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  1. QuantumMechanic

    QuantumMechanic Burn it all down! PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Offseason fun - best Patriot for each number


    Here's my list. You can use this query to find the players: All Players To Wear Number 1 For New England Patriots | Pro-Football-Reference.com

    1 - John Smith
    2 - Doug Flutie
    3 - Stephen Gostkowski
    4 - Adam Vinatieri
    5 - Pat O'Neill (only because he lasted longer with the team than any other #5)
    6 - Ryan Allen
    7 - Hugh Millen (another number with slim pickings. So Brissett may have a good chance at owning the #7 title)
    8 - Josh Miller
    9 - David Posey (another bunch of single-season forgettables)
    10 - Jabar Gaffney
    11 - Julian Edelman (I give him the nod over Drew for big game performances)
    12 - Tom Brady (duhhhhhhh)
    13 - Ken Walter (perhaps Tom Hodson, though Walter was a better P than Hodson was a QB)
    14 - Steve Grogan (duhhhh, though if Cooks plays several years with NE he could take the title away)
    15 - Babe Parilli
    16 - Jim Plunkett
    17 - Mike Taliaferro (then Dobson, then nobody)
    18 - Randy Vataha (tough competition from Matt Slater, though!)
    19 - Brandon LaFell
    20 - Gino Cappelletti (easy choice - for one thing, only NE player to ever have #20 :) )
    21 - Malcolm Butler (not recency bias - #21 is mostly forgettables except Gay and Redmond and Butler)
    22 - Asante Samuel (tough one - Burton and Ridley make good runs at it)
    23 - Ron Hall
    24 - Ty Law
    25 - Rick Sanford (but maybe Ross O'Hanley?)
    26 - Raymond Clayborn
    27 - Ellis Hobbs
    28 - Corey Dillon (Martin was definitely the better overall player, but this is just play for NE)
    29 - Harold Jackson
    30 - Carl Garrett (I'm a huge Mosi fan too, but when you look at the NE stats for them...)
    31 - Fred Marion
    32 - Devin McCourty (Wanted to give it to Andy Johnson, but had to go with McCourty)
    33 - Kevin Faulk (Tony Collins in a strong second place)
    34 - Shane Vereen (really tough -- hard to compare offensive and defensive players. Could have been Shonta or McCray)
    35 - Jim Nance
    36 - Lawyer Milloy
    37 - Rodney Harrison (but one could make a case for Maurice Hurst)
    38 - Roland James
    39 - Sam Cunningham
    40 - Mike Haynes
    41 - Larry Carwell (I'll go with him because he was with NE longer than Mitchell was)
    42 - Ronnie Lippett
    43 - Nate Ebner (easily could go to Vagas Ferguson or Ernest Gibson, though)
    44 - Don Calhoun
    45 - Otis Smith
    46 - James Develin
    47 - Robert Edwards (only one year, but what a year)
    48 - Tim Fox
    49 - Joe Cardona (slim pickings here)
    50 - Mike Vrabel (but could easily go to Ninko)
    51 - Jerod Mayo
    52 - Johnny Rembert (Ted Johnson right up there, too)
    53 - Chris Slade (but perhaps Tom Addison)
    54 - Tedy Bruschi
    55 - Willie McGinest
    56 - Andre Tippett
    57 - Steve Nelson
    58 - Pete Brock
    59 - Vincent Brown
    60 - Garin Veris
    61 - Sam Adams
    62 - Ryan Wendell
    63 - Dan Connolly (perhaps Joe Andruzzi)
    64 - Richard Bishop (mainly because he was with NE longer than the others)
    65 - Houston Antwine
    66 - Paul Fairchild
    67 - Bill Lenkaitis (but could easily be Koppen)
    68 - Max Lane (another forgettable uniform number)
    69 - Shaq Mason (well, either him or Eugene Chung)
    70 - Logan Mankins
    71 - Ray Hamilton
    72 - Matt Light (with Eisenhauer as a strong second)
    73 - John Hannah
    74 - Shelby Jordan
    75 - Vince Wilfork
    76 - Brian Holloway
    77 - Nate Solder
    78 - Bruce Armstrong
    79 - Jim Lee Hunt
    80 - Troy Brown
    81 - Russ Francis (tough competition from Colclough and Moss)
    82 - Vincent Brisby
    83 - Wes Welker
    84 - Darryl Stingley
    85 - Julius Adams
    86 - Stanley Morgan
    87 - Rob Gronkowski
    88 - Terry Glenn
    89 - Bob Dee (only NE #89 ever)
    90 - Toby Williams (I'll give him the nod over Chad Eaton because he was here longer)
    91 - Jamie Collins
    92 - Ray Agnew (another bunch of nobodies)
    93 - Richard Seymour
    94 - Ty Warren
    95 - Ed Reynolds
    96 - Brent Williams
    97 - Jarvis Green
    98 - Anthony Pleasant
    99 - Mike Wright
     
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    91 - Bobby Hamilton?

    82 - Jim Whalen?

    77 - Tom Neville??

    66 - Lonie Paxton...thinkin' snow angels...

    60 - Len St. Jean ("The Boston Strongboy")


    Thanks for compiling a great list. Can't be expected to be perfect, but you nailed most of it. Some tough competition for some of those #'s.
     
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    The Patriots need to stop handing out uniform #17 to anybody.

    For whatever reason, it is cursed.
     
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    Didn't Ted Washington wear 92? Wasn't here long enough to be on an all time list... or maybe he should be with the impact he had.
     
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    #24....Robert Weathers > Ty Law

    :p
     
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    Edelman over Bledsoe is tough, but I understand the choice. I would have been ok the other way as well.

    Where's Adam Seward????
     
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    Great list Quantum. Thanks
     
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    I think 83 is a toss up between Wes Welker & Deion Branch.
     
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    That's a good one.
     
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    I'd put Moss above Francis. Both played only part of their career in New England, but Moss's was far more spectacular.

    I'd put Ferric Collons above Agnew for #92, though I think the answer here is obviously Ted Washington.
     
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    I almost wish you could've handed two #11's, both are so deserving and it's tough to leave one of Bledsoe and Jules off here.
     
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    Gee whiz..... Jules over Drew is a tough one.

    I get it. Could argue either way.
     
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    #12: Don Allard
     
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    Did they ever have #00 or #0?
     
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    Maybe in practice? Can't imagine that would or could ever happen in a game.
     
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    I have an image in my head of Bryan cox wearing double 00 but when I googled it it came up as him wearing 51. That hit where he leveled Jarome Pathon to this day is one of the hardest hits I have ever seen and really set the tone for the whole defense that year. Only thing I found was this pic so maybe in preseason he wore 0.
     

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    Jim Otto was a bad man

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    - Bledsoe over Edelman, pretty easily at this point
    - Martin over Dillon, even just Pats achievements Martin wins. ROY and 2x Pro Bowl, 3799 yds vs 3180 yds, 3x 1000 yd seasons, vs 1x
    - Moss for 81:

    Moss: 51 games, 259 rec, 3904 yds, 50 td
    Russ: 92 games, 207 rec, 3157 yds, 28 td
     
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    Awesome list, with very few quibbles. Maybe I'm showing my age, but I have:
    #22: Ron Burton (one of original Pats, plus I can't get over Samuel dropping the interception and then jogging to help out Harrison on the Helmet catch play)
    #30: Mosi Tatupu (though Carl Garrett was a very good player on a bad Pats team)
    #60: Lenny St. Jean (very steady player)
    #72: Larry Eisenhower (one of all time AFL stalwarts, this was by a SLIM margin over Matt Light)
    #77: Tom Neville (by a hair over Nate Solder)
    #82: Dan Graham (very underrated by non-Pats fans, loved his one on one blocking in the Carolina SB).
     
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    I just can't put JE over Drew. No way.
     
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