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  1. Ron Sellers

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    While some call Kansas City Foxboro West, Foxboro is turning into Indianapolis East.

    OL Jamey Richard signed by Pats - Extra Points - Boston.com

     
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    Decent depth signing. The Pats now have 4 G/C linemen in Dan Connolly, Nick McDonald, Ryan Wendell and Jamey Richard. Depth and competition are good.
     
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    Another ex-Colt, in and of itself, isn't too alarming, but if news reports come out that Bill Polian will be taking over as the Pats GM, run for the hills!
     
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    With Mankins rehabbing, Waters not around and the team likely to take it very easy with Vollmer, they needed an O-lineman to fill out the 90 man roster. I've never been impressed with his play as a Colt, but he's a camp body, at least.
     
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    Did something happen to Koppen that I missed?
     
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    I think most people consider Koppen strictly a center.
     
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    Patriots' current offensive line, by position(s) they play:


    Long snapper: Danny Aiken

    Center: Dan Koppen

    Guard/Center: Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell, Nick McDonald, Jamey Richard

    Guard: Logan Mankins, Brian Waters, Donald Thomas, Jeremiah Warren

    Guard/Tackle: Robert Gallery, Marcus Cannon, Jon Opperud

    Tackle: Nick Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Kyle Hix, Matt Kopa, Markus Zusevics

    Tight End: Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells, Brad Herman



    I believe that's how it looks right now (I'm sure somebody will correct me if it is not). Obviously some can play other positions in a pinch (e.g., Solder at TE, Ninkovich as LS), but that should be a relatively accurate snapshot.
     
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    Well, technically Mankins has played LT in a, um, poo-storm of injuries, I think. One has to drink often and long term to think that is OK, though.
     
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    Interesting to compare this signing with what's going on in NJ. While the Pats, who have more depth in the OL than most teams, keep making s ure that depth is available...just in case; the Jets who have little or no depth, and issues at the starting positions keep.....doing nothing. Curious, but Ray likes it. :rolleyes:

    BTW- I thought the Pats would sign one of the 3 guys they brought it, but I am a bit surprised that they chose the C/G rather than one of the OT/G's
     
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    No, nothing happened to Koppen that I'm aware of. And he thinks he still has plenty of "tread" left:

    BostonHerald.com - Blogs: The Blitz» Blog Archive » Center Dan Koppen on his health: ”I’ve got a lot of tread left on these tires.”

    But Mike Reiss notes that the Pats gave Dan Connolly a bigger and longer term deal than Koppen, suggesting that they view him as the starter, and that Koppen has been relegated to 2nd team at OTAs.

    Putting the offensive line in focus - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

    Given his age, salary, and lack of positional versatility, Reiss has suggested that Koppen's roster spot could be something to watch:

    Cleaning out the OTA notebook - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

    I'm not saying Reiss is correct. But signing another veteran - at age 27 - with starting experience and guard/center versatility suggests that the Pats are keeping their options open. Richards may only be training camp fodder. Or something else could develop. It's possible the Pats could decide that Koppen is too expensive and too limited for a backup center. But it could work out in a completely different fashion - I'm guessing that one of the reasons for re-signing Koppen was to keep their options open with the Mankins and Waters situations. If they have to move Dan Connolly to guard because of injury or retirement, all of a sudden Koppen becomes a reasonably-priced starting center with experience instead of a backup.

    Something to watch.
     
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    37 of these guys will be cut.
    if not more.
     
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    I'm surprised that Jake Scott, Jason Brown & Andre Gurode, 3 C/Gs who have all had better productivity
    than Richard, have yet to sign anywhere. I don't think that any of them ended last season on IR,
    but I could be mistaken.
     
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