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Paul Zimmerman
September 03, 2001
an opposing team's scout sizes up the Patriots
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September 03, 2001

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an opposing team's scout sizes up the Patriots

What you've got here is the House of Lords, but New England's record suggests that it should be the House of Commons. O.K., you've got two highly paid guys, Drew Bledsoe and Lawyer Milloy, who've earned it, but a lot of others aren't playing up to their paychecks. Some are on the downside, either through injury or just age. Ty Law has got to get himself together and decide he's going to be good again. Damien Woody has the ability to be one of the top five centers in the league, but every year he fights a weight problem. He's supposed to be the leader of the line, but you can't be a leader if you're rolling into camp overweight....

I like the new offensive line better than other people do. The key, of course, is how quickly the rookie tackles, Kenyatta Jones and Matt Light, pick up the scheme. Mike Compton, the guard they got from the Lions, brings a style of play they need. He's a tough guy. So is Joe Andruzzi on the right side....

Right now David Patten looks the best of the new receivers, but I can't really get too excited about that because he always seems to have a good camp....

One guy who is always overlooked is Tedy Bruschi. They need more guys like that....

The defense worries me, though. There's no noseguard. That's why Bill Belichick signed Bryan Cox, to double with Ted Johnson in a two-middle-linebacker set and firm it up inside....

My favorite player on the team is Troy Brown. All he does is make clutch plays.