Re: Exploring: BB's offseason plan, so far.
posted at 5/22/2012 9:53 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Exploring: BB's offseason plan, so far.
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Exploring: BB's offseason plan, so far. : Actually its the right post at the right time. For once in a long time, BB has done what fans expect of him to do. If these players maintain their health this could easily be the best season for the Patriots yet.
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It's nearly impossible to address every team need in one off-season. But, BB did attempt to fill the Pats' greatest need, by adding potential impact players on defense, in Chandler Jones, and Dont'a Hightower. I also like the potential of Markell Carter, and Jake Bequette.
My primary concern for this team centers on their aging, injury prone OL. Will Logan Mankins be ready to go? Will C-Basses' back hold up, or does he have a chronic problem? Can the Pats squeeze out another good year out of RG Brian Waters? Does 33 year old center Dan Koppen have anything left? What can the Pats get out of Robert Gallery? Will Nate Solder and Marcus Cannon show significant improvement in 2012?
My secondary concern is their secondary. Can Ras-I Dowling finally stay healthy? Will CB Devin McCourty regain the great promise he displayed as a rookie? Will surprise contributor Sterling Moore continue to develop into the second coming of Asante Samuel? Can Davon Wilson play? Will Alfonzo Dennard be a contributor? Can Patrick Chung stay healthy? There's no question that the Pats' are much better defensively when Chung is at 100%.
Thirdly, is the Pats' unstable situation at RB. Can Shane Vereen play, and contribute? Has Stevan Ridley put those fumble issues behind him? Does Joe Addai have anything left? Who do the Pats rely on in red-zone and short yardage situations?
Finally, there's the back-up QB siituation. Do the Patriots have Tom's eventual successor, in either Brian Hoyer or Ryan Mallett? Is Mallett ready to take the next step and supplant Hoyer as Brady's back-up? The preseason games will be interesting to watch, in order to gage how Mallett is coming along.