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Hey Nick, has Mike Cloud done anything in the "National Football League" to suggest he has a chance to be the #1 back either this year or next. I know he had a pretty good career at BC. I also have an ulterior motive, (Fantasy). PS: If you are in the Portsmouth, NH area and looking for seafood, I suggest "Jumpin Jay's Fish Cafe". It's on the upscale side, and the different fish choices are outstanding.
-- Gary Picard
A: As you saw against the Titans, he was pretty impressive. The o-line was unbelievable opening holes for the backs, but Cloud ran with very good instinct. Maybe as he says, he just needs a break and a chance to show what he can do as a starter. I'm sure the Patriots will ride him until he's solved.
Nick, Will Andre Tippett get into Canton, or does he lack the numbers? I think he's deserving.
-- Allen Davidson
A: I think he's deserving, too. I know our Boston voter for the Hall, Ron Borges, feels the same way, too. Andre was overshadowed by Lawrence Taylor at the time, but he was a tremendous and intimidating player.
With the lack of a "big receiver" do you think the Pats will seriously consider Johnny Morant from Syracuse next year? He's having a break out year (receiving, returning kickoffs and some punts) at around 6'5" he would seem to fit the bill. Any comments?
-- Dan Worthmann
A: There are a few tall receivers potentially in the draft this year. I'd love to see them go after Roy Williams, but I'm guessing that would be a need they could address with one of their No. 1 picks, if they keep them both.
Nick, I'd appreciate it you could tell me a little about Troy Brown. They don't seem to be looking his way as much these days.....Is he fully recovered from last year? Is he constantly double-teamed? Also, what do you think about T.O. in a Pats uni next year? I realize he's difficult, but we need a big target who can get open downfield.
-- Matt Abate
A: I heard in the off season that Deion Branch was going to be given every opportunity to be the featured receiver. I think this is going according to plan. They're not looking for him as much because I think they're trying to get the two or three younger guys the ball more. I think Troy will fight this with everything he has in him. This is a player with a lot of pride, and you can bet he's going to make some plays. He caught that long ball from Brady against Tennessee and he had an 89 yard punt return called back. So he's still capable of making plays. TO isn't their type of player. Continued...