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    Who do you think should qualify for a player(s) that must prove in 2009 that they show signs that are worthy of wearing silver,red and blue and good enough to play years ahead for the Patriots?

    On my list are ...

    Laurence Maroney (probably on most lists)

    Chris Hanson (O.K. but far from a lock for the future)

    Ellis Hobbs (suddenly he has some serious competition at CB)

    Ben Watson (Dropping critical passes too often and needs to show he is better or as good as Chris Baker and a still raw David Thomas)


    Any others to consider?

    (NO Brady,Moss or Welker allowed for those potential smartass answers please :))
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    I think you pretty much nailed it. However, Chris Hanson didn't come to mind because punters come and go.
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    It's time.
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    I really miss Josh Miller
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    Anyone in a contract year has something to prove. With 31 players in a contract year we could see some serious motivation.
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    Thomas and Watson are both in prove-it years. Maroney, if he disappoints this year, may find himself out of the league altogether. I think Pierre Woods has to prove that he's something more than a special teamer this year too.
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    Can't agree with Thomas - Year 1 was lost with injury and last year Cassel and him just did not click

    With Brady this season I would think we will see improvement,I would still give Thomas till the end of the 2010 season to show us those hands of steel and glue that he had at the U of Texas

    Watson on the other hand has been in the league longer,obviously has been on the field more than Thomas and yet has shown little since 2005 - IT IS time for OUR Big Ben to show his talent or leave
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    Of the people you just listed, I think only Ben Watson will be re-signed. And even that is far from certain. We will need the money to throw at Wilfork and potentially either Seymour or Peppers, depending on how things play out.
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    maroney,thomas,watson,bodden

    I think hobbs is gone either way
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    Laurence Maroney gets my pick. Also, Ben Watson needs to show something.

    Um, he's no longer on the roster.
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    Thats McDaniel's problem to deal with now

    I could see Maroney as well being in Denver next year if he sucks for another year here.
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    Funny you say that. Denver always had a way of churning out 1,000 yard rushers under Shanahan. It would be interesting to see if the same would hold true under McDaniel, though I heavily doubt that considering his program in NE.
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    As it appears right now,Maroney probably would need 2 seasons to get to the 1,000 yards plateau,In NE,Denver or elsewhere - Maybe 3 seasons if he breaks or twists any more glass ;)
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    Maroney for sure. He doesn’t even need to have a great season. Just a solid one. We have Taylor in there as well and we need them to be a combo.

    Watson took a step backwards last season in my mind. Needs to step it up big time.

    Hanson. First name that popped in my head to be honest. He was beyond terrible in the early stages of the 2008 season. He finished strong but the first half of the year is still blaring in my mind.
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    Morris/Taylor to me would be a deadlier combo than Maroney/Taylor but thats just me,I am not a believer of Maroney turning the corner and becoming the runner we thought he would be as a #1 in 2006- I hope he really does but I am not convinced he will,I think he is sporadically good at best.
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    Too many to list. Besides the obvious name players it's DEFINITELY prove it for Rudd, Redd, Crable, Ventrone, Le Kevin Smith, Alexander, Hochstein, LaVoie and too numerous to mention other players on the fringe. I'm giving last years 2 W CBs a pass, since rarely do we cut someone drafted that high quickly and they seem decent enough not to buck the trend. And unless there's another fiasco of Chad Jackson proportions, the Pats will add at the very least 4 very strong rookies who will displace someone on the 53.
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    I am one of those rare Hochstein fans - I love the fact that he is so versatile and can play any position on the line and does not do a bad job at that,not to mention he makes for a solid goaline fullback

    You have to give players on the bubble to those who have been on the field and the league for several years or at least those who have not had consecutive years of injury - so in that regards,Redd,Rudd,Crable would not count IMO

    Le Kevin Smith is a good choice to be close to saying bye bye as well as Alexander
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