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Adalius Thomas
PETER KING
August 06, 2007
PATRIOTS CAMP, FOXBOROUGH, MASS. Lost in the excitement about a hyper-upgraded receiving corps --Moss! Stallworth! Welker!--is this: The Patriots' passing game was the AFC's fifth-best last season. While the D also ranked fifth, the unit was sometimes exposed, particularly after linebacker Junior Seau suffered a broken arm in Week�12. New England allowed 13.1 points per game up until then and 21.0 afterward. In response, the Pats swooped in for free-agent linebacker Adalius Thomas, the 6' 2", 270-pound former Raven who emerged as football's most versatile defensive force, playing not only as a linebacker in Baltimore but also as a lineman, safety and even corner. "I don't have a preferred position," says Thomas. "Whatever is needed of me, I do." With Slash in the fold, it's likely that opponents will find fewer holes in the Patriots' defense.
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August 06, 2007

Adalius Thomas

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PATRIOTS CAMP, FOXBOROUGH, MASS. Lost in the excitement about a hyper-upgraded receiving corps -- Moss! Stallworth! Welker!--is this: The Patriots' passing game was the AFC's fifth-best last season. While the D also ranked fifth, the unit was sometimes exposed, particularly after linebacker Junior Seau suffered a broken arm in Week�12. New England allowed 13.1 points per game up until then and 21.0 afterward. In response, the Pats swooped in for free-agent linebacker Adalius Thomas, the 6' 2", 270-pound former Raven who emerged as football's most versatile defensive force, playing not only as a linebacker in Baltimore but also as a lineman, safety and even corner. "I don't have a preferred position," says Thomas. "Whatever is needed of me, I do." With Slash in the fold, it's likely that opponents will find fewer holes in the Patriots' defense.

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