Shaun Ellis and Albert Haynesworth expected to play for Patriots

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The Patriots will debut a pair of key veteran defensive line pickups on Thursday night after cautiously working them into the mix this month.

98.5 in Boston reports that Shaun Ellis and Albert Haynesworth will suit up for the Patriots against the Giants.  Both players didn’t practice much in August, but they have increased their workload the last two weeks.

By playing on Thursday, it appears Ellis and Haynesworth will be ready for New England’s Monday night opener against Miami.  We really haven’t seen the Patriots starting defense yet with both linemen out all month.  Linebacker Brandon Spikes has also been out.

25 responses to “Shaun Ellis and Albert Haynesworth expected to play for Patriots

  1. My dead asthmatic grandfather could run circles around him and beat him off the snap. Also, my dead grandfather never needed to put a cleat in somebody’s eyes. I bet the Titans look at the circus he has caused and laughed their butts off!

  2. Let me reiterate that Albert is not fat anymore. Whether he’s useful or not is a different story.
    Wilfork? Now HE’S fat. I love him and he’s a terrific player, but he makes Albert look like a bulimic supermodel.

  3. well Haynesworth is done counting the money he got paid in Washington, now he’s wanting to play hard for more money.

  4. The Pats defense has alot to prove. The team is loaded with alot of very mediocre players with the exception of McCourty, Mayo and Wilfork. The safeties are one dimensional players who lack a complete game. (Merriweather/Chung)

    With the exception of Wilfork, If Mayo and McCourty were on another team. They would be barely noticeable. McCourty is a quality starting corner but he is not a shutdown corner. Mayo is a nice player that’s all. I could think of atleast 3 linebackers in the AFC east alone that are better.(Harris,Dansby and Scott).

    Gone are the days where The Pats had impact players on all 3 levels of their defense. Guys like Seymour, Bruschi, Vrabel, Harrison and Law are gone. Those 4 standouts were elite players. Those were championship defenders.

    The Pats do not have elite players on defense. Haynesworth and Ellis need to be used as part time players in order for them to be effective. Save them for when the games count. The combination of Brady and Belichick pretty much guarantees the Pats a playoff berth for the forseeable future. Unless the Pats get their defense right, They are not winning a championship.

  5. I agree that their defense has to get better to win a SB but I CANNOT agree that Scott is anywhere near Mayo. Scott is noticeable mostly for his mouth.

    McCourty was a great rookie last year and did not get “rookie CB” gift ints. He made those plays. Can he progress this year? That I don’t know. But I think you’re a little too dismissive of him, especially with how defensive players are handcuffed by the preponderance of pro offense rules.

    Those greats of the past aren’t walking through the door and that’s why BB took down all their pictures last year. He knows these young guys have to forge their own identity.

  6. “Mayo is a nice player that’s all. I could think of atleast 3 linebackers in the AFC east alone that are better.(Harris,Dansby and Scott).”

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    Scott: 81 tackles. Respectable.

    Mayo……………. 175 tackles.

    You’re an idiot

  7. Firstand4ever,

    Gone are the days where The Pats had impact players on all 3 levels of their defense. Guys like Seymour, Bruschi, Vrabel, Harrison and Law are gone. Those 4 standouts were elite players

    You just named 5 guys. And remember, those guys were young players at some point too. Its not like they came into the league as studs. Just wait

  8. firstand4ever says: The Pats defense has alot to prove. The team is loaded with alot of very mediocre players.
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    Yeah, throw out the 5 Pro-Bowlers(Mayo, Mccourty, Hayesworth, Meriwether and Wilfork) and they got nothing.

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