Welcome to PatsFans.com

Dan Connolly re-signed.

Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by BadMoFo, Mar 15, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. BadMoFo

    BadMoFo Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Messages:
    5,758
    Likes Received:
    5
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0 / -0

    That's good. so long Koppen?
  2. BadMoFo

    BadMoFo Rookie

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2007
    Messages:
    5,758
    Likes Received:
    5
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0 / -0

    Greg A. Bedard ‏ @GregABedard


    The Patriots have a center for next season: the team has reached an agreement to re-sign Dan Connolly, according to a league source.
  3. resdubwhite

    resdubwhite Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,121
    Likes Received:
    6
    Ratings:
    +7 / 0 / -0

    #87 Jersey

    Excellent news.


    Well done Dan.
  4. patsinthesnow

    patsinthesnow PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Messages:
    8,101
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +1 / 0 / -0

    #87 Jersey

    Were heating up now :D
  5. DefenseRules

    DefenseRules Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2005
    Messages:
    9,748
    Likes Received:
    15
    Ratings:
    +15 / 0 / -0

    Now this is good news. :rocker:
  6. BradyManny

    BradyManny Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2006
    Messages:
    9,679
    Likes Received:
    8
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0 / -0

    Good stuff. Had to happen.
  7. Gronkandez

    Gronkandez Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,381
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Is he the "Starting Center" or a rotational interior lineman? Pats still need to draft a Center either way.
  8. PATSYLICIOUS

    PATSYLICIOUS Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Messages:
    10,961
    Likes Received:
    5
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0 / -0

    #12 Jersey

    Great news! One less worry.
  9. DonBlackmon55

    DonBlackmon55 Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2006
    Messages:
    1,500
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0


    Most likely. Thanks for the memories Dan Koppen !
    good move to get Connolly in the fold
  10. Rob0729

    Rob0729 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2006
    Messages:
    29,360
    Likes Received:
    46
    Ratings:
    +60 / 1 / -0

    I don't know about that. Connolly played pretty well at center. He could play under center for another two to three years.
  11. VinnyPatrollie

    VinnyPatrollie Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2010
    Messages:
    351
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    #26 Jersey

    Agreed. Nice to address one area of concern.
  12. Gronkandez

    Gronkandez Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,381
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0


    If he's the starter, they still need a backup Center. There's no one on the roster that I know of who could fill that role. A 5th rounder would be fine.
  13. UK_Pat37

    UK_Pat37 Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,175
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Wendell? We were playing with McDonald at center and it didn't look like we'd skipped a beat pass protecting. I think we could have been more consistent blocking for the run game a bit better all year but, then again, we're never renowned for our run blocking lines.

    Think we will draft a Center in the draft though. Somewhere late.
  14. Sciz

    Sciz PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2009
    Messages:
    7,095
    Likes Received:
    5
    Ratings:
    +13 / 0 / -0

    The Pats supposedly think highly of both Wendell and McDonald, so it wouldn't surprise me to see those be the 3 centers on the roster.
  15. pdangle

    pdangle Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2008
    Messages:
    362
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Yes good news for sure. I wasn't particularly troubled when DC took over for the injured Koppen in game #2 as Koppen had rated out lower third among starting centers the past few seasons. I'm sure we all remember at least a few instances when he got smashed onto his back, which to me seemed like every other or third game or so. So in a way I was kinda happy the injury forced our hand to try some new players. Although DC wasn't great, almost by default, he was better than Koppen (who, not to read me wrong, I would still take back, only as a reserve. However I expect some bottom dwelling team will outbid us enough and pry him away). Anyway I prefer DC even more now considering the experience he received, how he performed, his positional flexibility and age. I'm sure the Pats viewed him as their primary option for starting C next season, but were playing it close to the vest.

    This is a key re-signing IMO.
  16. eagle eye

    eagle eye Rookie

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2,206
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Delighted to hear this, and I'd guess he will become the starting center after doing an excellent job last season.
  17. Gronkandez

    Gronkandez Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2012
    Messages:
    1,381
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Oh yeah, I guess those guys are serviceable for a game or two here and there.
  18. JDot

    JDot Rookie

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,060
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0

    #12 Jersey

    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012
  19. patsfan13

    patsfan13 Hall of Fame Poster PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2005
    Messages:
    24,234
    Likes Received:
    15
    Ratings:
    +16 / 0 / -3

    Good signing wanted to see him back...


    Some will be disappointed because he isn't a star..... ;)
  20. Tunescribe

    Tunescribe PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2004
    Messages:
    15,910
    Likes Received:
    39
    Ratings:
    +55 / 0 / -0

    #61 Jersey

    Yes, now we have our kick returner locked up. :singing:
  21. scout

    scout Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    7,625
    Likes Received:
    10
    Ratings:
    +11 / 0 / -0

    #15 Jersey

    Plus, he can run the ball!
  22. BPF

    BPF Rookie

    Joined:
    May 13, 2006
    Messages:
    2,469
    Likes Received:
    8
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0 / -0

    Great move....I've been a BIG Connolly fan since he got promoted from PS late in 2009 season.
  23. ATippett56

    ATippett56 Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    9,751
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +2 / 0 / -0

  24. PATRIOTSFANINPA

    PATRIOTSFANINPA Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 4, 2006
    Messages:
    15,718
    Likes Received:
    8
    Ratings:
    +8 / 0 / -0

    Great player,hard worker and a blue collar type.

    It's an honor to have him back.
  25. Reckedtrek

    Reckedtrek Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2008
    Messages:
    1,739
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Very happy to hear he's back. It's a smart signing after the job he did last season.
  26. grux

    grux Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2011
    Messages:
    330
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Played great last year and he looks to be the starter. I would still like to have Koppen back next year.
  27. Fencer

    Fencer Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Messages:
    7,608
    Likes Received:
    3
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0 / -0

    Same here.

    However, roster slots are always scarce, so the Pats may well go w/ Mankins/Connolly/Waters & 2 young guys at interior OL, rather than set themselves up to have Koppen and Waters both age off the roster.

    And yeah -- if the game has evolved a bit to where interior pass rush is a relatively bigger concern, while pulling on runs is a bit less of one, then Koppen's career-long mix of athletic traits is less appealing than it used to be.
  28. KDPPatsfan85

    KDPPatsfan85 Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Messages:
    2,292
    Likes Received:
    8
    Ratings:
    +8 / 1 / -0

    #51 Jersey

    Im glad we were able to lock him up. He's been solid for us at OC and OG!
  29. Fencer

    Fencer Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2006
    Messages:
    7,608
    Likes Received:
    3
    Ratings:
    +3 / 0 / -0

    Also, Waters isn't signed yet.

    (I do hope he doesn't sign and then become a flashback to the annual OL camp retirement ...)
  30. Sciz

    Sciz PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2009
    Messages:
    7,095
    Likes Received:
    5
    Ratings:
    +13 / 0 / -0

    Waters signed a two year contract last year
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page