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Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday [UPDATE: Reiss: It's Monday]

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    Per Ridley's "sources" (which, although Ridley is relatively new on the Boston scene, have been pretty good) on 7News at 11 Saturday night.

    He also says the Pats are considered favorites to land Thomas.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    Good stuff. :rocker:
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    so you think this is a good pickup or what?
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    Zach (and his boy Taylor) have wanted to play for the Pats for years now. He will take less money to play here and IMO, he can still play.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    Well, let's not count our chickens before they hatch. But if the Pats determine tomorrow that Thomas is healthy enough to play, then sure. As TJ said to Reiss during the week, Zach is a little undersized for a 3-4 ILB in terms of taking on guards, but his will to win and overall skills are undeniable.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    if he is healthy BB will find a spot for him .Especially if bruschi and seau come back it helps our rotation a bit. Plus he is a respected player in the league a good locker room presence which helps our PR a bit which we can use.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I am really looking forward to some potentially good news.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I'd rather have Jason Talyor
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I'd rather have Tom Sizemore.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I'd prefer to get younger at this spot. A fresh body as part of a rotation is great, but when you have Seau, who just had his first healthy season in years, Bru, who seemd to wear down a bit, and Zack Thomas, coming off of a season with concusion-related issues, I would be a bit concerned.

    That being said, in BB I trust. Thomas has proven himself to be the consumate professional, a game changer at one time, and certainly a more than capable player at this stage of his career when healthy.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    only if he can take LeKevin's spot
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    On the other hand, if his head is OK, his body should be in good shape from almost an entire season off.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I hope we sign him up.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I'd rather have Adriana Lima.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    In BB we Trust, you got it right. BB says hes a good fit, or any player for that matter...we should be excited. Id love to see Zach in NE, so he too can finally get a chance at a ring and be on a winning team.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I really don't want another old, oft-injured MLB. let's get serious and get some fresh legs in there. This notion of "MLB by committee of old guys" concept has to go. Especially when this guy is too small to have ever worked in Pats scheme anyway.

    Let's pass on this.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    Good pickup ... only veterans can play LB here ... there will be some every year and this year it's Zach ... let's hope.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I'm baffled how this helps us.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    You really think that Thomas is not an upgrade over Lua?

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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    He probably would be........ as long as he can count to ten if he gets his bell rung again.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    This guy is a warrior and if BB brings him aboard he must have a role for him. If we sign him I'll be excited to watch him in a Pats uniform.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    Is it safe to presume that Zach will compete for a LB spot and not just special teams?

    Are we also safe to presume that Adalius will like this move? :cool:
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    Thomas would be a no brainer for cheap money.

    I don't think we will be in a position where we will need to rely on him. I think the Pats will pick up a younger LB but also have Thomas in a support role.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    Here's hoping this comes to fruition. BB's gotten quite a bit out of Seau, I'm sure he'll be able to get as much or more from Thomas.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    Because if he's healthy it's an upgrade over what we have now, especially if Bruschi and/or Seau leave, and it does not prevent the Pats from bringing in youngsters too. Don't they effectively mix vets with youngsters almost every year?

    If you're saying Thomas just won't be good in the Pats system, I'm really not sure.

    Doesn't everyone realize we went 9 straight quarters in the playoffs without allowing a TD? 2nd quarter JAX to 4th quarter SB between TDs. I don't think the defense is so terrible that we need to blow it up and start over. although I do think 3rd downs have been a big problem.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I think the reason people don't want Thomas is because they think he'd be taking the roster spot of some young stud ILB. The fact of the matter is, this guy's most likely not coming through the draft, and even if he is, what better mentors then Bru, Seau, Thomas. If he signs, I'd assume it's because he's healthy, and then he is a huge addition. He still has a few excellent years left, and could really help out. The guy is very instinctual, and sorts through trash very well despite being slow/undersized. IMO this would be a great move.

    On a similar note, the more I think about it I believe the defense has gotten a really bad rap. Does any D that allows 17 or so ppg and even less in the playoffs really need such an overhaul? Not saying I wouldn't love a young LB (I absolutely love Jarod Mayo from Tennessee), but it's not like our veteran guys aren't getting the job done.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    i know a lot of people want us to get younger at the position and i think so to. But the LB in our scheme is a primary position which requires a lot of adjustment.
    As fans will we accept 2-3 new guys learning the ropes for an yr or 2 and accept that our D could be average to potentially bad in the LB position until the young blood starts to play.
    The price we pay for competing every yr is the age factor at some positions i believe.unless we can draft a stud LB right out.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    Don't let Z. Thomas leave Gillette without a contract.
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    I figure that there is room for 8-10 linebackers on the final roster. We don't need more than 7 DL's and 8 DB's.

    We have plenty of room for Zack.

    LOT OF REPS (5)
    Colvin, Vrabel, Thomas, open, open

    BACKUPS (2)
    Woods, Alexander

    SPECIAL TEAMERS/ DEVELOPMENTAL (3) (these positions sometimes taken by safeties)
    open, open, Lua

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    Slaughter
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    Re: Larry Ridley: Zach Thomas visiting Pats on Sunday

    What does Lua have to do with anything? That's like saying he's an upgrade over (fill in a name on the waiver wire).
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