Adalius Thomas played up to expections?

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  1. carolinatony

    carolinatony In the Starting Line-Up

    I was expecting a All Pro when we got him but have not seen much of this.
    Are you happy with his play so far and was he worth it?
  2. primetime

    primetime Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    He's a significant step up from whichever of the two platooners he's standing next to at any given time. The 3-4 inside linebacker position doesn't create superstars; even Ray Lewis in his prime wouldn't be putting up insane numbers in this system.
  3. Flying Fungi

    Flying Fungi In the Starting Line-Up

    I am satisfied--he has helped seal the middle of the field. I wasn't expecting him to be any more than an important piece of the puzzle. The same happened with Colvin a few years back when everyone was expecting 10+ sack seasons.
  4. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi Supporter

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    He was until he hurt his ankle, he's been quiet since then but there's no denying how active he was before that. Let's hope he's 100% again.
  5. PATSNUTme

    PATSNUTme Paranoid Homer Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    He's made of glass.*

    Just wanted to beat anyone else saying that even though it's not true.
  6. JoePats

    JoePats In the Starting Line-Up

    Hope so...he's not listed on today's injury report.
  7. 363839

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    He is a definite upgrade over what we had previously.
    Yeah, the ankle injury has slowed him down a bit, apparently.
    No doubt in my mind though, that he still has not got the BB defensive system down as well as he could.
    When he does, he is going to be a monster for us.
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  8. ALP

    ALP Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    yes he has...remmeber, hes in the middle now, wont have as many sacks....

    and he has learned a new position, in a complicated scheme, and is good at wut he does....

    in the pats system, ur supposed to do ur job, i think he is....

    btw, he has been banged up...
  9. Boston Boxer

    Boston Boxer U.S. Air Force Retired Supporter

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    our defensive strategy does not allow for one player to stand out...each player in a part to an overall machine. that is the best way i can put it. So yes, he is playing up to expectations.
  10. Buchanty

    Buchanty Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    I was very happy with AD's play before he hurt his ankle, and well worth the money the Pats paid to get him. Indeed he was everything that was advertized - flexible, athletic, fast and smart.

    The injury certainly slowed him up, but I suspect that the coaches are holding him back at the moment trying not to stress the ankle. I get the impression that BB is carefully herding his team for the playoffs, because I get the same feeling with Maroney. Dont play either of them too hard or too many times in the earlier part of the season, and then spring them in the run up to the playoffs and beyond. After all the team is doing just fine with them in low gear so why push it? The advantage in December/January is that they are still fresh, the opposition has no film on how they affect defensive and offensive plays, and they are just bursting to contribute to one of the greatest teams of all time.

    We know that AD and Maroney have all the necessary skills, ambition and the temperament; we just have to be patient until Bill, Dan and Josh are ready to unleash the beasts!
  11. BelichickFan

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    Before, and including, Cleveland, his tackle+assist (unofficial) average was 5.6; since then he's only had one game in which the number was over 2.0. I realize he missed a good part of the Indy game but his production has been down; very likely due to the ankle.
  12. BradyManny

    BradyManny Pro Bowl Player

    He was much more noticeable before the Browns injury. I think the injury has something to do with his decrease in snaps and documented decrease in production as seen in BelichickFan's post above.
  13. carolinatony

    carolinatony In the Starting Line-Up

    "He is a definite upgrade over what we had previously."

    This may be true, but its not saying he is worth it.
    We need some younger LB's next year if we want to repeat and I hope BB gets us one or two in the off season.
  14. JJDChE

    JJDChE 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    He was outstanding in the first few games. The injury has definitely slowed him down a bit. Hopefully the bye week got him back to 100%.
  15. GameDay

    GameDay Practice Squad Player

    I agree with some saying that he is learning the system (besides the ankle injury). His words are intriguing...


    "It was new and it was tough," said Thomas, who did not appear to be upset by his lack of action. "But you know it's always that way. All I do is go out there when I'm asked to go out there and you make plays when you're out there. That's kind of how it went today."

    Asked if he was OK with his lack of playing time, Thomas said: "I'm not commenting on that. It is what it is. We won. It's bigger than that. We're moving forward to the next thing."
    ---end quote----

    any tea leaves reading into this?

    Also, it must be humbling for him to play on the punt and field goal block team, relatively to his status at Baltimore.
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  16. wizwor

    wizwor Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    We are undefeated since we signed AD. 'nuf said!
  17. Deus Irae

    Deus Irae Retired Jersey Club Supporter

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    Patriots fans are watching what may well be the best team in the history of the NFL, yet almost all I see are threads about how disappointing players are. What the hell is wrong with you people?
  18. danny88

    danny88 Banned

    Some poeple like to talk about things the team could improve. Maybe talk about players who are not playing well. Lemme guess you just want to hang out and gush about how great we are :rolleyes:

    As awesome as you think we are, there are many things that need to improve to remain the best team in the NFL.
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  19. Wretch

    Wretch On the Game Day Roster

    Something to consider is that the Pat's defensive system doesn't generate stats other than points allowed and wins. Players like Richard Seymour absorb blockers and don't necessarily put up crazy numbers like Freeney for example.

    It could be that AD is playing within the system and being very effective but it doesn;t show up in the box scores.
  20. Deus Irae

    Deus Irae Retired Jersey Club Supporter

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    Your pathetic arguments have been destroyed time and again and you still spout nonsense every chance you get. There's not a player on this team who's not playing his role well enough for the team to be undefeated, as the record shows. It's one thing to wonder about an individual play, or even a specific game, but you people have been following this staff for years and still don't seem to grasp the concept of TEAM, or the idea of players with both multiple skills and individual areas of excellence, or the notion of playing hurt. And there is not a single thing that this team needs to improve on to remain the best team in the NFL. If this team stayed exactly at the level it is right now, it would destroy almost every opponent and set multiple records. This is, in fact, what's been happening to date this season.
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