A .500 Bill due in Foxborough
Page 11 of 18 -- A: I think they're still using a lot of regulars, though the regulars these days are the backups. Guys are playing all out. I'm surprised the injury list isn't longer. They're getting some All Pro performances out there. Woody, Light, Seymour, Poole, Harrison, and Bruschi, in my mind have been as good at their positions as any player in the league.
Ciao, Nick Great column and nice decision to put replies on Thursday's. Nick: we have to be proud to be fans of this team! Who, honestly, thought to be 5-2 after week 7 with so many key injured players? And we could have been easily 6-1. Everybody is playing with heart and it is difficult to mention particularly a player as all team is performing. I think that the biggest surprise is coming from the rookies. There is not only one single impact player but, more or less, all of them are helping a lot! Do you think that with this year draft and, hopefully, with so many next year draft picks, will we able to create, in this difficult NFL salary cap era, a dynasty? Too early to predict playoffs but this team looks really promising. Will we play this year with throwback uniforms? Any news? I really loved them. Thanks in advance for your kind comments.
-- Enrico, Como, Italy
A: Enrico, the Patriots are the envy of the league because their draft class is performing the best of any draft class in the NFL. That's why these grades writers give out at the time of the draft are useless. Judge them once they start playing. You'd have to give this draft class an "A" right now. Nice job by another one of our countrymen Scott Pioli.
Nick, Is there anyone in the NFL playing at a higher level than Richard Seymour? This guy is just dominating in every game. I could go on forever about what he's doing for this team. Nobody wanted to see Milloy go, he was a great player here. A guy with a lot of character, but this team has not lost a step with Harrison. Harrison is out there making non-stop plays. He's out there giving his all on every play. Am I wrong or would you have to agree?
-- Eric Dolan, New Bedford
A: Seymour might wind up going to the Hall of Fame if his career keeps going the way it is. He's outstanding. Constantly double-teamed, he finds a way to be disruptive and that's a sign of a great player. I agree on Harrison. I don't know what the Chargers were thinking, but I guess that's why they've won one game.
Nick: After seeing fourth round pick Randy McMichael light it up for 8 catches and 102 yards, can we finally call Daniel Graham a first round bust? McMichael definitely benefited from the coverage scheme, but he also looked more aware on the field. Graham shows flashes of great athletic talent and head's up play, but just can't seem to put it together consistently.
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