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    Thread: OFFICIAL: 2011-2012 New England Patriots thread

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      07-28-2011 09:37 AM #1
      So we are off with a bang!

      Patriots trade for Albert Haynesworth
      Greg A. Bedard July 28, 2011 06:42 AM

      The Patriots made their bold move.

      The team acquired defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

      The Patriots sent a 2013 fifth-round pick to the Redskins. The trade is contingent on Haynesworth passing his physical, which has been a bit of an issue in the past.

      Well, this will certainly liven up camp....
      Low risk, High Reward move, much like Dillon and Moss were. We'll see if Albert still wants to play football. If he doesn't, it didn't cost us much. If he does, the Pat's pass rush woes are (hopefully) corrected.

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      07-28-2011 11:08 AM #2
      Yeah if he is motivated to play and he is in game shape. those are 2 BIG questions. If he is then great if not and we cut him where do we go from there?

      I'd still like to see them sign a proven LB who can get to the passer. Banta _ Cain i shurt and I think they cut him yesterday?????

    3. 07-28-2011 07:22 PM #3
      First Haynesworth, now Chad Ochocinco for draft picks? Again, I hope BB is ready for the circus that's coming to town. If both can get aboard the BB way then they made 2 good moves.

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      07-28-2011 07:39 PM #4
      Chad is outlandish but he's not locker room cancer or police trouble. He and BB are BIG fans of each other, and I think Chad will be excited to be here playing for BB. He should thrive in our schemes

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      07-28-2011 09:11 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      Chad is outlandish but he's not locker room cancer or police trouble. He and BB are BIG fans of each other, and I think Chad will be excited to be here playing for BB. He should thrive in our schemes
      I definitely agree with this. Ochocinco may be obnoxious at times, but he's far from causing team damage like T.O. I think he'll have a solid year with Brady.

      Haynesworth is a little more questionable in my opinion, but I think the Pats are finally desperate for some sort of pass rush. Hopefully he's still got gas in that out of shape tank.

    6. 07-29-2011 08:17 AM #6
      It should be interesting and Haynesworth's deal/ trade is still pending IF he passes his physical. I hope the guy is in game shape/ It should be interesting to see Branch, Welker and Ochocinco there for Brady to throw to - not to mention to two young TE's in Hernancez and Gronkowski.....

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      07-29-2011 09:12 AM #7
      I'm not a fan, but the moves that the Pats are making are (imo) great. They will be the team to beat (not like this is different then normal).

      Congrats.

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      07-29-2011 11:08 AM #8
      Chad should be ok if he can play with his hands tied. he wont be allowed to twitter like a mad man, he wont be allowed any onfield antics. If he can play football without being "himself" then he can be a good player for the Pats.

      As for Albert. Yea there is upside but he is a very very very low quality person and I am surprised a team like the Pats would sign up this guy even if its low risk when he is such a bad person.

      Seems like a move their rivals would make and then get ripped for doing so.

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      07-30-2011 11:09 AM #9
      I can see the trades working out. Chad has always said great things about BB so now that they are on the same team i see it clicking. Seems like all good moves to me

      Oh and last night the bar i went to was having a fund raiser for a town softball team that made nationals, and i ended up winning Pats tickets for the Monday night game against the chiefs. It's the week of thanksgiving and good seats too section 117, 22 rows back i'm pumped.

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      07-31-2011 12:22 AM #10
      Mr. Haynesworth FAILED his conditioning tests today so thats off to a great start

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      07-31-2011 10:34 AM #11
      “@RapSheet: Breaking: Albert Haynesworth will be on the practice field for the #Patriots, I'm told. He has passed his conditioning test.”

      “@RapSheet: Here is my blog entry on Albert Haynesworth passing his conditioning test and being ready to go: http://bit.ly/oW1Q7x”

    12. 08-02-2011 08:02 PM #12
      Am I the only one hoping the Pats try to go after Usi Umenyiora? I know they are asking for a 1st round pick but with Usi in there with Fat Albert and Big Wilfork in the middle and Mayo and Merriweather, that would be crazy! Their O line is ok and I hope Chad can be their long rane guy. So far, I think the Eagles will be the team to beat in the NFC.....

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      08-02-2011 09:00 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Bor-ah 1.8! View Post
      Am I the only one hoping the Pats try to go after Usi Umenyiora? I know they are asking for a 1st round pick but with Usi in there with Fat Albert and Big Wilfork in the middle and Mayo and Merriweather, that would be crazy! Their O line is ok and I hope Chad can be their long rane guy. So far, I think the Eagles will be the team to beat in the NFC.....
      I'm sure they are exploring it, he would be fantastic in there, but his cost is quite high.

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      08-02-2011 11:34 PM #14
      “@MikeReiss: RT: @jamisonhensley: Source tells Mike Preston: #Ravens, #Patriots among 5 teams interested in Umenyiora. All refused to give 1st-round pick”

      I'd give a 2nd for him without hesitation. Instant impact starter.

    15. 08-03-2011 08:24 AM #15
      Push comes to shove, The Giants will take anything they can for him. There's not that much impact players out there and I think if they can get him, he will be the missing piece that they need on that weak D line.

    16. 08-03-2011 10:58 AM #16
      They dropped their demand from a 1st round pick to a 2nd round pick and apparently, they are down to 2 teams - the Pats and the Ravens.

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      08-04-2011 02:28 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      “@MikeReiss: RT: @jamisonhensley: Source tells Mike Preston: #Ravens, #Patriots among 5 teams interested in Umenyiora. All refused to give 1st-round pick”

      I'd give a 2nd for him without hesitation. Instant impact starter.
      What do the Pats ever do with a 1st rd. pick anyway? I'd rather see them use that on a proven starter than trade it for a 2nd and 3rd gamble.

    18. 08-05-2011 09:42 AM #18
      Did you hear that Osi is made at the Giants organization that he is missing practice cause he claims he is experiencing some pain on his knee? funny stuff!

    19. 08-07-2011 01:28 PM #19
      They signed Shaun Ellis and Rex is pissed, he was quoted that since Shaun picked the Pats, he does not wish him well. Any chance of the Pats getting Asante back? I know he is old but he should still be effective.

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      08-07-2011 02:05 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Bor-ah 1.8! View Post
      They signed Shaun Ellis and Rex is pissed, he was quoted that since Shaun picked the Pats, he does not wish him well. Any chance of the Pats getting Asante back? I know he is old but he should still be effective.
      Good signing. New England had to do something after losing Ty Warren and Shaun Ellis probably went for cheap money after turning down the Jets veterans minimum contract. Warren got $10 million out of Denver. No way the Patriots were going to pay that much for somebody who spent last year on IR.

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      08-07-2011 02:18 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by pofe333 View Post
      What do the Pats ever do with a 1st rd. pick anyway? I'd rather see them use that on a proven starter than trade it for a 2nd and 3rd gamble.
      The Patriots drafted a monster offensive tackle with their Oakland/Richard Seymour pick. They traded theirs to the Saints for the Saints #2 and next year's #1. They picked Shane Vereen with the #2. No telling how that will work out but you can never have too much depth at running back.

    22. 08-08-2011 08:17 AM #22
      I would have rather kept Ingram to work with Woodhead and BJEG. On a different note, they just signed Andre Carter. Wow, that defensive line has a lot of new (old players) faces. I hope they can gel together. I still hope they get a pass rusher in there

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      08-08-2011 08:52 AM #23
      Reports out of camp say Stevan Ridley is a beast.

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      08-08-2011 02:01 PM #24
      http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/f...es_right_here/

      Best rookie: This one might be a toss-up. The easy answer is running back Stevan Ridley, a third-round pick who was an on-time arrival. There’s no doubt the LSU product runs hard. He also catches the ball pretty well out of the backfield. The more you see, the more you like.

      But the same can be said of tight end Lee Smith. The word on the fifth-round pick was he was a blocker extraordinaire. That part is true. What’s been just as impressive is his ability to catch the ball. So the heir to Alge Crumpler has got game.
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      Player making the biggest Year 2 leap (offense): Gronkowski was one of the best rookies in the league last season, so seeing him excel in camp with an added level of confidence isn’t exactly a surprise.

      Now, if we’re talking about the player who has come out of nowhere, it’s wide receiver Taylor Price. Inactive for all but one game last year, Price finally is showcasing all the skills that made him a third-round pick in 2010. He’s flashed the speed that could make him a deep threat and has displayed some impressive ball skills. He’s pretty much caught everything thrown his way. Most importantly, it looks like he’s moved up a few rungs on quarterback Tom Brady [stats]’s ladder.

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      08-09-2011 11:25 PM #25
      Haynesworth on 4th day of missed practice, Ellis on PUP. It's still early, but I'm hoping these aren't signs of things to come. Ochocinco to room with fan for a few weeks

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