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Only if you assume that 2010 will be capped. If 2010 is uncapped—and that certainly appears quite likely—only players with six years of service will be eligible for unrestricted free agency. Of the four you list, only Taylor has the requisite six years.
I see. Okay.
I still say New England needs to retool... If people want to question my interest in trading Maroney, at least respect my opinion. People are entitled to have their own opinions. You don't have to accept them but at least respect it and move on. Because these same Patriots fans who are defending him will criticize him for his failures and want to sit him just as fast. It's call fickleness. What has Maroney done wrong? What has he done great?
If you guys like him, then so be it. I'm not one of his fans... I believe Belichick can try to upgrade the position this off-season. There's nothing wrong with trying... That's all I've been saying. Don't be content with what you've if you can attempt to get better. I want to get better at RB. Maroney is nothing special in my eyes. He's an injury prone finesse player who shows flashes but ultimately will disappoint you more than he satisfies you.
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I have no clue how people can think we don't need a WR. We have no #3 WR and that's virtually a starter in our offense. Moss is really struggling right now and will be a year older. Furthermore WR usually emerge in year #2 or #3 so we need to get the process going for 2011.
Stanback isn't the guy. Edelman will likely be a second slot guy. I hope that Tate will become the guy we hope but it's 50-50 at best right now realistically about 25-75. Going into 2011 we have Welker, maybe Tate, maybe Moss if he comes back cheap. Good luck with that.
I'm hoping for Tate too, but adding one more WR seems wisest to compete for the #3 slot.
Originally Posted by Ochmed Jones
The only WR I have seen this year that is a playmaker is Gilyard from Cincy. I am very interested to see how he runs at the combine.
He's very high on my short list. I'm also impressed by his intangibles, not to mention he'd most likely be our primary KR too. Here's a worthy read:
"What we want to try to do is maximize each spot on the roster; we want to be stronger at No. 1 than the opponent, stronger at No. 25 than they are, and stronger at No. 53 than they are, we're always looking to upgrade the talent level on the team, and play together to be functional."
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I personally look at what teams like Indy, New Orleans, the Vikes, and Eagles are doing with young, fast, athletic wideouts and I think we need to duplicate this with a Mardy Gilyard or Brandon Lafell. Honestly I dont see Sam Aiken as a legit number three receiver but if we could get a young burner with good hands it would open things up for the rest of the Offense.
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In my opinion, New England's top priorities for the off-season and the draft is to address specific needs.
1. Draft a NT
2. Draft or sign a starting DE
3. Draft one or more OL
4. Draft one or more RB
5. Draft one or more ILB
6. Draft or sign a starting TE
I like what the Patriots already have at WR.
Conversely, the Patriots must retool at RB.
Besides Taylor, none of those guys will be UFAs after this year unless a labor deal gets done in the next month which is highly unlikely. Don't see why Taylor would leave minny for the same situation here. he will be 31 next season, and touches the ball 10 times a game.
Well of course, time waits for no one. That said, I don't think Randy has lost as much as you fear, if Welker wasn't on the team NE could put Randy in motion more to protect him from the pounding he takes getting off the LOS - but the slighter Welker needs that protection more. I also believe Randy is playing hurt, so he's not bouncing back as fast as we'd like to see from each game.
Right now the best thing to help Randy is continue to work on a consistent #3 WR and getting Watson & Baker back into the passing game - losing Tate again didn't help, neither did Edelman's busted arm, but if one of the three remaining can develop into a viable threat, NE should be able to take some pressure off Randy.
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Poor washed up bastard's only 6th in the NFL in receiving yardage and 4th in TDs. On pace for over 1300 yards this season.
I see what you mean. Don't sugar coat it so much next time.
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