Re: Does the release of veteran free agents mean...
posted at 9/4/2013 11:05 AM EDT
not sure we can comment about other teams, but let's look at the Pats :
2012 - By my count, they brought in 12 ( Allen, Ballard, Cole, Fanene, Fells, Gallery, Gonzalez, Gregory, Larsen, Lloyd, Scott & Stallworth ). Of these, 6 stuck ( Cole, Fells, Gregory, Lloyd, Scott & Stallworth ), 1 was kept as a known PUP ( Ballard ), 2 were placed on IR ( Allen & Larsen ) and 3 were early releases when found to be physically unable to continue playing football ( Fanene, Gallery & Gonzalez ). None were cut in favor of a rookie.
2013 - They tried out 9 ( Amendola, Armstead, Benard, Green, Kelly, Svitek, Tebow, Washington & Wilson ) and traded for Blount. Of these, 4 stuck ( Amendola, Blount, Kelly, Svitek ) with 1 more ( Armstead ) likely to be evelated to the 53-man roster once he heals up, 2 landed on IR ( Green & Wilson ) and 3 were cut ( Benard, Tebow & Washington ). One might argue that Benard & Washington were rookie-vs-VFA casualties, but TT flunked out of his own doing ( or not doing, as the case may be ).
Seems like 2 starters were found each year ( Gregory & Lloyd, Amendola & Kelly ) plus 2 other decent reserves ( Cole & Fells, Blount & Svitek ). These results may be about what one can expect given the absence of any big-name/big-money signings, a fairly strong returning cast and a solid crop of rookies that the staff believes has good growth potential as the season progresses.
Post 28 ... a long way to go before I become relevant.