Re: Potential trade candidates
posted at 10/19/2009 12:42 AM EDT
In Response to Potential trade candidates
[QUOTE]James Sanders - McGowan taking over for the former starter. Didn't see the game but Chung had a good line. Can he be counted on to provide depth? What about Slater? I believe Sanders just signed a contract that should be manageable for most teams. Nick Kazcur - LeVoir coming off PUP to provide depth and would need a roster spot anyway. Vollmer or Light could be starting RT. Also recently signed for 2 or 3 more years. Adalius Thomas - Granted his absence was not noticed against a Tenn team that rolled over before halftime, but has he done anything remarkable this year? Contract may be a hinderance. How's Ninkovich? Seems to be playing better than Burgess. Other OLBs nothing to write home about with the exception of TBC on passing downs who seems to generate at least some pass rush. Any way to package some or all of these guys with pick(s) for Stephen Jackson? Rams seem to need players everywhere and other teams have been eager to sign NE's castoffs - Heath Evans, Randall Gay, Samuel, Branch, Givens, Graham, Gaffney, Paxton, Hochstein... well Denver's been eager anyway.
Posted by chuckfairbanks[/QUOTE]
The team would be absurdly thin at OLB if they traded Adalius Thomas. Without Thomas, they'd only have four true LB's I think you're making too much of his healthy scratch. Check out the posts from the week leading up to the Tennessee game on the Patriots blog on ESPN Boston. It alludes to Thomas having personal or family issues to which he needed to attend (hence missing practice for a non-injury related issue) this week.
If you were watching closely enough between celebrating Patriots' touchdowns, you might have noticed what Adalius Thomas DIDN'T do today, which was set the edge and force teams to run in the other direction.
Pierre Woods was getting obliterated on the edge and was a major reason for Chris Johnson running wild for 128 yards.
Thomas also plays a role in helping McGowan cover tight ends by bumping them at the line of scrimmage. He might come in handy, even if you don't notice him. Plus, in a 3-4, we'd even get to see him rush the passer like he did so effectively in Super Bowl XLII (one of the few bright spots in that game).
I say keep him.