Washington a good acquisition
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A: I like their chances a lot more with Ted Washington. I still like Miami.
Here's an idea. What if the Patriots could scoop up Duce Staley from the Eagles? Duce obviously doesn't want to take a back seat to Buckhalter and wants to start. The Eagles on the other hand don't want this thorn in the side to carry over into the regular season. He could be had for cheap right now, and poses an upgrade over Smith and insurance for career 3rd down scat-back Faulk. What do you think?
-- Joshua Medeiros, Marstons Mills
A: I would love to see it because I feel Staley is an excellent back, but I'm not getting any indication that would happen. I wrote last week that the Eagles will likely re-sign him, then a story appeared that Staley might be trade bait. But I haven't seen any indication that the Eagles are trying to deal him.
I wanted to ask a question or two and make an observation, but first I have to say - I hope you love your job, because you have to be the luckiest guy ever! Following the Pats and getting to watch the best product any New England based sports franchise has put out there is an amazing thing!
OK - now for my questions and observation. I, for one, am not worried about who the starting tailback will be. I want to know: How is the offensive line looking?? What the heck happened to A. Klemm?? This time last year, I was saying to myself, Klemm should step up into a prominent role...and then the Pats traded a few OT's and I said to myself...Klemm should step up into a prominent role...will he ever step up?? or am I hoping for something that will never happen?
And for my observation: I am tired of hearing the wide receiving core referred to as the "Smurfs." They are all quality players. If we need size up the middle, why don't we run a two tight end set (like Indy) -- Fauria and Graham are too talented to keep off the field!!
-- Matthew DiAntonio, Weymouth
A: Matthew, I do love my job. I loved it early in my career when I covered high school sports, college sports, the years I covered Marvin Hagler, the Red Sox and now the Patriots. It's been great. To write sports for the section considered the best in the country is a dream come true for me. As for the O-Line, I believe Adrian Klemm is simply an underachiever. He came into the league highly regarded. he should have been a big time tackle. He came from a passing offense at Hawaii, so he should be a decent pass blocker, but we do see him get beat from time to time. I would think this is his last hurrah to make an impression. I think he started strong, has faded a bit, but he was working with the first team again in practice this week. Don't worry about labels like "Smurfs." It can be a good thing as long as, like you say, the players are productive.Continued...