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Steve Balestrieri
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February 22, 2016 at 6:00 am ET

Patriots Free Agency Outlook, Cornerbacks(PHOTO: Mark L. Baer - USA TODAY Sports)
Posted: Feb 22, 2016 06:00
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Tarell Brown
Okay…this was a no-brainer, but Brown did flash both in camp and during games when his foot was healthy enough for him to get out there on the field. He had some solid seasons in San Francisco before moving over to the Raiders in 2014.

He signed a one-year, $2 million-dollar deal with the Patriots on July 23, just prior to training camp beginning. He’s a fundamentally sound, solid football player. He’s a perfect #2 or RCB for the Patriots scheme. He spoke of New England’s demanding more of their players and having a higher standard put on them as a selling point.

He’s also a smart, analytical player who spends a lot of time learning not just his, but the other player’s responsibilities on the defense. Depending upon the call by the defense, the situation and the opposition, a player’s responsibility can change from play to play. Sometimes players will rotate sides and a hallmark of the Belichick way is knowing what all the other parts are responsible doing.

“You gotta be able to study and be a student of the game,” Brown said. It’s not just about athletic ability anymore. You can get away with that in college, but once you get to the NFL, being able to study, being able to enjoy and understand your craft and when to use things, that’s what’s important.”

He’s already proven to be a fit on the defense, and even after going on IR, stayed in Foxboro and helped the younger players break down film. He’s that veteran presence that can mentor the younger players (Roberts, Coleman), and can be brought back fairly cheaply.

The team may not opt back for him if they feel that foot issue is chronic and will continue to be an issue in the future. Next up another veteran with almost 10 years experience.

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A former US Army Special Forces NCO and Officer, Steve has been following the Patriots since their days at Fenway Park. Steve has worked in the film industry and wrote as an Military Editor at SpecialOperations.com, 1945.com as a reporter for the Millbury Daily Voice, Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, and the Grafton News. He's also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)


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