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drew4008

In the Starting Line-Up
Patriots.com lists the starters as Shilique Calhoun, Ja'Whaun Bentley, and Brandon Copeland, with youngsters Joejuan Williams and Anfernee Jennings in the wings (plus two rookies).

Seeing as how (I think?) none of these guys have even started a game with us, this is really going to be one of the main units which are an unknown "wait and see".

Anybody have any insights or expectations?
 

tasmlab

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I don't recognize most of the team. Thankfully they are still wearing Patriots uniforms so I'll know what channel to watch today.

(It's Bentley's third year with the team. Don't know if he ever started)
 

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Patriots.com lists the starters as Shilique Calhoun, Ja'Whaun Bentley, and Brandon Copeland, with youngsters Joejuan Williams and Anfernee Jennings in the wings (plus two rookies).

Seeing as how (I think?) none of these guys have even started a game with us, this is really going to be one of the main units which are an unknown "wait and see".

Anybody have any insights or expectations?
That’s the real weakness with this team. Even if they are successfully able to change the offense to suit Newton, and the team thrives and scores points, that doesn’t do anything about the LB and DL situation. I’d run the ball constantly on the Patriots until they prove they can stop it. And I’m fearful they never will be able to prove they can stop it. We’ll see.
 

DropKickFlutie

In the Starting Line-Up
Copeland at LB and Brooks at db have zero business playing any snaps on defense. They are terrible.

The Pats play the vast majority of snaps in nickel and dime. So hopefully we get away with Winovich, Bentley, and Jennings/Simon come December

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Patriots.com lists the starters as Shilique Calhoun, Ja'Whaun Bentley, and Brandon Copeland, with youngsters Joejuan Williams and Anfernee Jennings in the wings (plus two rookies).

Seeing as how (I think?) none of these guys have even started a game with us, this is really going to be one of the main units which are an unknown "wait and see".

Anybody have any insights or expectations?
If you don't know who Bentley or Calhoun are or that they have been here for some time now then I'd say the fault is more with your level of information.
 

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With Donta opting out, our LB's took a big hit.. the void has been filled with what they have. This is Bentley's 3rd year and he has had an injury history... Calhoun and Copeland have been here a while..

With the number of bigger D backs, think BB is reinventing this defense with speedier more agile players to counteract the Jackson's, Murray's, Mahome's etc of the world..

If BB had known about the absence of Hightower, Chung, Cannon etc. earlier and had the resulting cap room earlier in free agency, things may have been different.. the decision on the cap space about Hernandez and Gordon also came later rather than earlier as well.

Lots of factors to consider in all of this and it is what it is..
 

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Patriots.com lists the starters as Shilique Calhoun, Ja'Whaun Bentley, and Brandon Copeland, with youngsters Joejuan Williams and Anfernee Jennings in the wings (plus two rookies).

Seeing as how (I think?) none of these guys have even started a game with us, this is really going to be one of the main units which are an unknown "wait and see".

Anybody have any insights or expectations?
I have to say that the broadcast did not do a lot to call out who the actual players are and what they are doing. The LBs and DL were barely mentioned. I should have put on the radio.
 

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I have to say that the broadcast did not do a lot to call out who the actual players are and what they are doing. The LBs and DL were barely mentioned. I should have put on the radio.
Lack of impact playmaking combined with poor preparation by the cbs number 1 team = no name lb corps.... The second part is ok... I don't mind them skipping over the linebackers in the telecast, gives them a chance to grown/learn on the job without being subjected to a lot of criticism
 

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Lack of impact playmaking combined with poor preparation by the cbs number 1 team = no name lb corps.... The second part is ok... I don't mind them skipping over the linebackers in the telecast, gives them a chance to grown/learn on the job without being subjected to a lot of criticism
Except that they played fairly well.
 

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Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
Except that they played fairly well.
The lb corps didn't make any major mistakes if that's what you mean by playing fairly well... There was a few containment issues they goofed, and let's not talk about the plays to the flat they couldn't cover... But they were ok ...

And yes, I don't know what their given assignments were so I could be way off base... Or not... Guess we will see in Seattle
 
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203Pat

In the Starting Line-Up
Yes, it wouldn't be a new development though. Pretty standard in sub packages, at least since some point last decade. Mark Barron and Deone Bucannon were early, prominent examples of this. We used Chung a lot in that manner.
Yeah Chung played a lot of sub LB. I wouldn't be surprised if they try and get Duggar some snaps in that role by the end of the year. They don't have a ton of "true" established linebackers on the roster outside of Bentley and Copeland. They have Jennings who could end up getting more snaps at LB and Uche who I am not sure if he is more of a pass rusher or LB at this point then Wino and Simon who are basically DE's.
 

captain stone

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Copeland at LB and Brooks at db have zero business playing any snaps on defense. They are terrible.
Truer words have never been spoken or typed...

The beginning of the broadcast also showed Calhoun, Bentley & Copeland as our starting LBs...sad...Calhoun is Not a LB...He's a DE (who can't sack the QB)...Bentley & Copeland are glaciers...
 

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Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
anyone know why Uche was sat down for the game? Thought he was supposed to be a real gamer... having issues grasping the playbook? injuries?

I get that this was the opener, and its better to start 1-0 vs 0-1, but that type of game is where the rooks should play significant minutes so get some live action experience... would have been good to see him suited up
 
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