O.K., so I've been wanting to post this for weeks. My goal was to get these predictions in writing before camp started, so I didn't look like a band wagon jumper based on camp news around the league. I missed the start of camp, but they've just started so I'm safe. As God is my witness, one of my predictions was going to be under the heading of surprise cuts, and Claridge was my guy. I'll have to come up with a sub., or ignore the category all together. These categories are all over the map, so I apologize up front. Here goes: 1. First, Gostkowski will be a stud kicker in this league. I was on his bandwagon well before the draft. He is accurate. He has a big leg. Watching him in interviews, he comes across as unflappable. He even looks and sounds like Adam. I saw him win both the accuracy and length competions in the Cap. One Classic, and was highly impressed. 1a. With that in mind, I predict the Pats will not miss Adam V., but Adam V. will do well in Indy. Huh, you say? Adam was 4 for 8 beyond 40 last year. How many times did the team go for it on 4th down, because of the doubt on if he could make the longer kicks? However, he was smart to sign with a Domed Stadium team, and that will help him greatly. Good move for Indy. Good non-move for the Patriots. 2. Undrafted player (any team) most likely to perform at a high level in this league? Hank Baskett, WR, 6'4", 220 lb, of the Philly Eagles. God knows Philly needs WR help, and he will be just what the doctor ordered. 3. AFC East player, who will shine in time, much to the chagrin of Patriot fans? QB Kellen Clemens, of the NY Jets. I watched nearly all of the combine, and thought he was the best QB on the field, and that includes all the bigger names. 4. Patriots 2006 Free agent, or draft pick that will first become a fan favorite? Thomas, TE, Texas. Might have been easier to pick a player drafted higher, but I LOVE these glue hands guys. Always have. Thanks for indulging me. Been putting off this post for too long. I'm pretty sure I forgot a few, but I'll post them too AFTER they happen. Anybody have some stray stuff along these lines, brewing in your brain, feel free to share.