more camp observations
posted at 7/31/2013 3:28 PM EDT
Have had the chance to see 4 days now, including with pads. If my info is redundant, so be it, it has been a crazy week between Gillette and Fenway. Figures, the one thing I did not want to miss was the HOF induction of Bruschi, but I did not attend. I did remember to keep a journal and took notes;
-The media at the stadium feel there was a mixed message in BB's Armstead statement, and somehow his issues are related to past problems. Rather than get into an arguement with how the media hates BB, let me simply say I hope Armstead gets better quickly, and can contribute. I do think missing games looks like a real probability.
-I did like how Fortson looked. I do think the Pats must address the DT position. Vellano (sp?) does not look like he belongs, maybe on the PS, but Pats need a 4th DT from day 1 imo
-The WR's got a lot of snaps, but I only saw a small portion. It was explained to me that this first week is simply getting acclimated, and getting used to the speed of the Pats practices and hitting. Week 2 will be much more difficult, with the young guys expected to digest the plays and execute them properly. Rather than simply use speed and athleticism, the WR's will need to be on the same page as the QB's. That being said, the most impressive guy that I saw was DA. The 2nd most impressive was Sufdeld. IMO Ford can make this team. Really nice hands, now we have to see if he can exist in this offense.
-I have seen nothing from camp so far that would lead me to think that TT is anything but a QB. (I have not been watching him full time however). TT's throwing is sub par IMO. I have not seen the Pats run anything different for TT with regards to the offense...he has come out and made the same throws as TB and Mallett.
-Mallett can and will definately play in this league. all he needs is experience
-Vereen IMO is the fastest guy on the team. Washington is #2. Slater is #3. Boyce may crack the top 3
-The new punter (did not get his name), will play in this league
-Ghost was automatic all week.
-Most others seem down on Ras. I thought he looked great. He is 100% in great shape, he is moving very well, he is tackling better than any other CB. Let him shake the rust off...he could start for this team
-M Cole will make this team. He played CB, S, ST, returned KO's and Punts.
-Bequette-still meh for me
-Cannon-most improved on the team over last year imo
-Ridley-Troy Brown said if he doesnt clean up on ball control, BB will not play him, regardless of how well he runs. DOesnt matter. With BB, ball control is first and foremost. I believe T Brown
-very, very impressed with Collins
-I made a point of watching Jones the last day. He is 100% healthy, is bigger than last year. IMO the physical part of a pro bowler are evident. It is up to Patricia to put Jones in a position to make plays. People (Rusty) will laugh. In a Rex Ryan defense, Jones would challenge 20 sacks per year.
-Hightower was rushing the QB a lot more than I recall him doing last year. I wonder if Nink is resigned? I hope so. Big Nink fan here
-I am a big believer in the BB-ism "the bus is rolling, get on or get left behind"...but I dont get that impression with Connolly. He can take his time until he is ready. He is solid and an important player, either starting or backing up.
-TT seems to be keeping the hordes in control. He is not playing into them, like Ocho did. I was told by Cimini that TT did play up that angle with the Jets...glad to see TT is doing what it takes to make the team, although he has not thrown well. I read pre camp all these guys and personal coaches saying TT made all these adjustments and he looks great. I dont see it. Still see wounded ducks, poor ball placement and holding the ball forever. Bad fit for this offense
-the "Rutgers Guys" havent stood out at all. Cant recall anything positive or negative on them.
-Ebner seems like he will be a long shot. Frankly, I was surprised he made it last year
-I would not be shocked, surprised yes, but not shocked, if Lloyd came back towards the end of camp. DA, Edelman, Lloyd, Dobson, Boyce, Slater. Gronk, Sudfeld, Ford, Hooman. A very happy TB.
-anyone hear what happened to Bolden? did not see him for a couple of days. Team is silent as far as I know??