State of the Uniform: The Patriots Just Before the Dawn of 2018

-by DinoScapelli

The term “sports fan” covers everyone who follows sports at any level of interest, from occasional viewing to occupy empty stretches in an otherwise busy day, to constant attention to every small development in a continuous stream of sporting news made ever more torrential by pervasive social media. Most of us in this little virtual community fall somewhere in between. Still, we are keeping track of events in the offseason of our favorite American football team, so we must lean just a bit toward the fanatical.

Right now, we are less than a week from the beginning of the 2018 NFL year and the trading and free agent feeding frenzy that ensues. The normally patient Bill Belichick went all piranha last year, trading for Kony Ealy, Brandin Cooks, and Dwayne Allen, and signing free agents Lawrence Guy, Stephon Gilmore, and Rex Burkhead in the first week. Tough to say whether he will be so ravenous this time around, but the team does have priority free agents of its own to try to retain or replace through every means available, culminating in the NFL draft in late April. Thus far, Belichick has picked up the option on wide receiver Kenny Britt and re-signed special teams stalwart Brandons Bolden and King, but there is much more work to do to make the team complete for the 2018 campaign.

Making room under the salary cap is as important as signing a team’s own priority free agents; you can’t do the latter without doing the former, unless you have your hands on the controls of a perpetually rebuilding franchise like Cleveland, rolling in promissory payroll potential. To that end, Belichick has also declined to pick up the option on defensive tackle Alan Branch’s contract and released tight end Marcellus Bennett, and there will be plenty more cost-cutting moves to come.

It may appear to the casual fan as though NFL teams are on vacation until summer at least, but those 32 pro football hives are buzzing with winter activity. And it’s not just one insomniac figure burning the midnight oil in Foxborough; it’s a large contingent of personnel personnel working toward the common goal of plugging holes in a roster in a serious state of flux. They have football insufficiencies to balance against financial imperatives. It never really stops, but it will hit the frantic level for a month or two, beginning next Wednesday at 4:00 PM, and we will all be tuned in.

All fanatics like us would like to have a say in these crucial decisions, but all we can do is watch and hope they are made to the best effect. Who decides what the best effect is? Why, each of us does, of course! Playing GM is half the fun of following a sports team, and it’s the bread and butter not only of fantasy sports, but of discussion boards like this one. So let’s take a look at the Patriots’ current situation and see what needs to be done before training camp arrives in July. Here is one fan’s analysis of each position group and how pressing the need is to upgrade it, considering the limitations of available cap space (approximately $25 million at publication time) and the team’s relative paucity of draft picks (currently 6).

Beginning with an offense that was among the league’s most productive in 2017:

QB: The starter will be 41 years old on opening day. Think about that! That puts the position at the red alert level…except that that starter is the seemingly ageless Tom Brady. He is not invincible, and a good backup is necessary, but short of a Nick Foles or Case Keenum, whatever backup the Pats have on the final roster will be a major drop-off from the 2017 MVP. Brian Hoyer is an adequate backup for 2018, and there are better free agent possibilities as well, so it all comes down to the need to find a developmental successor to Brady. The loss of Jimmy Garoppolo means starting all over again, unless Belichick is willing to consider replacing Brady with a veteran free agent in a few years, or waiting to find a rookie phenom when the time comes. In this fan’s opinion, the position is not a top priority yet, but if the budding apple of Bill’s eye is there when the Pats pick in the first few rounds, I think they should take him. Conclusion: Mild need.

OL: Once again I bleat: Find the next left tackle now! They should already have that man on the roster, but unless Tony Garcia is a superhuman healer, they do not. Marcus Cannon is a stout right tackle, but he struggles at times on the other side, and gets injured at some point every year. Besides those two, the only tackle on the roster is Andrew Jelks. Yeah, me neither. So re-signing the perfectly adequate free agent Nate Solder is imperative, and frankly, re-signing at least one of the other free agents, Cameron Fleming and LaAdrian Waddle, is almost as vital. The position is also a priority in the upcoming draft, which is not replete with OT depth, so you’d be hoping to find a diamond in the rough. Guard and center are adequately manned, and limited resources really can’t be spent on those positions even though they definitely have room for improvement. Conclusion: Screaming need, at least at LT.

RB: Unless Bill plans to hold onto free agents Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, this is a must-draft position, and this year’s draft class is loaded. What about Mike Gillislee? Beats me. Conclusion: Mild need, mostly late in the draft or among rookie free agents.

TE: Well, Gronk, what’s it gonna be? Looks like a position of prime interest in the draft either way, but I wouldn’t force it, nor would I sign or trade for an expensive veteran. Conclusion: Mild need that becomes a panic button need if Gronk retires.

WR: Not a position of need, even with Julian Edelman aging and rehabbing and Danny Playoffs Amendola aging. Conclusion: Stand pat.

Now for a defense that was inconsistent as hell, and ultimately not at the championship level.

DT: They have depth, but without a healthy Alan Branch, the interior run defense was exposed often. And there is still the need for an interior pass pressure stud. Conclusion: Considerable need.

DE: They have bodies, but not enough consistent quality in either run defense or pass rush. Even the best player at the position, Trey Flowers, is not as effective as he needs to be. Conclusion: Considerable need, especially for pass rush.

LB: They have next to nothing at linebacker and should cull the weaker roster vagrants they now have. Dont’a Hightower is not reliable, full stop. Kyle Van Noy is just a guy. Special teamer Marquis Flowers may be their best overall LB, and that is very, very sad. This is the Patriots primary need in the draft, and I would be using more than one early pick. Conclusion: Deafeningly screaming need.

CB: Definitely a need with the loss of the mercurial Malcolm Butler, especially a bigger slot cover type and one or two depth outside corners. It’s not worth trading precious draft capital for someone old and slow, like Richard Sherman or Aqib Talib [ED NOTE: Talib has been traded to the Rams since this was written], but if a late veteran free agent would come reasonably cheap, I’d jump at him and draft at least one other prospect. Conclusion: Considerable need in the slot and for depth.

S: They really should be looking for the next Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung now. They may already have the next free safety in Eric Rowe, but he is too vital in outside coverage right now to waste at safety in 2018. They certainly have a lot of bodies, and one or two may emerge. Conclusion: Mild need.

Where does that leave us? It seems to this observer that signing Nate Solder is the only absolutely necessary thing to do on offense unless Rob Gronkowski leaves the NFL. Anything else can be handled in good time for little money. Drafting a quarterback is always good business, and this year may be a good one for developmental QBs, but the needs on defense are so conspicuous that it might be worth waiting. The Patriots defense as it is now constructed is something of a mess, especially in the front seven. A whole lot of cap space could be generated by dumping some of the trash currently on the roster at linebacker, cap space that could be used to re-sign the team’s own key free agents and perhaps a defender or two. Then, most or all of the six draft picks should be used on defenders, especially top linebackers for the future.

For now, this type of assessment is really all we have to go on. As the free agency picture gets clearer, we can begin to fill in some names to fill some of these positions of need. Then follows the draft madness, which is a phenomenon unlike any other sport’s draft. Some of us will dive into game films and scouting reports and add our favorite names to the endless list of prospects to watch. It will certainly make for a lively debate among us fanatics for a couple of “quiet” months!

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Brady chugging 10 oz.,no big deal, my man Gronk will show him up by chugging a keg

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I don’t see a good plan B.

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You know, I don’t either but I have been told on this site that Cannon could play LT. I don’t think that is the best option.

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Has he ever done it for the Pats? I remember BB telling the story of trying to swich some tackle from left to right or vice versa (maybe it was Matt Light) and he just couldn’t do it. It’s not the same thing.

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I think he might have.Doing it for one game is one thing. Doing it for 16 games is another.

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Keenum to Denver perhaps slides a better college QB to us in the draft.

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Maybe but Case Keenum is 30 and has had one good year and if would be smart for Denver to still draft a QB.

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from Reiss:
No team in the NFL uses its three-safety package on defense more than the Patriots, which makes Vaccaro — a 2013 first-round pick of the Saints — a potential intriguing option on a short-term deal that mutually benefits both sides: Vaccaro could improve his stock in a defense that prioritizes safeties, the Patriots could get a talented player with a high-end skill set at a fair price, and then Vaccaro could get another bite on the free-agent market in 2019.

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I was just reading that. I like Vaccaro but would he really come cheaply? He was a 1st round pick and seems to be a good player.

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@RapSheet
The #Chiefs are now adding a big weapon on defense: They plan to sign former #Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens to a deal worth $9M per year, sources tell me and @TomPelissero.

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The #Chiefs locked in on WR Sammy Watkins late last night and the deal is expected to be worth roughly $16M per year over 3 years, sources say.

I guess Cooks will get around 15M in the market as well. 16M is absurd for Watkins who hasn’t done anything in his career

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Did they release the numbers for Robinson signing with the Bears? I’d much rather have him than Watkins. Feel like the Chiefs misread the market on Watkins.

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3 years 42M for Robinson. Much, much better deal imo. But KC offense with Mahomes, Kelce, Hill, Watkins and Hunt should be fun and interesting to watch

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Why, KC?

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Norwell to Jags.
Watkins to KC Chiefs

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Adam Schefter

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And just as the first QB domino has fallen with Case Keenum to Denver, the first WR donino now has fallen with Allen Robinson intending to go to Chicago.

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Report: Case Keenum will sign with Denver
Case Keenum is moving on from Minnesota and he will reportedly sign with the Broncos when free agency opens on Wednesday.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/03/13/report-case-keenum-will-sign-with-denver/

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The Cardinals plan to offer Cousins a five-year deal worth $145 million, which would mean Cousins makes $29 million per year, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history, surpassing Jimmy Garoppolo’s average annual value.

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/kirk-cousins-rumors-cardinals-prepping-monster-offer-look-to-pair-him-with-fa/

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the BSO program on wcrb tonight was lit

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Say what?

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My niece works for them.

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That agent sounds a bit peeved that he’s not getting any calls—————->

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He has a point. The tampering window is one of the most ridiculous things they ever came up with in the NFL. Either it’s a free for all, or there are no contact rules during the pre FA period. If there are loopholes you can drive a truck through, why have rules?

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True.

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Waddle ready to go??———————————–>

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He’s going after his tweet, ready or not.

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Going to waddle on down the road I guess.

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The Pats really shouldn’t let both Solder and Waddle walk. Scar would probably appreciate SOME consistency at this point.

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I have a feeling that Solder will stay.

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Speaking of woodworking, Boney…I bet you never broke a tooth on your woodworking project! Last weekend I managed to snap off one of my front teeth right at the gum line while trying to ‘trim’ a piece of molding to fit into a gap. Needless to say, I’ve not been out of the house for a week now.

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That must be an attractive look.

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Yup. Redneck.

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Going to get it fixed?

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yes, getting an implant. It was that or a bridge – for one tooth! I told the dentist I wasn’t 90 years old so a bridge was a no go.

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You’ll enjoy the implant- are they doing a temp and then 6 months later the permanent?

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my consult is Monday, so I don’t know, but from what I read about it, that seems to be how they proceed. Give the bone time to grow around the screw thingie, I guess?

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Yup- that’s how mine worked.

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and it looks like a real tooth, I hope?

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Yesz- they match the color, size etc. You’ll probably have some screws near the gumline- they fill them in with some sort of goopy stuff.

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ugh. I’ve seen some people’s crowns near the gum line. That black edge. Is it like that?

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Nope- it’s totally behind the tooth- can’t be seen.

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Wow, no sympathy?

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It’s okay. I was actually laughing my ass off all week. Scared my grandkid and daughter. Had a blast.

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Of course.

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Am I the only one who got the irony of getting gap-toothed while trying to fit something in a gap?

Sorry NS, couldn’t help myself.

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I’m glad she laughed because I did too!!

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So, if Logan Airport is shut down with this snow storm, can we still photoshop pictures of NFL free agents there?

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Only in parkas

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You have your work cut out for you, Jdog!

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My respect for Brady has increased tenfold. Dude can chug a beer! —>

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He’s Bukowski-approved.

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Bar in Boston or author?

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Both.

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Never been to the bar. Have a few of Buk’s novels.

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I used to go to the one in Cambridge because I lived a block away. It was fun but it’s become a lot more pretentious.

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hipsters ruin everything

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Incidentally, Bukowski would never drink at the bars that bear his name. over-priced hipster bar masquerading as a dive.

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haha! He’d drink at home or in real dives?

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Yeah, or at the race track! 🙂

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Brees to the vikings would be scary

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Do you think he would be less effective there? I kind of assume that he and Sean Payton are a good marriage, like TB12 and BB/McD. I don’t think he’d be as good on another team. And I thought NO was the best team in the NFC last year, they just got victimized by a stupid rookie mistake at the worst possible time.

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He would be, probably. But less effective on that team would be good enough.

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True dat.

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I don’t know. It just doesn’t seem smart for him at this point in his career to learn a new system and develop chemistry with new teammates. His team was so close last year.

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One more wordplay shenanigans article going up tomorrow before the league year starts and everything goes (more) insane.

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How do you even find time to come up with those?

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No days off for DNOM.

DNOMN8R314
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I’ve always liked stuff with wordplay. (Hence, the game show.)
And actually I wrote this one in the past 90 minutes or so.

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CB Sean Smith is going to jail

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Why?

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whose head? And why?

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Anyone know if you have to pay Airbnb in full in advance?

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You’re paying for the wedding guest accommodations, too??

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No- just worried about the cousin coming from Poland- she booked an Airbnb in a different city and we’re a bit nervous about it- might book her a hotel room close by.

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They probably go by the same rules as regular BnBs. Take cc info and charge per night once confirmed. But a hotel is probably better for peace of mind when it comes to that.

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Just don’t want her to lose her money.

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understandable. So yea, go for a hotel instead. It’s not much more expensive generally anyway.

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Yeah- think I’ll make a reservation tomorrow just to be safe.

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or a barn. If it’s good enough for Jesus it’s good enough for Cali’s daughter’s wedding guests.

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Brady must be on Colbert tonight—————->

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I might watch.

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Another Nor’ Easter in the span of one week coming tonight. This is getting to be a thing around here lately.

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there has to be a happy medium somewhere

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volcanic eruptions and maybe earthquakes. Knowing my luck it’d be Pompeii 2.0.

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As what? “Unfortunate snowbird from the mainland, caught in the Great Eruption of 2035”

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Don’t forget Tsunamis and fake missile scares. Still, every day there is perfection. I think I’ll go back.

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Did you live there?

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No, my sister does. I sleep on the couch.

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nice!

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I just saw a picture of Brady’s injury – the cut. Damn, that gave me the willies….shudder.

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It’s a wonder he was able to play- looked bad.

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Right? Hell, I’d have been on bed rest for a week with that cut.

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He thought that he had torn all the ligaments in his thumb.

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What did you do? Duct tape it?

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omg, I might pass out just from picturing it. That’s rough. Was it your dominant hand?

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ugh, horrible. At least you kept your fingers. Saw a guy at home depot last weekend who was missing 4 of his fingers in descending order. Clearly sawed off at an angle. Now that would suck.

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It’s only a flesh wound!

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Holla

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Evening Hugo.

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10-6

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That is a high scoring hockey game you are watching tonight.

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Maybe.

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14-2 and the 6th ring

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Bye bye Brady.

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Brady will retire in 2020. Book it.

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Not if they win before that.

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He’ll try for another one. If he has 6, he’ll want 7, and so on and so on…

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I disagree.

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At least you’re agreeable about disagreeing 😛

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Wedding this coming Sunday- my mind is fried.

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Hey, look at the bright side: This is the last one, unless you have some illegitimate spawn coming to claim their rightful wedding financing at some point.

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It’s the last 🙂

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Is your daughter getting excited yet?

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Excited but cool as a cucumber.

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Should have had it Saturday. That way the wedding menu could have been corned beef and cabbage.

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It’s cheaper to have a wedding on Sunday 🙂

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Seriously?

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Yup- about 20% less.

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That cut at the base of TB’s thumb was bad- it’s a miracle that he was able to play.

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Jags going after Sammy Watkins—->

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Did Marrone draft him in Buffalo?

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Interestingly, no. Marrone was reportedly against trading up to draft him. And when he quit it was floated around that the decision was one of the friction points between he and the GM.

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So it was Rex?

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Marrone was the HC at the time. I’m saying that it was reported he disagreed with the move.

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Ah- ok.

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This is correct

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Would probably mean Robinson goes elsewhere if they signed Watkins.

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Given that Robinson is a much more complete WR, and the same age, that would be a strange choice.

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And Sammy gets hurt every year.

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Honestly, I wouldn’t assume JAX poking around Watkins is because he’s their preference. The whole market might be hot after Robinson.

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I would say that before he got hurt he was a Top 5 WR. Not as flashy as a OBJ or Jones but as you mentioned is a complete WR. And was getting it done with Bortles throwing him the ball

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Best thing Bills should do is signing Sam Braford and draft their future QB with the 12th pick

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I’m surprised they’re not making a push for Case Keenum.

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Nevermind I just read that they are. Keenum would be a great fit.

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Tyrod Taylor is better than Keenum, but both are not better than Bradford

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Bradford is a good QB. His problem is staying on the field

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We don’t know that they aren’t

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Adam Schefter

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Trade compensation update on Cordy Glenn deal, as @PSchrags said.

Bengals get OT Cordy Glenn and Bills first-round pick (No. 21).

Bills get Bengals’ No. 12 overall selection.

Bengals also get Bills’ fifth-round pick and Bills get Bengals’ sixth-round pick.

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I think Butler would be a good fit in the Seahawks system

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I’m not sure. Admittedly I did not watch many Seahawks games, but if they are planning on retaining their cover -2 scheme with. Cornerbacks anchoring the side of the field, Butler will get burned by bigger receivers in press man. They might have to change the way they play in the secondary altogether.

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Well, they are losing a lot of core defenders so an adjustment will be natural. But all corners get burned in press man. That’s why teams are reluctant to play it unless you have a 2009 Revis or one hell of a pass rush. I think Butler’s physical style would blend in well there. I I agree that he would do fine on the Texans as well

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He would be a good fit with Texans the more I think about it.

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Butler to Seahawks would probably cause the while fanbase to commit self-immolation.

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That would be weird lol. It’s like if the Pats signed David Tyree

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Demarco Murray visiting Detroit. When was the last time the Lions had any semblance of a running game?

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Barry Sanders?

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Ha ha you beat me to it.

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Barry Sanders?

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There’s an echo in here.

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Here

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Barry Sanders

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you forgot the question, mark

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I had no doubts 😛

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Barry Sanders?

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If they’re looking for a semblance of a running game I don’t think they will find it in Murray

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Marquis Flowers garnering interest is a bummer. One of the few bright spots.

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I would rather just keep Flowers as well but if he does leave that will be another example of Bill buying low (pick wise) on an expiring contract, raising his value and then getting a better comp pick for him than he gave up.

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I’ve said this before, but if we lose Flowers, I’d like to go get Korey Toomer from San Diego.

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Not familiar with him.

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He’s been hurt a lot in his career, but he’s a playmaker. He can cover and get sideline to sideline. Really interesting buy-low candidate.

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Bills and Bengals will swap first, 5th and 6th picks in this year’s draft for Cordy Glenn- Bills going for a QB at 12.

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Bills have done some good work so far. They have no QB but they have a ton of draft assets so they can go get their guy if they like one. Could still go after a Keenum or McCown type for the short term. They could even try to trade for Foles if they wanted to (I wouldn’t pay the price). I like what their GM has done since he got there.

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They may get Baker Mayfield.

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I wouldn’t want to start him right away. I don’t think any of this years QB crop are ready to start immediately. I think they need a bridge QB. McCarron may be another guy they look at but he has much less experience than Keenum, Bradford or McCown

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Lions, Texans and Seahawks all interested in Malcom Butler.

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Bengels are trading for Bills OT Cordy Glenn————————>

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One more LT option off the table. Although at his price tag and injury history, was probably not an option anyways. Bengals OL last year was horrible. They had to do something

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The answer to the basketbal question below is JULIUS RANDLE

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Is the question, “Who do we not care about?” 🙂

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Vikings have reached out to the agent of Drew Brees.

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That would be a coup!

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I can’t imagine that the Saints would let Brees walk but he’s no longer under contract.

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I don’t think he leaves either but he wants to go there’s nothing the Saints can do about it to stop him

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No way Brees leaves. Saints are finally good again he’s ending his career there.

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Stranger things have happened.

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Which basketball player did this?

October: 7 gms / 11.4 pts / 5.3 Reb / 1.7 ast
November: 14 gms / 13.0 pts / 7.3 Reb / 1.7 ast
December: 14 gms / 14.2 pts / 6.5 Reb / 2.1 ast
January: 15 gms / 15.3 pts / 9.0 Reb / 2.5 ast
February: 10 gms / 19.4 pts / 9.0 Reb / 4.3 ast
March: 6 gms / 22.8 pts / 8.7 Reb / 3.5 ast

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guerschon yabusele

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Almost right 🙂

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Let’s hope Solder takes a home town discount.
If not we may have Cannon at LT.

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I’m hoping the same dp- I would hate to lose him.

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Mike Petraglia

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#Celtics are literally falling apart. They’re without Brown, Irving, Smart and Theis… and Irving is probably the healthiest of them. Horrific luck at the worst time for C’s. Smart and Theis could be done for season.

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whatever – for ainge it’s all about anthony davis 24/7

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Marcus Smart tore a tendon in his thumb. That’s a wrap, folks.

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Yeah, if Smart is done for the year, they’re going to have a hard time getting to the ECF.

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Marc Sessler

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On @NFLNetwork, @RapSheet names AJ McCarron as a potential target for the Broncos if Cousins lands elsewhere. AJ knows coach Vance Joseph from Cincy.

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AJ will be having the time of his life.

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nice – hopefully that confirms cousins to vikes

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Why is that a hopefully? Are the Broncos intimidating to you with Cousins?

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I’d prefer Denver draft Rosen. Jeff George Part II.

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14-18″ of snow for Eastern Mass? That damn European model has screwed us again!

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Not that there’s anything wrong with that.(being screwed by a European model)

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3 Nor’easters in 10 days! March can gtfo

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Nor’easter or GTFO! ®

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Whats up

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What’s up, Señor Fiesta?

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Losing Theis is baaaad for Boston. Baynes is a good defensive center but big centers have been phased out in the playoffs for a few years now. If Baynes can’t play in the playoffs then they’ve got 1 big man left.

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Theis was outstanding on D for a rookie big. The C’s sustained for a long time without Hayward and were on fire after the ASB when they were at full strength, but it’s probably time to put October into view.

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Wait, we’re giving up? Just like that?

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Not fully, but I’d take the long view with Kyrie’s knee ailing and Jaylen out indefinitely

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A championship was never in the works this year but I’d be happy with a deep playoff run, getting the young guys some playoff experience and maybe even sending LeBron home before losing to Toronto in the ECF.

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“Cooks is slightly better than Brandon Lloyd.”

HAHAHAHAHA

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The Patriots lost to a very good Eagles team in the Super Bowl. They are in very good position to go to another one, get over it

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No dude, the Pats suck unless they blow out the ’85 Bears in the SB and have every player exceed his contract. And they also have to send me $500 in the mail

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Thanks to coach bb

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Well if one of them was named Butler
Brady would be getting fitted for a sixth ring

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One of them was named Butler. His first name is Adam.

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Who wrote that, Ron Borges?

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Ouch…

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You’re not in good company, cf.

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That’s like me saying cfpats is slightly better than dave557.

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Good ol’ Davey