Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by slam, Feb 8, 2018.
Might be closer to 50-50 than many people seem to think.
He's a great blocker, but that's only worth so much.
@slam I liked your write up and your putting the draft pick by where we picked in the appropriate slot.
Just a few comments:
Don't want to see Roberts as our starter at LB or even on the team next year. Richards, shouldn't be on the team at all.
At LCB, I think it's Eric Rowe or a free agent. At this point I think Cyrus is a reserve.
I'd also like to see Dion back, hopefully they can make it happen!!
Unless you don't have one.
Do the figures being quoted include the NLTBE bonuses, such as the big one Gronk earned? Those would count against 2018 cap.
Even with $23mm, still need a LT, starting CB, starting RB, and 8-10 more back-ups.
It would be great to acquire an LB who could immediately slot in above Roberts. That could be difficult to find in the draft at pick #31 or later. Much the same chance to find one in FA at an affordable price. Either way, Roberts now has two seasons of experience in the system and schemes, while a new guy will be starting from scratch.
It would also be nice to find a fourth safety who could relegate Richards to ST-only duty (where he's begun to excel). Safeties who can play (better than Richards) in the Pats system may be even rarer than LBs, though.
More often than most folks realize, that "upgrade guy" simply isn't available.
Miguel's numbers include all bonuses and salary adjustments.
How can I convince BB to cut Jordan Richards? C'mon man. A coach on the field. F that S. Make him D. Coordinator then.
Providing Mitchell is cleared to play, and Dorsett is in long-term picture as it was advertised earlier in the season, then Amendola or Edelman need to be cut.
It would be hard to find at #31 a LB who is not slow, undersized, nonexistent at pass defense, inept at reading plays and foolish enough to constantly overshoots himself into the gap?
Amendola doesn't "need to be cut" under any circumstances. He's a free agent.
But why would Edelman need to be cut?
I'm glad I don't have to rely on you for objective scouting reports.
Anyway, if an LB who is simply better than Roberts (or, rather, simply better than Roberts the way you think of him), why would you spend the #31 on him?
A good start, but I sure hope we do more than that at LB.
Roberts is, at best, serviceable. His limitations simply prevent him from being anything more than a depth player, and his contribution was on clear display during the SB. Wouldnt mind keeping him around as an injury insurance, but that is about it.
I meant not going after him. Because they will be 32 and 33 next season, Hogan has to stay as a bigger receiver, Cooks is a lock. If Mitchell and Dorsett are on board, Edelman coming off an injury might be expendable if they want to bring back Amendola on a cheaper deal. The way I see it, we wont retain both of them.
We are all in agreement on Roberts and Richards. The next area to focus on is defensive tackle. For most of the year it was the worst I've seen in years from a patriot defense. Branch was a beast and then just became a ghost. Jonathan Guy and Malcolm Brown are inconsistent and were easily pushed at times. Ricky seemed like our best guy late in the year and the fact that no one in the league wanted or even tried to pick him up says it all about where we stand at that position. We need in influx of raw strength and Valentine could really help with that if he is healthy.
Azeem Victor is someone I have been eyeing since last year.
Unless Lewis tries to break the bank, I expect him back with the team.
I want Amendola back more than anyone else.
Notable offensive players currently under contract for the 2018 NFL Season:
Center - Andrews, Karras
Offensive Guard - Thuney, Mason, Croston
Offensive Tackle - Cannon, Garcia
Quarterback - Brady, Hoyer
Fullback - Develin
Running Back - Gillislee, White
Tight End - Bennett, Gronkowski, Allen, Hollister
Wide Receiver - Edelman, Britt, Hogan, Dorsett, Mitchell, Cooks
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Salary Cap Savings = $12,640,625
There’s little reason to move on from Amendola, who is an excellent WR4-5 option with clutch experience, Edelman (coming off major injury) insurance, and a very reasonable expectation for another 1 yr contract.
He obviously wants to stay here, has openly talked about how much he enjoys it and why he’s agreed to take pay cuts, and continues to play at a high level. I think Belichick would consider making an exception by keeping 6 real receivers if guys like Dorsett and Mitchell are both the locks some of you guys assume them to be.
Howe: Indepth look at Patriots’ roster, decisions to be made
"Dion Lewis (unrestricted free agent): Lewis will want something comparable to a three-year, $18 million deal with $10 million guaranteed to avoid free agency. Don’t expect a hometown discount."
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