What Positions Might the Patriots Target?

-by DNOMN8R314

With three weeks until the draft, the Patriots currently have 27 spots open on their 2017 offseason roster and only seven draft picks. That leaves 20 spots for undrafted rookies, trade targets, or remaining unsigned free agents. Bill Belichick will surely make some more changes to the current roster before the draft, and we as fans have demonstrated year after year that we are completely clueless as to what moves he will make. So instead of looking at which players Belichick will go after, I’ll focus on positions, going through every possible place on the roster.

QB
Current depth: Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo, Jacoby Brissett
While there have been rumors surrounding a possible trade of Garoppolo (no matter how likely or unlikely there are, there at minimum have been rumors), it’s more likely that this position is set for the season. I think it is very improbable that Belichick even brings in a fourth arm for camp, unless one of the three gets injured.

RB
Current depth: Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, D.J. Foster
LeGarrette Blount, he of 18 touchdowns last year, is still on the market, but the return of Bolden makes it more likely that New England sees Burkhead, to whom they gave a $3+ million contract, as a lead back. Still, the lack of depth at between-the-tackles runner makes it more likely that Belichick adds another rushing back, probably a rookie in the late rounds or after the draft. That said, we all expected the Patriots to add a running back in last year’s draft, and they passed. (No pun intended.)

FB
Current depth: James Develin, Glenn Gronkowski
Develin inked a two-year extension before free agency began, and Baby Gronk provides depth behind him. No need here.

WR
Current depth: Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Danny Amendola, Devin Lucien, Matthew Slater
The 2017 receiving corps is shaping up to be one of the strongest in recent memory, even avoiding any hyperbolic Randy Moss comparisons, especially at the top of the chart. But New England usually carries at least 10 wideouts into the summer, usually 12, and both Edelman and Amendola are over 30. (Hogan will turn 30 in October.) I’d expect Belichick to add more bodies here, even if only UDFAs, and particularly in the slot.

TE
Current depth: Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen, Matt Lengel, Rob Housler, Michael Williams
Unusually, the Patriots’ five-man depth chart containsΒ no one who is completely raw; Lengel spent about half the season on New England’s roster, Williams spent a full season as a Patriot before spending last year on IR, and Housler had four seasons in Arizona. Before the Allen trade, tight end was considered one of the Patriots’ top priorities for the draft; now, they may be content with this grouping.

T
Current depth: Nate Solder, Marcus Cannon, Cameron Fleming, LaAdrian Waddle
Solder’s contract expires after the coming season, so if the Patriots are looking to let him walk next year and choose a replacement, they will probably have to trade for a higher pick. But even if New England extends his contract, they could still look to upgrade from Fleming (who has been a serviceable lineman) and Waddle (who played one snap last year).

G/C
Current depth: David Andrews, Joe Thuney, Shaq Mason, Ted Karras, Tre’ Jackson, Chris Barker, Jamil Douglas, Chase Farris
I’ve grouped these two positions together because of the Karras overlap: he is both the top backup guard and top backup center. While there are plenty of bodies at guard, including three from last year’s practice squad, there is no one other than Karras backing up Andrews. Should New England look to add to the interior of the line, I would say they are more likely to add a center, but they could acquire a guard as well if they think he could improve on the back of the depth chart.

Note that for the defensive front seven, I will use the more current position designations of DL, ED, and LB, instead of the traditional DT, DE, OLB, and ILB. I will not, however, use EDGE as the abbreviation for “edge defender.” “EDGE” is not an abbreviation; it’s accidentally leaving your caps lock on.

DL
Current depth: Alan Branch, Malcom Brown, Vincent Valentine, Lawrence Guy, Woodrow Hamilton, Darius Kilgo
With the recent strong play of Branch; the growing youth of Brown, Valentine, and Hamilton; and the four-year contract given to Guy, the defensive front line looks solid. The Patriots could add more players at the position for competition or for a different role – for instance, if they look to add a pure interior pass rusher – but I would not be surprised if the aboveΒ is the primary depth chart at this position going into the summer, with possibly another player or more as camp bodies.

ED
Current depth: Trey Flowers, Rob Ninkovich, Kyle Van Noy, Kony Ealy, Shea McClellin, Geneo Grissom, Trevor Bates
By all accounts, the Patriots have heavily scouted this year’s rookie crop of edge defenders, and are likely to add multiple players at the position for the second time in three years. Flowers broke out last year, Van Noy proved a solid mid-season acquisition, and Ealy will have high expectations as a newcomer, but the other players on the roster are part-time, unproven, or have proven themselves to only be part-time players. The ED class in the draft has solid prospects into the middle rounds, so expect New England to delve here multiple times.

LB
Current depth: Dont’a Hightower, Elandon Roberts, Jonathan Freeny
Hightower is a stud, Roberts had bursts of talent, and Freeny is meh. This is another position that could use another body or two. However, if the Patriots draft an edge player with the flexibility to move to linebacker, they may not go after a pure LB.

CB
Current depth: Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler (has not signed tender), Eric Rowe, Cyrus Jones, Justin Coleman, Jonathan Jones
It’s unknown if Butler will remain a Patriot in 2017, but it’s clear New England is looking for a pair of #1 corners on both sides of the field, given their interest in Richard Sherman. Rowe played well as an alternating #2 with Logan Ryan last year, but behind him are players who may or may not break out. Regardless, I think it’s likely Belichick adds to this depth chart before May.

S
Current depth: Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Jordan Richards, Nate Ebner, Brandon King
The Patriots have very solid free safety depth after re-signing Harmon, but strong safety is more of a question mark. Chung is good, but Richards hasn’t really developed up to his second-round draft status, and Ebner and King are stars on special teams but have little defensive impact. If the Patriots do look to add a safety, which I thnk they will if a higher-ranked player drops to them, I suspect he will be of the “strong” variety.

ST
Current depth: Stephen Gostkowski, Ryan Allen, Joe Cardona
The only possibility for an addition is at kicker after Gostkowski struggled throughout 2016.

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Neil X
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I refuse to voluntarily surrender my Patriots Victorious Super Bowl Viewing Experience, even if you promise me two more Patriots Victorious Super Bowl Viewing Experiences in compensation.

BoSoxJim
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OK, you get 2 more experiences plus $1000

Neil X
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Does this mean that Atlanta won last year 28-3? Because that would have been horrific to watch. I’d need at least $5000 if I’m subjected to seeing that.

rondo723
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Wow Celtics are the #1 seed right now after another Cavs loss. If they win against the bucks, they clinch it.

PatriotPrideBoy
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The “refused to volunteer” thing is probably the lousiest line of reasoning I’ve heard from an airliner of all things. I’m paying big money because I have to be somewhere. You think money can buy time??

BoSoxJim
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Take it up with the US DOT, which allows airlines to bump (and usually that doesn’t involve the literal meaning of the word) passengers that “refuse to volunteer”
https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/fly-rights

46,000 people were involuntarily bumped in 2015 (according to the DOT). There are different levels of compensation depending on the delay imposed.

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“Airline contracts of carriage do state that your seat isn’t guaranteed, and there is language in them to cover refusing to fly someone at their discretion,” says Hobica.
http://www.popularmechanics.com/flight/airlines/news/a26010/united-airlines-bump-passenger-rights/

And with that, I’m out.

MasterAndCommander
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I avoid United as much as possible after seeing first hand their poor customer service. Never been a fan of theirs.

LaFeteMattDog
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Jim loves them. He only flies with United. He especially enjoys their free hand-to-hand combat training program.

MasterAndCommander
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LOL

cqrun
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That is the real story here: United had a sold out flight? Who da thunk? Investors were impressed, UAL was up at the end of trading today.

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Bruins playoffs start Wednesday. Celtics start this weekend and have the #1 odds in the lottery. Chris Sale is awesome (please come back Ortiz). Pats are going to win their 6th Superb Owl next season. Being a Boston sports fan is great.

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The Revolution are in 5th place in the East!!!

MasterAndCommander
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Woooooooohoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dave Barabas @Dave_Barabas
Welcome to United. My name is Negan, and I’ll be ur Flight Attendant.

https://twitter.com/Dave_Barabas/status/851516679595085824

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Joe Thomas@joethomas73
Dear #united, I had to “re-accommodate” someone once

https://twitter.com/joethomas73/status/851478374438645760

Deadsmack #NotDone
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what if the computer had chosen a guy like Joe Thomas, it would be funny to watch them try to drag him

πŸ™‚

BoSoxJim
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He would have just left the plane…like the other 3 passengers on that flight.

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or if he had refused it?

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He’d get arrested

Deadsmack #NotDone
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for what, for refusing to give up a seat that he bought?

LaFeteMattDog
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LOL, Joe Thomas FTW!

LaFeteMattDog
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Go Dortmund! Should be two good games tomorrow, Smack,

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Juventus vs Barcelona is gonna be the game of the night

LaFeteMattDog
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It will be great, no doubt. But I like following Dortmund for Pulisic. They got hammered by Bayern over the weekend but he almost scored a fantastic goal. Keeper made a great save.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Guerreiro, our left defender scored πŸ™‚

LaFeteMattDog
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Amazing goal!! (He just needs to learn how to spell “Guerrero” correctly) πŸ™‚

LaFeteMattDog
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God, is this how far we’ve come since the Super Bowl? Debating whether some asshole security guards might’ve overstepped their bounds with some asshole doctor on some goddamn plane? We should be worried about whether Brady is going to quit playing footbal and become a venture capitalist with his buddy, Warren Buffet.

bring
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Ahole is right – what a jackass – get off the effing plane you rich prick

LaFeteMattDog
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Yeah, dude. I’m sure your “podiatry” practice will be fine for a day.

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“Even if United was following all its policies to the letter, the situation calls for some flexibility in offering extra compensation or considering moving to the next name on the list when a passenger flat-out refuses to budge, said Harteveldt.”

memokerobi
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Jim, they’re dragging a 70 year old man on the corridor and bust his lips and if you think that’s not wrong no matter the reaction of the guy, I guess I don’t have anything to say.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Even United Airlines CEO apologized for what happened

BoSoxJim
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It went viral and looks really bad for the company. What did you think he was going to do?

Deadsmack #NotDone
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If he was right, he would never apologized

BoSoxJim
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That’s funny.

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Sweet…then I guess there’s nothing to say then! πŸ™‚

BoSoxJim
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Give me a break. The man brought it on himself. All he had to do was get up and leave (the way the other 3 passengers did). Screaming at the top of his lungs the moment the aviation officer touched him and then fighting to stay in his seat was on him.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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United Airlines brought that to themselves. They sold the tickets, so they are INCOMPETENTS

LaFeteMattDog
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I’ll give you this, Jim: You’re opinions are always unique!

BoSoxJim
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If I was asked to leave a plane, I would be pissed. But I wouldn’t attempt to physically fight to keep my seat.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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If they wanted so badly that seat, they should have offered more money, more nights ate the hotel, etc.
I’m sure someone would accept for the “right” price.

BoSoxJim
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So the money and hotel accommodations they originally offered wasn’t good enough so he should have stayed there until they met his demands?
They offered $400 and hotel accommodations. So he should have held out for a couple grand and a week at Sandals?

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No one accepted, so i guess it was a shitty offer

Deadsmack #NotDone
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United Airlines should be banned

Calipatsfan3473
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It would be interesting to get FAB’s take on the incident.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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The guy was a doctor. If they sold him the ticket, it is not acceptable by any means how they acted.
I hope he sues them and gets millions. I’m shocked that a private company can do that.

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Why didn’t the guy leave the plane when he was asked? If the guy was asked to leave the plane and he refused, how else were they supposed to get him off the plane?
The guy started screaming bloody murder the second the guy touched him. All he had to do was get up and leave the plane but he wanted to make a scene.
Reminds me of protesters that lie down in the middle of the road and make police officers carry them away.

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So, you say it is normal a private company behaves like that?
The guy bought a ticket, it is United Airlines problem that the plane was overbooked, specially to carry 4 employees.

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You don’t have the right to travel by plane. It is a privilege. Overbooking is something that happens all the time in that industry. It sucks but that’s the way it is.
99% of the people don’t act like a petulant child though.

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if United Airlines do that in Europe, they won’t travel here anymore.
We have strict rules about flying costumers rights, even for delays companies have to pay to costumers.

rondo723
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yet ryanair exists

Deadsmack #NotDone
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I went on Ryanair planes several times and i have never seen nothing like this.

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It’s a privilege to pay to be spanked.

BoSoxJim
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He was asked to leave the plane and he refused. He decided to act like a child.
My God, the guy touches him and he acts like he’s getting murdered. He bloodied himself with all his thrashing about.
Just get up and leave the plane. You can swear if you want on the way out. Collect your refund and tweet how you will never fly UA again.
Instead he wanted to make a spectacle of the situation.

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Why would you leave the plane without protesting if you paid for a ticket on that flight and they allowed you to board?

BoSoxJim
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Because you have no right to protest on a plane.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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why? I paid the ticket, if i’m a costumer, i have rights

BoSoxJim
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In this case, he had the right to a refund. That’s it.

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So why did they let him fly after all?

memokerobi
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And a United employee (not even the police) has the right to drag someone out, literally? Your thought process is weird. That could have been handled without dragging a man on the plane corridor no matter his overreaction.

BoSoxJim
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Guess you’ve never been to a bar before.

memokerobi
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Lol, comparing apples and tomatoes?

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Not really.

Deadsmack #NotDone
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what private security do on discos, night clubs, etc doesn’t make it legal. Also i know some securities that also had to spent time in jail for violent episodes against costumers

Deadsmack #NotDone
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He was forced to get out of the plane not by the police, but by private security,

That’s a serious offense that United Airlines is facing, they have no right in the world to do that.

I hope he sues them, It is guaranteed United Airlines will pay a big price for this.

BoSoxJim
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He is an aviation officer, not private security.

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So he will get fired and face some charges at the court

Memokerobi
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The guy not only bought his ticket but he was allowed boarding. Its ridiculous and humiliating for someone to pay for a service and then be treated like that. He may have overreacted but that doesn’t make what United does any better.

memokerobi
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The guy not only bought his ticket but he was allowed to board the plane. It is ridiculous and humiliating treatment for someone paying for a service. There should be a consequence for United. Overreaction by the gur or not, it is not right.

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UA should compensate the man for his ticket and throw in something for the inconvenience.
However, they had every right to get the guy off the plane.
It may not be right, but if you are asked to leave a plane, then you leave the plane.

MasterAndCommander
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But they weren’t overbooked. They wanted seats for other employees. If you need to move employees, plan better.

BoSoxJim
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They were warned it could happen before they even boarded the plane. They offered money and hotel accommodations.

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“Passengers were then told a computer would select four passengers. When the man who was removed was selected, he contested, saying he was a doctor who needed to see patients Monday morning. “

MasterAndCommander
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Asswipe the Hypocrite lives on…..

Calipatsfan3473
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Vegas??

MasterAndCommander
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yep

Calipatsfan3473
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My question is- did the players know that were not supposed to participate in the event?

BoSoxJim
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Apparently not.

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Ryan Hannableβœ”@RyanHannable
Patriots preseason schedule
Jaguars
At Texans
At Lions
Giants

The return of Jonas Gray will happen when the Jags come to town for the 1st pre-season game.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Plot twist. He fell into a bottomless ravine and learned how to play football. He is now Jonas White.

Calipatsfan3473
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He’s with the Jags??

BoSoxJim
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This is pathetic (not just for Chung but for 3 dozen other active players as well). NFL front office saw a chance at a nice payday (3 dozen fines) and grabbed it.

Zack Coxβœ”@ZackCoxNESN
Patrick Chung reportedly will be fined for participating in an arm wrestling competition at a Las Vegas casino. http://nesn.com/?p=710570

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What the

Mattsky
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NFL rules prohibit players from appearing at casinos for any sort of promotional purpose. But lets move a team to Vegas.

Jdog Lemon Head
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It’s like entrapment. Greater and easier opportunity to catch/fine players.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Quoted moby dick in person at a bowling alley. Sinking to new lows.

PatriotPrideBoy
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YHEET

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Marshawn Lynch was on an episode of Diesel Brothers recently, and was quite funny. You all have your ideas about him based on not talking to the media and whatnot, but he seems pretty normal to me. I think if he wants to come to the Pats you take him if it’s for short $. All we need is a guy who can punch it in from the 1 yard line, and run out the clock in Q4. He’s definitely an upgrade over Blount.

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for short $, sure. but why would he play for short $? He’s already got a ring.

bring
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if he wants a lot of $ he will discover quickly that he has no suitors

Jdog Lemon Head
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Giving it to Lynch from the 1? That’s absurd.
-Pete Carroll

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I don’t think anyone is suggesting that Lynch can’t help the Pats in the absolute.
But it takes two to tango – why should Lynch choose New England?

bring
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that article below suggests it

PatriotPrideBoy
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What’s good

Calipatsfan3473
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Jelly beans.

HunterCenter
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as with all things, depends what kind.

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@NEPD_Loyko The names often aren’t sexy.. for instance Deatrich Wise Jr. based on his and potential versatility. He’s likely to be on #Patriots radar
Good name drop by Loyko. NFL bloodlines, young, huge and plays big against blocks, athletic and still growing into his body. Didn’t get a chance to play inside much in college.

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I like him.

Calipatsfan3473
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Well- Pats will never pick him now!!

BoSoxJim
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I am shocked that you would say that.

Calipatsfan3473
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I don’t know why.

Jdog Lemon Head
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#BoSoxJinx

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That too.

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comment image

Calipatsfan3473
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I thought you worked from home πŸ™‚

HunterCenter
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yeah, he just walked into the adjacent room.

Calipatsfan3473
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Powder room??

BoSoxJim
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The point is the same, dammit! πŸ™‚

Calipatsfan3473
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No- not really.

BoSoxJim
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Actually, I’m taking the dogs out. πŸ™‚

HunterCenter
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ohhh, so it WAS you!

Mattsky
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Jim was liking Loyko. So Wise is safe.

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I think he’s one of the prospects who is better suited to the NFL game than college.

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If Beastmode comes here, I’m putting the over/over 19-0 this season. Under is not an option. πŸ™‚

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/04/10/report-marshawn-could-turn-his-attention-to-the-patriots/

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19 wins, or 19 press conference appearances?

NHBruh
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Yes.

Calipatsfan3473
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He’s not coming to NE.

HunterCenter
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yeah, I don’t see the fit either. Plus he’s 31, and already has a ring so he’s not coming out of retirement on the cheap.

Calipatsfan3473
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It’s a horrible fit.

NHBruh
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Can you explain the first sentence? Why is he not a fit?

HunterCenter
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too old, will want too much $, doesn’t like to play by the team rules, likes exceptions made for him, can’t handle the media, etc.

he can block and catch, so if he were 5 years younger, then yes on the field he would have been a fit.

Calipatsfan3473
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Crap- teacher and 2 students shot at an elementary school in San Bernardino- shooter shot himself.

HunterCenter
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ugh

Calipatsfan3473
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Sick of all this violence.

HunterCenter
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me too, but nothing changes, unfortunately.

Calipatsfan3473
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Is the entire NFL schedule being released today?? For some reason I thought it was just the pre-season schedule.

NHBruh
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It is just the pre-season schedule, but the opponents are known.

Calipatsfan3473
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Ok- thanks. Seemed like all the reporters were indicating it was the entire schedule.

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MYLES GARRETT: I didn’t know how this would play out when I was a kid. I knew I wanted to play ball, be a paleontologist and write poetry. I thought, “Heck, where will I find the time? Well, football comes first, and I’ll just find some time for poetry, and paleontology can come at the end.” I made this plan at 14, and dang, it’s all coming together.
Awesome.

HunterCenter
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yeah, I’m sure he’ll get a PhD and become a paleontologist when he retires from the NFL. Or maybe he just means he enjoys watching dinosaur shows on the Discovery Channel, and he considers hip hop music to be poetry.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Anyone who is into dinosaurs is cool in my book..

HunterCenter
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I love dinosaurs too! I also like dogs, but I don’t call myself an aspiring veterinarian.

cqrun
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Hollywood missed an opportunity with the last Jurassic Park movie to show how colorful and diverse dinosaurs were, especially since we now know most of them were covered with feathers and not scales.

HunterCenter
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sheesh, more “Pats have an easy schedule” nonsense. Looks like a totally normal schedule of opponents to me. Is it the Pats’ fault that many other teams in the league are not at their level? The only way for the Pats to have a hard schedule is if they play themselves every game?

Calipatsfan3473
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“You play whoever is on the schedule.”

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I’d be down for Marshawn Lynch as a Pat.

HunterCenter
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time bomb waiting to explode. in a bad way.

JLStokes
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People forget that the same thing was said about Blount too…

HunterCenter
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yep, and Ocho Cinco as well

Calipatsfan3473
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Seattle let him miss meetings and workouts when he wasn’t in the mood- that won’t fly in NE.

HunterCenter
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not to mention the fact that Marshawn is 31 years old. No thanks.

Calipatsfan3473
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And ditto on AP.

HunterCenter
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but, if you forced me to choose an over-the-hill vet RB for the Pats, and my only choices were AP or Marshawn, I’d chose Marshawn because he can block and catch.

bring
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3 games to glory – available May 2

HunterCenter
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I’m just going to wait until 19 Games to Glory comes out this time next year

bring
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interesting thought – i suppose they would need to create a one-off special edition for that scenario

HunterCenter
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fingers crossed

HunterCenter
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I think a better way to decide the Masters, instead of a playoff, would have been to have the two wives mud wrestle in Rae’s Creek.

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I’ll believe Jimmy G’s not being traded when the first round of the draft is over and he hasn’t been moved.

Until then, I’ll keep saying it.

HunterCenter
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BB values Jimmy more than other teams do, so far. We’ll see if that changes.

bring
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Because history says TB12 is on borrowed time

HunterCenter
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Agreed. Something many fans are not willing to admit. Personally, I am glad that BB is willing to give extra financial consideration to layering the QB depth chart right now.

bring
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the financial consideration comes after the season, and who knows how things will look then

HunterCenter
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well, the deadline comes after the season, but the proactive planning of options and scenarios has already been going on for a while

bring
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my guess is that brissett’s injury forced their hand – he missed so much practice time that they felt like they need to keep garop around another season

HunterCenter
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and BB seems to have little interest in bringing in a cheap vet QB instead, over the last several years.

HunterCenter
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I still think the most likely trade scenario is something like Bradford Philly>Minny happens. A starter on a perceived contender is lost for the season in training camp or preseason, then boom, big trade deal.

cqrun
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Why wait until the end of the first? If #12 was not enough, seems very unlikely 13+ would make for a successful offer.

HunterCenter
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a team might offer a low first this draft AND a high draft pick in 2018, perhaps?

Mattsky
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If they don’t trade Jimmy G I’ll conclude that Brady plans to only play one or two more seasons.

BoSoxJim
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What Brady plans for and what BB plans for may not be the same thing.

BoSoxJim
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BB studies history and TB12 makes history. Hopefully TB12 continues to make history.

HunterCenter
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indeed. Brady only has to think about himself (ultimately), but BB has to think about an entire team.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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Woah. I missed that the Ravens traded Timmy Jernigan.

HunterCenter
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seems like the Ravens must be in some cap trouble?

NHBruh
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This was the Jones/Collins trade. A year before his contract ended.

HunterCenter
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for both Guy and Jernigan, you’re saying?

NHBruh
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Guy was a UFA, was he not?

HunterCenter
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ah, maybe so. if that’s the case, not the “DL firesale for salary cap reasons” that I was thinking it might be

cqrun
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Report that Browns are not hopeful they will get Jimmy G. Guess this means the Pats will pay both QBs. Pats currently have ~$20M in salary cap space. I could see them wanting to rollover as much as possible into next year.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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I’ll believe it when it happens. Sounds ludicrous based on what we’ve seen.

bring
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a lot can change between now and then
then being when we would need to franchise garop

cqrun
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I am skeptical that they trade him because I think they would have struck a deal a while ago.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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@MikeGarafolo Bills announce the signing of DE Ian Seau, former Ram and nephew of Junior
Paging BSJ

BoSoxJim
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Wish it wasn’t the Bills but glad he’s getting another shot. He’s a situational pass rusher as his run defense was never that good. The Rams probably wasn’t the best place for him to go and get playing time.

MasterAndCommander
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WAKE UP!!!

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Hey, i want to watch 60 Minutes πŸ™‚

bring
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coming right up

HunterCenter
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tickticktickticktickticktickticktickticktickticktickticktick

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Garcia, i guess Falcons, Warriors, French soccer team, PSG and Cavs are proud of you πŸ™‚

Deadsmack #NotDone
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That’s like missing a dunk without opposition πŸ™‚

Deadsmack #NotDone
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LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Bye Bye Rose

rondo723
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wow the masters is exciting as heck right now

rondo723
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good lord Sergio is a grade A choke artist

Deadsmack #NotDone
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HAWKS WIN 126-125 AFTER BEING DOWN 26 POINTS IN THE 4TH QUARTER

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Atlanta fans: “So, that’s how those Pats fans felt” πŸ™‚

Dingo
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There’s a LeBright way of doing things, and a LeBron way…

Deadsmack #NotDone
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LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Deadsmack #NotDone
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Lebron fouled out, Cavs up by 3 with 1:52 to play in OT

bring
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folks in the US are watching the Masters

Deadsmack #NotDone
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They are also showing that here on the 4th channel of local Sporttv, but golf doesn’t have great number of fans like in USA.

bring
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Sergio Garcia making a bid – Spain should be interested right about now

Deadsmack #NotDone
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I’m portuguese πŸ˜›

bring
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that’s why i mentioned it

bring
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Rose in the lead, so England as well

LaFeteMattDog
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Golf? If I want a sleep-aid, I’ll turn on baseball, thank you.

bring
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Anyone can rush for 18 TDs if you get a gazillion hand-offs from the 1 yard line

FAB330
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Maroney?

bring
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Leonard Russell

FAB330
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Jamarcus Russell

Deadsmack #NotDone
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WHAT A COMEBACK BY THE HAWKS AGAINST THE CAVS

DOWN BY 26 IN 3RD QUARTER, THEY TIED AT THE BUZZER

GOING TO OT

Deadsmack #NotDone
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I guess Atlanta folks are happy that this time they are on the good side of the story

πŸ™‚

asparker24
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72 degrees, about to go a winery then a minor league baseball game… Excellent

asparker24
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Next season should be fun:
Matt Ryan
Ben Roethlisberger
Drew Brees
Can Newton
Derek Carr
Jameis Winston

asparker24
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Blount should be calling the Broncos

dp73
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http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/5854/legarrette-blount

I know I am in the minority here but I think the Patriots and Blount will come to terms on a fair contract for both sides.

I think he is the running back that can get the most yards and TD’s for the Patriots.
I see Burkhead as an all propose back.

MasterAndCommander
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I always thought it would be a possibility. As you said, the numbers have to work for both.

asparker24
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I’ve got no issues with bringing Blount back. Perfectly serviceable RB.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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It would be convenient to have Blount back at our terms. But I think he ought to take a better opportunity elsewhere.

asparker24
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There probably aren’t any. What other team gives him 250+ carries?

hugowasmyhomeboy
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The Patriots won’t either, so that’s not relevant. Hence making a big splash for Rex Burkhead. Snapwise a team that is committed to a power running game (say, the Jets) could give him more play as a #2 RB than we would.

asparker24
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Can’t be sure about that. He got like 300 last year. Clearly that was without Burkhead and a less healthy Lewis, but it’s always possible.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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It’s possible. But like you said, it took Lewis (who when healthy is the first choice on most downs) being hurt. And they just signed Burkhead to play the most snaps of the group. And they have that other guy who was almost the SB MVP. Where’s the room?

asparker24
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In Denver

hugowasmyhomeboy
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With Kubiak out there maybe they move away from his zbs stuff

asparker24
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They would need to. They’re built to be a power running team but can’t run the ball.

hugowasmyhomeboy
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With Kubiak out there maybe they move away from his zbs stuff

dp73
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Who can run the ball for 18 TD’s and 1,161 yards? And, who can play in 19 games?