By: Derek Havens
To say the New England Patriots have been active so far in the off-season and into the early stages of the 2011 season would be an understatement. The team has 16 new players on their 53-man roster since the 2010 season and have been make several transactions a day throughout the past week.
The question I am asking myself, and you, is there too much roster turnover happening in New England?
Here is the list of players that are new to the Patriots this season:
QB Ryan Mallett, CB Ras-I Dowling, RB Stevan Ridley, CB Antwaun Molden, RB Shane Vereen, S James Ihedigbo, LS Danny Aiken, OL Brian Waters, LB A.J. Edds, LB Jeff Tarpinian, OL Nate Solder, WR Chad Ochocinco, DL Albert Haynesworth, DE Andre Carter, DE Shaun Ellis, DE Mark Anderson.
Analysis: Personally, I find it curious that a team who has had the type of success the Patriots have had in the recent years would have so many new faces. On the other hand, I also see that Bill Belichick is collecting talent, continuing to rebuild on the fly and trying make up for some of the players he missed on during previous drafts.
I think NFL fans can expect this type of roster turnover from a team that only won a handful of games the year before, but from a team that contends for a SuperBowl every year? Definitely not standard procedure.
However, I believe the team has added a talented group of new players that will contribute to this team this season and for years to come. As for the question at hand, is there too much roster turnover happening in New England? You be the judge.
Do you like the moves the front office has made thus far? Which transactions do you like the best or worst? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts!
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