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New England's CB depth a concern?

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If you look here: http://www.nfl.com/teams/depthcharts/NE

 

You'll see their CBs listed. From the team reports, here is some info on their corners:

 

--CB Randall Gay was walking on crutches Monday in the locker room after injuring his lower left leg against the Panthers. He won't likely play in Pittsburgh.

 

--CB Chad Scott did not make the trip to Carolina because of a shoulder injury suffered against the Raiders. He probably won't be available in Pittsburgh.

 

--CB Tyrone Poole (left ankle) also sat out the Panthers game and will remain questionable this week.

 

--WR Troy Brown may take some defensive reps this week in practice after the Patriots lost a third cornerback (Randall Gay) last week to injury.

 

--CB Duane Starks likely will draw a start in Pittsburgh because of injuries to Tyrone Poole, Chad Scott and Randall Gay. Don't be surprised to see Hank Poteat brought back into the fold or perhaps even Troy Brown getting some defensive reps in practice this week. The Pats are down to three healthy cornerbacks, including inexperienced rookie Ellis Hobbs.

 

So, the question is: will Pittsburgh be able to take advantage of this? The Steelers aren't known for their passing game, but it has generated 2 TDs in the past 2 meetings w/ NE. With Parker's breakaway ability, teams have to make sure the safeties can provide help to bring him down, and this seems to have helped out the passing game. Granted Pittsburgh has faced subpar defenses in Ten and Hou.

 

However, with all of that said

 

Do you think Pitt will be able to take advantage of NE secondary, or will Bill B scheme his way to confusing Big Ben?

 

Do you forsee Big Ben having a better day than his 210 yd, 1 TD prediction?

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No, don't start Big Ben (assuming this is a very cleverly disguised WDIS post). The thing that gets me is NE has no depth at CB yet they carry how many WR/TE's? Maybe cut loose Fauria or someone else and get some D help back there.

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situation normal with our DB's....I hear they are having tryouts in the parking lot before the game.

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No, don't start Big Ben

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I had contemplated it but decided against it yesterday and am sticking with Culpepper. So this isn't really a WDIS ?, just a general question about their secondary. Carolina didn't excel against them last week, they did damage on the ground. I am guessing Pitt will do the same, but why don't teams try to pick apart their secondary more? Hopefully Pitt will line up Miller a bit on the flanker spot and let him get some underneath stuff without the linebackers around. He's got great hands.

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from todays Herald...

 

"With injuries mounting in the secondary, the Pats hosted veteran cornerback Bobby Taylor for a free agent visit yesterday in Foxboro. The longtime Philadelphia Eagle was recently released by Seattle and is known as a physical outside corner.

 

The numbers have begun to thin with Randall Gay (ankle) joining Tyrone Poole (ankle) and Chad Scott (shoulder) among the injured ranks Sunday at Carolina.

 

As for healthy corners, the Pats are now down to Asante Samuel, Duane Starks and Ellis Hobbs..."

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Ellis Hobbs is raw, but he's going to be good.

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I think he'll be better than good. The kid's got speed and great instincts. If the Pats depth at CB becomes more of a problem this year, I bet he gets a crack at the job before Taylor or any other fa.

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Ellis Hobbs is raw, but he's going to be good.

 

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Wasn't his brother Roy a great baseball player. :D

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Wasn't his brother Roy a great baseball player. :D

 

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Does he carry around a football made from a cow that got struck by lightning?

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