Paul Perillo and Andy Hart debate: Do the Patriots have enough depth and talent at linebacker?
Though there is still a chance the team could add veteran talent to both/either inside or outside linebacker through free agency or trades, it seems to be getting more likely that it could very well end up that what you see at linebacker right now is what you will get, in some form, on the field this fall.
“I’m jealous," Fryar responded, laughing. "They're winning everything now. I would have loved to have seen Londen in New England because I love what they're doing there. You have to love Tom Brady. [Assistant] Ivan Fears is still there, and he was my coach in New England, so I'm happy to see what they've done. Mr. Kraft, I didn’t get an opportunity to play for him, but I have had a few opportunities to meet him. He seemed like a great man, not just a great business mind, but someone who understands people, has good morals and ethics. I believe he's a good man. I think that that's a good equation for success, so it rolls down from top to bottom."
Pat Kirwan (NFL.com) ranks the Patriots 2nd in it's power poll behind the Steelers.
"Brady is back, and there were key additions in free agency that include Fred Taylor, Shawn Springs and a number of other veterans who will add depth. If the Patriots had secured a veteran outside linebacker, they would have been considered for the top spot."
More Shots after the jump...
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- Rich Thompson catches up with Laurence Maroney and Stephen Gostkowski at Kevin Faulk's Celebrity Softball game in Brockton.
- Chris Gasper notes Nathan Hodel will be his own man, won't be replacing Lonie Paxton's cult-icon status in New England.
- Christopher Price notes long-snapper Nathan Hodel was surprised when Arizona let him go, but knew this was where he wanted to play after visiting Gillette Stadium in March.
- Mike Reiss breaks down the 92 players currently on the Patriots roster. Part VI: Kicker, punter, long-snapper, kickoff returner and punt returner.
- Jeff Howe says Brady should learn a lesson from Favre - on how not to handle retirement.
- Matt Williamson (ESPN) Patriots' weakness: Outside linebacker.
- Mike Sando (ESPN) Shaun Alexander and older running backs.
- Peter King (SI) NFL closing in on deal with Comcast.
- NFL Videos 2009 Coach feature: Jim Schwartz. (3.24 min.) Schwartz talks about his time on Belichick's Cleveland coaching staff, which reads like a who's who of the NFL, and his challenge ahead with the Lions.
- Justin Hall (Bleacher Report) Unrelenting Underdogs: How the New England Patriots Saved America.
- Mike Florio (Sporting News) Six teams that could crash playoff party in '09.
- Brian Hutchison (Bleacher Report) The faces behind the New England Patriots 2009 coaching staff.
- Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Injury Report shenanigans raise eyebrows due to 'Patriot Compliance.'
- Peter King (SI) MMQB: Loss of coaches won't slow Colts.
- Len Pasquarelli (ESPN) Gems sometimes among undrafted.
- Ross Tucker (SI) Giving long-term deals to young players is double-edged sword.
- NFL Insider (CBS Sports) NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan shares his thoughts on the New England Patriots with Jason Horowitz. (2 min. video)
- Matt Bowen (Nat'l Football Post) Is it time to worry in Indy?
- AP NFL salary cap up $12 million over last season.
- AP NFL coaches association upset with pension change.