BOSTON (CBS) – Former 11-year NFL veteran and Sports Hub personality Mike Flynn joined Toucher & Rich in studio Monday morning in the 7 o’clock hour to talk about the Patriots-Bears game, as well as the upcoming game against Denver at home.
In the middle of the hour, a listener called in and asked Flynn about the trade deadline, which is now just over a day away.
The Patriots are reportedly one of the four teams making calls on Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson, as well as running backs around the league. Mike Flynn doesn’t think the Patriots need Jackson or a running back.
“In terms of the deadline I know they were talking about Vincent Jackson and potentially a running back. I don’t know. Vincent Jackson, to me — I remember that game last year in Tampa and he kind of quit in that game. He shut it down. That says something to me. It’s not like there’s a big history here of bringing in receivers and them figuring out the offense. Now you’re gonna bring in a guy midseason?” said Flynn. “I guess it’s all depending on what you can get him for. There’s talent there, but he hasn’t played as well. Granted, Tampa hasn’t surrounded him with a quarterback that can play consistently. But I don’t think they need him. Brandon LaFell has been fantastic, Rob Gronkowski has been fantastic, and once Julian Edelman gets over his case of the drops I think you’ll have enough there.”
With Stevan Ridley out for the season, many felt the team lacked a true “between the tackles” runner. Maybe just maybe Jonas Gray can provide that, and be a nice complement to Shane Vereen.
“I like Jonas Gray. I think he had 86 yards? As an offensive lineman you love the way he runs. He’s not gonna be a speed demon, but he runs downhill. He hits the hole, follows his cues, makes one cut and runs well. I guess running back is a possibility [by the trade deadline], but I don’t know who’s really available. Doug Martin? He’s trending downward. Vereen is taking a lot of the snaps in pass catching packages, but Jonas Gray looked pretty good. I guess the question mark on him is that he’s a rookie and you don’t have a sample size on him of his ball security and playing in big games. Jonas Gray runs hard. I like what he did yesterday. We’ll see how he does against a better front in Denver.”
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