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We tackle four topics all sparked by the suspension of Wes Welker of the Broncos for PED/Drug use.
John, Gerry, and Steve DeOssie discuss Tom Brady's impact on the rest of the Patriots, plus Steve tells tales from his old days as a NFL linebacker
their financial dealings with the guys they deem to be important offensive linemen. They overpaid to keep right tackle Nick Kaczur in 2009 (four years, $16 million, a deal he wasn’t around to see the end of), and so the thought of them ponying
Brandon Spikes , Deion Branch , Danny Woodhead Key subtractions: Jarvis Green , Adalius Thomas , Ben Watson , Randy Moss , Nick Kaczur , Laurence Maroney Season summary: A year of great expectations dashed in the playoffs that featured the Moss
incumbent members of New England’s offensive line started early in their careers, including Logan Mankins , Dan Koppen and Nick Kaczur , and the Patriots are expected to have a possible opening at right guard with the retirement of veteran Stephen Neal
fourth quarters). But the big picture, of course, is that the Patriots -- with no Ty Warren, no Leigh Bodden, no Nick Kaczur , no Mankins for seven games, basically no Randy Moss (who will now not catch passes from someone named Rusty Smith
fall apart over a public apology. Now, through three games, the Patriots have also gone without Mankins, as well as Nick Kaczur , last year’s starting right tackle (for most of the season) and, before he went down with a back injury during
offseason.) The Patriots have traditionally taken very good care of their starting tackles — remember when they gave Nick Kaczur a new four-year extension in 2009? — and while the 27-year-old Vollmer won’t likely get a new deal before
off their work, not their vocabulary. Stephen Neal , Dan Connolly , Dan Koppen , Logan Mankins and more recently, Nick Kaczur and Sebastian Vollmer . And now, add to that list, Nate Solder , the 6-foot-8 rookie out of Colorado. After coming to terms Thursday
the first day of practice under the new NFL calendar year. Solder was out on the field wearing No. 77, last worn by Nick Kaczur , who was released last Friday. At 6-foot-8, and nearly 320 pounds, Solder figures to start his career behind
rookie deal — which could mean Solder would need more time to get up to speed. Two, the recent release of tackle Nick Kaczur leaves the Patriots a little thin at the position, and the return of Light could provide the necessary depth at the
Patriots decision to cut several notable veterans on Friday afternoon — including veterans Ty Warren , Alge Crumpler and Nick Kaczur — is likely not so much a commentary on what the franchise thinks of them as players, but more of an indication that