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  1. EJ Blitz

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    Why is there zero info regarding Ras-I Dowling and training camp? He's in no video or audio interviews and there is no summary of how he's doing in camp. Is this guy hurt? Out of all the rookies this year, I was looking forward most to seeing Dowling because I was absolutely perplexed as to why he was taken at #33. Now aside from him signing, he remains to be seen. Is there any current info on him?
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    Apparently he hurt something right out of the gate and there's been the usual cone of silence treatment.
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    Pats Pulpit reported he looked lost when he was healthy FWIW.
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    See I had no idea he was injured. When the hell did he find the time to get injured anyway, he signed like 3 days ago and they've barely worn pads.
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    He signed 3 days ago. Take your pills and relax.
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    New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston

    Scroll down just a bit and you will read that Ras IR Dowling has participated in just one practice this year before injuring himself. Who could have seen this coming ? Just because he couldn't stay on the field either in high school or in college, I was sure he would turn it all around in the pros. :rolleyes:
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    I'm not, nor was I at the time, thrilled with this pick. However what you said is a little unfair as he played 12,11,12 games in his first three years at Virginia before playing in just 5 as a Senior. He was generally healthy the first three years.
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    It's definitely been mentioned in quite a few of the TC articles out there.
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    Definitely was a strange pick so early in the draft, seemed stupid at the time, and moreso now.

    My theory is that BB signed him because he wanted to throw folks at Patsfans another player to constantly say is made of glass and start fights over.
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    lol @ judging rookies after 1 practice...
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    HUH?? Where did you get that he couldn't stay on the field in High School? You mean the same High School where he played CB, WR, and some QB???

    I'd love to see the link where you got your information about not being able to stay healthy in high school..

    Could you also include the injuries that kept him off the field in 2007, 2008 and 2009???


    Also, reviewing the Reiss/Rodak blog, there is no mention of injury to Dowling. All that was mentioned is that he was working with the strength and conditioning coach the past few days.

    Considering how high a pick he was, his recent history of a hamstring injury, I wouldn't be surprised if Nash held him back to work on that so that he doesn't re-injure it again.
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    DaBruinz please don't ask crowell to supply a link. I CBF being directed to PFF again...
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    I think it is fair to say that he is a bust through 3 practices. We should have picked our stud pass rushing OLB there. Another in a long line of Belichick mistakes. Lucky for him, most of his mistakes end up working out...
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    Since BB tried so hard to trade the pick, there were no players that really stood out at that point in the draft. Ras I was probably the BPA in BBs book and worth more than whatever was offered for trades.
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    He's hurt, skippy.....What is the name of the "stud" pass rushing OLB that we should have drafted instead of Dowling?.....Was he "stolen" by the Saints when they traded for our 2nd first-rounder?......By the stud-hungry, OLB-needy, NJ Jets*?.......Is he:"The Man With No Name?"

    Bodden, McCourty, Arrington, Chung, Meriweather....yup, there sure is an immediate need for the services of one, Ras-I-Dowling!

    Relax....kick back....pop in "3 Games To Glory" on your old dvd player...get out of that hot, hot south carolina sun...This team is stocked; just enjoy the ride, brother.:rocker:
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    Ras-IR-Dowling LOL
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    cut the kid some slack...its not like we need him for the first ..preseason game. Players are more open to injury ...especially ..after no OTA this year to get these kids going in the right direction. I have a feeling he is going to contribute when the time comes....:rocker:
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    To me this is the epitome of the kneejerk nature of this fanbase lately. They better put their big boy pants on soon 'cause there are going to be a lot of guys MIA for stretches and dinged up early in camp based solely on the lockout.
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    I predict when all is said and done Ras-I Dowling will have a better career than Armanti Edwards.
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    Think it's the-sky-is-falling, or just BB haterade?
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    Yeah, I hope he keeps making more of those really smart dumb moves.:cool:
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    I think he was being sarcastic
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    May want to read his first line and last line again and recalibrate your sarcasm detector.
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    Well there's nothing to judge him on. He was on the walking wounded before we could bat an eye.
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    Which is why he is laughing at people making a judgment.
    Are you saying missing a couple of practices in camp gives you insight into what his career will be?
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    He was 1 of the best CB's in the draft. If he was healthy he would have gone in the middle of or late in 1st. You wanted a rusher huh? I liked that Arizona dude who had better 10yd split than Von Miller. In BB I trust. How many ppl last yr questioned the McCourty move? We got Ras to replace Merriweather when he is a URFA and that is soon. BB much like myself look to the FUTURE and plan beyond the current year when assembling a team. I told you Crump was out. I am now telling you Ras is Merry Berry's replacement hen he moves on.

    Relax
    ... I did like that Arizona Clay Matthews comparison guy, but I see nothing wrong w/ adding another DB.:)
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    To be fair, it always seems like half our players are hurt at any given time. For example, how many d-linemen are we missing? If we drafted someone else, then they'd be out with some mystery injury too.
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    The irrational elements of the Pats fan base always seems to need someone who they can point to as a "another stupid pick by BB, he needs to be locked out of the draft room" selection.

    The last two seasons it was Vollmer and McCourty, until they, unfortunately, turned out to be studs which took all the wind out of the naysayers' sails.

    Now I guess it's Dowling's turn.

    Says volumes more about certain fans than it does about the player in question.

    To quote a variation of John Boehner's recent depiction of Obama as being someone who "won't take yes for an answer", it seems like there is an element of pats fans who can't accept long term sustained excellence as an answer.
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    No question, Devin "A %#$@ Special Teamer" McCourty and Sebastian "Ridiculous Reach for a Nobody" Vollmer were two of the most unpopular picks in memory.

    But I was still surprised at the negativity toward Dowling. He was my favorite FS/CB tweener in the draft, with an eye toward replacing Meriweather as a starter in 2012. He showed great size, athleticism and skills and off-the-charts intangibles in college.

    A TC injury definitely sets him back, especially in this truncated off-season. But Cunningham faced the same last year and came around to be a starter by the end of his rookie year.
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    1. High School Jr year broke his right hand
    2. High School Sr year missed time with serious knee injury
    3. 2008 Missed season opener Virginia ( Strained Right hamstring )
    4. Back injury in North Carolina game 2008.
    5. 2010 Right Knee Injury
    6. 2010 Fractures Ankle
    7. 2010 Sustains right knee injury
    8. 2011 NFL Combine, injures right hamstring ( 40 yard dash )
    9. 2011 Injured in first NFL practice, not yet returned

    Enough Insight ?

    I challenge anyone to find an NFL player, ever, in the history of the league, with more injuries prior to his first NFL Preseason game.
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