I listened to the audio on Patriots.com (i usually like to read the transcript
better, but they didn't have it today). Highlights
*asked if RBs and WRs are in competition for the same spots and said that one
position shouldn't effect the other. In other words, the choice isn't whether
it's 4 rbs and 4 wrs or 3 rbs and 5 wrs. Instead he said that the RBs are
competing more with TEs since the packages they use dictate either an extra rb
or te. Since both play similar positions in the passing game (a 3rd down
passing situation might have a TE on the field or rb depending on who he feels
is better) they are in competition with each other. Sounds like Baxter has to
be a better blocking/catching option than Centers or Redmond.
*asked if the hardest evaluation is deciding between a competent vet who he
knows what to expect or a young player. BB stated that this is indeed the
hardest job. It means you have to project how good the young player WILL be
and weigh that against the current vet's present edge.
* salary cap factors aren't that important at this point of player cut downs.
He said most teams are now under the cap at this point so they don't worry
"too" much about salaries when picking final countdowns. In march or april it
is a much bigger factor. At this point it comes down to the best player for
the most part.
*On the OL- They've progressed but it's too early to say. They are playing
against 4 good DLs in preseason so they'll be able to judge better after that.
In judging O Linemen you don't just look at pure athletic talent (as u might
for say wrs) but at how they play together.
*He plays OL at different positions and in different combinations to prepare
the team in case of injury.
*Rohan Davey will play but not sure how much. They want to see everyone,
especially younger players.... as long as they have shown they are ready for
it. He believes Rohan has indeed shown it. He's way ahead of where he was
last year. He has a better grasp of system, audibles, routes and adjustments.
It's been a big jump, but he has to see what happens in game situations. Game
tempo, management etc really can only be judged in games, not practices.
*Kevin Faulk- has had a good camp and will get opportunities. What he does
with them will dictate how much he plays this season(duh).
*Shockey is as good as it gets at TE. Has all the tools and will be a good
test for the D.
*It's "possible" that Davey's improvement is similar to Brady's from year 1 to
* Asked about big surprises in camp but couldn't think of any. Usually after
2nd exhibition games you see how things are coming together. But there is no
hard and fast time table. When you are sure about a player you make your
decision. Sometimes you know right away sometimes you don't, but he doesn't
like to make a decision too early until he's absolutely sure about a player.
You don't want to discard a card out of your hand until you have to.
*3rd exhibition game isn't really more important than others. By that point
you have most of your decisions made.
* Andruzzi practiced yesterday in pads. He's had the best offseason since he's
been here (whatever that means). He's not ready to work with the team on a
*Willie Mc is progressing ok. He practiced too but needs to get back to game
speed. He won't play Thurs.
* Sometimes rookies start in the preseason because they are ready, sometimes
it's because of need. In the case of Jayce Sayler a couple of years ago it was
because of need. With Samuel and Wilson it is because he thinks they are ready
but wants to find out for sure. They may or may not be ready but they will
learn from this game and have to go out there sometime. They need to show they
know their assignments, use the techniques they've been taught and go out and
play hard. Those are the 3 things they ask from rookies.
-p (my man, Rohan!)
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