If the Patriots Were a Baseball Team

-by DNOMN8R314

Merry Christmas everyone! With the calendar at its end and this being a football site, what could be more relevant a post for December 25 than a random hypothesis of Patriot players on a baseball diamond. (Almost anything, I know.)

Obviously this is a purely hypothetical exercise, with only some physical traits taken into account – would you really see a 300-pound individual on the diamond? (Okay, maybe Prince Fielder.) But I believe this makes as much sense as any attempt would be.

One FYI before beginning: I limited myself to players on the current 53-man roster. Had I included players on injured reserve, Julian Edelman (2B), Dont’a Hightower (SS), and Marcus Cannon (fifth SP) would have been included.

Starting lineup:

  • #14, Brandin Cooks, left field: Cooks has the prototypical speed for a leadoff man, and as a wide receiver has the hands to snag anything hit into the outfield.
  • #33, Dion Lewis, second base: A smaller player who might not have as much power, Lewis profiles as a middle infielder. I’d love to use his elusiveness but there’s not as much opportunity for elusiveness, except in rundowns.
  • #12, Tom Brady, catcher: Like a quarterback, the catcher controls the game, aligning defenses and calling pitches. Of course, Brady was drafted as a catcher but chose football. And the best hitter almost always bats third.
  • #87, Rob Gronkowski, first base: Gronk’s power on the football field makes him an idea cleanup hitter, and his agility for a big man spots him at first base, where he’ll be able to catch any throw from the infield.
  • #46, James Develin, designated hitter: We’re in the AL – I mean AFC – so there’s a DH in this lineup. And that spot goes to Develin, the powerful fullback who’d hit baseballs as strongly as he blocks defenders.
  • #24, Stephon Gilmore, third base: Gilmore has the length for third base, able to cover the line and the hole between third and short.
  • #32, Devin McCourty, center field: The obvious choice for center field, McCourty’s range at safety would serve him well in the outfield. He bats seventh as a “second leadoff hitter.”
  • #53, Kyle Van Noy, shortstop: Replacing the injured Hightower, Van Noy as the main communicator on defense takes that role in the infield as shortstop.
  • #21, Malcolm Butler, right field: Another defensive back joins the outfield, as Butler’s catch-up ability at corner would allow him to run down fly balls.
  • #60, David Andrews, starting pitcher: As the man who starts each play on the gridiron, Andrews’ equivalent role as a baseball player is the man who starts each play with a pitch.

Bench:

  • #2, Brian Hoyer, catcher: As New England’s backup signal caller, Hoyer fits the profile and falls into the family of journeyman catchers.
  • #34, Rex Burkhead, utility infielder: Burkhead has shown incredible versatility as a running back, meaning he could fit at any infield position. Range? Hands? He’s got it.
  • #15, Chris Hogan, utility outfielder: As another player with speed and range, Hogan profiles nicely in the outfield.
  • #18, Matthew Slater, utility everywhere: Slater’s main role as a Patriot is on special teams, but he has filled in as a wide receiver and safety for extended periods, making him an excellent choice as our all-purpose utility man.

Bullpen:

  • #77, Nate Solder, starting pitcher: Since the performance of the offensive line has such an impact on any game – protecting the quarterback, making plays effective – the offensive line becomes the starting rotation. Solder is the veteran starter who keeps the rotation strong.
  • #69, Shaq Mason, starting pitcher: The young and on-the-upswing Mason gets the third slot, in the role of young starter on the upswing.
  • #62, Joe Thuney, starting pitcher: Thuney is another young guard who is very good but not at the same level of skill or consistency as the others. Thus, he gets the fourth spot in the rotation.
  • #68, LaAdrian Waddle, starting pitcher: On the offensive line, Waddle has been a surprisingly good fill-in for the injured Cannon, thereby making him our fifth starter.
  • #3, Stephen Gostkowski, long relief pitcher: Like a long reliever, a kicker may have to take the field for a long portion of the game (relatively speaking), if there are plenty of field goals, or not at all. Plus I needed to get Gostkowski somewhere on this roster.
  • #98, Trey Flowers, relief pitcher: Since the main job of relievers is to protect a lead or prevent a deficit from getting out of hand, the rest of the relief spots go to defenders. Flowers, as the Patriots’ best edge player, gets the first slot.
  • #23, Patrick Chung, relief pitcher: Chung would also be a key member of the bullpen given his use in all defensive situations, used in coverage as well as against the run.
  • #97, Alan Branch, relief pitcher: Branch has less versatility than Flowers or Chung, but is still an important cog in the defense, and therefore in the bullpen.
  • #52, Elandon Roberts, relief pitcher: Major League Baseball has seen an increasing trend of specialty relievers, who may come into the game to face only left-handed or right-handed batters. Roberts, as a primarily run-stopping linebacker, fits this role.
  • #31, Jonathan Jones, relief pitcher: So does Jones, who plays slot cornerback against certain receivers. However, Jones’ rise from special teamer only to capable defender fits that of a receiver who may first be used as a specialist but earns trust in more situations.
  • #30, Duron Harmon, closer: Obviously.

Have a most merry Christmas, everyone!

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Bet Dnom is refreshing twitter every 5 seconds to find Harrison’s jersey number.

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Surely I’m not the only person who couldn’t care less about all this speculation about GM/HC openings? Or am I?

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I wouldn’t say that I didn’t care but it is definitely the background for me. What I care most about now is wining the Jets game on Sunday and getting home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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It’s part of the business so to me its expected. I am more anticipating the Steelers Ring Envy starring James Harrison.

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congratulations

with the bye week coming up, some pats employees will be making the rounds, so just a heads-up there will be more posts on it

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It will be about 10 degrees for practice this morning with a wind chill of zero.

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my sweet lord…hallejula….i really wanna know you….hallujulah…

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Giants haven’t signed a GM yet – wondering if Caserio is lined up for interview during the bye week. In the back of my mind I keep thinking he will be in charge when Belichick (and Adams) retire in four years. So my guess is the Giants hire a GM this week, then bring in McDaniels for a HC interview during the bye week. If Caserio does interview, then it’s definitely a package deal with McD. In that event, I wonder if Pioli comes back or if there is someone internal already lined up, similar to OC & DC.

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Are you Panic Time in disguise?

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I am excited for McD and Patricia to move on. I am excited for O’Shea and Flores to be promoted. I’m more curious than anything else about what happens with Caserio.

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Stephen and Brian Belichick will take over for their dad in 2027. Fret not.

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In another 4 years they will have enough experience to go out on their own, so Dad should be comfortable calling it quits.

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I think Pioli has kind of disqualified himself. His stint in KC was permanently staining.

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What about the kids on your front lawn?

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You need to pay attention to the openings with Pats connections at GM like Det & TB, or hiring advisors like Accorsi in NY.

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ill agree with Boney

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The Giants organization and job has been a good one for a long time. So, I can see where Caserio and McDaniels would look at it as a good opportunity. I think they will want to look into it.

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The Giants job is a plum of a job if your working in the NFL.So, if not the Giants than what job are they waiting for in 2019?

They will only waiting for Belichick to leave?

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OK Bill. Time to sign Jamaal Charles.

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Submitted the Ring Envy article on James Harrison.

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This should be good

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It is. I was laughing in tears when seeing all of their comments.

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I’m bursting with anticipation

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Welp. Because Gurley scored 39+ points for my FF opponent and my team laid an egg, I am down 39 points in my final. Looks like 2nd place to me.

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I overcame 42 from Gurley in the first round of the playoffs and now I’m in the finals. If Melvin Gordon doesn’t play this week, I will be missing my top 3 fantasy draft picks and 4 of my top 5 with injury. I’m only down 2 but I need Le’Veon Bell and Dion Lewis to be rested this week. Come on BB, give the rock to Mike G!!!!

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So you say there’s a chance!!!

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Din dins time. I hope everyone had a safe and healthy Boxing Day. The Pats got a nice bargain! I just hope it works properly until after the Superb Owl.

Good night, you geriatric juicers!!!

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We’re having left over prime rib- it will be good! Have a nice evening Dino!

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And another cow bites the dust.

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Are you happy? Are you satisfied? How long can you eat cow meat?

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Monday should be interesting- how many coaches get canned??

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Half the damned league!

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I’ll take that bet.

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More than a quarter it appears

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List below

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Ah- the parrots are flying over our house- drives the beast nuts.

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Probably escaping some wildfire or other. 🙂

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Heading home to Mexico.

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Really??? Wow, what a magical and mystical land California is!

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Thank heaven the weather forecast for Thursday has had the high temperature for the day raised all the way up to 10º F. I was afraid it would be cold.

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Sounds refreshing!!

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It will be brisk!

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I like it!!

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You made me check the forecast. High of 4° Thursday, low of -12° Thursday night. Glad I weatherstripped the windows last week.

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Where is that, Kerthwap? Maine?

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Upper Valley, NH

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Stay inside!

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I’m going to go crawl under the covers until spring.

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What about SundaY?

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A balmy 12º.

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Feels like -13 F over where I live.

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Have you tried going inside?

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I am inside.

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Don’t you live on some other planet, like North Dakota?

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Canada.

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I should take notes. 🙂

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It would help 🙂

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Anyone can miss Canada, tucked all the way down there.

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All we really need from Harrison is a few big plays. He will deliver those.

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The very moment we heard about the release of Harrison, didn’t we all know this was coming? It’s too perfect in both ways, situational pass rush potential and Stillers killer.

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Thought a team would claim him (like the Ravens). But yeah, if he cleared waivers, this was going to happen.

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I agree with zoo below, though: Freeney should be here.

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Freeney can’t set an edge.

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OK, but how many snaps do you foresee for Harrison? I don’t see many. Glad to have his strength and experience though!

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That’s a good question. Wonder if we’ll see him a lot this Saturday so they can gauge his stamina/effectiveness.

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Is the game on Saturday?

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Everybody plays Sunday in Week 17.

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Jim must have consumed too many TUMS.

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oops.

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Yes.

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I still say hairline-fractured fibula.

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no

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Hey, if Guerrero can call himself a doctor so can you!

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Do you ever predict anything good? Such as a Super Bowl win?

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I would appreciate it if you could tell me this week’s powerball numbers.

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Dianna Russini✔
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Texted with a Patriots source about James Harrison. I asked why James Harrison? He wrote back 2 words. Pass Rush.

Thanks for the scoop, Dianna.

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Wow. I thought it was because of all the nice things he’s said about the Pats in the past.

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I thought they signed him to be the punter!

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Actually, long snapper. Cardona’s been slackin’ in his snappin’.

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I wonder how much more dip that the chip ‘n’ dip Steeler fan has on his walls after the signing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6VOhQW6nP0

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I would imagine that that is the way Jim sounds during games 🙂

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I don’t know what you are talking about. I stay calm regardless of the situation.

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Jim: *Takes 52978428374 bottles of Tums*

Also Jim: “Yeah. I’m good now.”

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Highly doubtful.

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Throw dip on the floor of your own house just one time… and suddenly you’re known as the crazy dip throwing guy.

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Several times, actually.

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LOL!!!

Pete Moore · Owner-operator at Moore Landscape (old man)
Burning your jersey as soon as I am done writing this.

Johnny Laths · Professional Surfer at Billabong
At your age, the fact you have a jersey, is far more concerning.

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to be fair, he wont own one for much longer.

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Hahaha

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Having them and wearing them are two different things. Well gamedays don’t count, dammit!

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^Jim outing himself as a jersey owner

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Yup and proud of it. This is me at the Pro Shop….

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NTTAWWT

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No way Harrison isn’t on something

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Guerrero will have him pliable in no time!

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Sounds dirty.

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Big avocados 🙂

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Pretty sure Goodell has had him tested more than a random drawing would have him tested.

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Extremely cursed image

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S PATRICK CHUNG, 87.4 OVERALL GRADE
Chung led all defenders in targets into his coverage area with nine, and topped all defenders in game grade. Chung allowed just three of those passes to be caught for 27 yards and breaking up three of them. Most of his damage was against Charles Clay as Taylor targeted the tight end five times against Chung, who allowed just one reception for 11 yards while notching two of his pass defenses. The veteran from Oregon is having one of the best seasons of his career in coverage and his improvement was on display against Buffalo.

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New England Patriots 37, Buffalo Bills 16

TOP 5 GRADES:
TE Rob Gronkowski, 96.4 overall grade
S Patrick Chung, 87.4 overall grade
Edge Trey Flowers, 86.0 overall grade
OT Cameron Fleming, 84.7 overall grade
OG Shaq Mason, 84.3 overall grade

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-refocused-new-england-patriots-37-buffalo-bills-16

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Fleming haters in 3, 2, 1….

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Bills are 31st in the NFL in generating pressure on the QB.

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and they were playing coverage practically the whole game

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what about the running game?

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What about it? My concern is protecting TB12.

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Credible play action protects Brady

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What?
I’ve seen many a play action where Brady gets his clock cleaned.
Successful screens slow down the pass rush.

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So far, the most common Steeler fan response has been the I never loved her anyway response after getting dumped comment.

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If Harrison makes the game winning play in the AFCCG against the Steelers, they will riot and claim the league made them release him or something stupid

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mwahahahhah

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We don’t need 50 snaps from him, but taking Chris Long’s place would be great.

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Is there anyone against the Harrison move?

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You can replace about 80% of Volin’s tweets with the phrase “they can’t keep getting away with this!” and you’d retain the same sentiment

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I really enjoyed watching Trevor Reilly flatten people on special teams. Other than that, just have to wait and see what Harrison has left.

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What is there to dislike?

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Nothing to lose at this point.

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I mean, releasing Reilly for Harrison at this point in the season – who can be against that?

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Reillly’s mom

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Reilly was the one to go for a reason. Lee and Flowers have proved more valuable. And, Flowers showed his athleticism side to side with McCoy and Taylor.

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Just pointing out that Reilly was willing to run into a wall on special teams with no regard for life or limb. Doesn’t always show as tackles.

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Yeah, he was a good cog in the wheel. But I’m sure the Pats will be able to sign him again next week if they want.

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BB does it again. Dragging an old tire in here to hope there’s one last bit of magic for a playoff run. I hope Harrison pulls a Rocky V

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If pats play Pit again, I guess the only thing better than beating them on the way to SB would be if Harrison got 3 sacks on Ben in the process.

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I miss Chris Long

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“Long pig?” – Bud Dupree

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I can’t believe we actually signed JHarrison. He’s been one of my favorite LBs for years now, so it feels surreal reading this news. Even if he is 39.

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If Belichick can then you can too.

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It was the ‘roids talking.

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(From a Steelers forum) I’m giving this guy the Chris Benoit treatment, as far as I’m concerned he didn’t exist. As far as I’m concerned, Aaron Smith took the ball 99 yards against The Cardinals in Superbowl 43

Dang dude, really?

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I usually give fans 24 hours to regain their rational thinking skills.

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Me <—(properly abashed)

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Can they give Harrison Rodney’s jersey number? I can wear the Harrison jersey again before someone catches on.

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:sadface

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Wonder if Grissom gives away #92 out of respect.

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He {Harrison} is food. And I, Bud Dupree, am a cannibal. Unfortunately, eating people on the field of play is definitely frowned upon, if not a potential unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

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Glad to see they’ve found an upgrade over Eric Lee, however minor.
About Pitt not using Harrison much anymore… I’m sure he’s lost a few steps. But that Vince Williams INT was what the Steelers are trying to do right now in a nutshell – have a bunch of linebackers on the field and disguise who will rush vs who will cover. A true edge player like James Harrison doesn’t fit that as well.
Where Harrison might make a noticeable difference, imo is run defense.

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I disagree somewhat. Harrison should be a big upgrade over Lee. Lee has no discipline in his pass rush whatsoever. Harrison knows how to get to the QB and what to do when he gets there. It may not result in a bunch of sacks at this point in his career, but it should increase true pressure (not pressure that a QB can easily step up to avoid).

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Especially with Flowers (or Wise) next to him. Should be some interesting stunts coming up.

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Well hopefully Lee is good in coverage because we need some LBs who could cover.

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M. Flowers is good in coverage. Van Noy can be decent.

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Great point.

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Harrison is worth a shot.

Pittsburgh has 12 more sacks then we do so we probably need Harrison more in that role then Pittsburgh. I think BB is thinking Harrison can help some at getting to the QB. Pressure will help our secondary as well

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I hope Harrison improves our pass rush too.
But even if he doesn’t, I think his being fundamentally sound (as Jim alluded to) and tough vs the run can implicitly improve our pass defense.
Give up less yardage on 1st down runs -> longer 3rd downs -> less pressure on the coverage. Don’t lose the edge and let the QB run around -> less easy QB runs and less pressure on the coverage to cover a scramble drill.

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Whatever some fans may think of Harrison he is a pro.

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#FreeDwight

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Steelers fans are jumping off whatever the tallest structure (a dilapidated steel factory?) In Pittsburgh is. So much saltiness.

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Probably kill some Jets fan.

If the Pats release Brady and he clears waivers, I don’t think I care where he would sign. What else is he supposed to do?

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James Harrison walked onto an 0-11 Kent State football team coached by Dean Pees in 1998. He sacked Miami of Ohio’s Ben Roethlisberger four times in his final game as a Golden Flash in 2001. Been a while.

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Boney throwing shade at the Steelers. I like it. 🙂

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They ain’t losing Sunday.

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He can’t. Bush had to divest himself of the Rangers because he was already an owner. He may have to have his kids “buy” the team.

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I think it would have to be a family affair too.

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Mike Reiss

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Patriots have released LB Trevor Reilly to make room for James Harrison. Reilly had been inactive Sunday.

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Oh Reilly!

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It was a hairy situation and Pats needed to cut someone.

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My guess would have beeen Nicholas Grigsby.

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Grigsby is playing ST really well.

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Yeah, We are a real shortage at ST 🙂 lol

Reilly has played some actual snaps at LB.

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Maybe he doesn’t have good locker room presence?

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When the Steelers cut Harrison, I was wondering why because the Pats needed someone like that. Does anyone suspect a spy mission?

jk

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You think Tomlin is that clever?

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jk isn’t my initials

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D’oh!

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dfwpatsfan

Rowling?

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I don’t think Harrison would only play 40 snaps this season just to get cut, avoid getting claimed by the entire NFL and then infiltrate the Pats.

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Michael Hurley

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James Harrison is maybe the only person I’ve ever unfollowed on Instagram. His daily workout routine just made me feel like a huge piece of human garbage. Couldn’t bear the shame.

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NFL owners claim that fan attendance is down due to Harrison-Patriots signing.

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*Papa John

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BB and Brady are both GOAT and scapegoat.

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Barrett McGrath‏ @beachbum28480 · 9m9 minutes ago
Replying to @jharrison9292
Straight to the dark side. Business is business but you just lost a fan.

Rich Healy‏ @rheals77 · 8m8 minutes ago
That’s ok. He just gained one

Adam Durrani‏ @DurraniOfficial · 7m7 minutes ago
Make that 2

Desirae‏ @des1raebuddle · 7m7 minutes ago
Make that 3

Pats Fan Ryan‏ @patsfanryan · 6m6 minutes ago
Make that 4

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When someone in the locker room yells Hey, old man. We have 2 guys that will turn around 🙂

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James Harrison

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Finally… A teammate that’s older than me! tombrady @ Gillette Stadium https://www.instagram.com/p/BdLjIUrgQd7/

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Will the Pats cut or IR someone is the question.

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Geneo Grissom can take the bus again

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My guess would be Nicholas Grigsby.

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I thought we hated the Steelers players 🙂

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He was no longer a Steeler.

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are you referring to former Bengal James Harrison?