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j-man's Breakdown of New England

QB-  T.  Brady:  You can't let  him get in a mode, sit in the pocket and dink, you have to rattle him.   

RB- They use four: Morris, Woodhead, Taylor and BJGE. Taylor is their best but can't stay on the field. You have to worry about  Woodhead catching passes out of the backfield. Morris is their short-yardage guy. FB- You will see BJGE a lot but in my opinion has lack of  speed.           

WR-  W. Welker is big time possession receiver. Brady will go to him 15-20 times in a game if you let him. J. Edelman, a slot guy who can hurt you if you let him. B. Tate: Their replacement for Moss but is a raw route runner with average size, can be jammed and very fast though great kick returner. T. Price will see more action without Moss around now.                                                                

TE- Gronkowski: Brady likes him in the Red Zone, soft hands, growing into a solid player. Hernandez  can catch also, but not as good as Gronkowski, but close.                                                      

LT- M. Light is slowing down, solid but no longer elite. LG- D. Connolly is an okay run blocker, has improved. C- D. Koppen, a solid starter, but not much more that that. RG- S. Neal: can run block well but can be beat with speed. RT- S. Vollier is a nice player, I think as good or better than M. Light.                                                

DE- G. Warren: nice fit in NE system, although he has flashes of inconsistency at times. DE- M. Wright: an underrated "try-hard" guy. DT- V. Wilfork: a great 3-4 DT, one of the top 2 or 3 DT in the NFL.

OLB- R. Ninkovich: played great last week, another "try-hard" guy, can rush the passer through. ILB- J. Mayo: tackles well, nice speed, very solid. ILB- B. Spikes: a very good draft pick, learning on the job.

DT- Banta Cain: a lot like Ninkovich, excect better pass rush skills.                                          

CB- D. Butler: will make some good plays and bad plays, very inconsistent. D. McCourty: same as Butler but with more speed. Whitley/Willette: OK guys, not good starters and you can pick on them.

S- B. Merriweather: a littie overrated, and will go for the big hit. P. Chung is a ball-hawking smart safety who is always in the right place at the right time. 

K- S. Gostkowski is having an off year and is overrated by the media.

P- Mekro has been OK

The opinions posted here are those of the administrator of this blog and his loyal readers. They are in no way official comments from the team, and should not be misconstued as such, even though he thinks he could do just as well or even a better job!

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