2022 New England Patriots

woody39

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Gone are the days of the Patriots having a plethora of white playmakers on the offensive side making them perennial favourites here at CF.

Let's take a look at the 53 and see what positives or not there are.

Starters in bold.

QB - Mac Jones, Brian Hoyer, Bailey Zappe.
RB - None
WR - None
TE - Hunter Henry
OL - David Andrews, Cole Strange, James Ferentz

DL - None
DE - None
ILB - None
OLB - None
S - Brenden Schooler, Cody Davis
CB - None

Specialists

K - Nick Folk
P - Jake Bailey
LS - Joe Cardona.

The Patriots only look to start 4 whites this year not including specialists. It is a big disappointment the way the Patriots have trended and there isn't much depth to help improve that in the short term.

The only positives really are the quarter back position with Mac Jones the first round draft choice in 2021 is entrenched as the starter and Bailey Zappe the fourth rounder from 2022 looking good in preseason and the future back up with Brian Hoyer rounding out the quarter back room as the experienced coach on the field there to help their development.

Hunter Henry the tight end from the Chargers signed last season led the team in touchdowns last year with 9 and has excellent chemistry with Mac Jones and is a big threat in the red zone and moving the chains on third down.

David Andrews is a fixture at centre with Cole Strange a suprise but talented first round selection in this years draft the starter at left guard. James Ferrentz returns to the active roster this week as a solid back up for the three interior positions on the offensive line for 2022.

The pleasant surprise arguably is Brenden Schooler making the roster primarily as a special teams player and back up safety. He shone in training camp and preseason and looks like he has a bright future. Cody Davis kept his place as a special teams ace aswell.

No depth or representation at wide reciever and running back or any defensive positions other than safety!

Bill Murray an offensive line defensive line hybrid continues as last season on the practice squad along with Houston rookie centre Kody Russey who is probably next up for David Andrews in case of injury.

Tight end Matt Skol had a solid preseason and is probably the third tight end for the season starting on the practice squad.

Not much to cheer for really apart from Mac Jones and Hunter Henry. Let's see how the season develops see if they pick anyone up.
 
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Thanks for the write up Woody and sorry to see what has happened to your favorite squad. Hard to believe that CF’s perennial favorite is now down to 12 White men on the 53 man roster. That’s the same amount as the Black Bears, who are a consistent villain here. I think it’s evident that Bill B is no genius and that the White friendly rosters that made his success possible was not in fact of his own doing. Maybe once Brady got established as the star QB, he was responsible for all of the White offenses they employed? Remember in the early Brady years, the Pats were as black as the league average. It was that 2nd run of excellence that we fondly remembered. Now it seems the Pats are back to that old formula, which Bill B had no issue with then or now.
 

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My guess is that Belichick and especially owner Robert Kraft became embarrassed by all the ridicule the team received about its White receivers. As we know, the NFL is a "copycat" league except when it comes to anything that results in more Whites (as is society in every other way), and no other team copied that aspect of the team's success. The Vikings kind of did and the Rams are to a degree, but despite the large supply of capable White receivers available every year in spite of the Caste System the league will keep to its long established ways with outliers frowned upon.

But maybe Brady does deserve a lot of credit, too. Belichick's drafts are awful year after year, and post-Brady the organization is floundering with all reports saying the offense in the preseason was dysfunctional. And Belichick brought in Matt Patricia and Joe Judge to run the offense, another inexplicable move. Bill has become easy to dislike unfortunately.
 

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Yes it really must be more about image than winning. The Pats could sign Cole Beasley or Alex Bachman today and start either of them at slot receiver tomorrow and it would instantly be an upgrade over the putrid wideouts they currently employ. That’s what the Pats 5-10 years ago would have done…..
 

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I just want Mac Jones to be successful. The media will be gunning for him pretty soon. I am only now seeing articles written regarding the Patriots awful drafting record. We have once again been ahead of the curve by many years in calling them out. Being able to see the caste system for what it is and not being blinded by melanin=ability gives us an edge up on any other "experts", prognosticators or average fan that lacks critical thinking ability. Being able to view this whole charade of the caste system with a heightened sense of racial awareness is something we should all be proud of if you ask me.
 

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Pats have fallen to Da Bears status is a sad day.
 

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Andy Isabella, starred at nearby U Mass, check.
Andy Isabella, available for a late round draft pick or even less, check.
Andy Isabella, faster and more talented than any current receivers on roster, check.
Andy Isabella, not wanted by the post-Brady Patriots even though he would be ideal for Mac Jones' development, check.
 

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It is a sad state of affairs what has happened. I struggle to understand why they have gone away from what made them a success, who knows whether it was Bradys influence or not that caused there to be so many whites at the Patriots at the time or not. The Bucs aren't exactly full of white talent.

Even if you are kind and say its purely a football decision to change their style away from a complex route tree system to a more straight forward speed based one as some analysts have said at this years training camp and to simply get faster.....We all know here that our guys can run with the best of them and more if you look at the holy grail of 40 times etc. Plus just because you can run 4.3 doesn't mean you can be as good as Welker, Edelman et al at changing direction etc it's not track and field its football.
 
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Sitting in last place after three weeks with the division's worst offense, Belichik the genius is opting to start his former high school classmate, future assistant coach, and caste cuck extraordinaire Brian Hoyer in place of the injured Mac Jones. Still on the bench is Bailey Zappe, the FBS single season record holder in passing yards and passing touchdowns. As a fourth round pick, his pro experience is closely mirroring former Patriots fourth round pick Jarrett Stidham, who was given all of 48 passing attempts in his three years with New England. Stidham was traded quite cheaply to Las Vegas at the request of the Raiders' new coach Josh McDaniels, who obviously saw something that Bill didn't.

Hoyer keeps the white starter count at four this week, but I'll be happy if they keep losing until Jones gets healthy.

Jones, btw, is asking for a second opinion on his "severe high ankle sprain" after the Patriots team doctor recommended surgery. Disagreements with the medical staff are a big reason why Gronkowski and Brady are ending their careers in Tampa Bay and not New England. Food for thought.
 
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