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July 26, 2007
With training camp set to begin July 27, we'll take a snapshot look at each position on the Patriots' roster, starting with a quick chart, then following that up with a list of each player at the position. The defensive line (Wednesday), offensive line (Thursday), linebackers (Friday), specialists (Saturday), quarterbacks (Sunday) defensive backs (Monday), running backs (Tuesday) and wide receivers (Wednesday) have been covered. We wrap it up today with a look at the tight ends.
|STRENGTH||Diversity of skills. From Kyle Brady’s blocking, to Benjamin Watson’s speed, to David Thomas’ sure hands, to Garrett Mills’ route-running skills, there is a variety of talent to tap. |
|WEAKNESS||Health. Promising second-year man David Thomas is recovering from a broken foot suffered in the offseason program. |
|TOP QUESTION||Will Kyle Brady help offset the loss of former first-round draft choice Daniel Graham, a free agent who signed with the Broncos?|
|FUTURE||Kyle Brady (2008), Benjamin Watson (2009), David Thomas (2009) and Garrett Mills (2009) all have multiple seasons left.|
Tight end personnel:
Kyle Brady (13th year) –- Signed as a free agent from the Jaguars, the 6-6, 280-pound Brady has been one of the NFL’s top blocking tight ends. He totaled a season-low five receptions last season, numbers that must grow a bit so he’s not viewed by defenses as a one-way threat.
Matt Kranchick (3rd year) –- Signed to the Patriots’ practice squad last December, the 6-7, 265-pound Kranchick faces longer odds to earn a roster spot. But he has NFL-caliber size and will have a chance to impress coaches while David Thomas recovers from a foot injury.
Garrett Mills (2nd year) –- A fourth-round draft choice out of Tulsa in 2006, he ranked second on the team with eight receptions in the '06 preseason. Yet he spent the season on injured reserve and will look to break through this year, likely in a H-back type of role.
David Thomas (2nd year) –- A 2006 third-round draft choice from Texas, he came on strong late last season while filling in for Benjamin Watson. The 6-2, 248-pound Thomas has displayed excellent hands and a knack for catching passes in tight spots.
Benjamin Watson (4th year) -- Coming off a career-high 49-catch season, the 6-3, 255-pound Watson will look to build on those numbers, and could benefit from more usage of a three-wide set that opens up parts of the middle of the field.
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