The Pats have quite a few (too many imo) STers right now. I'm thinking now that we are already into game week that teams are not going to hijack any special teamers off the waiver wire if we need to add position players to the roster, so I think we'll be good there.It’s going to be a very interesting first month. That’s a certainty. The preseason was very vanilla and we saw little to no action from many of the starters on offense. The OL is a big question mark. I anticipated we will be seeing a lot of substitutions while the team works back in all of the starters that have missed a ton of time. The other question mark for me is the passing game. Reports have been very positive that the club looks like a professional team again in that side of the ball. Will guys like Parker and JJSS stay healthy? To your point, will guys be where they need to be so that Mac can utilize a lot of anticipation throws and take advantage of quick developing routes? I have a feeling Henry and Gesicki are going to play a very big role early on if the OL plays well enough to allow them to. The RB situation is very unique. Gotta wonder how many snaps those guys are going to be able to handle early on.
On the defensive side of the ball, how is the run D going to perform? I have a feeling pretty well. Some guys might get caught out of place or get gobbled up by guards and give up some big chunks but I feel pretty confident there overall. Where is Mapu going to spend most of his time and how does Gonzales handle the big lights? Similar to your caution about new kickers, we have to remember that Gonzales is going to be thrown right into the fire and have a ton of learning and humble pie served up. He’s gonna have to learn how to be handsy without being seen and pick up zone concepts as quickly as possible. This Defense has Gonzales, Mapu and White all ready to make significant contributions this year. Hope it plays out that way.
Bill has made quite a few changes on ST’s this offseason. Boy I hope they are better and get back to being one of the top units in the league again.
Last but not least. As many others have mentioned, its time to get back to Patriot football. No more mind numbing mistakes, and getting back to playing hard nosed/ smart football. Last week of the year before football Sundays are back boys and girls. Are you ready for some Fooooootball?!?