Fan Fun With Fotoshop: Patriots Red Alternate Uniforms
Some Jermain Cunningham highlights. I’ve got a good feeling about this one…
If you’re an NFL fan it doesn’t get much worse than the May-June stretch. You find yourself constantly scanning the internets for news that will never come. Sure you might hear bits and pieces… contract extensions, minor signings, but for the most part we are in the treacherous time of year known simply as “The Void”.
You’ve already educated yourself on your teams draft picks. Maybe even convinced yourself that your team will go 15-1. Which, by the way, I find ironic that even when Jets fans seem assured they will have one of the greatest seasons in NFL history they still won’t be able to beat the Patriots twice.
Anyway, it’s kinda hard to blog during the Void. Most NFL bloggers are really reaching for material right now (see the above 15-1 reference), so I prefer to try and get my Patriots obsession under control. Do other things. Read a book even.
But here are some quick hit Patriots thoughts for the week.
On Tully Banta-Cain As mentioned in the quote in my previous post it seems like most people are writing off Tully Banta-Cain’s 10 sack 2009 season as a fluke. Yes he did have 5 of his 10 sacks against the Bills but let’s not forget the fact that the Patriots owning the Bills has been no easy feat. The Bills did beat both the Dolphins and Jets last year, and really the Patriots dominance of the Bills has been a large part of how they’ve continued to dominate the AFC East for the last decade. So yes, take 5 of 10 with a grain of salt, but remember those two wins played a big part in the Patriots winning the division.
It’s also common to say that TBC was no good against the run, and should only be a situational pass rusher. Well this tells a different story. The only bad game TBC had against the run was against those very same Buffalo Bills. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Tully was the best player on the Patriots defense in 2009. So let’s not be so quick to write him off as a one-year wonder who can’t stop the run. If anything it was pass coverage that was not his specialty.
On Wes Welker’s Recovery There’s a lot of baseless negative rumor mongering that goes on when it comes to the Pats, especially via the Boston and National Media so I’m going to take this opportunity to pass along some positive rumor mongering. First we saw a tweet from Maria Menounos saying:
Hung out w/my patriots-vince wilfork, tom brady and wes welker…wes says he’s healed and ready!psyched!!
OK, who knows what Wes actually said to Maria, he could’ve just been trying to pick her up. But then came this post on the excellent Patriots message board PatsFans.com:
A good friend of mine (a reliable guy) sat directly behind Welker on a flight from Boston to LA today (another Playboy visit vs. passing camp with TB?). Welker told someone sitting next to him that he is “way ahead of schedule”. Take that for what it’s worth at this point in his rehab but it can’t be a bad thing.
OK, can I confirm that either of these reports are true? No. Do either make me thing there’s a chance WW will be ready before week 7? Nope. But it’s two counts of positive news, albeit unconfirmed rumors, that make me feel good about Wes’ chances for a full recovery this year so take them for what they’re worth.
But I will say this, if anyone is coming back way ahead of schedule from an ACL tear it’s Wes Welker.
Verhei identifies outside linebacker as the [Patriots] biggest weakness, but doesn’t seem as down on this void as with the others. The Patriots drafted Florida pass-rusher Jermaine Cunningham in the second round. But Verhei calls Tully Banta-Cain’s 10 sacks “a one-year fluke” and describes the rest of the depth chart as a collection of quasi-capable castoffs.
[Farnham] impressed this week, juking linebacker Brandon Spikes out of his shoes in a form-tackling drill that didn’t include the contact. He also caught the ball nicely.
Buddy Farnham (WR – Brown University) won himself a contact with the Patriots after this weekends rookie OTA. Check out this video that he must’ve made to get himself an invite to an NFL camp. Impressive stuff, and I’m not just talking about his abs.