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Mr. @alexspeier compares Brady's game Sunday to his other AFCCG performances https://t.co/AgfeWtsexJ

With a chance to win a Super Bowl in his 1st playoffs, #Falcons C Alex Mack (ankle) is expected to play in SBLI. But will try to rest it.

Did some mild curl action after months of that kinda workout inactivity...now can't straighten my screaming arms to save my life. T-Rex City

#Falcons C Alex Mack is dealing with a swollen, painful sprained ankle, source said. He returned Sunday, but unlikely to practice this week

RT @OnlyInBOS: Captain America @ChrisEvans has launched an @Omaze campaign raising money for Boston non-profit @Chris_Haven: https://t.co/F…

@tcountie Go back and listen to @KirkAndCallahan's first hour this morning around 645 to hear what that tool LeBatard said..

@dennisroy33 @LeBatardShow I didn't say everyone..There are many and the double standard and hypocrisy that goes on over there is pathetic.

@adampellerin I know not this shampoo of which you speak

@SupremeManBoy yes, disguise, disrupt the routes & mix it up. That's what matters, not what you inevitably end up in.

Patriots installed as 3-point favorite for Super Bowl LI https://t.co/Gi3yBGnsPr

Could Jamie Collins' new deal with Browns impact Patriots’ negotiations with Dont’a Hightower? https://t.co/eDZXPgk9e0

Steelers admit they were surprised by Patriots’ offensive attack https://t.co/RYh7lTg6Ml

Patriots unveil schedule for days leading up to Super Bowl LI https://t.co/0XQwARXW4D

One example of the benefits to having Logan Ryan in the slot. Aggressive, good tackler. Playing confidently in ther… https://t.co/4uFyhZROI1

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@SupremeManBoy Just choosing man doesn't do that, especially when pre-snap read of man invites, crossers, pick routes. etc.

@chatham58 Yup. Probably felt like He-Man for a second there.

@PhilAPerry assist on the pop from Roberts...

3 fat guys inside, who were keys going in, all played very well - Branch, Brown and Valentine https://t.co/zD24ZPicT6

Patriots had their way with Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert the other night. Here's Malcom Brown shoving Gilbert into De… https://t.co/kQIvGIZtLE

@AWash013 again, it's not a matter of whether it's zone or man the determines if Brady picks it apart. Long history of doing it either.


The NFL Draft, Day 1, Round 1, thread

Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by PATSNUTme, May 8, 2014.

  1. yopats

    yopats Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Mike is right check out this thread over on FieldGuils (Seahawks Site) -> http://www.sbnation.com/users/trippsixxes
     
  2. Deus Irae

    Deus Irae PatsFans.com Retired Jersey Club PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Hmmmmm......


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    If there's substance to that Mallett rumour and we get 33, then we're in a really good position. Get ASJ and Richburg/Bitonio and I call that a win. And at this point, considering what's off the board (the best DBs for example), I start to get interested in someone like Carlos Hyde or Kony Ealy if we have an extra pick. I wouldn't rule out Trent Murphy either.
     
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  4. Brady_to_Moss

    Brady_to_Moss The Butler did it PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Ya you're right..remember that one.
     
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    Deus Irae PatsFans.com Retired Jersey Club PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Popping the ACL almost a decade later isn't exactly the same as popping them twice in 3 shortened seasons. Come on, man. Don't be that guy.
     
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    Deus Irae PatsFans.com Retired Jersey Club PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Not much to say. The point still stands. Go back and look at the whole season, you'll find I didn't talk about it much at any time.
     
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    Yeah, Deus' argument last year to trash the Collins pick was a coverage LBer wasn't a position of need. Yes, because the Pats were so flushed with LBers who could cover. Hell, by the end of last year, the Pats barely had enough LBers to start in a 3-4 defense.
     
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    You must be able to see that there's a lot of upside to the pick though right?
     
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    You were wrong then. You argued that a coverage LB was not a need and it was a bigneed in last year's draft. It was. It was an even bigger need when the Pats' only LB who could cover with any consistency went down halfway through the season.

    Time will tell if you were right this time.
     
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    I'm not going to litigate this again...it is what it is, and we'll see where the chips fall this season, no doubt. In other news...

    I'm off ignore! Looking forward to spirited debates, even where we disagree :cool:
     
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    Sure. My beef wasn't with Collins personally.
     
  12. Deus Irae

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    I wasn't wrong at all.
     
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    Light wasn't a 1st rounder
     
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    This really could be a heck of a draft if Mallett becomes picks 33 or 65. ASJ+Richburg FTW!
     
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    No, I mean Easley. I'm not interested in re-litigating the past.
     
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    No, its not exactly the same. But it's close. Mankins has popped both his ACLs, AND he was considered a draft reach, AND there was a team lurking that wanted him. Is there anyone here unhappy he's on the team? No, because he came back from both his knee pops.

    Injuries are such a crapshoot there's no reason to stress about them if the guy is coming back ahead of schedule and all the tests check out. Happy to have a guy who apparently has the ability to bounce back. Hope Vollmer and Wilfork and Kelly are doing the same.
     
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    Lots of activity in Seattle's War room after we selected Easley and they then traded back.

    Tells me a lot.
     
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    1.) Says you. When you are crowing you were right about Collins last year because a coverage LBer wasn't a position of need, you might want to re-evalutate your personnel evaluation abilities.

    2.) You are doing everything short of calling Easly a bust.
     
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    I just soaked in a bunch of footage of Easley. I understand that people are hesitant about his injuries but I encourage those people to go watch him play for a bit. He is a freaking stud. Impressions:

    1) Yes he is explosive, extremely explosive at that, but it's not just the explosion but rather his economy of movement that makes him effective so getting upfield. He's at the pads or swimming before the lineman fully gets out of his stance with zero wasted movement. He's 6'2 and short armed so the fact that he swims so much was a surprise to me. It's effective though. I'll get into why in a bit.
    2) He played all over the line. He played the 1, the 3, the 7, and took a handful of snaps at the wide 9...and he did all well. He beat tackles, got under them and either came across, ripped to the outside, or effectively bulled the tackle to get the quarterback off the spot. He was too fast for guards, and surprisingly held his own with really good leverage and pad level while peeking. He got off blocks inside very, very well.
    3) He scrapes like a linebacker when it flows to his side but also doesn't give up the cutback on zone plays where he is the backside end. He sees the field very well for a lineman.
    4) This is the key to his game in my mind; hand technique. Tying into why he's effective with his swim and excellent shedding for the run, his hands are active, fast, and violent. Guys just don't get their hands on his pads. Wax on, wax off young man.

    I understand that health is a concern but his tape is as good as you're gonna get. Reminds me a bit of John Randle.
     
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    Gronkowski123 Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    don't like this pick at all. from all i've read, this is a major reach. also, easley tore his knee twice non contact drills. that's worrying.

    huge red flags. would of preferred someone like su a'filo.
     

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