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"THE PATRIOTS drafted two running backs, so perhaps they're going to try to establish the running game, but this offense is not going to change much. The system has been in place for a long time.
I think Tom Brady's numbers may go down a little because they don't have the threat of a speed guy like Randy Moss. The big bomb won't be there, so I don't think he'll have as many passing yards.
Chad Ochocinco still has plenty of good football left. I wonder though if he will be as detailed in his approach to running routes that he will need to be to satisfy Brady.
I thought that Wes Welker was still injured last year a little bit, maybe just 75 percent healthy. His arrow is definitely pointing down. He'll have more catches than Deion Branch, but Branch has a great rapport with Brady and will get his yards.
After this team traded Moss last year, the tight ends—Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez—really evolved. Linebackers can't cover them. Hernandez started off more quickly last season because he wasn't asked to block. He was basically just a wide receiver. Gronkowski became a receiving threat as the season went on, and he makes Welker and Branch a lot tougher to cover. He's the tight end you want. He makes most of his hay in the red zone.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis will have tough competition for carries because the team drafted two backs. I don't think he'll be a 1,000-yard runner.
I think these two rookies—Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley—can contribute immediately. The Pats like to give the ball to whoever has the hot hand."
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