BEDARD: 16 Scouts On Hand Last Night

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August 12, 2011 at 12:26pm ET

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Jermaine Cunningham was one of the few regulars that saw action Thursday night. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

An interesting note from this morning, with Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe reporting that there were 16 scouts on hand for last night's Patriots, which he said was an "unusually high" number for a preseason game.

Judging by that number it would lead you to believe that teams are trying to get a jump on some of the changes head coach Bill Belichick may be trying to implement, but they didn't get to see much considering that nearly all the starters took last night's game in from the sidelines.

Bedard points out that there were some elements of the 4-3 scheme shown last night, like the strong-side linebacker over the tight end, as well as the nose tackle playing on the weakside of the center, which were different compared to the previous alignments we've seen.

One scout said he expects to see more of that once the starters are back in the line-up.

“I expect things to really move to the 4-3 under when they have guys like Wilfork and Haynesworth in there,’’ one veteran scout said. “I would bet you’re going to see Wilfork more on the nose with Haynesworth as the weakside tackle. That will allow him to just go after the quarterback. And you can keep Haynesworth happy that way.’’

Obviously this transition has more than just Patriots fans intrigued, and hopefully we'll get a chance to see some of the starters in the coming weeks to catch a glimpse of what we may end up seeing more of this season.