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ctpatsfan77

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2. Edelman is NOT going to be cut, hard or not. Just for his punt return value alone, he's a lock to make the team. HE is also the future slot receiver when the Pats let Welker go the proverbial "year too early". Remember this will be Edelman's 3rd year at the position. It wasn['t until Welker's 4th season that he started to get on people's radar. And not until his 5th that he blossomed. Edelman is right on track.

*cough* You're off by a year there. Welker got on people's radar when he led the LOLphins in catches his third year, and exploded as a Patriot in his fourth year.
 
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Off The Grid

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As a longtime Herd fan, it pains me to say it, but I don't think Lee Smith makes the 53 unless he can long snap.


Interesting possibility!!! Has Smith done any Long Snapping in practice?

Katula hasn't exactly covered himself in glory!!

:eek: :eek: :eek:

You're playin' with FIRE, Hoss!!

And I guess I need to enlighten you: Matt "The Dread" Katula contributes at more than one position:

Matt "The Dread" Katula ~ Preparing to Long Snap



Matt "The Dread" Katula ~ Preparing to Slaughter the Innocent



I'm sure Coach Bill The Mad will find employment for all of Mister Katula's talents. ;)
 

Snake Eyes

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The Following was Greatly Assisted by the Wise Words + Guidance of The Immortal Brother Mayo

Offense

QuarterBack

1 ~ "Major*" Tom Brady ~ The Finest in ALL The Land!! *Since promoted to "General".
2 ~ Brian Hoyer "The Destroyer" ~ The best ShotGun in all the Land!!
3 ~ "Rocket" Ryan Mallett ~ Top 10 Skills + Time, Patience, and Coaching...

O Center

4 ~ Dan Koppen "With Anger" ~ Bring on Brewster, but, meanwhile, Koppen IS good.

O Guard

5 ~ Logan "Mauling" Mankins ~ Road Grading BEAST.
6 ~ Dan "The Man" Connolly ~ Decent starter, but LOVE him as a Swing Guard.
7 ~ Tom Austin ~ "A Man Barely Alive" ~ Emerging Swing Guard/Center ~ Props to Brother Mayo!!
8 ~ Marcus "Howitzer" Cannon ~ May start on PUP. STAR potential, may start VERY soon!!

O Tackle

9 ~ Sebastian "The Savage" Vollmer ~ Emerging STAR.
10 ~ Matt "Out of Sight" Light ~ Still very good...about to be ECLIPSED.
11 ~ Nate "Universal" Solder ~ Potential 10X All Pro!!
12 ~ "Smashing" Steve Maneri ~ TREMENDOUS potential as an Mauling AND Athletic Swing Tackle!!

Tight End ~ "Y" ~ or Blocking Tight End

13 ~ Will "To Kill" Yeatman ~ Rapidly emerging BEAST as Blocker AND Receiver.
14 ~ Lee "The Closer" Smith ~ A MAULING Lead Blocker.

Wing Back ~ "H" ~ or Hybrid Tight End

15 ~ Rob "The Big Lebowski" Gronkowski ~ Emerging STAR.

Flex End ~ "F" ~ or Receiving Tight End

16 ~ Aaron "The Navigator" Hernandez ~ Emerging STAR.

Power Back

17 ~ Stevan "Ready When You Are" Ridley ~ Power AND Agility. Watch OUT.
18 ~ BenJarvus "The Law Firm" Green ~ Power, anyway: Suddenly our 4th Back!!

Flex Back ~ Between the Tackles AND OutSide

19 ~ Shane "Mean Machine" Vereen ~ The best Back in the ENTIRE DRAFT.

Tail Back ~ "Change O Pace" Back

20 ~ Danny "The Hobbit" WoodHead ~ An absolutely devastating Weapon, STILL vastly underrated.

Split End + Flanker

21 ~ Taylor "The" Price "Is Right, Beyotch" ~ May soon be our best Spit End!!
22 ~ "Dynamic" Deion Branch ~ STILL underrated!!
23 ~ Chad "Ochenta Y Cinco" Johson ~ ComeBack Player of the Year!!
24 ~ "Blazing" Brandon Tate ~ Emerging Player, despite all the hate!!

Slot End

25 ~ "Wild Wild" Wes Welker ~ The Greatest in ALL the Land!! BIG ComeBack coming!!

Defense

Nose Tackle

26 ~ Vince "Big Pappy" Wilfork ~ An unrelenting FORCE!!
27 ~ Kyle "Can You Feel The" Love ~ having 1 NT is like having 1 QB.

Under Tackle ~ Defensive End

28 ~ Mike "You Know That's" Wright ~ An invaluable Weapon, if 100%.
29 ~ "Lord" Myron "Eternal" Pryor ~ an emerging Force.

Defensive Tackle ~ Defensive End


30 ~ Albert HaynesWorth "Every Penny!!" ~ A New Era Has Begun. Many of you have NO...IDEA.
31 ~ "Shattering" Shaun Ellis ~ Just enough left for a year or two of situational Excellence.
32 ~ Kade "The Crusher" Weston ~ WAY Under the Radar. Potential STAR, gentlemen.

HeffaLump ~ "Elephant" to you Earthlings!!

33 ~ Jermaine "Feel the Pain" Cunningham ~ Emerging STUD!!
34 ~ "Ravaging" Rob Ninkovich ~ Emerging STUD.
35 ~ "Mayhem" Mark Anderson ~ Born Again FORCE!!
36 ~ "Attacking" Andre Carter ~ Like Ellis, just enough left for a year or two of Excellence.

And, of course: Cunningham + Ninkovich will play a LOT of Flanker ~ OLB, to you Earthlings!!

MidFielder ~ Middle LineBacker, Earthlings!!

37 ~ Jerod "Don't Hold The" Mayo ~ Emerging STAR, need I say.
38 ~ "Demolishing" Dane Fletcher ~ STILL Under the Radar, but not for much longer!!
39 ~ "Blasting" Brandon Spikes ~ About to emerge as the Brutal BEAST that he is!!
40 ~ "Gashing" Gary Guyton ~ Still love this guy, and think he will surprise a LOT of people!!

Strong Safety

41 ~ "Punishing" Pat Chung ~ Emerging STUD. LOVE this kid.
42 ~ "Savage" Sergio Brown ~ I really like Barrett, but I suspect we PUP the kid.

Free Safety

43 ~ Brandon "Stomper" MeriWeather ~ Of course it's possible that he's traded.
44 ~ James "Colonel" Sanders ~ Invaluable Depth + Leadership.
45 ~ "Wrecking" Ras I Dowling ~ This is just my opinion, but I think he's destined here.

CornerBack

46 ~ Devin "The Island" McCourty ~ Rising STAR!!
47 ~ "Lambasting" Leigh Bodden ~ A BEAST!!
48 ~ Darius "The" Butler "Did It!!" ~ My EXTREMELY unpopular choice for emerging NickelBack!!
49 ~ "Killer" Kyle Arrington ~ A Scrapper and a PlayMaker.
50 ~ Jon "Wild Man" Wihlite ~ If I'm right about Dowling, we need a 5th, and he's a good, solid player.

Special Teams

51 ~ K ~ Stephen "The Ghost" GostKowski ~ GREAT Kicker!!
52 ~ P ~ Zoltan "The Space Emperor...of Space!!" Mesko!! AWESOME Punter!!
53 ~ S ~ Matt "The Dread" Katula ~ Great Find, this guy!!

Notes

1st Hardest Cut ~ Julian Edelman. And that's a pretty arbitrary Cut, at that. I absolutely LOVE this kid, and consider him invaluable to this team, but 53 means 53. The reason I chose him, instead of, say, Price, is because Slot End's Market Share is getting consumed by Flex End and Wing Back. But nobody'll be happier than ME, if he DOES make the team!!

2nd Hardest Cut ~ Eric Moore. But I overloaded this Roster on Defensive Front 7, even as it IS, with 15 guys, there, for 7 positions. LOVE this kid, and would be THRILLED if he's back with us. And, indeed, he very well could be, as I could see Carter getting cut, or any number of guys, especially Wright, going to IR or PUP, on Opening Day.

Nominal PUP ~ Obviously a flexible and dubious means ~ one I highly approve of!! ~ for manipulating our Shadow Roster. Right now, it looks like Brace and Deaderick are prime noteworthy candidates, as well as Faulk, of course. Cannon's a big candidate, but his spot would presumably be filled with debris like OhrnBerger, not by a different position.

Honorable Mention ~ Where do I start?? Honestly, there about 15 other guys who I'd love to keep...

Trade Bait ~ Brian Hoyer is possible, though I wouldn't like that, and don't expect it. Stomper is a possibility, though a small one, I would think. LeVoir might catch a Late Rounder, as might Wilhite, if I'm wrong about Dowling.

I like it but I'd rather keep Edelman than Tate, I wonder if Sharper is signed who gets let go.

Beyond that, who's on the practice squad, and who might be displaced if certain players are released from other teams?
 

Off The Grid

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Very nice stuff. I'm all for strong opinions and you won't be surprised not everyone goes along with them. (Tate over Edelman? Not in my book. No ST-only guys. This is Bill Belichick, you know!)

I don't think that BB will cut bait on all of the young defensive linemen he brought in over the last couple of years but keeping Love, Pryor and Weston only is a bold, bold move. I'd like to know more of your thinking.

Thanks for the kind words, Bro. :cool:

The explanation for Brace + Deaderick is in the PUP notes.

Of course, that's just Speculation...but of course that's a lot of what being a fan is about!! :D
 

Off The Grid

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The Following was Greatly Assisted by the Wise Words + Guidance of The Immortal Brother Mayo

Offense

QuarterBack

1 ~ "Major*" Tom Brady ~ The Finest in ALL The Land!! *Since promoted to "General".
2 ~ Brian Hoyer "The Destroyer" ~ The best ShotGun in all the Land!!
3 ~ "Rocket" Ryan Mallett ~ Top 10 Skills + Time, Patience, and Coaching...

O Center

4 ~ Dan Koppen "With Anger" ~ Bring on Brewster, but, meanwhile, Koppen IS good.

O Guard

5 ~ Logan "Mauling" Mankins ~ Road Grading BEAST.
6 ~ Dan "The Man" Connolly ~ Decent starter, but LOVE him as a Swing Guard.
7 ~ Tom Austin ~ "A Man Barely Alive" ~ Emerging Swing Guard/Center ~ Props to Brother Mayo!!
8 ~ Marcus "Howitzer" Cannon ~ May start on PUP. STAR potential, may start VERY soon!!

O Tackle

9 ~ Sebastian "The Savage" Vollmer ~ Emerging STAR.
10 ~ Matt "Out of Sight" Light ~ Still very good...about to be ECLIPSED.
11 ~ Nate "Universal" Solder ~ Potential 10X All Pro!!
12 ~ "Smashing" Steve Maneri ~ TREMENDOUS potential as an Mauling AND Athletic Swing Tackle!!

Tight End ~ "Y" ~ or Blocking Tight End

13 ~ Will "To Kill" Yeatman ~ Rapidly emerging BEAST as Blocker AND Receiver.
14 ~ Lee "The Closer" Smith ~ A MAULING Lead Blocker.

Wing Back ~ "H" ~ or Hybrid Tight End

15 ~ Rob "The Big Lebowski" Gronkowski ~ Emerging STAR.

Flex End ~ "F" ~ or Receiving Tight End

16 ~ Aaron "The Navigator" Hernandez ~ Emerging STAR.

Power Back

17 ~ Stevan "Ready When You Are" Ridley ~ Power AND Agility. Watch OUT.
18 ~ BenJarvus "The Law Firm" Green ~ Power, anyway: Suddenly our 4th Back!!

Flex Back ~ Between the Tackles AND OutSide

19 ~ Shane "Mean Machine" Vereen ~ The best Back in the ENTIRE DRAFT.

Tail Back ~ "Change O Pace" Back

20 ~ Danny "The Hobbit" WoodHead ~ An absolutely devastating Weapon, STILL vastly underrated.

Split End + Flanker

21 ~ Taylor "The" Price "Is Right, Beyotch" ~ May soon be our best Spit End!!
22 ~ "Dynamic" Deion Branch ~ STILL underrated!!
23 ~ Chad "Ochenta Y Cinco" Johson ~ ComeBack Player of the Year!!
24 ~ "Blazing" Brandon Tate ~ Emerging Player, despite all the hate!!

Slot End

25 ~ "Wild Wild" Wes Welker ~ The Greatest in ALL the Land!! BIG ComeBack coming!!

Defense

Nose Tackle

26 ~ Vince "Big Pappy" Wilfork ~ An unrelenting FORCE!!
27 ~ Kyle "Can You Feel The" Love ~ having 1 NT is like having 1 QB.

Under Tackle ~ Defensive End

28 ~ Mike "You Know That's" Wright ~ An invaluable Weapon, if 100%.
29 ~ "Lord" Myron "Eternal" Pryor ~ an emerging Force.

Defensive Tackle ~ Defensive End


30 ~ Albert HaynesWorth "Every Penny!!" ~ A New Era Has Begun. Many of you have NO...IDEA.
31 ~ "Shattering" Shaun Ellis ~ Just enough left for a year or two of situational Excellence.
32 ~ Kade "The Crusher" Weston ~ WAY Under the Radar. Potential STAR, gentlemen.

HeffaLump ~ "Elephant" to you Earthlings!!

33 ~ Jermaine "Feel the Pain" Cunningham ~ Emerging STUD!!
34 ~ "Ravaging" Rob Ninkovich ~ Emerging STUD.
35 ~ "Mayhem" Mark Anderson ~ Born Again FORCE!!
36 ~ "Attacking" Andre Carter ~ Like Ellis, just enough left for a year or two of Excellence.

And, of course: Cunningham + Ninkovich will play a LOT of Flanker ~ OLB, to you Earthlings!!

MidFielder ~ Middle LineBacker, Earthlings!!

37 ~ Jerod "Don't Hold The" Mayo ~ Emerging STAR, need I say.
38 ~ "Demolishing" Dane Fletcher ~ STILL Under the Radar, but not for much longer!!
39 ~ "Blasting" Brandon Spikes ~ About to emerge as the Brutal BEAST that he is!!
40 ~ "Gashing" Gary Guyton ~ Still love this guy, and think he will surprise a LOT of people!!

Strong Safety

41 ~ "Punishing" Pat Chung ~ Emerging STUD. LOVE this kid.
42 ~ "Savage" Sergio Brown ~ I really like Barrett, but I suspect we PUP the kid.

Free Safety

43 ~ Brandon "Stomper" MeriWeather ~ Of course it's possible that he's traded.
44 ~ James "Colonel" Sanders ~ Invaluable Depth + Leadership.
45 ~ "Wrecking" Ras I Dowling ~ This is just my opinion, but I think he's destined here.

CornerBack

46 ~ Devin "The Island" McCourty ~ Rising STAR!!
47 ~ "Lambasting" Leigh Bodden ~ A BEAST!!
48 ~ Darius "The" Butler "Did It!!" ~ My EXTREMELY unpopular choice for emerging NickelBack!!
49 ~ "Killer" Kyle Arrington ~ A Scrapper and a PlayMaker.
50 ~ Jon "Wild Man" Wihlite ~ If I'm right about Dowling, we need a 5th, and he's a good, solid player.

Special Teams

51 ~ K ~ Stephen "The Ghost" GostKowski ~ GREAT Kicker!!
52 ~ P ~ Zoltan "The Space Emperor...of Space!!" Mesko!! AWESOME Punter!!
53 ~ S ~ Matt "The Dread" Katula ~ Great Find, this guy!!

Notes

1st Hardest Cut ~ Julian Edelman. And that's a pretty arbitrary Cut, at that. I absolutely LOVE this kid, and consider him invaluable to this team, but 53 means 53. The reason I chose him, instead of, say, Price, is because Slot End's Market Share is getting consumed by Flex End and Wing Back. But nobody'll be happier than ME, if he DOES make the team!!

2nd Hardest Cut ~ Eric Moore. But I overloaded this Roster on Defensive Front 7, even as it IS, with 15 guys, there, for 7 positions. LOVE this kid, and would be THRILLED if he's back with us. And, indeed, he very well could be, as I could see Carter getting cut, or any number of guys, especially Wright, going to IR or PUP, on Opening Day.

Nominal PUP ~ Obviously a flexible and dubious means ~ one I highly approve of!! ~ for manipulating our Shadow Roster. Right now, it looks like Brace and Deaderick are prime noteworthy candidates, as well as Faulk, of course. Cannon's a big candidate, but his spot would presumably be filled with debris like OhrnBerger, not by a different position.

Honorable Mention ~ Where do I start?? Honestly, there about 15 other guys who I'd love to keep...

Trade Bait ~ Brian Hoyer is possible, though I wouldn't like that, and don't expect it. Stomper is a possibility, though a small one, I would think. LeVoir might catch a Late Rounder, as might Wilhite, if I'm wrong about Dowling.

I like it but I'd rather keep Edelman than Tate, I wonder if Sharper is signed who gets let go.

You're in good company, there.

Hell, I'D rather keep Edelman than Tate.

This was all somewhere between "Prediction" and "WishFull Thinking".

But any Version that includes cutting Edelman is not the "Wishfull Thinking" part.

Beyond that, who's on the practice squad, and who might be displaced if certain players are released from other teams?

Good GOD!!


You're inviting me to speculate on the theoretical comings + goings of (let's see: 90 x 32) 2880 players??? :eek:

I'm a raging FootBall GEEK, Brother Snake, but even I have SOME Life!!


Maybe by V4.0 or so, I'll having something...:p
 

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Gotta give props too OTG with the Levoir release today! Does that mean Cannon is close to getting on the field and off NFI/PUP? Or do they go with 8 OL until week 7 when Cannon can come off PUP?

The Smith to LS was just highlighting another skill he has that might be taken into consideration. I know how much BB values his ST specialists.
 

s3antana5757

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As usual, Grid, A very entertaining post from you.

I agree with everything except for Edelman being cut. I don't know who goes in his place but I believe him to be a cog in the wheel of this club!

[EDIT]A VERY important cog!

He looked really bad in the first game on special teams and on offense. I think Price has replaced him on the roster.
 

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He looked really bad in the first game on special teams and on offense. I think Price has replaced him on the roster.

Two notes: (1) He was only on the field for about eight plays on O.
(2) Returning is not 1 vs. 11. If the return team stinks up the joint, the return man usually does too.
 

Off The Grid

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Gotta give props too OTG with the Levoir release today!

Does that mean Cannon is close to getting on the field and off NFI/PUP? Or do they go with 8 OL until week 7 when Cannon can come off PUP?

The Smith to LS was just highlighting another skill he has that might be taken into consideration. I know how much BB values his ST specialists.

Thanks, Brother Morse!! :D

Not sure if it affects Cannon's status at all...but that's an happy thought!! :cool:
 
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