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Why Isn't Ras-I Dowling Getting Playing Time?
Sterling Moore and Marquise Cole are better players! Duh!
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Ras-I is so good that BB won't play him so NFL parity is maintained
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He's Ras-I Dowling, therefore he is injured
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We need a new conspiracy since BB was forced to give Welker more PT
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He's going to be traded or cut
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He's being taught a new position
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Spygate
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm leaning towards him being taught a new position after what I saw from him against Denver.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tzimisce wrote:
I'm leaning towards him being taught a new position after what I saw from him against Denver.


I was under the impression that his playing safety was a function of Gregory's absence more than a position change.

He certainly has the skill set to project as a safety, though I'd still prefer him to get a long look at CB
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mcmurtry86 wrote:
Tzimisce wrote:
I'm leaning towards him being taught a new position after what I saw from him against Denver.


I was under the impression that his playing safety was a function of Gregory's absence more than a position change.

He certainly has the skill set to project as a safety, though I'd still prefer him to get a long look at CB
I think a lot depends on what the future holds for Alfonso Dennard and Patrick Chung. If Dennard gets more opportunities to play going forward this year and succeeds that gives the Pats the option of sticking with him as the starting RCB. Likewise if Chung continues to struggle, that necessitates replacing him with someone, preferably someone who's better in coverage.
2012 likely won't be Dowling's year to emerge, but for 2013 he'll be a player to watch.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mcmurtry86 wrote:
Tzimisce wrote:
I'm leaning towards him being taught a new position after what I saw from him against Denver.


I was under the impression that his playing safety was a function of Gregory's absence more than a position change.

He certainly has the skill set to project as a safety, though I'd still prefer him to get a long look at CB


I'm with you. I'm inclined to think he's still recovering from surgery. Assuming his hips are ok and he can return to his pre-draft athleticism... you give a player with his size/skills every chance to succeed at outside corner.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tzimisce wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
Tzimisce wrote:
I'm leaning towards him being taught a new position after what I saw from him against Denver.


I was under the impression that his playing safety was a function of Gregory's absence more than a position change.

He certainly has the skill set to project as a safety, though I'd still prefer him to get a long look at CB
I think a lot depends on what the future holds for Alfonso Dennard and Patrick Chung. If Dennard gets more opportunities to play going this year and succeeds that gives the Pats the option of sticking with him as the starting RCB. Likewise if Chung continues to struggle, that necessitates replacing him with someone, preferably someone who's better in coverage.
2012 likely won't be Dowling's year to emerge, but for 2013 he'll be a player to watch.


IMO, even if Dennard is successful at RCB, best case scenario is Dowling (who was a LCB in college) could overtake McCourty at LCB and push him inside to nickel corner or to free safety. I think McCourty would do well at nickel, where he'd play more with receivers in front of him.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

24isthelaw wrote:
Tzimisce wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
Tzimisce wrote:
I'm leaning towards him being taught a new position after what I saw from him against Denver.


I was under the impression that his playing safety was a function of Gregory's absence more than a position change.

He certainly has the skill set to project as a safety, though I'd still prefer him to get a long look at CB
I think a lot depends on what the future holds for Alfonso Dennard and Patrick Chung. If Dennard gets more opportunities to play going this year and succeeds that gives the Pats the option of sticking with him as the starting RCB. Likewise if Chung continues to struggle, that necessitates replacing him with someone, preferably someone who's better in coverage.
2012 likely won't be Dowling's year to emerge, but for 2013 he'll be a player to watch.


IMO, even if Dennard is successful at RCB, best case scenario is Dowling (who was a LCB in college) could overtake McCourty at LCB and push him inside to nickel corner or to free safety. I think McCourty would do well at nickel, where he'd play more with receivers in front of him.
McCourty is at his best when using the sideline to defend and at his worst against in-cuts. Moving him inside would be a pretty big mistake IMO.
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