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Not really that surprising, and the Pats should know what they have in Talib. If he walks they need to put additional resources into the front seven. You’re not going to get a cover corner, at least not right off the bat, in the draft where the Pats are picking. They have some good pieces in the secondary, but they’ll need to have a much better pass rush to cover up their deficiencies without Talib.
I love the offseason! If you don’t know by now, the Pats are always attached to just about every juicy rumor. Most of the time I think it’s just agents trying to scare the rest of the league into getting in on the player to at least prevent Belichick from getting him.
Is there any truth to this one? Maybe. At the very least it might send a small message to Talib that they’re not married to him.
Ultimately, I’d be surprised if the Pats got Revis, but I’ve been surprised many times by BB before and I’m looking forward to it happening again.
Good sign that they’re in contact with Talib at the Combine. Don’t want to say that it’s rare for them to do something like this, but I can’t remember any non-draft business ever being reported during the combine.
Well here’s a little bit of positive news to start the offseason, though it’s sure to spark the “well then why didn’t he go back into the game” crowd to life.
Q: Aqib Talib seems like the kind of guy that really thrives on competition and frequently draws the top wideout. Are there things that you see that we don’t that would reinforce that?
BB: I think you hit it on the head. He’s very competitive. Even from preseason practices, whether it was jumping in line to cover DeSean Jackson or Vincent Jackson or whoever it is, he always wants to compete against the best and feels like it brings out the best in him. He’s a great competitor, he’s a good teammate, he works hard. I think he’s ready to meet any challenge that we’ve given him, whether it be in the kicking game, defensively, run responsibilities, coverage responsibilities, whatever it happens to be. If it’s something that will help the team, he wants to do it.
Q: Does he bring a unique energy or personality? It seems like he’s always ‘on’.
BB: He has a very good energy and he’s a good teammate. I think he’s very respected in the locker room but liked in the locker room, which is not always the case. But I think he has a good rapport with everybody: the offensive players, the defensive players, the DBs and the skills players but also the other guys, the linemen. He just has a good way about him. He’s not the class clown, but at the same time, he has a good personality and he’s serious and he’s competitive. He’s got a nice mixture of all those things. I don’t even know what I’m saying, but it kind of goes well in a lot of different settings.