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  1. jmt57

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    In his second camp, Wilhite makes a good impression by Shalise Manza Young of the Providence Journal

     
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    Great article. I've been reading a lot of positive stuff about Wilhite in Reiss' blog and in PFW. Is it unrealistic to consider that he might break the starting lineup by mid-season? I love the acquisitions of Springs and Bodden, but the youth movement is the Patriots future.

    Anyway, good to see!
     
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    Wilhite could be starting opening day opposite Bodden with Springs and Wheately off the bench... its looking more and more so by the day.

    But if you have a player off the bench named Shawn Springs it really tells you how deep the depth and talent go on a team.
     
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    I wouldn't be surprised to see him start Week One. Depends on how Springs looks.
     
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    If Springs is playing nickelback and backup corner throughout the season, that's fine by me
     
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    I would think Springs would be on the field quite a bit in week one covering Terrell Owens, but I'm guessing Springs won't see as much action the following week.
     
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    Silly people, Wilhite was penciled in as starter at the beginning of camp, Springs was never more than a situational player and veteran anchor.
     
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    Springs has more versatility at this point as he can play the Safety positions as well. I would imagine he would be best as a situational / rotation player at this point in his career anyways.

    Assuming we are hoping for 19-20 games, with a majority in the cold New England weather, I don't know how a 34 year old body would hold up as an every down player.
     
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    This is good to hear. They need cornerback depth, as the patriots always seem to lose 203 DB's to injury every year.

    And I fully expect Springs to play the entire first game against the Bills playing opposite TO. The man has the unique ability to be albe to defend TO better than anyone else for some reason. Plus, he just spent the last 3 years in Washington defending To 2 games a year, so he's the DB who knows him the best.
     
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    More on Wilhite and the Defensive Backs: Wilhite working into action by Andy Hart of Patriots Football Weekly, who says "Jonathan Wilhite is making a strong run at earning a starting job in the new-look New England secondary."

     
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    This is the type of thing that can really make a team special. When you go into camp thinking, "We've got two veteran starters who are pretty good, and some young guys as depth." Then discover that one of the young guys is taking the next step, all of the sudden your depth and versatility trickle much farther down the depth chart.

    Of course, I'll wait to see them in game action, but this is a very good sign as Wilhite was one of the big quesiton marks coming into the season.
     
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    Seems that way to me, too.

    Not bad for the 20th cornerback selected in the 2008 draft, eh?
     
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    When Wilhite was starting, opposing QBs were still picking on Hobbs.
     
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    Yep. Its the same thinking/arguement for Burgess and him being a pass rusher as opposed to a pure 3-4 OLB whos gonna play 90% of the snaps. Pats shelled out a decent amount of mula ($2.7m bonus) for Springs knowing that he is going to be on the field for most, if not all nickel & dime situations. That'll be 25-40 plays a game or 50% or around there. His signing did not mean that guys like Willhite or Wheatley would play a ton less, just not they whole game.

    My .02$
     
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    Springs has played safety?
     
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    sounds like that fourth rounder the pats drafted out of central florida (southern florida?) a few years ago.
     
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    Wilhite is a part of what I feel could become a very good secondary. Between him, Wheatley, Meriweather, Butler, and Chung, that is a lot of young talent to build around. All of them are tough players who fit our scheme, as far as I can tell. Throw in quality vets like Bodden and Springs, and I believe this has the chance to be the Patriots' best secondary since the 2003 squad. Let's cross our fingers that the young guys continue to develop, and that maybe this year the entire defensive backfield doesn't end up on IR
     
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    I was thinking the same thing - - and he even has the dreds.

    And it was U Central Florida.
     
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    I'm happily reading about this kid that seems to be developing into a much better player than I thought he'd be. I just hope that it translates into the regular season, because I'm looking forward to the GFY Reunion tour being a big success.
     
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    O-T-I-S says hi.
     
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