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Billy Spikes


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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:20 pm    Post subject: OTAs 2: Spikes still a no-show, Dobson makes another catch! Reply with quote

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#Patriots OTA's: Spikes and Bolden still MIA. Gronkowski and Edelman with injury absences. Svitek, N. McDonald also out.


http://twitter.com/Mary_Paoletti/statuses/339777187228041217

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Patriots organized activity concludes. Pace picks up today. Music blares. Deep passing game a focus. Good chance to watch outside WRs.


http://twitter.com/MikeReiss/statuses/339777213052358658

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Rookie Aaron Dobson with some ups (nice contested catch down left side in 7 on 7) and downs (drop up left sideline on would-be long TD)...


http://twitter.com/MikeReiss/statuses/339777517709836288

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Felt like all the receivers showed up at some point, including Kamar Aiken on outside. Donald Jones with r-zone nice grab under goal posts.


http://twitter.com/MikeReiss/statuses/339777815585120256

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Dobson and Jenkins had nice catches on some deep balls from Brady. Amendola as well.


http://twitter.com/cpriceNFL/statuses/339778040659857408

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Defensive backs got their hands on a lot of passes, led by Alfonzo Dennard and Ras-I Dowling.


http://twitter.com/MikeReiss/statuses/339778051988680704

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Ballard worked in limited role throughout session.


http://twitter.com/cpriceNFL/statuses/339778923988664321

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Talib made a nice pick on a tipped pass.


http://twitter.com/cpriceNFL/statuses/339778429996118017

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Moe, Hawkins, Amendola and Washington working as return guys.


http://twitter.com/cpriceNFL/statuses/339778200383148032

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Aaron Dobson made two nice sideline catches, one over Dowling...not sure who was in coverage on the other


http://twitter.com/shalisemyoung/statuses/339778224278081537

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Mallett and Vereen connected on a nice deep ball down the sideline.


http://twitter.com/cpriceNFL/statuses/339778351566835713
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of good vibes about Dowling from NE beat writers too. Mentioning Dennard&Talib saw most time at CB but Dowling has continued to progress and impress.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some pictures from the OTAs:

Danny Amendola vs. Aqib Talib:


Stevan Ridley:


Tavon Wilson :


Michael Buchanan [seems like he's in coverage]:


Jake Ballard:


Danny Amendola:


Tom Brady and Aaron Hernandez:


Aqib Talib:

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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boyce not lifted as inactive. Does that mean he participated?
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tzimisce wrote:
Boyce not listed as inactive. Does that mean he participated?


He didn't participate.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Passing off is obviously a big work in progress. With all the new faces, there wasn't much of the usual precision. Tho some nice catches.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339852355862401024

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You can tell Brady knows the score and is being extremely patient. In past years, all the incompletions would have really ticked him off


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339852581079756801

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The new-found muscle and bulk on Ridley and Vereen was surprising.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339852897460314113

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Cannon isn't as lean as he was back at tackle. Much thicker and has built up his lower body. More power.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339853046265835520

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Watched Mallett a lot. The consistency still isn't there yet but his footwork & mechanics are much improved. Release is quicker and better.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339853307940044801

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Adrian Wilson is huge. Tavon Wilson wasn't in the mix much at all. Wonder if they're having him watch Adrian to see a real pro.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339853669887537152

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The defensive continuity in personnel is obviously helping. They're not well ahead of the offense, they're on a different planet. Expected.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339854251738152962

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It's so odd to see the offense so far behind, but I'd be surprised if it wasn't like that with all the new faces/starters out.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339855053307400192

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Nothing stood out from the WRs except a couple nice downfield catches. Everyone, including Amendola, is feeling their way. That will change.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339855928004321280

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This is no. 37 on their to-do list, but the young WRs are going to need to run more precise routes to function highly come game time.


https://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339858196057427968

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Lot of rounded off routes. That won't fly when it comes down to it. But that comes later. They need to learn the system first.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339858601256574976
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If Cannon has changed his body type it would tell a lot about how serious the team is about him playing inside vs. outside. But I must say... was he ever 'lean' in the first place? Doesn't look like he had much room to 'get bigger' unless his goal is to play NT.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couple more:
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Blount was as advertised...completely missed a blitz pickup. It's a new system for him, so it's still very early.


https://twitter.com/GregABedard/status/339854019667296256

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still not a Kafka fan. Slow delivery. Not much zip.


http://twitter.com/GregABedard/statuses/339865963950383104
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still don't understand the Blount trade.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Still don't understand the Blount trade.


Garbage in, garbage out. Better value than a 6th round pick. Makes sense once word of his re-worked contract broke.
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Still don't understand the Blount trade.


Garbage in, garbage out. Better value than a 6th round pick. Makes sense once word of his re-worked contract broke.

I'd rather have the pick, personally. I really hope he doesn't make the roster.
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Richter wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
goldfishwars wrote:
Still don't understand the Blount trade.


Garbage in, garbage out. Better value than a 6th round pick. Makes sense once word of his re-worked contract broke.

I'd rather have the pick, personally. I really hope he doesn't make the roster.


The chances of Blount being useful are way higher than a random 6th round pick, much as I don't like Blount.
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Richter wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
goldfishwars wrote:
Still don't understand the Blount trade.


Garbage in, garbage out. Better value than a 6th round pick. Makes sense once word of his re-worked contract broke.

I'd rather have the pick, personally. I really hope he doesn't make the roster.


Eh, I hope he does, because if he does, it means he found a way to improve his game (know the plays, stop dancing and hit the hole) and translate his appreciable talent into usefulness. Do I think it happens? No way.
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mcmurtry86 wrote:
Richter wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
goldfishwars wrote:
Still don't understand the Blount trade.


Garbage in, garbage out. Better value than a 6th round pick. Makes sense once word of his re-worked contract broke.

I'd rather have the pick, personally. I really hope he doesn't make the roster.


The chances of Blount being useful are way higher than a random 6th round pick, much as I don't like Blount.

Higher than a random 6th round pick? Sure, I suppose. That said, I don't think the Patriots would select a player randomly, they might even select someone good. That possibility at least exists with the pick, it doesn't with Blount. Best case scenario, he's a serviceable backup that keeps his nose clean. I'm not hopeful for that scenario.
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Richter wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
Richter wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
goldfishwars wrote:
Still don't understand the Blount trade.


Garbage in, garbage out. Better value than a 6th round pick. Makes sense once word of his re-worked contract broke.

I'd rather have the pick, personally. I really hope he doesn't make the roster.


The chances of Blount being useful are way higher than a random 6th round pick, much as I don't like Blount.

Higher than a random 6th round pick? Sure, I suppose. That said, I don't think the Patriots would select a player randomly, they might even select someone good. That possibility at least exists with the pick, it doesn't with Blount. Best case scenario, he's a serviceable backup that keeps his nose clean. I'm not hopeful for that scenario.


Their list of non-Brady 6th's tells me that Blount is a much more likely bet to contribute:

Nate Ebner
Markell Carter
Ted Larsen
Jake Ingram
Myron Pryor
Bo Ruud
Justin Rogers
Justice Hairston
Mike Richardson
Jeremy Mincey
Corey Hilliard
Dan Stevenson
LeKevin Smith
Kliff Kingsbury
Arther Love
Leonard Myers
Antwan Harris
Tom Brady
David Nugent

Mincey is the best of the non-Brady's (by far) but never made the team. Hilliard and Larsen have been somewhat useful but again, never made the team. Smith, Pryor, Harris and Myers were adequate short term role players.

Blount is better than all of the non-Brady, non-Mincey guys on that list. Even if he's a turd and gets cut in camp, he's in the same boat as half of those guys (never suiting up for even 1 game in New England).
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