may think, have you ever even played teh game Nastee or are you just a moron who thinks he can do anything that a pro can do? do you really think any moron could have made that play? If so then why havent the Pats been calling it all year and getting the same results? Are you saying our entire Defense is filled with morons dumber then you who cant make a simple play? I didnt think so, if it was as easy as you say it was we would get sacks right up the gut untouched for FF's in every game but we dont cause its not that easy and the play Merriwhether made was a fantastic play and he gets the credit for making that happen. I would bet money this punk Nastee has never even played the game of football in his life.
     
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    Merriweather is not in the same league has Ed Reed. I agree he's around the ball but can't tackle.He seems to bounce off ballcariers and can't stop anyone in thier tracks.
     
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  13. You have chosen to ignore posts from MVPkilla. Show MVPkilla's posts

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    It is year two dwhite give the kid a break, Ed Reed was not the player he is now in year two but what we are saying is he has the talent and the coaching to be as good if not better then Ed Reed is.
     
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    Do you mean Ed Belichick?
     
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    [Quote]It is year two dwhite give the kid a break, Ed Reed was not the player he is now in year two but what we are saying is he has the talent and the coaching to be as good if not better then Ed Reed is.[/Quote]God I hope your right.
     
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    Meriweather on the rise

    Merriweather indeed has the potential to be as good as Ed Reed. And it wasn't Billick who coached him up in Batimore, but Buddy's son. This kid has made great strides in his second year. Remember last season when he couldn't hold onto a pick even if he had used stickum? He does need to brush up on his tackling technique, but he's a great hitter. This guy will come into his own. I only hope they can sign him next year instead of waiting until he's ready to hit FA (and get Ed Reed money)! I still see a lot of mixed opinions on him here. But this guy is the future, and essentially Rodney's "replacement". If he improves as much in this coming offseason as he did in the last he's going to be a top tier safety. The defensive unit as a whole is going through some growing (and injury) pains, but there have been a lot of bright spots. Like Mayo. Not yet a pro bowler, but should be in his second year. Even though Deion burned Merriweather, I'd still say they did decent in the trade. Had they resigned Branch I doubt both Moss and Welker would be here now. I'm looking for good things from Merriweather going forward.
     
  17. You have chosen to ignore posts from wozzy. Show wozzy's posts

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    Meriweather is a free safety playing out of position at strong safety. We need to draft or sign a legit SS who can cover tight ends. Meriweather is under 6 feet and might be 200 pounds with all his pads and soaking wet but is a ball hawk and a sold tackler in space. Harrison and Ed Reed are both over 200 pounds but more importantly hit like a ton of bricks... it's that simple.
     
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    Meriweather on the rise

    Being that Mays will probably go in the first 5-10 picks, barring some trade magic we're probably not going to get him. With that said, what about SS Patrick Chung out of Oregon, 5'11 210 and seems to enjoy contact.

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Patrick+Chung
     
  19. You have chosen to ignore posts from DayWooo763. Show DayWooo763's posts

    Meriweather on the rise

    I think Patrick Chung is plenty big enough to play SS in the NFL whether it's for a 3-4 team or a 4-3 team. The average size of all the SS that play on 3-4 teams is 6'0" and 211lbs. And the best of that bunch is a certain guy that plays for the steelers and he's listed at 5'10" 207lbs. This means that Patrick Chung really isn't that undersized if you think about it. With more teams putting smaller, quicker guys on the field in order to spread the defense out, it almost becomes an advantage to have smaller, quicker defenders to better match-up. There's no denying that Taylor Mays is a beast, but if the Patriots have to 'settle' to Chung, well, he's a heck of a player.
     
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    Meriweather on the rise

    I also understand the desire for a true 'strong' safety. A guy that can play in the box on a consistent basis like Mays, but the fact of the matter is, our secondary has not played well enough to earn the luxury of having an athletic freak roaming the field as he pleases. Our corners aren't good enough to cover effectively with only one safety helping over the top. We really do need a guy who can drop into coverage more often than not. Although Harrison was a great player here for a long time, it was obvious that coaches had to help him out in coverage with differant schemes. Now he wasn't nearly as sorry in coverage as say Roy Williams from the Cowboys, but he was always a liability. What we need is two guys that can just flat out cover.
     
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    Meriweather on the rise

    Classic work in progress *with upside.

    He's got all the tools to be a great safety in this league - except the experience. This year, he's been asked to step up and fill the not-small hole that Rodney left. For the most part he's done it and done it well.

    I'm becoming a fan of this kid. He's quick on his feet, got a nose for the ball and gets his licks in when he can. He also has been doing it without drawing penalties - important.
     
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    can't even compare ed reed to merriweather, reed is all over the field, teams have to game plan around him, doubt that they do the same with merriweather. reed is a pick for six waiting to happen from anywhere on the field.
     
  23. You have chosen to ignore posts from MinniSoxFan. Show MinniSoxFan's posts

    Meriweather on the rise

    rabbrandy:

    AGAIN, I am not saying that Meriweather is Reed just yet, i'm just saying that they have very similar numbers this year, and he really has a great opportunity to break out next year. Jeez, actually read the post before you respond.
     
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