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Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:08 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 1:37 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The knee-jerk reaction to the deal that sent Randy Moss from the Patriots to the Vikings is "TOM BRADY IS DONE!" (Well, from a fantasy football perspective anyway -- there's also the "The Patriots are giving up!" reaction as well.)

Both are silly, of course.

The deal just, hypothetically, means less deep balls in their offense -- but even that might not be correct with the lightning-fast Brandon Tate on the roster. And outside of that, they still have plenty of weapons in Wes Welker (he's good, duh), Julian Edelman (he's Wes Welker 2.0), Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski.

More importantly though, they now have two draft picks in the each of the first FOUR rounds of the 2011 NFL draft.

Think for a moment about how silly that is -- assuming they don't package these picks for more selections (which is not a safe assumption), they'll be grabbing eight players before most people get four and some people get three.

They have the Oakland Raiders' first-rounder (which is looking like a lottery ticket at the moment), the Carolina Panthers second-rounder (appearing to be in the high end of that round as well), the Minnesota Vikings third-rounder, and the Denver Broncos' fourth-rounder (you may recall they sent Laurence Maroney's corpse for that).

So, yes, eight selections in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft, a freshly signed Tom Brady, a slew of weapons on the offensive end and a young, but talented defense that needs some time to gel.

Are they the Super Bowl favorites this year? Of course not. Did losing Randy Moss probably hurt their short-term chances? Yes.

Can they turn those picks into high quality contributors and/or more picks in the future? That's the most important question, but it's safe to say that, yeah, they probably can do that. And because of that, the 2010 Patriots, once considered a near-dead dynasty, are suddenly straight reloaded.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:32 am

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:01 pm

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:52 pm

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

I hope this all ends well with the Patriots, 

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: October 7, 2010 1:26 am

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

The Pats have proven they know how to work the draft and develop personel. They have an undeniable track record of success. They do have a lot of young talent...and because they are so young, they are probably not ready to challenge the Jets this year. Going forward, though, the Pats have set themselves up to be playoff contenders for years to come. I'm not a Pats fan, particularly. but I do have to give them their due. They are a well-run organization.  

Since: Oct 6, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 9:06 pm

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate


Since: Jul 15, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:15 pm

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

Moss is inarguably an amazing talent, and yes here's the "but", he had increasingly demostrated Manny-esque tendancies.  Would the Red Sox, Indians or Dodgers - looking back - have loved to have traded Manny while his "vaule" was unblemished by his Mannyness?  No doubt.

Belichek and Kraft loath rearview personnel management.  They'd rather err making an affirmative personnel move then have erred in letting a situation devolve then pay the price in loss of value when the player move was ultimately made.

I wish Moss well, as I did Lawyer, Law, Seymour, Vrabel and Maroney - and Pioli too.

Of course, the Pats get my support and, at a healthy but wobbly 3-1, an extra dose of hope too.

Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: October 6, 2010 6:28 pm

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

Hey, here's hoping their own pick is a high one...and for years to come.

Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: October 6, 2010 5:30 pm

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

Sorry dude.

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 4:49 pm

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

One other thing, "Suddenly Reloading at a Rapid Rate". 

No, they have been doing this nonsense for several years now, and there team is getting worse.  You don't need to rebuild in the NFL, especially when you are a contending team.  The Seymour trade and this trade is the type of trade that a team like the Panthers or Bucs would make this year.  Acquiring picks is good for them, because they have no talent.  Teams with talent, usually its in their best interest to keep their BEST players until their contracts run out.  Even if they can't resign them, that last year of the contract can still be a Super Bowl season. 

I love this trade, the Ravens don't have to face Moss in two weeks now, and one less team to worry about in the AFC.  I will admit that I can't count the Patriots completely out because of this, but they just got significantly worse THIS year.  Isn't THIS year the year we are currently in.  Somebody should tell Bill Belicheck that.

Since: Jun 18, 2007
Posted on: October 6, 2010 4:41 pm

Patriots are suddenly reloading at a rapid rate

Pats fans are looking through Bill Belicheck colored glasses here. Brady is 33 years old.  Not a good time to throw away another year. 

Another point, if they already have 7 draft picks for next year, that is all the reason it is not that important to acquire another pick?  How many picks can you sign in one draft. 

This trade happened because Moss was acting up and Bill got tired of it.  That makes a lot more sense, but you can bet behind close doors, the Pats are not happy that they had to do it.  At least they have an extra pick to try to replace Moss (I guess Vincent Jackson will do, might be Steve Smith (Panthers) possibly.  No the receivers they have now are not poised for a super bowl run.  And let me remind Pats fans that the super bowl runs happened with veteran players on defense, in which they have none now. 

Good luck, hope it works out, but I think they have gone a little overboard with the "lets just acquire young talent and develop it thing".  There is something to be said for keeping veteran players that are fully devoloped. 

I'm glad the Ravens kept Ray Lewis and didn't trade him for a 3rd round pick.  This started with Lawyer Milloy, then Seymour, now Moss, you can't keep giving away fully developed talented players and just arrogantly assume you can replace them in the draft. 

Good luck Pats fans, follow your boy, but if this year doesn't end in a deep playoff run, and the offense isn't great after this trade, it will not be considered a great trade 2 years from now because your 3rd round draft pick is finally contributing on special teams. 

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