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Meriweather reminds me of Fred Marion

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  1. Warren94

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    Call me crazy, but I think They are quite alike. Both went to the U of Miami. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated.
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    Fred was tall and lean, but covered a lot of field. I don't know if he was the type to slide down into the slot and cover like Meriweather can, because he didn't have the quick hip-turn of a CB (like Meriweather does). He was a very good player, but I think Meriweather is a better athlete.

    I think Meriweather will be a very good player on this team, contributing quickly in sub packages. His cover skills and willingness to play bigger than his size make him a good fit for a team that values versatility. I just hope he is healthy and signed to start camp.
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    Hey, that's an interesting comparison. I'll have to think on that. Thanks!
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    I havent seen enough of Meriweather to make a comparison,but methinks BB ,who has coached secondary players before,has watched some tape of this player and believes the guy can play.That is good enough for me.I have an expectation that this player will merit a major upgrade (monetary type)within two or three years....
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    Lets hope Meriweather starts remiding us of rodney
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    I'm not sure Marion had the same stomping ability as Merriweather ;)

    I loved the Pats defensive backfield of Fred Marion, Roland James, Ronny Lippett and Raymond Clayborn.
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    those were the days eh Nelson. (In my best Archie Bunker)
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    Fred Marion was an outstanding player. If I recall, he always seemed to make a game-changing play weather it was an INT or a forcing a key fumble. He was a pretty darn good tackler. He always had around 2-5 interceptions a year. He wasn't much of a blitzing safety (thus the reason he was a FS) Rolan James was the hitter in that group. He seemed like a heady player.

    My gut tells me that Merriweather brings a little more power and speed to the game than Marion did. From everything that I have read, he is a physically gifted player with very good ball skills and excellent football smarts.

    If numbers are any indication, if Merriweather can play 9 years with the Pats, finish with 29 career interceptions, go to a Pro Bowl, a SB (and win-unlike Fred) and average 80 tackles a year, I'll take that.
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    Just like to add a quick comment about Fred Marion, about 8 or 9 years ago I was on a business trip to Orlando when me and my co-workers blew out to go play golf (Falcon's Fire, great course). There were 3 of us, so they hooked us up with a 4th, sure enough it was Fred Marion. We had a great time, he was a soft spoken gentlemen, but really opened up when he found out we were from the Boston area and were Patriot's fans. He duffed his first drive, then went on to shoot lights out. He said that he always felt very fortunate that he never sustained any serious injuries, and that he felt blessed that he could play the game of golf and move around without pain (unlike many of the people he played with). It just so happened that day Falcon's Fire was taking pictures of all the foursomes on the first tee (promotional photos etc), well of course after the round I went and bought the picture, which I now proudly display along with the autographed score card he gave us. So while this doesn't really go along with the rest of this thread, just thought I'd pass it along.
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    It's these type of stories that truly make following athletes worth while. Great share!
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    absolutely thanks for the information
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    Very nice story, thanks. Almost makes me wish I played golf. :)
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    Classic Dryheat just Classic!
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    Is the reminder simply because he's a Safety playing for NE, who played for Miami, and might also be wearing number 31?:)

    I can see the similarity there, but as players I don't know if they are all that simular. Yes, Meriweather is very good in coverage but he also likes to hit, is a good blitzer, and plays the run well.
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    He reminds me of Bob Sanders more than anyone...if you ask me. He's not real big, but is all over the field.
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    nope. i agree with what your saying but they are 2 opposite players imo. 1 can cover extremely well..the other is alright in cover. their cover skills set them apart but i guess if he just reminds u of a small guy all over..thats fine then

    we've had a great history with safeties on our team with Milloy, Harrison, Wilson to name a few.
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    I don't see any Bob Sanders. Meriweather will hopefully be a better version what Eugene Wilson was in 2003/4 - at least that's what I'm looking for but with better ballhawking has Wilson didn't pick many balls off. The skill sets are similar but Meriweather should have better Safety instincts as he played there in college, unlike Wilson.

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