Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Let's see the rookies
If you watched the Patriots-Dolphins beatdown, you saw a Patriots defense that often looked too slow to stop Miami's athletic running backs, even on the "routine" plays. Once the Fins went to their "wildcat" offense with running backs playing quarterback and quarterbacks at receiver, the Pats looked far from the honed squad that has come up big time and time again through the years.
New England spent most of its past draft stocking up on defensive prospects. Let's see them.
Given, Jerod Mayo, the 10th overall pick, has been in on almost every play. After that, we've seen little of the youth infusion. Shawn Crable (#98, photo) is a 6'5", 243-pound linebacker projected to be the next big pass rusher. Terrence Wheatley, out of Colorado, has big-role potential as a cornerback.
Give them some plays. Let's see if their forecasts are right.