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The Third Rider

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  1. I am looking forward to how Jimmy G. plays. How the Rams turn out after all of those big moves and I will keep an eye on the Steelers since they are probably the Pats biggest contenders in the AFC, the Jags a close 2nd.
  2. Starting OL

    Light was good but rated much higher then he should be mainly because of Brady’s godly foot work and pocket awareness. Mankins was really good but if there was ever such a thing as an unclutch offensive lineman he sure was it. Where is the love for Dan Koppen?
  3. Your Team: What are you most looking forward to?

    I am looking forward to see rookie Sony Michel at tail back for the Patriots. The Pats had to revamp the oline since Soldier left and with the other RBs being marginally good at best (White is mainly a 3rd down back) I think we will see a lot of action.
  4. Patriots releasing Tony Garcia

    Well he was the furthest thing from a sure thing. I know a lot Pats fans had him pinciled in as the started before the draft and I never figured out where all this confidence came from. Hoped he could at least remain as a rotational guy but I guess he is not even good enough for that, real shame.
  5. How Crucial Do you Consider The Offensive Line?

    I order of most important to me it’s: 1) QB - a great QB can still be very good with a bad oline, in fact good QBs mask many of the deficiencies of bad OLines. I’ve seen greats like Brady and Manning still look amazing even with mediocre protection. It’s to the point that I don’t think you can properly evaluate how good an oline is if you have an elite QB. 2) Dline - as was already pointed out, there have been several teams with bad olines and good dlines that have won the super bowl and I don’t think I’ve seen the opposite. 3) Oline - To me it’s the 3rd most important unit. If your QB is abysmal no amount of blocking is going to stop your QB from throwing incomplete passes or interceptions. A good oline can help you move the chains and keep a lead but if you fall behind it’s up to your defense to get the ball back and for your QB to regain that lead. At that point all the oline can do is do their part and hope for the best, so in the end it’s the other positions that are relied upon to win the game. on another note, I’ve always heard that you need to get a LT before a QB. Well the Browns had one of the best LTs ever for over a decade and not once did they have a good QB or a team worth mentioning. The Browns would have been a much better team with an elite QB and a bad LT then a HoF LT and a bad QB. A TE and RB can always chip the blind side.
  6. Your Most memorable draft moments of all time???!!

    I always loved Gronk put on a helmet and got all fired up on stage with his whole family. Turns out the guy is pretty good too. David Akers speech this year was pure gold too.
  7. Patriots 1(31): Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

    Generally the Pats do split up the carries but as the season goes along I expect Michel to get most of the carries. Simply put Michel is way more talented than any other back we currently have and the only thing they have over him is familiarity with the system and playbook. I actually expect burkhead to be the starter week one but that should change fairly quick.
  8. Patriots 1(23): Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia

    I am sure there is going to be an open competition for the LT position. Bill hardly ever just hands out a starter role. Wynn is young, physically gifted and very talented so it should not surprise anyone if he outright wins the position.
  9. ***Spoiler Thread*** Avengers: Infinity Wars

    Yup, only half on them were killed.
  10. Avengers: Infinity War

    Wow, this movie is on another level. Me and my sister were super hyped for this movie and thought it would not live up to it up but boy did it take us for a ride and then some! I am still grasping at some of the things that happened and like many of you I just want to go see it again. lol!
  11. Draft Day Two & Three - Discussion (Rounds 2-7)

    The draft wasn’t flashy but we got good players. I can live with an inconsistent defense as long as Brady is able to extend his career a season or two longer.
  12. Draft Day Two & Three - Discussion (Rounds 2-7)

    The guy is built like a wall of bricks and moves as graceful as one too. Exactly what this defense needed. 6'2 height 260 LBS https://www.nfl.com/prospects/ja'whaun-bentley?id=32462018-0002-5610-575c-f545ea80baf9
  13. Day 2 Draft Discussion Thread

    Akers is killing me on the Connor moment. lol
  14. Patriots 1(31): Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

    Aside from White none of them are anything special, I don't see how you can look at that group and think we have a real running game. If we didn't have an elite passing game those running backs don't scare anyone.
  15. DRAFT DAY- Round 1 Discussion

    I like Michel a lot, his speed seems to be stuck on 2nd gear and has great vision.