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Old 07-28-2010, 07:49 AM   #3
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Thanks to the soon-to-be-cranked-up Lisa for the link and a mention that she is correct that hits directly to the EEI website do help Jerry's cause, so please hit it even if you read it here.

I remember the camp that Jerry mentioned. What he didn't mention was that Glenn was barely even pedaling that bike. Phoning it in. The kid was half nuts which is the only thing that prevented him from being a bigger force in the league than he ended up being.

I remember watching a drill in another camp where Bledsoe (the legend) and Brady (the complete unknown) were throwing red zone patterns and I was thinking that you could not see any dropoff when number 12 was in there. He was at least as good, maybe a little better. I figured it must have been a case of early-camp euphoria.

Jerry's line about just wanting to get a look-see at the new guys hit home with me. I remember my first look at Andre Tippett in camp and it was plain to see that the vets were impressed. He appeared almost unblockable and stayed that way right into Canton, OH.

Some guys are like that. You can see something in them right away and it is always a thrill for Pats addicts like myself to feel a kind a little rush that we hit the jackpot with a rookie.

Of course, the opposite is also true and I recall being shocked at how pedestrian Ken Sims looked as a rook when the hugely-hyped overall No. 1 couldn't get any penetration at all against Brian Holloway in pass-rushing drills. I was expecting Mean Joe Greene and we ended getting Mr. Green Jeans. First impressions, both fortunately and otherwise, usually do count.

My instincts tell me that we might be sitting on a powderkeg of talented rookies this year and I simply cannot wait to see if that impression might be correct and some of these guys hit the ground running like Andre did on that day in Smithfield RI, so many years ago. I can still see it like it was yesterday.

I love this time of year. Love it.
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