Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by Miguel, Feb 7, 2006.
Figuring if Belichick signs anyone it will be towards the bottom of that list i started at the bottom and worked my way to Vic....just a guess...he would make a real good run blocking guard if Neal chooses to bolt.
#68 Victor Riley | OT Full Name: Victor Allan RileyBorn: November 4, 1974 Lexington, SC
Height: 6-5Weight: 340 lbs.
It's unbelievable what a position Neal is in after not even playing football in college. I hope the Pats keep him. What would he be making in the market?
I'd love to see them try for Jerry Azumah, Bears CB, native of Worcester.
I too would love for the Pats to sign a FA OT to man the rightside. Not sure how much Backus is going to command on the open market, but he would be a good pickup. I'd even be fine with Riley as mentioned.
But I think Backus might be worth the extra $$ as he's only going into his 5th yr and could be a mainstay for another 4-5 on the right.
I think a line of Light-Mankins-Koppen-Kaczur-Backus would be more than solid. Best part is lots of versatility.
Another guy I'd really like is Scott Fujita. Hopefully Dallas doesn't resign him. He has the size to play LB for the pats and is relatively young.
Also, if they drop Flutie and go route of backup QB, I wouldn't mind at all going after Seneca Wallace. Seattle seems pretty high on him though and might resign him for decent $$.
And as was mentioned, Azhumah would be nice. Really, I'd like them to go after any of the top CBs at this point. Will Allen I like as well (go Cuse!).
Depending on what Ricky Manning Jr. gets tendered, I'd love for them to sign him. He's a real physical guy, just how BB likes his corners.
I've never been a fan of Manning. He is small and isn't really that strong. He gets pushed away and is not a press receiver.. But then again we really don't play press
I think BB and Pioli may make a strong push for Archuleta. They got Harrison and then went after Lynch when they already had Harrison.
Archuleta would be a nice addition that allows Rodney to come back more slowly and be 100%.
The problem with him is all he can do is be the 8th man in the box. He is awful in pass coverage. He's slow and has no instincts which isn't surprising because he was a LB his whole life. Having him back there would limit what we could do and I can't see any way BB signs a guy who does that.
Agreed. Not to mention I remember hearing on Stern, some porn star was on, and she was mentioning how her b.f. was Adam Archuleta. While I am certainly not against banging porn stars, I'd rather guys playing for the professional team I root for have better judgement & different priorities.
I'd much rather they go for Corey Chavous, who is a real smart player.
I've always been a fan of Nate*Clements and I think he would make a great Patriot. Good cover skills and he is not afraid to make a hit. However, I am sure he'll receive a nice paycheck....too rich fr our blood.
Nate Burleson would make me forget all about David Givens.
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Why would we want someone who was released and couldn't stay in shape.
Also, he may have had a DUI back in 11/02, is that the kind of player we need to help solidify the OL.
I'd like the Pats to make an offer for Mack Strong.
When was the last time the Pats had a legit power blocking FB? Sam Gash?
David Givens is the top ranked WR on the list. I would have figured that Antwan Randle El would be due to his versatility and speed.
I however, would like Givens better considering how he is a physical receiver who can make the tough short yardage catches in traffic. He'll hold onto the ball even while taking a hit.
Interesting that Bob Hallen, a guy we cut 2 years ago is rated higher among Gs than Neal.
Not since they changed head coaches and offensive systems.
As evidenced by every game over the last six seasons, the Patriots have absolutely no interest in devoting any resources towards a position that has almost zero role in their offense.
Sam Cowart may be worth a look.
There were 3 Lbs ranked at the bottom of that list that intrigued me. Wilhelm (experience in the 3-4) Newman and Cowart. All are extremely affordable.
the guy they could make a big splash with is julian peterson
would def allow us to keep vrabel at ilb
and it would give us three amazing olbs: willie, colvin, peterson
id love to see them get azumah at cb
and at wr if they dont sign givens i could see them goin after the very underrated antonio bryant
isnt courtney van buren (backup ot for sd) a fa
he would cost league minimum, and could be a guy we could groom
What do you mean? On nearly every short yardage situation, they employ any number of guys in the "fullback" lead blocking role. How hard would it be to incorporate a guy like Mack Strong into their system? You swap out one of the TEs on runnning plays and give Brady two potential outlets/dump offs in the passing game.
My feeling on the offense is that their system has fit the personnel, not vice-versa. The Pats didn't design many deep routes in their offense circa 2001. Was that because the "system" didn't call for them? Of course not. It was because they (a) didn't have a legit downfield threat at WR and (b) they wanted to keep the gameplan simple for Brady and not subject him to much of a pass rush.
I'm of the opinion that a great lead blocking FB can cover some serious flaws in a feature running back. Or in the case of Shawn Alexander, make a very good RB into a great one.
I'll admit I'm not the hugest Randle El fan in the world, but David Boston ahead of Randle El? Did Boston have a comeback year this year? I can't really remember him doing much.
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