Found October 28, 2011 on
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The Young Money Crew has to be licking their chops after the Patriots latest move. The Patriots cut Cornerback Leigh Bodden. Bodden was the Patriots starting cornerback opposite Devin McCourty. Bodden’s replacement is doubtful to play this week against the Steelers as well. Ras I Dowling has a hip injury and will most likely not play leaving New England with only 3 cornerbacks on the roster.
Kyle Arrington should get the start versus the Steelers. Arrington just went from fourth corner to starter in a matter of minutes. Filling in on Nickel packages will be the only other corner on the roster Antwaun Molden. The Patriots will be weak at defensive back all around.
The Steelers should take advantage of New England’s secondary. While McCourty was a Pro Bowler last season he has struggled this year to keep up that same level. McCourty will most likely be lined up on Wallace with help over the top. I will still give Mike Wallace the advantage in that situation. He still can run past both guys.
That leaves the Patriots in almost forced man coverage on the rest of the Steelers receivers. I will take Antonio Brown in the slot against Antwaun Molden every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Hopefully after last weeks performance Roethlisberger and Brown can stay on the same page and put up big numbers again. If they are in sync there could be no stopping Brown and the Steelers this weekend.
Don’t forget about Emmanuel Sanders either. He is expected to start with Hines Ward down with an injured ankle. With more reps Sanders has the ability to get some flow with the offense. He has been a little bit distant this season and not in tune with Roethlisberger. Now having a full game in his grasp they should be able to get on track. If that happens the Steelers offense could explode not only this weekend but the rest of the season.
Expect to see a lot of points this weekend and quite a few dances from this group of talented young receivers. The Steelers should be able to score and score often. They will need to if they plan on winning against the Patriots this weekend.
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Patriots fans and even the Patriots players themselves were shocked to learn that the team released CB Leigh Bodden. Bodden played his best football for the team in 2009 when he was on a one-year deal. He signed a 4-year, $22 million deal in 2010 to stay with the Pats. He never got to play in 2010 due to a camp injury and was injured again this season, playing sparingly. When he...
The New England Patriots on Friday released cornerback Leigh Bodden, NBCSports.com reported.
The release of Bodden continues the uncertainty in New England's secondary, the worst in the NFL.
Prior to the season, the Patriots released two-time Pro Bowl safety Brandon Meriweather. And Devin McCourty, who had seven interceptions as a rookie last season, has been targeted more...
The Patriots aren't exactly deep in their defensive backfield, but they're reportedly choosing to thin out the depth chart even more. The team released cornerback Leigh Bodden on Friday, league sources told Pro Football Talk. Bodden, 30, signed a four-year deal with New England prior to the 2010 season. He missed the entirety of the 2010 campaign due to injury. This season...
The Patriots are apparently hoping that addition by subtraction could help improve their slumping secondary, as they’ve just parted ways with a veteran member of that much-maligned group.
Per ESPNBoston.com, the Pats released cornerback Leigh Bodden on Friday. His agent, Alvin Keels, confirmed the move in a statement.
“He’s enjoyed this time in New England, but after meeting...
The New England Patriots released cornerback Leigh Bodden on Friday.
The New England Patriots have parted ways with cornerback Leigh Bodden and his four-year, $22 million contract, the Boston Herald reported Friday.
The Patriots , who have made more than their share of surprising roster moves under Bill Belichick, made yet another yesterday, releasing cornerback Leigh Bodden.
The Patriots are prepared to face Steelers WR Mike Wallace on Sunday. They have watched him on film, they know his skills, they’ve seen him average 20 yards per catch and reel in a 95-yarder against the Cardinals.
But stopping the speedster is a whole other deal. Every team knows Wallace will get deep, and he still does it. Yesterday, Patriots CB Devin McCourty talked about the...
We first saw Kyle Arrington in the preseason of 2010 and he made an impression quickly. Arrington is a hard nosed player who started on special teams and earned his way to the starting RCB position by the fourth game of the year. However, in that preseason game, he would light up 4th stringers like light bulbs. He covered well but against 4th string players it was to project how...