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    I lot of teams in this league looking for safety help and there is Ivebeenaho, still a free agent.

    Is he injured or was he that bad for us, that no one is taking a chance on him?
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    You mean Ihedigbo?
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    I think it's pretty obvious. :D
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    comedy gold :rolleyes:
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    Re: Safety - James Ivebeenaho

    Dude had quite a streak of games where he would just drop to the ground in agony. Seemed like it was every week.
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    Re: Safety - James Ivebeenaho

    It seemed like every play he hurt his shoulder and bad..and would be in on the next series
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    That's because Ihedigbo is not who teams look for if they are looking for a safety.
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    Re: Safety - James Ivebeenaho

    He looked like he was playing with a separated shoulder. They'd pop it back between plays, and he'd go back in.

    If nothing else, he's one tough dude.
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    Ihedigbo was originally signed as a special teams ace; the fact that he played safety seemed to be almost an after thought. The Patriots already have some players in that role (Slater, White, Koutouvides, etc.) that ouperformed him on ST in 2011.

    As for the safety position the coaching staff got a look at what Ihedigbo could do there if he was forced onto the field and we all saw the result. Although he was good on special teams he wasn't the second coming of Steve Tasker, Larry Izzo or Larry Whigham, so there's not much incentive to rush right out there and sign him. Constantly being out of position coupled with consistently getting hurt is a troublesome combination.

    Malcolm Williams got promoted to the 53-man roster at the end of the year and can also contribute on special teams; he too is most likely a better depth option than Ihedigbo. Josh Barrett is another guy that seems injury prone (back-to-back seasons on IR, though he did play in five games last year) that the Pats coaching staff seems to have more faith in. Ross Ventrone and Bret Locket are other options at the bottom of the roster. As much as none of us care for Sergio Brown he may actually be a preferable alternative to Ihedigbo.

    There are plenty of options available for the #4 and #5 safety on the depth chart even without Ihedigbo. I think other teams have seen the tape on him and have come to the conclusion that his ceiling at safety is relatively low, and they're not really motivated to sign a special teams-only player that is always hurt.

    As far as the Pats are concerned they still need an upgrade at safety. That would give them a primary rotation of Chung, Gregory and (day one or two draft pick), with backup depth coming from two of Williams, Barrett, Brown, Ventrone, Lockett, and whomever else they might bring in to training camp.
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    IMO, the answer is 2, with maybe a bit of 1 influencing 2. Yes, he was that bad for us.
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    Ihedigbo and Molden were the ones holding back the Pats surprisingly good playoff defense. He's below JAG status and never made plays. If we're stuck with Gregory starting atleast he's an upgrade.
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    It's too bad because I wanted Ihedigbo to be good. He seemed like he worked hard and fought through some injuries to fill a role on a very underwhelming safety corp. I was hoping he'd be like a safety version of Arrington: Special teams player who comes out of nowhere to succeed in the regular defense, but he just never seemed to make that leap.

    Of course, I would still rather have him than Sergio Brown, if it comes to filling a ST/#5 safety position.
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    He is a lot better than Sergio Brown amirite?

    Love to bring him back as a backup S and ST player.

    Still love the story about his parents. When he was a Jet player, his parents, rooted against him when we played the Jets.

    Lol.
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    OT- your BB quote is ******* hilarious. Where is that from? Or is it just a joke?

    I never use any of those sites aswell so i imagine that's me in the distant future with whatever crap is in fashion at the time.
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    Good point, he was bad enough to start in the Superbowl. He played special teams, it is not like the Patriots are deep at the position. I think he would be ok as a 3rd or 4th Safety.

    Maybe he will gets some calls after the draft.
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