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  1. tombonneau

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    Moss
    Edelman
    Aiken
    Stanback
    Slater?

    Is that it? Did I miss someone? Anyone on the practice squad? I know Nunn got snagged by TB ...

    It looked like Aiken got dinged at the end of the game. Any word on that? Did he come back in?

    Obviously the team is very thin now at WR, as it has been all year behind Moss/WW. I'm imagining we'll see a very TE-heavy gameplan next week ... Zack Miller had a decent game vs. Ravens ...
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    1. Moss
    2. Edelman
    3. Kevin Faulk
    4. Kevin Faulk
    5. Bill Belichick
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    Moss
    Edelman
    Aiken (injured late @ HOU - appeared to be an arm injury when trying to tackle Pollard on INT)
    Stanback
    Slater
    Darnell Jenkins (PS)
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    It is an excellent question. I posted elsewhere that I think they are shorthanded. And Aiken injured his shoulder and did not return (not that he gives us much at WR). And Stanback and Slater have given us less. I am disappointed that the FO never found a WR to put opposite Moss, but no help is coming this year folks. Consequently, I don't think we have the personnel to play spread (as we tried to do today--miserably). I would play 2 TEs or 2 RBs most of the time. If the safeties cheat (and they have a good one), Moss has to burn it down.
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    Tough to put any positive spin on losing a player of WW caliber, but I agree it will def. force the team to play less spread, and frankly, they have been most effective this season when mixing up the run/pass more and playing Brady behind center vs. dictating "We are passing" by going 4/5 wide with no RB. I'm thinking great first drive vs. Saints, the Atlanta game, Jaguars game.
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    Maroney will be the key to playoff success.
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    Randy Moss
    Julian Edelman
    Sam Aiken
    Isaiah Stanback
    Matt Slater

    As for as the passing hierarchy...

    Randy Moss
    Julian Edelman
    Kevin Faulk
    Benjamin Watson
    Sam Aiken
    Sammy Morris
    and whoever the hell else is open

    So yeah, this team needs to run, run, and run the ball some more...
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    Agree 100%. I know the recent fumbles stand out, but he's been a lot more good than bad lately. And maybe with them so thin at WR they will actually design pass plays for him, considering just about every time he catches a pass good things happen.
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    Given how they'd been getting completely shut out for weeks prior to this game, I doubt it.
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    What is with this Pollard guy? We gotta sign him and just keep him inactive!
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    I wonder if they're going to bring in anyone in this week for a work out
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    Not sure about WR. But if you listen closely, there is a clanging sound in air--the metallic hands of Ben Watson are clapping and ready to lead us to the promised land!

    On a more serious note, Edelman will catch 10+ balls per game. But there is only one Wes. . .
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    Send over some guys from Federal Hill to take care of this *****.

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    I'm sure Bill could suit up and use all his enraged energy and stiff arm every defender for a touchdown every reception.
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    There is also Darnell Jenkins who is on the Pats practice squad. He could be activated.. or they could activate Myers... Or they could sign someone..We'll have to wait and see.
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    I'm guessing there will be some more 1-RB/2-TE or 2-RB/1-TE sets, with Moss and Edelman as the two receivers. Aiken is still the third receiver, but I wouldn't expect his play time to change much at all. Edelman takes Welker's snaps, with a little bit more reliance on Faulk, the other running backs, and the tight ends.

    In other words, not a drastic change other than Edelman replacing Welker.
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    You would think that Watson would be more assertive or outspoken about being more involved in the offense. I mean seeing as he's supposed to be playing for a new contract. Look at Banta-Cain... He's in a contract year too.


    Ideally...

    Moss
    Watson
    Edelman
    Faulk
    Baker
    Aiken

    Reality...

    Moss
    Edelman
    Faulk
    The sound of crickets chirping...
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    Temporary WR solution

    Our WR situations now sucks. What I would like to see tried out as a patchwork solution, just to see if it works in the slightest (maybe just in practice) and possibly better than currently:

    1: Moss
    2: Edelman
    3: Maroney (Like a Hines Ward / Stallworth hybrid)
    4: Aiken/Bodden/Butler (Bodden/Butler alternating in depending on time of possession)
    5: Stanback/Slater/Bodden/Butler (Bodden/Butler alternating in depending on time of possession)

    Maroney is an open field threat and would be the easiest transition, plus we have Morris, Taylor and Faulk to fill his role.

    Aiken and Stanback aren't dependable, but both Bodden and Butler have good hands and are fast. I think if used sparingly, this could make up an interesting temporary cast for a 5 wide spread offense.

    The real point is, I have no confidence in our WR corps and hope Belichick is thinking creatively because a college team could shutdown the Pats O if Moss/Edelman are the only legit targets and we operate out of a 3, 4 or 5 wide set.

    TE usage is... well, I want to believe in Watson and Baker, but with the way our O-line plays and with the drops Watson has, it's hard to see a 2 WR 2 TE set really being what's needed to keep us through the playoffs.

    Anyway, it's late and I thought I'd throw this crazy idea out there.
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    Re: Temporary WR Solution

    Maroney doesn't catch the ball like Ward , he can run ,yes .
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    Re: Temporary WR Solution

    How about Edelman simply replaces Welker, along with a slightly higher reliance on Faulk, other RB's, and the TE's.


    No need for Bodden or Butler to enter the equation.
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    Re: Temporary WR Solution

    I'm not sure he's ever been asked to try. I'd like to know if he can.
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    Re: Temporary WR Solution

    Many dropped ball in the past (screen passes), doesn't have great hands for that.
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    Re: Temporary WR Solution

    If this team wants to run a spread offense, ever, this post season, Aiken, Stanback and Slater are not the 3, 4 and 5 that are going to get it done.

    I'd like to see guys with better hands and adaptability try it out.
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    Re: Temporary WR Solution

    How about Kevin Faulk? He's got great hands and always finds a way to get it done. Whether we line him up out wide or in the backfield, I can see him re-emerging as a big time chain mover with Welker down.

    If we need to convert on a big 3rd or 4th down, there's no one I trust more than Kevin Faulk.

    Maybe we split Watson out wide considering the speed he has. Could be a matchup nightmare if used more often.

    I really wish we had Tate, I had high hopes for him and expected him to be making an impact by the time playoffs rolled around. Aiken's not too shabby of a WR either, but he ain't anything great.
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    Re: Temporary WR Solution

    You could be right, but I've never seen/heard that as fact.
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