December 6, 2016

Colvin Done, Troy Not

by Scott Benson
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The Patriots today placed starting linebacker Rosevelt Colvin on injured reserve with an as-yet unspecified injury that has ended his season.

In an unrelated move, New England released ’07 fourth-rounder Kareem Brown and activated veteran Troy Brown from the physically unable to perform list, giving the team seven receivers on their 53 man active roster.

The team apparently hopes to move the rookie lineman – who was impressive at times during the pre-season – to the team’s practice squad, but as of this afternoon, he is eligible to sign with any team.

Despite the sentimentality associated with the activation of Troy Brown, one of the franchise’s most beloved figures, the loss of Colvin is the major news today.

Colvin was reported to have suffered a foot injury during Sunday’s win over Philadelphia, though soon after, reports surfaced that the injury was to his arm.  Coach Bill Belichick did little to clear up the confusion during press sessions on Monday.

Veteran Chad Brown, who has been with the Pats on and off since the 2005 season, was signed Tuesday to take Colvin’s place on the roster. However, the move does little to assuage concerns about the team’s linebacking corps, which now finds itself precariously thin with the loss of Colvin.

Adalius Thomas, who recently enjoyed success on the outside after manning one of the inside spots for most of the season, seems a likely candidate to move to the edge to replace Colvin. If it’s not Thomas, it’s hard to say who it would be – Chad Brown and special teamer Pierre Woods are the only other outside linebackers on the current roster.

Yet if Thomas is moved to the edge on a more permanent basis, that will leave only Tedy Bruschi, Junior Seau and Eric Alexander to cover the inside spots. Perhaps another alternative might be greater use of the four-man line that the team has used to great effect at points throughout the season.

Troy Brown is as revered here as much as anywhere, and we wouldn’t put it past the Pats Hall of Famer to find a way to make a contribution as the team attempts to win its fourth Super Bowl of the decade. But let’s be serious – it’s a minor footnote to the much larger news of a lost starter on what may be the team’s most suspect unit.  There is little that Troy Brown can do to help them with that.

Comments

  1. jamesgarnerisgod says:

    I agree it’s not the news lead, but Brown’s activation is important for a couple of reasons. Most obviously, he’ll be able to spell Welker on short-yardage/chain-moving situations or, perhaps more likely, take the No. 4 option spot, sharing it with Jabar Gaffney, who showed a lot vs. Philly and seems to have been slowly but steadily raising his game.

    Just as important, though, is Brown’s familiarity with the d-back position. In a corps that was a bit exposed by A.J. Feeley (!) (obviously not overlooking the sterling play of Samuel, Harrison and Sanders), his ability to play nickel is more invaluable than ever this season.

    Re: Colvin, though. Ouch. Any further analysis on that score is probably unnecessary except– the Pates must get younger in the secondary. (No shiznit, Sherlock.)

  2. Can’t we just train Troy to play Linebacker? And while we are on it, we are very thin on QB too, so lets have him 1 or 2 reps there too :-).

    Seriously I am just happy, that he is on board. He is just the face of the franchise.

  3. jamesgarnerisgod says:

    We still need a little youth in the linebacking corps so I’m afraid there’s ONE thing Brown doesn’t bring to the table.

    Brown’s a beloved figure here for many good reasons, but particularly because of the quality of his play and his versatility. Being a good guy is just a bonus.

    After all, if charisma were all it took, Kevin Millar would still be the starting first baseman for the Sox.

    Colvin’s loss is huge, especially when you consider the Patriots lack of depth in the linebacker position. Thomas, Vrabel, Bruschi, Seau … Alexander? I’m not saying they won’t get it done — and, mercifully, there’s not a Monty Beisel in the lot — but the undefeated season is looking a little more elusive, especially if Jarvis Green is really dinged up and if Seymour doesn’t quickly start playing up to his potential again — who knows if he’s even close to 100 percent, yet?

    Yeah, I’m reaching a little to find a weakness — I can’t think of another team with a deeper defense off hand — but we’re so close to 19-0 I can taste it.

  4. Hey James, with all due respect, “short yardage/chain moving situations” ARE NOT a time to be giving Welker a rest, That’s what he excells at.

  5. jamesgarnerisgod says:

    Bill,
    I’m with it, and I guess I misspoke (mistyped?). Just trying to say that, should Welker need a down or two off this season, Brown conceivably could step in (based on history) and deliver the same kind of goods. You’re right, though, Welker is the new kahuna of chain-moving.

    Thanks for throwing the flag.

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