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Shots Heard 'Round The Web - Patriots Links 5/14/09


“Oh, of course. With this offense, there are just so many weapons … why not have another one? You can do so much. We’ll see what happens. It’s like Tom [Brady] was telling me the other day. You just sit at home and think about some of the combinations that can be put on the field together, and it’s like, ‘Wow! If we can get this clicking, that clicking, it can be something special.’”

So it appears the final chip has been played in terms of stocking the side opposite linebacker Adalius Thomas with a proven sack master. Where does all this leave the Pats?

For the moment, it suggests Belichick is comfortable with the in-house candidates who, on paper, might not provide the spark or thrust in a pass rush that’s needed.

The Patriots identify their weaknesses and address them by drafting players that fit their system perfectly. Darius Butler is exactly what they need in their secondary: a player with great instincts, speed and ball skills to make an immediate impact. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound Butler should help the Patriots improve on their 14 interception total from a year ago. He finished his career at Connecticut with 10 interceptions and returned two of them for touchdowns. It appears that Butler will take over the role that Ellis Hobbs had and could be the team's new return specialist this season. Expect Butler to have a rookie season similar to the one that Aqib Talib had last year for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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