Patriot Top Ten Specific Needs
- Well not only am I back but I've begun to work on my free agency
expectations, desires, possibilities and realities list. One thing
which would augment this particularly well would be a fine tuning of
the top 10 specific needs for the Patriots. By specific I speak of
personell. I know the Patriots need to improve at stopping the run
from their front four. The specific needs are one defensive end and
one defensive tackle in my opinion. Sure we could use two ends and a
tackle but that's ideal and I'm hoping to address need in this
breakdown. Whether it will be handled in the draft or otherwise is
another matter. So I list the offensive and defensive starters and
note whether they need replacement and potentially the severity of
this need. There are specialists on each of these groups which I do
not directly address in the listing but welcome in the evalutation.
QB - Tom Brady
RB - Antowain Smith
FB - Marc Edwards
C - Damien Woody
RG - Joe Andruzzi
LG - Mike Compton
RT - Kenyatta Jones/Greg Robinson-Randall
LT - Matt Light
TE - Daniel Graham, Christian Fauria
WR - Troy Brown
WR - David Patten
We Must upgrade our Left Tackle. This could happen by Light
improving (unlikely IMO) or by Klemm emerging as he is a better fit
(also less likely). Action Expected.
We have a HIGH Need to improve at the Running Back position which can
happen by Antowain having a resurgence, Faulk surging, Womack
emerging or a new acquisition. The latter is most likely. Action
We have a MEDIUM need to improve at right guard. The
inconsistency/injury of Joe Andruzzi has been challenging especially
with the higher inconsistency of Reugemer and company as his
replacement. Action Likely.
We have a MEDIUM need for another wide receiver who can stretch the
field as a legitimate threat. Hayes failed and all indications are
he will not fit within this system. Branch is an excellent Troy
Brown in training but doesn't have this role and Patten fell off a
fair bit this year. Action expected.
DE - Anthony Pleasant
DT - Richard Seymour
DT - Open really (Holsey)
DE - Bobby Hamilton
* McGinest who is cap challenged may play at an end in some situations
OLB - Roman Phifer
ILB - Tedy Bruschi
ILB - Ted Johnson
OLB - Mike Vrabel
CB - Ty Law
CB - Otis Smith/Leonard Myers
SS - Lawyer Milloy
FS - Tebucky JOnes
We MUST upgrade a Defensive Tackle. Steve Martin failed and all the
others were of little consequence. Seymour needs a solid run stopper
beside him. Seymour's possible move intensifies this need. Expect
We have a MUST upgrade at one Defensive End position. Pleasant and
Lyle fell off the charts and while Hamilton is acceptable with
McGinest, there is simply a glaring weakness at the other Defensive
End. Expect Action.
We have a HIGH need to upgrade a linebacker position. The most
likely scenario moves a solid performer into the middle and frees
Tedy Bruschi to move outside. Phifer is slowing and probably needs
to become a full roleplayer. Vrabele can function fine. Another
option is for a solid OLB and keeping Tedy in the middle but this is
not ideal IMO. Expect Action
We have a low need at free safety since Tebucky's status is
undetermined. Harris might fill in his role but that would weaken
the team some margin though potentially negligably as Jones' Mental
game has enough problems to overcome his physical tools. Action
We have a medium need at corner. Otis is aging solidly and Myers
would need to have an emergence though he does show some signs of
promise. Action possible.
- --- "PatriotZip <patriotzip@...>"
> George said:***** But don't forget the further clarification of my
> "Would anybody be upset if BB added 3 DLmen; say 2 DEs
> and a DT? I doubt it."
> It would depend upon what those choices left us for
> 'other' holes. Those are not our only issues and if we go
> three picks there and don't resolve any or even enough of
> the other problems then YES I'd be upset.
point on that, Zip, as follows:
> > ***** Lots of opportunities for improvement, that's for***** Sure, I'd like to see improvement at LB, OLT, CB, RB,
> > certain. Yet, as I've said, I believe we can be a
> > contender for the SB without a major overhaul in our
> > starting 22.
> > I still say that adding 3 high quality players to our
> > defensive front 7, from either source, even if those
> > were the only changes in our starting lineup, would
> > improve this team enough to give us a very real shot at
> > our second Lombardi.
WR, FS, OG, and even FB. But I truly believe that creating
a dominating front 7 can get us a SB win. So, while I'd be
a bit disappointed if we only added starting quality
players at 3 front 7 positions, I wouldn't be greatly
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