Tag:David Patten
Posted on: October 6, 2010 11:16 am
 

How Moss trade will affect New England

With R. Moss gone, look for B. Tate to get more attention from opponents (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some of you were introduced to Patriots WR Brandon Tate on Monday Night Football when he used his immense speed to burn the Dolphins special teams and return the second-half kickoff for a 103-yard TD. Well, if you liked what you saw, get ready. You’ll be seeing a lot more of Tate now that Randy Moss has been traded to the Vikings.

You might not believe this, but with his nine catches, Moss ranked fourth on his team in receptions. As the season wore on, Patriots QB Tom Brady didn’t target Moss quite as much and elected to throw the ball to Wes Welker, TE Aaron Hernandez and Tate.

On the surface, it seems like Welker will be the most affected by the Moss trade. In the same way Minnesota’s Percy Harvin will benefit in the slot when Moss – and the stretching-the-field ability he brings to each snap – is on the field, Welker loses perhaps the best deep threat in the game. The Patriots obviously hope Tate can grow into that role. This also might provide a good opportunity to see what third-round pick Taylor Price, who's been inactive for all four games this year, can do on the field.

You also have to wonder if Moss had become a distraction (no, not Randy Moss!). He bitched about his contract after the Patriots beat Atlanta in the season-opener, and according to a few reports, Moss was lazy in his blocking (what, Moss lazy in his blocking?!?) during the Miami game in which Brady targeted Moss just once.

Unless we’re talking about addition by subtraction, this move doesn’t do much to help the 2010 version of the Patriots. I’ve already mentioned how Minnesota feels the need to win the Super Bowl this year, and I imagine New England also wouldn’t mind hoisting the trophy at the end of the season. But does trading Moss away get the Patriots any closer to that goal?

I don’t think that it does.

The defense has been unimpressive – it ranks 28th in the NFL - and until the Patriots special teams began to dominate the Dolphins, New England struggled to score points on offense (I realize the Patriots, at this point, are the No. 1 NFL team in points scored, but they also rank 11th in total yards per game).

Plus, the wide receiving corps is simply not as good as it was yesterday.

But think about this. The Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Those years, the top WRs were players like Troy Brown, David Patten, Deion Branch, and David Givens. Solid guys, but nobody extra special. Nobody like Moss.

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 8:04 pm
 

David Patten's retirement a surprise to him

D. Patten scored 24 TDs in his 12-year career (Getty). New England WR David Patten stepped to the podium to announce his retirement today, and his family didn’t have the first clue about it. That’s how quickly he made up his mind to get out of football. That’s how fast he knew it was time to end his 12-year career.

If it was a surprise to his family – which is a pretty good assumption – it was an absolute shock to Patten.

“This is in no way, shape or form what I anticipated coming back here this year,” Patten told reporters. “I’m actually a little sad that I’m proving some of the naysayers right. I honestly felt like I could still play this game and play it at a high level. I felt like the competitive, spirited nature was still here, but over the course of the last two days, over the course of the break away from the team, there was a lot of reflection, and there was a lot of contemplation and it just felt like it was time. It just hit me yesterday.

“When you lose it mentally, you can’t play at this level. You can’t play at a high level. With my nature, I always felt like whenever I got to that point where I couldn’t go out there day in and day out consistently at a high level, it was time to walk away. It just proved to me. Everything is fine; the body is 100 percent healthy, and the fact that I’m thinking this way, it’s just time to leave the game because it just requires too much.”

Patten signed with New England, because, at first, he still had the hunger to compete. He had a good spring camp, and he was still moving quickly. But apparently he hit some kind of wall – something which he couldn’t leap over. So, he decided to end it today.

“One of the things I would say about David [is] we have a lot of players that work hard, but I think David sets the pace for work ethic,” coach Bill Belichick said. “In the offseason program he's always out in front. He’s always the one that other players try to keep up with and he's got a great attitude, a very professional attitude and his work ethic, his toughness and of course his speed and receiving ability – those are the things that kept him in the league and made him the outstanding player that he was.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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