Originally Posted by Jimke
I would be very surprised if the Pats go into training camp with
only 11 linebackers. Mike Reiss said recently that they went
to camp last year with 14 (not including Seau).
IMO they will add a vet (Seau, Hartwell, Brandon Short, Gartner or some other JAG) before the June mini camp and let the rookies, special teamers and the new vet(s) fight it out.
Heat 1 - Seau, Hartwell, Brandon Short, Gartner, some other JAG
Heat 2 - Rogers, Warren, Lua, Bissinger
Final Depth (hoped for)
ROLB - Colvin, Woods, Rogers
SILB - Seau, Warren
WILB - Bruschi, Alexander, Izzo
LOLB - Thomas, Vrabel
Practice Squad - Lua, Bissinger and Mays if he is eligible
In reality I think Tedy plays SILB out of necessity. The overall talent level is strong enough to cover up this hole but he is not suited for the position and is a better fit at WILB.