Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by pats1, Dec 28, 2007.
53rd roster spot?
Did I miss it? Who'd we sign to fill the spot vacated by Chad Brown?
Re: 53rd roster spot?
Heh, just as you said that...
Wow. Hope Callaghan has improved (A LOT) in his pass-blocking b/c it's gonna be a tough night.
So Watson is the mystery TE. I am surprised that they didn't just give him the week off.
Good thing our strong-side is out instead of Light/Mankins. This will be a tough night for Brady.
Re: 53rd roster spot?
I spent too much time looking to see if a thread has been posted.
In spite of the OL flux I really don't think the Giants will do much at all. I just have the feeling that NE is going to run roughshod over this team.
FWIW, I had this same odd lack of concern for the Raven game.
What's wrong with Kaczur?
so it looks like yates at guard, o'calloghan at right tackle and spoch helping him out.
i also expect to see faulk and evans on brady's right side in shotgun
I heard Clayton say Billy Yates might miss the game as well.
let's hope we don't go empty backfield against strahan and ogl-what's his name........these two are pretty deadly......
the rest of the D is susceptible to damage though........
ya i'm not a fan of the empty backfield on the very first play. we saw what happened in the colts game.
not sure the dropoff to ocallaghan is that bad. Let's not forget rt was the most heated battle in camp. In fact some here thought kaczur was on the bubble due to the mythical dog house.
yea, Kaczur has done ok over there, but there is room for improvement. I thought OC was good over there last year, so hopefully he can shake off the cobwebs and show his worth.
This is called "resting the guys who aren't 100% healthy." I'm sure most if not all of them will suit up for the divisional round.
Pats players downgraded
man our o-line is thin against a very good pass rush
Think about this...If gimpy Mcnabb had only been sacked 4 times(instead of 12) in that Giants/Eagles game ...we would have more sacks than them. Minus gimpy Mcnabb Osi Umynameisamess would only have about 8 sacks....respectable but not awesome.
I think Yates is OK...at least enough for a backup...IF Kaczur, Neal AND Yates was out..I THINK they would have added an OL instead of Spann...that simple...with Hochstein and O'Callaghan as starters, it leaves Yates and Britt as backups..so Yates is in...
I'm probably the happiest person here about this news, since I've been a big Spann fan since I met him last summer.
As for the OL thinness, I imagine if things get too bad Brady will be pulled.
Foot I think T...
I fergot he was here then. Tell us about it.
Spann probably activated as a ST replacement for Eckel.
The FO should release Gutierrez, and try to sign him to the PS.
This team needs healthy bodies more than it needs a 3rd QB.
There's this little thing called a waiver wire......
Oh dear. Matt Guttierez might get claimed and lay all our best laid plans to waste.
Well considering Cassel's instability as a backup so far, Gutierrez could be important as backup down the road.
I don't know why anyone would be pushing the panic button because Nick Kaczur and Neal are out. I like Neal a lot, but the fact is, we've won a lot of games without him over the past few years. Hochstein is a more than capable replacement. Kaczur is obviously the weak link on the line. He got man-handled by Joey Porter last week and has been beat dozens and dozens of times. I can't wait to see what OC can do at RT, especially considering how much I loathe Kaczur.
Right, no time to push panic button at all. I do not agree with your assessment of Kazcur being the "weak link" he has played very well all year - they all get beat sometimes. However, O'Callaghan nearly beat him out in training camp, along with super sub Hochstein - we are fine. We have Britt and Yates (assuming he is back in action from his own foot injury as well) for depth. Also, I think Dan Connolly (FA third year from Jax) is on PS and could be activated if they are really in need.
Lets not freak out. O'Cal and Hoch will be fine tonight. Brady may not get his customary 5 seconds to throw, but he should be able to manage.
O'C > Kaczur re: run-blocking, but is < Kaczur re: pass-blocking.
Hochstein > Neal re: pass-blocking, but is < Neal re: run-blocking.
Overall, it appears a wash; but if Yates (instead of Hochstein) replaces Neal, then expect to see more running than usual.
This also could be the game during which the screen pass has its cobwebs dusted-off as an antidote vs. a DL that loves to run upfield. The low # of healthy RBs is starting to worry me, however. Perhaps more WR screens, then. Either way, TB must throw the ball sooner than he's been doing lately.
And Dan Connolly is an interesting guy. He could be next year's Neal/Hochstein/Yates/Ashworth.
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