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I think everyone was impressed with Childress last season and the expectation is that he'll compete and win the 5th spot.
Competition is the key word. Childress needs to build on last year, not slip back, while the other WRs currently on the roster (who are probably destined for the practice squad at best) could also surprise.
Then factor in a likely veteran WR signing once camps begin their cuts and you've got a very fluid situation. But I'd be in favor of finding a spot for Childress no matter what given what I've seen thus far.
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I won't believe he makes the roster as the #5 until it happens, in the meantime, I really think a veteran WR will become available thru a trade or somehow. It could be the last day of training camp, and I will still be waiting for the Pats to bring somebody in, that's they way they are each year.
I like Childress, but he is going to have to be special to fit in with the guys ahead of him. I've had my heart set on a lot of other guys that never made the team, it is so rare! Anybody remember Rodney Trafford at TE, or the tall Ivy League guy at WR that went to NFL Europe with Rohan Davey?
Bam is in the mix, injuries always have an impact in Training Camp, so veterans brought in or not, the situation is fluid as the roster develops. Stone seems to be Bam's primary competition for 5th WR, both he and Bam have been reported taking Special Teams' reps. This is where Bam's CB play starts looking better for him. One of the nice things here, Bam has a another year of eligibility on the Practice Squad.
5 rings, you mean Chas Gentsner (sp?) - many of us were pulling for him in his underdog role.
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Guys at other positions that might make it difficult for Bam to be on the final 53 man roster: Mills, Thomas, Pass, Evans
Bam is not just in competition with WR, he is in competition to have a role on the team on the 53 man roster, and the Pats will only keep the BEST out of the skill players.
I don't understand what you're saying here. If Childress could make the team
for a role OTHER than WR then ... you are right. But if he makes the team
as a WR then his competition is from other WRs not from TE or DBs or RBs ... etc.
What I am saying is that the best 53 men will end up on the roster. If Bam is good enough to be the 5th wideout but they have to decide between keeping Mills, who has a college record for receptions, as a fourth tight end, or keeping Bam as the 5th wide receiver; in order to complete the 53 man roster, than one of those guys gets cut. Or maybe they want to keep Pass and Evans at running back, and this fills up the 53 man roster instead of the fifth wideout, because they prefer to keep the extra running back. This happens every season.
Why didn't Chas Gessner make the team, or Rodney Trafford? Both those guys had as much upside as Bam. There were not enough spots on the 53 man roster to keep everybody. There is no rule that the Pats always keep five wideouts, it is not set in stone. They will keep the top 53 players, in groupings that most benefit the team.
Do you really think Bam is even in competition with the guys ahead of him? Do you think they are going to cut Branch in order to keep BAM? I think he is in competition with the last couple guys on the roster, to prove he has value to the team. This is what happens EVERY YEAR. It's not something new I invented just now. When Belichick talks about players needing to create a role for themselves in order to make the team in training camp, he is referring to being more that just a guy who plays a position, he is talking about you have to bring something SPECIAL to the situation that gives you more value than other back-ups.
Go and add up all our rookies at skill positions and you will find that there are a few players who will have to be real good to make the 53 man roster, not just Bam. They are more likely to keep a extra RB or TE than an undrafted WR. Especially when they bring in another veteran WR. In my opinion!
On a different thread, Patsox lists the Offense final roster. His assumption is that Evans doesn't have enough value to even make the team, and he puts Mills in with the RB, which appears to not be accurate, but anyway, that means that Pass or Mills gets cut. He also has a vet like Patten pencilled in to compete with Bam for a #5 wideout spot.
What if the team decides they want to keep Pass AND Mills. It will be because those guys have more value in their role on the team than somebody like Bam, who is also fighting for a last position on the roster, just like Pass and Mills.