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Pats' Mailbag is the best single part of America's best sports section. Thanks, Nick! Doodling with the 53-man roster. Is there a website that gives each player's standing under the salary cap? Suppose coach really wanted to keep all 6 WRs, and 6 RBs including Mike Cloud and Patrick Pass. Given the strength of the LB corps, do you think Warren and Klecko allow the team to part with any 2 of these DLs - Lyle, Hamilton, and/or Pleasant? Which ONE would you keep?
-- Jack Hilberg, Laconia, NH
A: Jack, to my knowledge there are no websites that give official individual cap numbers. There are some internet sites that have estimates or close proximities. I do have the numbers at my disposal, however. As for the roster, I get the feeling one of those older D-linemen may go. I would keep Hamilton because he can still stop the run. Pleasant is like having a D-line coach and Lyle might be the odd man out. While he does protect you at nose tackle, Jarvis Green might be first off behind Washington.
In view of Dan Klecko's size, the variety of positions that he has so far played in the pre-season, and the Patriots defensive scheme, is there any scope in him being employed in a similar way to the Broncos used Karl Mecklenburg in the mid - 80s?
-- Paul Gillott, Southport, England
A: I like that analogy Paul. Could be. Belichick has said he likes Klecko inside more than outside. I get the feeling Klecko will be worked in slowlyybe even being one of the inactive players for the first few weeks of the season.
How in the world does a small, unaccomplished, unproven, league-reject like Frank Moreau (3 teams in 3 years) end up beating out Super Bowl go-to guy J.R. Redmond for a roster spot? Yes, I know Redmond has been injured - but not catastrophically. This makes no sense from a talent perspective.
-- Derek Larsson, Ashland
A: It just came down to JR not showing he can stay healthy for any length of time. The Patriots had reached their limit on patience, and you have to admit they were very patient. Moreau was only kept around because he was an NFL Europe exception. He was released on Thursday.
Hi, Nick. I have a question about the last season's finale against Miami. All Miami had to do was run the ball (which they had done well all game long) and the game would have been over. Do you think that was the single worst bit of coaching in the history of the game? What was the story? I'm not into conspiracy theories....but if the Patriots had made the playoffs it would have looked like something fishy (no pun intended) was going on.
-- Mike Libby, Medford Continued...