Since the season starts (for the Pats) starts in about a half hour (as I start typing this), here’s some random observations…basically since the team started camp. No rhyme or reason, no particular order, completely all over the place. But no, no more roster projections. I can promise you that.
*The starting offensive line tonight appears to be Cameron Fleming/Joe Thuney/David Andrews/Ted Karras/Marcus Cannon…YIIIIIIIIKKKKKKKEEEEEESSSSSSSS!!!!
*The Patriots have re-signed some of their upcoming free agents recently: Matthew Slater, Jonathan Freeny & Rob Ninkovich, to be specific. I do love Ninkovich, despite him being an idiot and getting suspended for PEDs. Have an “expert” check the labels next time Nink. But if I had to pick three of the impending free agents to re-sign, these wouldn’t be the first three. Devin McCourty restructured today apparently too. I HOPE all of this means they have created some decent cap room and are locking up Jamie Collins for several years.
*The rest of the impending free agents? I’m not worried about Malcolm Butler next offseason. He’s restricted. If they sign Collins, they can franchise tag Dont’a Hightower. Jabal Sheard? Would love to keep him, but I bet they let him go, especially after some other team throws a ton of dough at him…assuming he has a good year of course. Logan Ryan & Duron Harmon? Replaceable. Martellus Bennett? A luxury this year. Sebastian Vollmer? Injury-prone, seems likely if he wants to stay, he will have to take a huge pay cut. Point being? Sign Collins ASAP and the rest should fall into place.
*Yes, the Julian Edelman “losing Brady is like one of your friends going to jail” comment is silly. He was on the same team with Aaron Hernandez at one point, no?
*If Jimmy Garoppolo is truly is affected by the Tom Brady banner hanging at Gillette Stadium, is he the person we want quarterbacking the team?
*Jacoby Brissett looked pretty good in the preseason. But if Jimmy Football struggles out of the gate, do people really think he will be better? At least now? Not so sure about that.
*Gronk has a bad hammy. Uh oh.
*Brady is keeping sharp by throwing to Gisele. That should work.
*Surprised DJ Foster is inactive. Thought they may go short passing game tonight. Wouldn’t be shocked if they showed a bit of no-huddle. Running game is average, at best. Line is potentially brutal. Foster could help there. Maybe we will see some Brandon Bolden out there in his place. Yuck.
*People were surprised that Cre’von LeBlanc and Kamu Grugier-Hill were left off the final roster. I was. But do we really think that these guy will end up being superstars elsewhere? Doubtful.
*Gametime. Moving on. Prediction? Ugh. I think the Pats will show better than most think. But the obstacles are too great. Arizona, 24-17.