I think we could have done better in free agency, but I understand pioli underspending this year. I know we'll spend the rest, but not on anything that will help 2006, other than perhaps making Branch happier. ================================================== (25) OFFENSE - MUCH IMPROVED As bb said to Brady after the draft, the offense better be much improved. (3) QUARTERBACK - EVEN Brady led the league last year! Mortensen is warming someone's spot Brady, Cassell,Mortensen/fa (4) RUNNING BACK / FULLBACK / H-BACK - MUCH IMPROVED Dillon and Faulk are healthy. Maroney is a plus. Pass is still injured. Dillon,Faulk,Maroney,Pass (5) WIDE RECEIVER - NOT AS GOOD (BUT COULD BE) Branch isn't in camp yet; Jackson is a rookie; Brown almost retired last year; Caldwell has had a great camp; Depth? There can be no injuries! Branch,Caldwell,Jackson,Brown,Childress/fa (9) OFFENSIVE LINE - IMPROVED STARTERS are fine: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Gorin BACKUPS are fine: Hochstein,Tucker, O'Callaghan,Britt PUP - Kaczur (4) TIGHT ENDS - IMPROVED Hopefully, Graham can be back healthy Graham,Watson,Thomas,Mills =========================================== (20) DEFENSE - NOT QUITE AS GOOD, BUT WORKING HARD TO GET THERE (7) DEFENSIVE LINE - EVEN Wilfork is getting better every game, as is Wright. We have a 5-man rotation, so we are fine. We may need help from Freeman and Hill. Also, on some downs linebackers are our DE's. Tebucky might be also. FOR REAL: Seymour,Wilfork, Warren, Green ????? : Wright, Hill, Freeman (7) LINEBACKERS - NOT AS GOOD (BUT COULD BE) I chose Alexander over Mincey who I put on the PS. I cut Banta-Cain. STARTERS - Colvin, Bruschi, Beisel, Vrabel BACKUPS - Brown, Gardner, Alexander (6) DEFENSIVE BACKS - WHO KNOWS We'll see a lot of these six Samuel, Hobbs, C. Scott, Wilson, Hawkins, Sanders PUP: Harrison, Gay ============================================= SPECIALISTS (3) - NOT AS GOOD Gostkowski,Miller,Paxton ======================================= (5) SPECIAL TEAMS - EVEN Izzo,Davis,Jones,Guss Scott, Andrews ======================================= THE BEST OF THE REST (WAITING FOR AN INJURY) Banta-Cain,Mincey (PS), Mruczkowski, Poteat, Thomas (PS), Smith (PS), Sullivan, Gramatica, Woods (PS), Mays (PS),Roach (PS),Ventrone(PS) ====================================== TOUGHEST FIGHT The toughest backup spot is for the three backup LB spots. I know many would cut Izzo and of Davis. Personally, I think they are valuable special teamers and as Andrews do not need to contribute at a position.