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  1. TBonePatsFan

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    Hey guys,

    Here are my final thoughts on the final 53. Let me know what you think.

    24 - Offensive
    QB (3): Tom Brady, Matt Gutierrez,Kevin O'Connell
    RB: (5) Laurence Maroney, Lamont Jordan, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, Health Evans
    WR: (5): Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Jabar Gaffney, Chad Jackson, Kelly Washington.
    TE: (2) Ben Watson, Dave Thomas
    OLine: (9) Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Nick Kaczur, Billy Yates, John Welbourn, Russ Hochstein, Wesley Britt, Mike Flynn


    24 - Defense
    DLine: (6) Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Jarvis Green, Mike Wright, LeKevin Smith
    LB: (8) Adalius Thomas, Mike Vrabel, Jerod Mayo, Tedy Bruschi, Shawn Crable, Pierre Woods, Gary Guyton, Victor Hobson
    CB: (6) Ellis Hobbs, Fernando Bryant, Terrence Wheatley, Jonathan Wilhite, Lewis Sanders, A. Spann
    Safety: (4) Rodney Harrison, James Sanders, Brandon Merriweather, John Lynch


    3 - Special Teams
    K: Stephen Gostkowski
    P: Chris Hanson
    LS: Lonnie Paxton


    2 - Floaters
    Matt Slater, Ray Ventrone (special teams, offense and defense)

    Total: 53


    ** Tough cuts were Larry Izzo & Eric Alexander
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    Hm. Dunno, I think Izzo stinks. I mean, sticks.

    And I vote "Floaters" becomes an official position in the NFL, hehe.
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    Appreciate the feedback. I originally had Izzo on the list, but had a hard time dropping Guyton (younger, faster, more upside) and Matt Slater (looked pretty good on STs and on defense! Just too versatile)

    you mean floaters isn't already a position? What position did Troy Brown play all those years :)
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    I agree, for sure. I just think Izzo gets a spot belonging to a lock hitting IR or at least PUP (Who's left?). Also, Spann may very well get cut (I like him, but he doesn't make my roster).
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    Disable Jersey

    Izzo CANNOT go on PUP
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    I know, bad grammarage. I meant if he gets a spot belonging to a PUPPIE or IR'd player. My bad.
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    I knew what you meant

    "Grammarage"? well done
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    Hehe. Don't tell anyone, but I actually know how to write. Even the best suck at night I guess. :rolleyes:

    Thanks for interpreting me correctly, hehe.
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    I think we need some time to digest what happened, watch tonight's game over again and then review all the other games as well before making any judgements. I also have a feeling that the Pats will make a trade or two before the final cutdown, just a hunch.
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    I've been having that hunch too. We have enough LB's to trade for a whole team, hehe.
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    I found this very interesting, the league really seems to be micro-managing lately. Not too many guys will sneak by anymore:

    http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2008/08/national-football-post-tavern-talk-9/

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    izzo will not be cut
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    Great job, you're 53 is exactly what I would have...........

    Spann has really shown nothing, so I'm not sure he's done enough in my eyes to earn a spot and cost someone else a spot, but he is young and BB might see the "P" word when he looks at him.
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    The issue is special teams. You keep Spann, Guyton and Ventrone.
    I keep Izzo, Alexander and Aiken.

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    What I think?

    23 - Offensive
    QB (3): Tom Brady, Matt Gutierrez,Kevin O'Connell
    RB: (5) Laurence Maroney, Lamont Jordan, Sammy Morris, Kevin Faulk, Health Evans
    WR: (4): Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Jabar Gaffney, Chad Jackson
    TE: (2) Ben Watson, Dave Thomas
    OLine: (9) Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Dan Koppen, Nick Kaczur, Billy Yates, John Welbourn, Russ Hochstein, Wesley Britt, Mike Flynn


    21 - Defense
    DLine: (5) Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork, Ty Warren, Jarvis Green, Mike Wright
    LB: (8) Adalius Thomas, Mike Vrabel, Jerod Mayo, Tedy Bruschi, Shawn Crable, Pierre Woods, Gary Guyton, Vince Redd
    CB: (5) Ellis Hobbs, Fernando Bryant, Terrence Wheatley, Jonathan Wilhite, A. Spann
    Safety: (4) Rodney Harrison, James Sanders, Brandon Merriweather, John Lynch


    Core Special teamers (8):
    Gostkowski
    Hanson
    Paxton
    Slater
    Ventrone
    Izzo
    Alexander
    Washington



    Total: 53


    I like where you are offensively. Defensively I'm going to change a few things. One of Wright and Smith makes it. I like Wright to make it, LeKevin to get cut.

    Eric Alexander is arguably the best special teams player we have. He plays, and plays well, on both return teams and both coverage teams. That's certainly more important that a sixth defensive lineman on the active roster. I know he's one of our favorite whipping boys, but I would be stunned if he didn't make the team.

    I think Lewis Sanders hits the highway in favor of either Vince Redd or one more year of Larry Izzo. The other five guys you have listed as corner plus Meriweather should set us at that position. In fact, my guess is that barring another IR candidate, Sanders and Hobson get cut. If we need more help at ILB, Junior's only a phone call away, and I've seen nothing to suggest that Hobson is better at ILB than Alexander would be in a pinch.

    Put Aiken on IR, and next year he takes either Izzo or Washington's job.
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    Izzo and Alexander over Spann and Guyton, other than that I agree.
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