A quick look at the latest edition (Feb 7th) of Patriots Football Weekly.
(If you have a subscription to the paper, you can read the articles linked below.)
Paul Perillo says that Brady vs. Manning just got better with the Colts Super Bowl win.
Andy Hart has a look at veterans Troy Brown, Tedy Bruschi, Josh Miller, Junior Seau and Rodney Harrison and how the team has to get a handle on how much these players have left and whether they will be part of the 2007 Patriots.
Tom Casale says the future is now for young Patriots like Laurence Maroney, David Thomas, Ellis Hobbs, James Sanders and Mike Wright.
Casale also reviews the NFL Network “America’s Game” entry on the 2004 Patriots. He says:
I’ve seen virtually every episode of “America’s Game” and while they are all excellent, the 2004 Patriots is one of the best two or three I’ve watched, thanks in most part to the insight of Belichick – one of the NFL’s greatest coaches who almost always has his guard up. This is an absolute must-see for any Patriots fan. Watching the players and coaches live out an historic season in New England will send a chill down the spine of Patriots fans young and old.
Hart has the cover story feature on the 18 Patriots set to hit free agency this offseason, which includes Asante Samuel. He looks at each player and what the changes are that they will be back with the Patriots next season.
The PFW staff put together their 2006 All Opponent team, which includes Peyton Manning, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jerricho Cotchery, Dallas Clark, Champ Bailey, Kerry Rhodes, Ian Gold, Bob Sanders and Tony Dungy, among others.
The staff also has their 2006 Lighthouse Awards, which includes the coveted Pretty Fly for a White Guy Award, which was awarded to Mike Wright.
Casale has a free agency wish list, which first looks at the best players available on the market and then possible targets for the Patriots. Some names mentioned as Patriot possibilities include Donnie Edwards, London Fletcher-Baker, Adalius Thomas, Nick Harper, Ken Hamlin, Michael Lewis, Kevin Curtis and Bobby Engram.
Rob McCartney from Robscouting.com has a look at the underclassmen who could play a role in April’s draft.