Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Patriots Preview Part 1 of 3

This is the first piece of a three part series that I will post previewing each "phase of the game" as my boy Bil Belichick would say. Today we will look at the offense which has been the strength in recent years.

Projected Starters

QB: Tom Brady- Brady enters the final year of his contract looking for a new deal. Look for another big year from Brady and for the deal to get done sometime this summer.
RB: Dancing Laurence Maroney- Maroney enters the last year of his rookie deal and this could be his last chance to earn a new contract from the Patriots as he has had his ups and downs during his first couple of seasons. If he learns to hit the hole with force(like any man should), he should have a huge year.
RB: Sammy Morris- Morris looks to stay healthy as he has been the Pats most productive back when healthy.
WR: Randy Moss- Moss enters his last year of a 3 year 27 million dollar extension and has already stated that he expects it to be his last year in New England. Hopefully, Moss goes out with a bang as Brady is that much better a year off of knee surgery. WR: Wes Welker- All signs point towards Welker being ready ahead of schedule for the opener on Sept. 12 vs. Cincinnati. This would be a miraculous recovery time for such a serious energy. Welker displays his hard work once again and is easily the hardest working player in the league.
TE: Rob Gronkowski- "Gronk" is a big athletic tight end who will see alot of action going out on pass routes along with fellow rookie TE Aaron Hernandez. This is due to the fact that free agent signee Alge Crumpler is no more than a blocking TE at this point in his career.
LT: Matt Light- Light seems to have a brief window before second year tackle tackle Sebastian Vollmer take his job over. Light likely has until his contract runs out this season.
LG: Nick Kaczur- Kaczur moves to guard for the first time in his career while Logan "Cry baby" Mankins holds out for the most money for an offensive lineman in the league because the third most can't put food on the table. This move allows Vollmer to fill in at right tackle.
C: Dan Koppen-Koppen is a steady force at center and is the only center Brady has ever taken snaps from.
RG: Stephen Neal- Neal has already seen time injured which isn't a good sign for the season since the +/- for games Neal misses for injury at a solid 3
RT: Sebastian Vollmer- The German monster fills in at tackle while Cry baby holds out and preps to take over Brady's blind side for years to come.

Top Back-Ups
Backs: Kevin Faulk, Fred Taylor, Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis
QBs: Brian Hoyer, Zac Robinson
Receivers: Taylor Price,Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate
Lineman: Dan Connolly, Mark Levoir, Logan Mankins
TE: Aaron Hernandez, Alge Crumpler

Bubble guys (could make team)
Receiver- Sam Aiken, Torry Holt, Matthew Slater, Buddy Farnham,
TE: Rob Myers, Carson Butler
Lineman: Ted Larsen, Thomas Welch

The unit is lead by QB coach Bill O'Brien as the acting offensive coordinator. Look for some young guys to make the team over veterans such Buddy Farnham over Torry Holt. Put it down im predicting it now. O'Brien is a Brown grad...so is Farnham. Holt is older while the team tries to get younger. Also look for a young lineman to see action if Mankins continues to hold out(Welch, Larsen, Ohrnberger). Look for the offense to go as Brady goes. If he bounces back strong, look for one of the most explosive offenses in the league as in 2008.

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