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  1. BBass

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    I have seen a lot of articles, stories, threads, posts saying the Pats will not keep a FB. I personally disagree, my feeling is that Fletchers injury really solidified Larsen making the roster.

    Larsen is a BB type player, he fills several key roles on the Patriots.


    True blocking FB.
    3rd TE blocking ability.
    Ability to catch the ball out of the back field with knowledge to JM's offensive scheme.
    Backup 4-3 LB (mainly inside).
    Ability to fill Fletchers role ST.

    If Daniel Feils and Dane Fletcher were both healthy I'd suggest otherwise because then you have Feils to block as a FB, the 3rd TE for receiving/blocking and obviously Fletcher is a superior LB to Larsen.

    I know Tarp and White are BB and fan favorites but roles are basically the same, more of cover linebackers and ST players. I see only one of them making it and Larsen being our 6th LB at least till Feils comes off PUP mid season.
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    No way Steve Largent makes this roster.
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    How about Spencer Larsen? Will he make it?
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    Thats an awfully certain response. Shall I assume your currently responding on a seperate post to why there is "no way Steve Largent makes this roster"?
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    With regard to Larsen's value to the offense, I agree.

    I've been considering this since the Demps signing.

    I just don't see Josh going without a FB. I certainly don't see Josh going without a FB and a 3rd blocking TE.

    With regard to ST's, Carpenter replaced Fletcher. Of course, if Larsen is have a roster spot as our FB, he needs to be a STer, which he is.

    On defense, I don't want him on the field. But then, I say the same for Edelman and Slater. In any case, he won't make the roster as a defensive player.
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    LOL true f-ed up the name
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    Good points, BBass. I think the keys at this time are that the candidates acquired to provide depth at TE are not practicing. This is an area of concern, and if we assume Fells stays on PUP, then there is no depth at TE for the first 6 games. If Shiancoe returns and makes the 53-man roster, then Larsen is in jeopardy. If not, Larsen could fill that role early in the season as you state. Given the ineffectiveness of Gronk in the SB, I don't think the team wants a repeat of scrambling to fill a TE position at any time this season.
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.


    He would have to unretire and really work out hard..........
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    yeah, yeah I messed up his name I know
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    Epic Fail!!!
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    What do you mean?
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    He means you made a post stating why you thought someone was going to make the team and didn't even know his name. He is implying that may call into question your whole post, therefore, an epic fail.
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    BBass I think you can edit your thread title by selecting Advanced in the edit manual.
    We've all fubared a title :)
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    yeah I corrected it.. dumb mistake
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    Yeah I got it.. I didn't think his name looked right.. Thanks for the tip
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    Steve Larsen ...... never heard of him.
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    Fletcher's injury more likely solidified a roster spot for either Koutouvides or Tarpinian not Larsen. Besides, Larsen can't even find his way onto the practice field during training camp. You can't make the club from the tub.

    By the way, it's Daniel Fells not Daniel Feils.

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    So Tarp or Koutouvides fills the LB/ST need but who is filling the Blocking TE and FB role. Last season we used Soldier as a TE a lot we can't do that with him starting at LT. I cannot see entering the season with 2 TE, no FB and we don't exactly have excess linemen with versitilty like Soldier to play as a blocking TE.
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    If Connolly's not starting (Wendell wins starting center job, Waters comes back), then he can do all of the fullback blocking.
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    Yes, we need a FB and/or a 3rd blocking TE. Larsen would fill such a role. That doesn't make him someone that we want to count on as a linebacker. IMHO, Larsen will make the team for his potential role on offense or not at all.

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    In a goal line situation maybe, but Soldier was a TE in college and is likely one of the most athletic OL in the league. I don't thin Connolly, Waters or Wendell can play the 3rd TE position. Also take bring the fact JM runs and screens a lot more then O'Brien did.

    We had 3 FB and 5 TE's at the start of camp, gave Larsen and Fells 3yrct. That seems to point to the positions as area's of need, now 2 TE's and some guards are going to handle it all.
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    Hopefully Daniel Fells will come off the PUP list by mid-season. As for excess lineman with versatility, you need to take a closer look at Nick McDonald this preseason. Besides, the New England Patriots offense is not predicated upon a fullback.
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    O'Briens offense wasn't.. JM loves the I-formation.

    Agree McDonald is a versitle player
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    I do agree on the Fells situation, if he wasn't on PUP I'd of never suggested Larsen make the roster, which I clearly pointed out in my first post.
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    I hope Shiancoe and Larsen make the team.



    QB (3) Tom Brady, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett
    RB (6) Danny Woodhead, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Spencer Larsen, Brandon Bolden, Jeff Demps
    WR (5) Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Donte Stallworth, Matthew Slater
    TE (3) Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Visanthe Shiancoe
    C (2) Dan Koppen, Ryan Wendell
    G (4) Brian Waters, Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly, Donald Thomas
    T (4) Sebastian Vollmer, Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon, Nick McDonald
    DE (5) Chandler Jones, Ron Brace, Brandon Deaderick, Jonathan Fanene, Jake Bequette
    DT (3) Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Myron Pryor
    ILB(3) Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Donta Hightower
    OLB(3) Rob Ninkovich, Jermaine Cunningham, Bobby Carpenter
    CB (5) Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Ras-I Dowling, Alfonzo Dennard, Sterling Moore
    SS (2) Steve Gregory, Nate Ebner
    FS (2) Patrick Chung, Tavon Wilson
    ST (3) Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Aiken, Zoltan Mesko

    Total players: 53
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    McDaniels will not bench either Hernandez or Gronkowski in lieu of a fullback.
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    Both are expendable.
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    I wouldn't disagree.

    But I think its better to carry 3 TE and a full back.

    Larsen can actually pass block. No RB on the roster can do this better than Larsen. In fact we signed Kevin Falk last year just for that ability.

    We utilized the 3 TE formation enough last year to justify having a 3rd TE. Solder can't do this anymore. Its easy to see BB wants to have 3 TE on this roster, we picked up Jake Ballard.

    Both players give us the ability to be a run 1st team. Its something we have not had in years.
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    Tight end Daniel Fells will eventually come off the PUP list. The New England Patriots offense will not collapse without Larsen or Shiancoe for the first half of the 2012-13 NFL Season.

    Given the choice, Bolden or Larsen?
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    Re: Personal Viewpoint: Steve Larsen will be on the 53 man roster.

    Both. I poster my roster at 2:00 above.
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