The Texan trap
Page 24 of 25 -- -- Darren Miles, Miami, FL
A: Nothing to argue with about at all. This is their moment. Everything they do turns to gold.
I'm sure you'll get a lot of questions on this, but here it is anyway: Keyshawn Johnson has been released by the Bucs.
1. I'm aware the trading deadline passed in October, but could the Patriots find some way to pick up his contract for the remainder of the season?
2. Could he quit the Bucs and leave the money on the table if there was another offer somewhere, or would that still technically be a trade?
3. If the Patriots could, would they be interested? Seeing as how they are hurting at wide receiver (no offense to Branch, Johnson or Elliot.) But he is a proven player.
4. If he could come here, do you think he would, even if it was next year?
-- Aurelio D'Amico, Lynn, MA
A: The Bucs don't intend to do anything with him because they'd take a big cap hit. I'm sure they'll try to trade him in the off season. He can't just quit and re-sign with another team. He would have to be traded or released. Would the Pats be interested? Maybe. The concern would be his age -31 and the amount of money he'd demand. There's no question they like him personally. He would assuredly come here because he likes Charlie Weis and Bill Belichick. I think he'd rather go to Dallas with Parcells.
What do you think of the play of Matt Light this year? He seems to have been able to go 1 on 1 for most of the game against guys like Jason Taylor, John Abraham, Jevon Kearse, to name a few. The Pats have played a quality front 4 nearly ever single week, yet Light has been beaten only on a few occasions. Any chance of a Pro Bowl?
-- Mike Askenase, North Reading, MA
A: Very solid year for Matt. I think he's about as year away from getting that Pro Bowl recognition, but he's getting there.
Hi Nick, is it me or did we drop a lot of very catchable passes against Dallas? While I haven't noticed this year before this Sunday's game, last season I felt like this was a big problem for our offense. What's your take? Hopefully this won't start a trend and send the team spiraling downwards in the second half.
-- Jason Bibeau, Auburn, MA
A: There were about five drops. Too many. When you're having problems scoring, you can't drop the ball. Daniel Graham is having problems in that area. They really need Brown back in there to solidify things.
Great job on the mailbag. I get most of my NFL information from it! In fact, some of my friends now say I remind them of you since I have so much Pats knowledge! What do you think are the chances of the Pats playing a home game in the playoffs are? I'm a little worried about how the Pats passing attack will handle the cold weather, and wonder if they would be better off in a warm weather city. Of course, if they really like cold, they could come up here where we should get snow any day now!