Tight end situation

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  1. ivanvamp

    ivanvamp In the Starting Line-Up

    I know we often joke about how many TE's the Pats take in the draft, but now, with zero players on the roster at that position, it's obviously a need. Perhaps they'll try to fill it in free agency. Here are the guys remaining on the market (UFA's) that appear to be somewhat decent:

    Crumpler, Ten
    McMichael, StL
    Pope, KC
    LJ Smith, Bal
    Tuman, Ari

    In other words, not a lot out there. With all the Greg Olsen rumors floating around (from rotoworld on March 5: "ESPN's Adam Schefter said on the Mike and Mike radio show Friday morning that he believes Greg Olsen is on the trading block. The Bears have agreed to a deal with blocking tight end Brandon Manumaleuna and everyone knows Olsen is not a fit in offensive coordinator Mike Martz's system. The Bears have been rumored to want a second-round pick in exchange for Olsen."), I would be willing to part with a 2nd rounder to get him. We don't use a TE a ton, so we don't need a superstar, but with a bunch of 2nd rounders available to us, we could get Olsen as our #1, then add LJ Smith or Crumpler as our #2 via free agency.

    However the Pats decide to do it, I can't remember the last time they had zero players on the roster at any one position.
  2. The Boston Patriot

    The Boston Patriot PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    I suspect that BB is going in a different direction and eliminating the TE position
    altogether for his new offense in 2010. Since he doesn't ever use the TE for
    anything I suspect that he is going to put in place the fabled 'loose end' position
    which rose to popularity in the 30's. First executed by Union College and then
    prodigiously emulated by the pro's in that era, it fell out of favor when available
    talent to play the position became scarce due to wartime (WWII) demands for
    the skills of such a person. Now that this particular offense has been swept
    under the rug by the sands of time and obscuring the potent offensive setup,
    BB will resurrect it, soundly trashing the entire NFL record book in his wake.
    In Bill We Trust!
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2010
  3. 12+81=TD

    12+81=TD On the Game Day Roster

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    Thats freaking great! :rocker:

    Really though I would be happy with Crumpler or McMichaels and a couple rooks. Hopefully one good one :cool:
  4. Coach42

    Coach42 Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    I don't think he is going to eliminate the position, however I do understand why they passed on Watson and let Baker go. If you are not going to utilize the position it doesn't make any sense to pay Watson 4 mil/year or Baker 2 mil. I would much rather pay Crumpler and some rookie a combined 2 mil/year to come in on short yardage situations than trade for Olsen to sit on the bench.
  5. Box_O_Rocks

    Box_O_Rocks PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    For the record: NE has "two" Tight Ends on the current roster.

    National Football Post is also reporting NE has scheduled a private workout with BYU's Dennis Pitta - whom some characterized as showing the best set of hands at the Combine. He's a likely second round pick who will be less expensive than Olsen.

    At the moment it appears the two kids on roster are the seed group from which BB is planning to regrow his TE corps.
  6. RayClay

    RayClay Hall of Fame Poster

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    Or simply clone Coates a couple times.

    Perhaps he could get some cuttings off McGinest, Bruschi and Vrabel for the LB corps?
  7. DarrylS

    DarrylS PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Is there a similar story about full backs.. always thought BB would do something completely novel on the D side, but never thought about this on the O side..

    If this is not tongue in cheek, consider the possibilities... but would prefer a big blocking te, who can catch the ball...
  8. Galjen89

    Galjen89 Rookie

    I love the kid from BYU, Pitta. He looked pretty nice at the combine, and reminded me a lot of Owen Daniels. The commented on how well a blocker he was at BYU, and wasnt used as often to catch passes. However in the receiving drills he caught every ball thrown.
  9. Sean Pa Patriot

    Sean Pa Patriot Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    Send a 2 to chicago for Greg Olson
    sign lj smith or alge crumpler

    draft a 4th round project, and there is our problem ...
  10. Triumph

    Triumph Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    If the Pats had a TE that got open and caught the ball consistently, theres no doubt in my mind that Brady would utilize him.

    "My favorite receiver is the one thats open" - Tom Brady
  11. The Dynasty

    The Dynasty In the Starting Line-Up

    I like him as well, I think he would be a good fit in the Pats system. I am not looking forward to drafting yet another TE, but hopefully he is available when we use our last pick in the 2nd round. Trading for Olsen to me isnt worth it, requires too much money and we can just draft a guy like Pitta and have him for atleast a few years for cheap money
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