Five Patriots Rookies You Can Pencil in on the Roster for 2013
The Rookie Battle
As Bill Belichick has consistently said, "It doesn't matter how you get here, once you're here we expect everyone to perform the same." And so comes another season of rookies, some drafted, some undrafted and unheralded. With the first preseason game having just finished, let's take a look at some rookies that you may or may not be aware of that I think will make this year's squad for sure.
This former Cincinnati Bearcat can flat out catch the ball. He signed with New England as an undrafted free agent. What has he done since then? First, he has already developed a great rapport with the one guy on the team any rookie would have to in order to make the squad on offense, Tom Brady. Secondly, the reason he has developed said rapport is because he has caught just about everything thrown his way. Bottom line, his hands are amazing, he has good size and strength and he can seemingly block, a must in Bill Belichick's offense. Mark it down, barring injury, this kid is going to be on the field for the Patriots in 2013.
This kid is another one of the Bill Belichick's attempts to inject his defense with talent, youth, athleticism, and character. Collins was the Patriots second round pick, but their first selection in 2013. This outside linebacker stands at 6-3 and weighs in at 250 out of Southern Miss. He has good size, quickness, and strength, to play a hybrid role in whatever role is asked of him.
Because he was the Patriots first pick, he will get the benefit of the doubt, no matter how he performs in camp. Pencil Collins in on the final 53 man roster for 2013.
Once again, this second round pick out of Marshall gets the benefit of the doubt, but make no mistake he doesn't need it. Again, hands, hands, hands, have seen this guys stock rise big time during camp. He seems to also have developed an instant rapport with the best quarterback in the game, a sure path to the final 53 man roster. His precise NFL route running ability is just an added bonus. This guy is on the team for sure.
People won't be talking about the loss of last year's core long, this guy along with the rest will make some eyes pop and remind people that Bill Belichick is the smartest guy in the room, rest assured!
One word, Beast! This guy is bigger than Rob Gronkowski, but Gronk still does hold the weight competition by a whopping 5 pounds. Further, Sudfeld has already established a great rapport with Tom Brady and caught a touchdown pass from Ryan Mallet in the Patriots preseason opener showing what he's got. This kid could definitely be on the field helping the Patriots in 2013, especially if he can block. Mark it down now, this beast of a tight end will make the Patriots in 2013. There is only one question? How in the world did this kid go undrafted?!
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Belichick is no stranger to Rutgers, formerly coached by now Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Greg Schiano. This year New England's head coach and GM proved it by drafting player after player from the squad. To help add to the flurry his own son, now on the staff, recently was an assistant there as well.
Ryan will make the roster for several reasons, including the Patriots recent injuries galore, woes in that department, and the fact that the Patriots may need to keep McCourty, another former Rutgers star back at safety. While Patriots fans have been giddy about the signing of Adrian Wilson there is no guarantee he will make the squad, especially since it appears that while he may be able to play back, covering linebackers could be a serious issue for him. If that is the case, Belichick will cut him in a heartbeat, leaving the Patriots exactly where they were last season.
Ryan has decent size at 5'11" 205 and with the consistent injuries and lack of development of Dowling along with Alfonzo Dennard's additional legal troubles you can pencil this guy in for sure. He was a third round pick and is too valuable and talented to get let go.
Do you think all of these guys will make the Patriots final 53 man roster?
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