Let the real games begin
Page 15 of 19 -- A: Might be six WRs, but I'm still thinking five. It could be that Dedric Ward is let go at the end. There was a lot of wild speculation about Patten basd on about two weeks of training camp when he was a little nicked up and Bethel Johnson looked like Bob Hayes. But Patten is a playmaker. He makes big plays down field. Could it be that Brady called his number? Sure. It could also be that Charlie weis called his number. As for Otis and JR, there's no sentimental stuff here. You can either do the job or you're gone.
Nick, I really enjoy your weekly write in column of the Patriot Nation. Living in Southeastern Pennsylvania all I hear is how "tough" the Eagles are. I don't agree. The Patriots would have been in the last four Super Bowls if they played in the NFC East. Hell, Holy Cross could run the table against the Cowboys, Skins and Giants. The Eagles are over rated and you will see that when they go 0-4 against the best division in football, the AFC East.
-- Brad Fuller, Birdsboro, PA
A: I can't agree with you on that one. The Eagles are a premiere team and they'll show it when it counts. How could you say they weren't tough last season? They lost to tampa Bay in the NFC Championship game. There's no "over rated" in that.
Nick, who, in your opinion, rank #1-10 as the ten most valuable players on the 2003 Patriots (and for each one, briefly why?) Thanks!!
-- Benson Horne, Columbus, Ohio
A: 1. Brady: leader of the offense. 2. Adam Vinatieri: Best kicker in the game; 3. Richard Seymour: maybe the best overall lineman in the AFC; 4. Ty Law: Still one of the best five corners in the game; 5. Damien Woody: their best offensive lineman; 6. Troy Brown: playmaker, great falloff when he's not in there; 7. Rosevelt Colvin: a difference-maker. 8. Ted Washington: he can stop the run. 9. Matt Light: what would the Pats do if they lost him to an injury? 10. Lawyer Milloy: still a lot of leadership there.
I gotta say this -- what's up with the so-called "Lighthouse" @ the big razor? To me - It doesn't even look like a lighthouse. What do you think?
-- Wayne Tuttle, Holbrook
A: It was supposed to shoot a laser beam or something, but apparently it's just going to sit there.
Who is going to return kick offs for the Pats this year?
-- Jim Kerr, Tampa, Fl
A: I'd like to see Bethel Johnson. If not, Faulk and/or Patrick Pass.
In the 3 pre-season games, a number of opposing players have been taken off the field in carts. Is this just coincidence or are the Pats playing more physically this year? Can this come back to haunt them in the regular season when they paly the same clubs?
-- Scott Cooley, Centerport, NY Continued...