With the 48th pick in the 2012 NFLDraft, the Patriots select S/CB Tavon Wilson of Illinois.
No one has any clue who he is. Wasn't even invited to the combine.
Patriots trade third second #2 for a 3rd and a 5th.
Good call, I think the last pick shows that the guys they apparently want will be available later. They probably wanted to trade out of that first #2 but couldn't do it and just picked the next guy they were targeting. (twitter sports writers' speculation)
Last year it was mostly offensive players that BB drafted, this year it's all defense which is what they really need. Their offense is good enough as is- hoping waters will play one more year and they will probably sign a veteran RB. I hope Carter gets healthy and they bring him back as well. So far so good though.
Veteran RB signed, I would have preferred Hightower but Addai is a good signing if he can stay healthy.
... The addition of Addai might mean that we have seen the end of Kevin Faulk in not only a Patriots uniform, but in the NFL entirely, as he's turning 36 years old this summer. Addai will likely fill Faulk's role as the veteran leader of the running back corps and will be as versatile as Faulk was—as long as he's healthy, of course.
All in all, this is a pretty solid transaction on the Patriots part. If Addai can stay healthy, he can be one of the more lethal running backs in the league due to his ability to catch balls out of the backfield as well as being a traditional in-between the tackles running back.
So they finally released Chad O. today, I guess he saw that coming when they signed Stallworth and Gaffney. The signed Scaife as well to add to the TE, I think the offense is okay (hoping Addai is healthy) - I just hope Hightower and jones makes a big impact on D
GronK signs a 6 year $54 million dollar extension, Smart move locking him up early avoids all the BS the pats generally go through with star players.
Season should be a good one receiving core is strong if we get some defensive rookies stepping up with some added pass rush. Could be a real interesting season. We made it to the Superbowl with a sub par D if we are just average or a little better this year could be a great season
I was reading about the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, today. Curtis Martin was introduced by Bill Parcells. I still remember Parcell's news conference and how all the reporters were gushing over the rookie running back. Parcells, in typical fashion, said "Don't be putting him in the Hall of Fame, yet, boys!" How ironic
With Gallery retiring and Waters still MIA, the o line looks pretty thin. Mankins,Vollmer are still injured is there anybody out there that they can get to help? They need to protect Brady.....
On a diff note- The D is looking decent with the addition of (rookies) Jones and Hightower, signing Fanene and Gregory- and hoping Spikes and the corners can stay healthy....
Lots more on other areas here: http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-e...vations-day-12Camp Observations: Day 12
August, 6, 2012
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots practiced in full pads for the second straight day on Monday morning. Here are some observations:
Offensive line focus. It’s been something of a revolving door along the Patriots’ offensive line in recent days, with a number of injuries leaving the team plugging gaps with new and inexperienced players at certain positions. Perhaps no spot has been shaved thinner than tackle, where Sebastian Vollmer (PUP) has been joined by Kyle Hix, Matt Kopa, and Darrion Weems on the sidelines. With four players on the shelf, the Patriots look to be experimenting with Nick McDonald at the left tackle spot, something he hasn’t done during his brief pro career. McDonald just recently was removed from the PUP list, and put the pads on for the first time today. He was thrown into the mix right away, repping at both guard and left tackle – a position he played as a senior at Grand Valley State. From a skill set standpoint, McDonald has good athleticism, but lacks the typical lead in the trunk that we see at the tackle spot (he’s listed at 305 pounds, but doesn’t look that heavy in pads).
More offensive line thoughts. With the aforementioned injuries, the Patriots may look to experiment with a number of players in different positions, similar to McDonald. Four players, Jeremiah Warren, Dustin Waldron, Derek Dennis and McDonald worked in a small group with offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia during practice, receiving two separate sessions of individual tutelage. Perhaps this is part of a plan to see which of these players might be able to play a position other than what he is listed at on the roster.
Mankins and Vollmer has been spotted at practice which is great news. Any news on Waters? Is he playing or not? I hope he does, they need him and hopefully will play for one more year. I know Connelly and Koppen are back but I hope that line can stay healthy.
The defense looks better with Jones and Hightower, I just hope the cornerbacks play better this year.
Man, I was hoping Fanene will be helping the D line while jones and Hightower gets some experience..... So far none of their off season signing are working out.
What is up with Waters? Is he in or out? What is he waiting for? If he's not playing then at least tell them now so they can fill out the spot.....
What about getting Jeff Otah? The deal with the jets didn't go through and he is still available. With Fanene out, is that a good sign for Carter?
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Hoyer and branch were reportedly cut - can they not trade them and get somebody or picks instead of just dropping them?
So we pretty much replaced Branch with Lloyd which is an improvement but Branch had great moments when Welker was off..... I know they need edelman since He is versatile but there's other players there that I would have released over Deion and lets just hope that Brady doesn't get hurt cause they only have Mallet as their back up. He is a decent QB but I dont think he is ready yet
from Ian Rapoport:
They tried hard to trade him, but found no takers at that salary. Perhaps the Kevin Kolbs of the world soured the NFL on finding a backup in a good system and then taking him into your system.
Mallett didn’t have a great rookie year, and the Patriots were concerned. Then, he showed up after his offseason in Arkansas at 10 percent body fat. Mallett had worked, and the Pats noticed. He’s already won employee of the week a few times, impressing them to no end. In games, the Patriots have actually hid Mallett, calling screen pass after screen pass so as not to show off his arm.
They've placed a lot of players on injured reserve and cut a lot of players I thought would make the team. I wonder how many are going on the practice squad and how many are going to wait for a phone call after the injury bug hits.
Looks like they picked up a WR- Salas. And is looking at a backup QB Kafka and also picked up Tennant (center) and released carpenter- so in the offseason, the only off season pick up that stuck was Lloyd and Gregory...... Fanene was released and trying to get some of that 3.85 mil signing bonus back, Gallery retired, none of the fullbacks made it...
They claim that Salas was picked over Branch mostly because of Josh McDaniels and this was one of his guys/ boys before along with Lloyd. He is younger, quicker and cheaper than Branch but I hope he is a quick learner and can gel with Brady right away.
About a week away till game 1, I want to see what the younger, quicker D can do during the regular season when it counts. If Jones can be a Pierre Paul type player then that would be amazing and lets just hope Chung, Mayo, Spikes are all healthy this year and help Hightower.
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