Patriots Host Matt Roth and Raheem Brock

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Raheem Brock and Matt Roth are the latest targets for the Patriots in free agency.

In the bargain hunting phase of this free-agency period, brought on by the NFLPA’s insistence on flooding the market 4th and 5th year veterans, the Patriots have found two more possible targets.

Tommie Harris and the Patriots couldn’t make a deal, so he ended up signing with the rival Colts. Therefore, Matt Roth (DE/OLB, Cleveland) and Raheem Brock (DL, Seattle) are the two newest names to be added to the Patriots free agency watch.

Roth (6-4/270), as I’ve said before, isn’t a player that is going to give you 12 sacks. That said, he does bring some flexibility (4-3 DE / 3-4 OLB) and the ability to bring some pressure (40 QB pressures in 2010).

Brock (6-4/275), the former Colt and Seahawk, comes off a season in Seattle where he delivered 9 sacks from the 4-3 DE position. He then added two more during the post-season.

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17 Responses to “Patriots Host Matt Roth and Raheem Brock”

  1. TD says:

    Much like the visits from draft picks, BB seems to have guys in to get a point of reference on them (health, football IQ, hunger) in case his guys get injured or they are better than the guys he has now.

    If he likes them better, then the last piece is money.

    Not sure that with all the additions/subtractions lately that we have cap space for some of these guys, ie, Roth, Osi, Brock unless they take a big discount and/or we cut some more guys.

  2. Barry W says:

    Adding some people to put the pressure on QBs is what we need. That leads to sacks off passes popping the RB behind the line. Which leads to less points scored on the D and more games won.

  3. Dan says:

    If it’s true, and it seems like it is, and the team is going to more of a 4-3 then I’m looking forward to the change. My guess is that BB got tired of trying to find these ideal OLB’s to make the 3-4 work…he was extremely lucky with guys like Vrabel.
    With Haynesworth and Wilfork on the inside blowing things up sacks (more so, pressures) will come to everyone…from all angles. The key is to just hurry the play or alter it; it doesn’t have to lead to one guy getting 10+ sacks to make the changes worth while. It’s a team thing…and it should be fun to watch.
    They’ll bring in other players, like Roth or whoever, to play the role and add depth, if not start…they’ll compete for time, but I don’t think they need too much more.
    The offense is set, the defense is coming together but will have to settle in via the first half of the season…who wins jobs and time, and the special teams will dictate the last cuts…who can make plays and play a position, hopefully. Especially seeing they will carry 3 QB’s most likely.

    The drama is killing me…

  4. Ryan says:

    Does this mean that Brace, Cunningham, etc. are wasted draft picks? Not that I’m super confused but it sure is starting to seem that way….Sweet

    • NEPD says:

      Brace can play 4-3 DT and Cunningham can play 4-3 DE.

      • Ryan says:

        I understand that, but aren’t Roth and Brock thought to be looking at starting positions? Especially, for the price the Patriots MAY have to pay to get either of them? Or are they merely for insurance purposes or are these guys the Pats just want brought into camp?

        Who is playing in the 4-3 at camp?

        Moore, AL, Wilfork, Cunningham?

        Whats your opinion do you think Moore and Cunningham have what it takes or would you like to see additions?

        • NEPD says:

          Yes, those are often the four linemen playing at camp. Not sure Roth or Brock would unseat either of them, but they would bring more depth and flexibility.

        • Ken W says:

          I like what I saw from Cunningham and he was a little banged up at the end of the season so I think he will make another step forward this year.

  5. Rick says:

    Rahim Brock….all the way! Actually either of these guys seems like an upgrade to Cunnginham…at this point.

  6. Liam says:

    I think Roth is a good add if we can get him at a reasonable price, especially running behind Fat Albert. No way any back gets past Haynesworth, Wilfork and Matt Roth’s prodigious chin.

  7. Bruschi54 says:

    The Pats could have used a player giving them 40 QB pressures last season. Did they have anyone on the roster that had 25 pressures? If the money is right I think Roth could be a good addition to the roster.

  8. CC says:

    So the colt get Tommy Harris and Jamal Anderson and we to check out Roth and Brock….

    Sound deliteful………………………NOT.

    • Liam says:

      C’mon man, we added Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco! We easily win in the “passed their prime veteran superstars” sweepstakes. Turn that frown upside down 😉

    • Hunter says:

      Really? You’re upset that we didn’t get Jamal Anderson? 4.5 sacks in 4 years, you’re right, we should have bent over backwards to get him. Oh, and Tommy Harris, who can’t stay healthy and hasn’t been decent since 2008.

      Something tells me we’ll be just fine without these two AMAZING players

  9. Ken W says:

    If the Pats are going to play more 4-3 then I think Brock would be a good addition.

  10. Phil says:

    Wait…so Matt Roth’s highest sack season was in 2008…so how can he come in and give us 12 sacks?

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