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    From the 2000 season through 2006, who would you say had the best rookie seaon for the Patriots?

    My selection would be Eugene Wilson in 2003. Not only did he have 4 interceptions and 61 total tackles, but he actually made our starting safeties better even after the loss of Lawyer Milloy. His hard-hitting, ball-hawking style of play along with Rodney Harrison provided a nice swagger to the Pats that was intimidating for opposing WR's and TE's. I can specifically remember him dish out some heavy hits against Rod Smith and Reggie Wayne during his rookie year.

    runner up: Logan Mankins, 2005 did a great job in stabilizing the offensive line even after a season ending injury to Matt Light. He had to protect the franchise QB's blind side.

    Who would you select as the Patriots rookie of the 21st Century?
     
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    Richard Seymour
     
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    Dan Koppen
     
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    Yeah to that.
     
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    umm.. I'm pretty sure Tom Brady would have to be everyones..
     
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    He's the 2nd year player of the millenium.
     
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    You know, I know it's not flashy but I think Logan Mankins had one of the best rookie years I have seen from a Patriot. Hime or the previously mentioned Koppen deserve more love
     
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    Tom Brady didn't start a game and attempted three passes his rookie year.
     
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    This is tough one because Seymour, Mankins, Koppen, or Wilson could be in this list but I would have to go with Maroney.
    He gained over 1,700 yards (Rushing, receiving, and KR's combined), rushed for 745 yards averaging 4.3 yards/carry with 6 TD's and 40 first downs. He racked up another 194 yards receiving averaging 8.8/catch with 1 TD and 11 first downs. In the kicking game he gained 783 yards averaging 28/KR with 3 returns going for more than 40 yards (one of the for 77 yards). He finished second in the NFL (behind the Jets Justin Miller) for most yards/KR.

    If not for the injuries toward the end of the season, I think he could've put up close to/if not more than a 1,000 yards rushing alone. Also, if not for running into his own guy on a couple of KR's, he would've had a couple of TD's from that as well.
     
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    I think Maroney will end up being the best draft pick along with Tom Brady and Richard Seymour. Maroney has loads of talent and should benefit from the swith to zone blocking. In fact, opposing defenses have to respect all of the talented wide recievers the Patriots line up. So that means, no more safties "spying" on the running back and hanging out at the line of scrimmage. However, if they do, then bombs away! As the primary back, I strongly feel that Maroney is going to pull a Frank Gore and break out. Maroney has more talent and a better core of players to support him.
     
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    This probably would have worked better as a poll, but there were just too many choices.

    My top five would be......

    1.) Eugene Wilson
    2.) Logan Mankins
    3.) Lawrence Maroney
    4.) Richard Seymour
    5.) Randall Gay
     
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    Have to agree. I was going to say Seymour, bu Geno played great, changed positions and saved our bacon.

    I don't think anyone else is close.
     
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    Koppen
    Mankins
    Seymour
     
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    Randall Gay anyone????????
     
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    I had Randall Gay in mind (I had him ranked 5th in the Pats Rookie of the 21st Century) but I don't think he had as great of an impact as Eugene Wilson, L.Mankins, Maroney and Seymour.

    Randall Gay did have two INTs, a fumble return for TD (who can forget Willie tugging his shirt) and started the Super Bowl. He had to cover TO for half of SB39.
     

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