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    Wednesday Patriots Notebook 8/8: Decker Happy To Be A Patriot; Team Works Out a CB

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    Here's a look at this morning's top Patriots stories for Wednesday August 8th, 2018.

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    Breeland also showed some good coverage on Dez in that highlight clip.

    However,the most notable aspect was that Breeland wan't getting safety help over the top. He was left on an island against Dez Bryant.

    The second most notable aspect is that Breeland plays the right boundary very well (he also pays the slot very well). That's where the Pats could really use a guy like Breeland, and they currently don't appear to have a clear candidate for right-side coverage, unless they use Gilmore on that side and someone else at LCB (though it's also unclear who THAT would be).
     
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    I definitely don’t want to see Gilmore moved. For the most part, he’s pretty much played RCB his entire career. It looks like Breeland played some LCB during his rookie season, so I’m guessing he’d be the one on the left side, at least most of the time.

    I had not considered this aspect. That’s a good point to make.
     
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    The thing for me is that while Gilmore played mostly RCB in BUF (you're correct about that), he also played LCB at times, and even in the slot on occasion - and did all of them more or less equally well (he even ran some plays at LCB for the Pats last year).

    With the Skins, Breeland started his career at LCB (as a rookie, replacing Hall as starter when Hall went to IR after week-3), and then moved to RCB when the Skins signed Josh Norman. Breeland also played some slot and, like Gilmore, has played all three roles at a high level. Breeland is also a very smart player when it comes to understanding complex receiver patterns and the required coverage adjustments.

    Sidebar: Both Gilmore and Breeland are excellent in edge-contain and run-D.

    I believe that BB would strongly prefer NOT to play strict sides with his boundary corners. I think that BB, like Saban, wants to have every option available to mix up and disguise coverages - anything that might make reads more difficult for opponent QBs.

    Butler excelled at LCB. However, he really wasn't nearly as good at RCB or in the slot - not necessarily awful, just not at a particularly high level. So, cornerback play during Butler's tenure was mostly sides (when the call wasn't "follow" or pattern-matching zone).

    If BB does sign Breeland, suddenly ALL options are open.

    It's exciting to think about. Along with improvements on the DL and at LB, this could be a truly ass-kicking defense, if everyone stays healthy.
     
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    You and I have discussed the possibility of getting Breeland before, but it’s been a little while. At the time, we assumed that it would simply be too expensive as to what kind of trade value it would’ve taken, as well as the fact that WSH wouldn’t have much incentive to move him. There was also a lack of clarity regarding the Butler situation, so I think we had hoped that they’d keep him, too.

    I remember Gilmore getting beat by (maybe) Hogan for a TD in BUF, and that was down the left side, as you mentioned. It does seem like he’s much more comfortable on the right, but it would be a great thing to have that kind of versatility from pretty much everyone in the CB grouping.
     
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    The situation has changed, so our perspective and approach should change. It's what BB would do, after all. ;)

    Frankly, given the situation NOW, Breeland has become the first potential "expensive" FA signing I've actually been excited about.

    (Sorry, Dez.)
     
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    I couldn’t agree more.
     
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    And sign Jonathan Hankins too.

    And Kenny...never mind.
     

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