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Tonight isn’t about the starters, although players like Tom Brady and Julian Edelman made the trip. Tonight is about the players on the bubble.
The Patriots roster currently has 82 players listed, by tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. that number will be slashed as seven players will be released.
We already posted about the solid work done by Jimmy Garoppolo, LeGarrette Blount, and Anthony Johnson. So who else stood out?
Rather than being a weakness, corner became a position of strength in 2015. Butler parlayed his SB heroics into a very solid first season of starting.
Hogan came over as a FA from the Bills this spring and without Edelman and Amendola available this spring, he is stepping into the void extremely quickly.
One of the more intriguing positional battles this year will be at center between Bryan Stork and David Andrews. This will be a competition to monitor.
In this episode, we discussed the latest in Patriots news which included Kevin Faulk being inducted into the Patriots Hall Of Fame, along with the latest in regards to Tom Brady and DeflateGate. Later on, we discussed the article from Steve Balestrieri entitled ” The Five Things The Patriots OTA’s Should Feature”. We ended the show by answering your questions.
OTAs are mainly passing camps without pads and there is only so much that can be garnered with the team in shorts and t-shirts.
Another player to watch who can possibly vie for starting reps outside in 2016 is 2nd-year corner Darryl Roberts.
Between the draft and signing UDFAs, the Patriots have added four new faces at corner and should be looking at some great competition this summer.
Cyrus Jones from Alabama is a player that would seem to be very much a Patriots target in the draft. He’s a versatile, productive player from a prestigious, successful program that has improved each year.
The Patriots bringing in veteran DL Terrence Knighton was a big move figuratively and literally for the team this week. The 6’3, 354 pound Knighton whose nickname is ‘Pot Roast’, will turn 30 on July 4th but should have plenty left in the tank to help out the Patriots rotation at DT.
Zach Sanchez from Oklahoma is an undersized but very productive cornerback that would fit in with the Patriots man coverage scheme. A three-year starter for the Sooners since his red-shirt freshman season in 2013, he decided to forego his final season in Norman to enter the NFL Draft.
Jonathan Jones from Auburn is another track star/football player that is a standout solid cornerback who once won the national title in the 110-meter hurdles. Jones isn’t the biggest guy at 5’9, 186 pounds but he’s fast and ran a blistering 4.33 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
Artie Burns from Miami is a kind of under-the-radar player despite playing for the “U” He’s a supremely talented athlete who ran track as well as playing football. Posessing ideal size at 6’0 and 193 pounds, he has the frame to add some weight without losing any of his athleticism