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  • Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

    http://www.boston.com/sports/footbal..._joseph_addai/

    The Patriots have agreed to a contract with former Colts running back Joseph Addai, according to a league source.

    Terms were not disclosed.


    Addai, 29, was one of three veteran running backs - also Ryan Grant and Tim Hightower - to visit the team recently. The Patriots need a veteran back to aid second-year players Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen after BenJarvus Green-Ellis signed with the Bengals.


    The Patriots also signed undrafted Mississippi running back Brandon Bolden.


    Addai (5 feet 11 inches, 214 pounds) was the 30th overall pick in the 2006 draft out of LSU. He gained more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons with the Colts before his effectiveness trailed off. Leg injuries limited him to 20 games over the past two seasons.


    Addai averaged 3.7 yards per carry last season and he was released by the Colts. A very good receiver, Addai has 191 career catches.

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    Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

    I saw some folks here who pointed out that Addai and Clark had not yet signed and this meant that they were not good players. New England doesn't make many mistakes on their signings. They picked up Gonzo and Joe. They are loaded at TE so Clark won't be going there. Have Bullit or Bracket signed with anyone yet?

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      Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

      Originally posted by OlBlu View Post
      I saw some folks here who pointed out that Addai and Clark had not yet signed and this meant that they were not good players. New England doesn't make many mistakes on their signings. They picked up Gonzo and Joe. They are loaded at TE so Clark won't be going there. Have Bullit or Bracket signed with anyone yet?

      Addai's poor production over recent years speaks for itself. And Gonzo was never any good to begin with. He hasn't done squat since 2008, and even then he wasn't particularly good.

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        Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

        Addai's production was not poor. When you add in his receiving yards, he was very productive and a great blocker protecting the QB on a blitz. The Colts do not have anyone of his ilk on the team now, certainly not Brown. New England will get lots of production from him. Gonzo was very good but injury prone. He should have some good years ahead of him if he can stay healthy.

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          Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

          Gosh I remember when Addai should have been the MVP in the winning Super Bowl. Ooops, that was Dom, my bad.
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            Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

            Originally posted by OlBlu View Post
            Addai's production was not poor. When you add in his receiving yards, he was very productive and a great blocker protecting the QB on a blitz. The Colts do not have anyone of his ilk on the team now, certainly not Brown. New England will get lots of production from him. Gonzo was very good but injury prone. He should have some good years ahead of him if he can stay healthy.
            How much Production? He hasn't had a season of over 500 yards rushing in what 2-3 years? He is a running back after all...They have a guy there in Vereen I like better than him already and I highly doubt with the current layout that Gonzo is on the active roster on the field come opening day...

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              Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

              Originally posted by Dgreenwell3 View Post
              How much Production? He hasn't had a season of over 500 yards rushing in what 2-3 years? He is a running back after all...They have a guy there in Vereen I like better than him already and I highly doubt with the current layout that Gonzo is on the active roster on the field come opening day...
              I'm disappointed in you... Stop feeding the !

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                Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

                He gained 495 yards in 8 games in 2010 with an average of 4.3 yards per carry.

                He gained 433 yards in 12 games with a 3.7 yards per carry.

                Add his receiving yards and you have a productive player who can block. Brown couldn't stop you or me from getting to the QB. You might be right about Gonzo but they have a couple of aging receivers and one of them didn't do much last year (Ocho). If they only use Addai in passing situations, he will be a good addition. One of the reporters from the Indy Star has a column today that says he would have brought Addai back over several players that did return...........

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                  Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

                  So I am a troll for disagreeing with him? I think you are the troll for calling me names...... If you disagree with what I said, state why you disagree like your friend did. I still disagree with him about Addai but he may be right about Gonzo...... So, step up Mr. Troll and say something or keep your non opinion to yourself and quit calling people names.

                  Thanks to the moderators for cleaning up this post. I just get irritated when every time I have a difference of opinion with a poster, I am called a troll.......
                  Last edited by OlBlu; 05-06-2012, 03:32 PM.

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                    Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

                    Here is the article from the Star today (Will your buddy suggest Chappell is also a troll?):

                    The Colts should have brought Joe Addai back; now heís a Patriot



                    4 hours ago | Written by Mike Chappell |
                    2 Comments



                    Joseph Addai represented a versatile tool for Peyton Manning. (Matt Detrich/ The Star)

                    Joe Addai? A New England Patriot? Heís joined Anthony Gonzalez on the Dark Side?

                    I have to say Iím a bit disappointed, but not surprised.

                    Iím disappointed because I thought Addai was the one player GM Ryan Grigson and his personnel staff whacked in March in sweeping cost-cutting moves that should have been re-signed.

                    First, a disclaimer. I like Joe. Good guy. Stand-up guy in the locker room. The media lost a very good voice.

                    That aside, Addai would have been an ideal third-down option for quarterback Andrew Luck and coordinator Bruce Arians. He still can be an effective runner in spots, is an exceptional receiver out of the backfield and is an outstanding blocker in pass protection.

                    Addai isnít and really never was a 20-25 carry per game running back. And yes, he always seemed to be battling some type of injury. But he would have been a perfect situational player and likely only cost the veteranís minimum.

                    As for not being surprised that Addai landed in New England, same reason I had hoped he would return to Indy. Heís a perfect fit. Heís a younger Kevin Faulk. Two former LSU standouts, same style.

                    On third-and-7, quarterback Tom Brady can work out of the shotgun and have Addai to one side. Addai can pick up the blitz, take a handoff and move the chains or slip out of the backfield and catch that pass over the middle.

                    Peyton Manning always talked about the value of having Addai in the backfield. Now, Brady can pick up the dialogue.

                    Good for Joe.

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                      Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

                      They can have him. He can't hit the hole, is afraid to get hit, and isn't elusive. I applaud new management for getting rid of mediocre players at best. Yes, I am calling Dallas a mediocre player at best. He was a product of Peyton and if we can get real players to go along with Luck, even if he doesn't turn out to be awesome, but say, Stafford-level, we can still win.
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                        Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

                        Addai is competing for the 4th RB spot (behind Ridley, Vereen, & Woodhead) with 3 fullbacks that also under contract. He would have to show some special teams ability to make the roster, but he provides injury insurance in training camp. 50-50 odds at best.

                        Gonzales has about a 10% chance to make it: Lloyd, Welker, Gaffney, Slater (ST captain) are locks, No less than 7 players are competing for at most other WR two roster spots: Gonzales, Branch, Edelman, Ochocinco, Donte Stallworth, youngsters Britt Davis and Jeremy Eberts. I assume that Brady's comfort level with Stallworth and especially Branch makes one of them likely. For the last spot, if it exists, I would assume ST ability is a must, meaning Ochocinco is gone and likely Gonzales, in favor of Edelman (main punt returner and KO returner last year), with the two youngsters being practice squad eligible if they pass waivers.

                        bottom line: very slim odds both of thee guys are Patriots, since the Pats have built crazy depth going into training camp.

                        One wild card: Since Gonzales was injured, he could be stashed away on the physically unable to perform list and join the roster mid-season if another WR is seriously injured.
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                          Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

                          If the Patriots need a blocker for Brady then Addai should be OK for the games he manages to play in. I'm not sure the Pats will actually keep him thru the final cut because they don't seem to be like the Colts who held onto injury prone players just to prove a point and keep them counting against the cap.

                          Gonzo... I have no idea about. He never hardly played as a Colt. I'm not sure whether that was more due to injury or the arrogance the team operated with and whether they were making a point with him sidelined for some kind of punishment or just didn't want to admit he was a draft bust.

                          Based on their Colt production these last few years, the Pats can have these players.
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                            Re: Joseph Addai signs with Patriots

                            If he makes the team, Addai might work out with the Pats. He's a blocking and timing guy, and he doesn't fumble. I know it seems like he did, but he only had 7 fumbles in 6 full seasons. QB's like Peyton and Brady, who have good timing, quick releases, will make a guy like Addai look pretty good most of the time. The only problem I ever had with Addai is that he's not a break away guy who's a threat to score from anywhere on the field. If you were the defense, you never had to worry about Addai breaking a 40+ yard run.

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                              Originally posted by travmil View Post
                              If he makes the team, Addai might work out with the Pats. He's a blocking and timing guy, and he doesn't fumble. I know it seems like he did, but he only had 7 fumbles in 6 full seasons. QB's like Peyton and Brady, who have good timing, quick releases, will make a guy like Addai look pretty good most of the time. The only problem I ever had with Addai is that he's not a break away guy who's a threat to score from anywhere on the field. If you were the defense, you never had to worry about Addai breaking a 40+ yard run.
                              He is essentially Kevin Faulk...

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