Cutdown watch: Who solidified a spot tonight, who burned bridges?

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  1. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    At a quick glance (I watched with a half asleep, gorgeous wife and some grumpy kids - lame combo :D ) I saw some good stuff.

    Again despite long drives, I saw some good defensive adjustments. I'm not as worried as many here are.

    Slater is solid and I think is a lock, hence Jones (who is not) running back kicks.

    Ventrone makes the team, no doubt in my mind.

    Lynch is a monster. 8 tackles and 0 fear. I think he and Rodney will each be responsible for some back-up WR's playing for other team this year.

    O'Connell looks like Brady's successor to me.

    Jacksons: great catching, can't actually walk, though... :p I think he might actually get the year to prove it.

    GUYTON: 10 tackles, 1 sack. Did I hear that right? If I did, he NEVER passes waivers. Lock. Buh-Bye Alexander.

    BJGE is likely cut and not visiting the practice squad. That said, he looked about even with Maroney.

    Lamont Jordan is not only a weapon, he's going to embarrass Al Davis. Makes me warm and fuzzy inside.

    Anyway, those are quick hits and I may have mis-diagnosed from a difficult watching position (thank goodness for the pvr) but overall, I saw a lot to like.

    Oh and can we all wave goodbye to Mr. Cassel?

    What did you guys see? Looking for some thoughtful input, mind you, not "Are you blind? Retarded? We suck. I have no toenails left. Hangover... etc..."

    PS. A for effort on the Scott Pioli interview, F- for not saving until the game was over.
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  2. spacecrime

    spacecrime Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Are you joking? He clearly solidified his spot as #2. O'Connell is #3, and Gutierrez is history.
  3. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Um... maybe? Are you? :eek:
  4. Rob0729

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    I don't think either solidified the #2 QB spot. I am betting that both Cassel and Gutierrez could very well be gone if a veteran that Belichick likes becomes available. I think Cassel improved his chances tonight, but it wasn't like he was on fire or anything. He had a few good plays and some bad ones. More good than bad tonight, but not enough to say he is our clear cut #2 QB.

    I don't think we have a #2 QB on our roster.
  5. Brady to Brown

    Brady to Brown 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    I think its O'Connell.

    Is that wise?
  6. SVN

    SVN Hall of Fame Poster

    cassell isnt going anywhere...if he was on the bubble he wouldve played longer than 2 series. BB didnt want his #2 QB to get hurt so he pulled him..thats what i read from today's game.
  7. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    I'd be pretty scared to throw O'C into the fire at least until midseason. Status quo might suggest next year.
  8. edzo44

    edzo44 Supporter Supporter

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    He is definitely a keeper though.

    He'll also never make it through waivers either.

    The lad has fast feet and he's feisty, (looks sort of like a very rough Brady but with speed.)

    You can tell he wants to win. :)
  9. MoLewisrocks

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    Zo and Gresh and Tanguay are discussing that at length on the post game. While Zo says a vet would be nice, as Gresh says unless it's Huard who won't be released you're looking at some other teams #4 who got released because they weren't cutting it somewhere else after a full camp or more.

    Zolak was a media lemming pre game (they incredibly all universally stopped blogging once Gutierrez came in and did nothing) but he said it was clear after tonight why Cassel has been the #2 all offseason One play he noted was when Jordon and Washington got confused and both went in motion and Cassel had the presence of mind to grab Washington and stop him until Jordan got set, thereby avoiding a penalty and still completing a throw to Washington. That told Zolak his head is in the game and he's a leader - and I guarantee you Bill doesn't miss that stuff. He was all over O'Connell for that TD run because he needed to get down (you could even see Josh mouthing "get down") lest he end up on IR for his rookie season...

    Zo remains bothered that Cassel didn't manage a TD in the pre season. Thing is, none of the other Patriot QB's did either - against a first string D...
  10. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Yep. I'm pretty sure he becomes the next QB of the Pat's, even though I know it's been said for every QB ever brought it.
  11. PatsDeb

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    This is what I think. I thought tonight made the QB decision much tougher. Though Cassell didn't score, he looked better than he has all preseason & Guz looked terrible. OConnell looked good, but again, against total scrubs.

    My gut is it's going to be Cassell & OConnell.
  12. MoLewisrocks

    MoLewisrocks Supporter Supporter

    That's exactly what Cassel looked like as a rookie - they all do or they wouldn't stick for even a year..
  13. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 Supporter Supporter

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    I guess it's O'Connell's fault that he didn't play a first-string D. . . . :rolleyes: ;)
  14. BPF

    BPF In the Starting Line-Up

    The other two never got a shot to play vs 1st string D's so how could they??
  15. IcyPatriot

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    There really is little to debate here ... i agree with your post. Gutierrez could possibly be a #2 for a game or so but if Brady were to go down for more than a few games teams would have enough film to neutralize and embarress him.

    O'Connell could well be and will be a starting NFL QB someday ... a good vet to help groom him is very important. McDaniels won't have great time to devote to the #3 guy ... a good veteran could fill in the blanks and help with the process.
  16. TheGodInAGreyHoodie

    TheGodInAGreyHoodie Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Tom is getting cut. He has missed all four freaking games.
  17. IcyPatriot

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    I hear you here ... IMO ... because I'm just watching for their talent ... Cassell has the brain but his arm sucks ... it really sucks. If we were a running team then heck ... even Hostetler won a Super Bowl ... but we're not a running team and that's why Cassell needs to go. Can he hit Moss on the deep routes? if he can't then passing to Welker and running the ball become that much harder.
  18. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    So which QB at the moment has the best arm (power+accuracy)?

    Besides TB, I think it might be O'C or Gutz, honestly. Likely Gutz.
  19. MoLewisrocks

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    No, it was BB choice though...
  20. MoLewisrocks

    MoLewisrocks Supporter Supporter

    There is nothing wrong with Cassel's arm any more than there ever was with Brady's... We're a team predicated on taking what we're given and protecting the football and playing for field position and winning the turnover battle (which we may need to win by a substantial margin this season...) He can hit Moss on the deep route if he can stay upright long enough to get that throw off. Pray he doesn't ever have to because it would mean this OL finally got Brady killed. ;)

    In a league desperate for legitimate starters, you don't get them as backups (unless you know on some level your starter sucks so you overpay a guy who is almost good enough to start who believes he will get to start with you).
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