Reiss: Patriots work out some free agents

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  1. PatsChamp88

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    Per: New England Patriots Blog - Patriots work out some free agents - ESPN Boston

    Interesting to see some kickers getting worked out...can't say I'm exactly surprised by punters.
  2. LeonPowe

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    Pago Togafau is the missing piece to the Greatriots puzzle
  3. Pats726

    Pats726 Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Interesting Barth was a UDFA I believe the same year Gostkowski came out...and didn't Nugent get drafted?? Togafau had a tryout in mini camp 06 with the Pats..he was pretty bad then..but must have been worth it to get a look
  4. PatsChamp88

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    Yeah he got drafted, he was a legend at OSU :) too bad that injury really threw his kicking game off.
  5. IcyPatriot

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    We've been doing very well with field control amid piss poor punting
    ... not going to work against better competition and colder weather.
  6. ctpatsfan77

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    I'm guessing the Pats are just updating their Rolodex, so to speak. . . .

    But it's interesting: since Gostkowski won the job in 2006, they haven't even had so much as camp fodder for competition at K.
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  7. PatsWickedPissah

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    Two words...

    Shadow. Roster.
  8. IcyPatriot

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    How many players deep is it? Gotta be huge.
  9. Fencer

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    If every team picks a different day to try out kickers and punters, I wonder whether those guys wind up traveling together from team to team.
  10. c_nice_37

    c_nice_37 Practice Squad Player

    Connor BarTH - oh crap to bad not BarWIN.
  11. bigcountry75

    bigcountry75 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    I really liked Danny Lansanah at UConn....I saw him play a couple of times and he is a hard nosed guy that finds the football and just does his job well....I don't know where he would fit in best whether it be OLB or ILB but he was always a favorite of mine....
  12. Dagg

    Dagg Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Keep bringing in those punters, Hanson needs to be sent packing.
  13. DarrylS

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    Despite the rhetoric about Hansen, have heard BB defend him more than once... not a big fan of his, but if this is our biggest complaint things are good...
  14. FreeTedWilliams

    FreeTedWilliams I'm no Mona Lisa Vito.... Supporter

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    I hate to agree with DarrylS (about anything) but I think he is right here. Hansen has been putrid at best at punting, but the one thing that I think keeps him around is his holding skills. If you have the Titans game on DVD, take a look at the FG and XP snaps, the one on the missed filed goal was way off, and Hansen did a great job just getting it down, and for some reason most of the snaps that day were a little iffy and Hansen did a great job getting them down. I think we can all agree it will be much more important in the end to make sure that the Pats can get a FG when they really need it, instead of a ten extra yards on their punts.

    I doubt BB wants to change holders at this point, which may have more to do with Hansen still be here, than anything else.
  15. robertweathers

    robertweathers Pro Bowl Player

    If you recall, that was the main reason Ken Walter stuck around for as long as he did. His punting was horrific.
  16. Lloyd_Christmas

    Lloyd_Christmas I can delete my own crap! Supporter

    I'm sure BB has his reasons for keeping Hanson. I do sometimes wish we had a punter that could make a real difference in the field position war for those really tight games we will soon be experiencing.

    I find it ineresting that the players worked out are K, P, LB, and TE

    Is that because our depth is weakest in those positions or because of mild injuries to players on our teams at those positions or am I reading to much into it?
  17. robertweathers

    robertweathers Pro Bowl Player

    You are spot on IMO...
  18. MetalBleachers

    MetalBleachers Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    I liked Lansanah, too. He had good size and seemed to get to the right places on D. Not a great pro day, though (4.72 40, slow shuttles - scroll near the bottom): Pro day workout updates

    We could tell him how we feel about him: Danny Lansanah - Green Bay, WI | Facebook
  19. Jimke

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    Hanson cannot kick a football for distance. If he could, he would

    outkick his coverage. Apparently, he also cannot kick to the left

    or right so many of his kicks go in the end zone.
  20. PatsWickedPissah

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    BB addressed this topic at length. Said that the pro game stopped kicking left, right coffin corner years ago. The current pro kicking paradigm calls for kicking the ball high, and having it dead cat bounce up or backwards with your gunners making a play. Where Hanson has failed is that on kicks towards the EZ, he has kicked the ball such that it bounces too far fwd.

    I watched a play Sunday where he dropped the ball inside the 10. The Tamper PR signalled fair catch and two Patriots mistakenly stopped dead in their tracks and watched the ball bounce up and roll into the EZ. Had they continued fwd to the player as they should have, either one would have been able to down it inside the 5. Maybe they were hoping he'd field the punt and drop it.
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