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Wednesday, March 15, 2006 

Catching On

The Patriots have had better days. They officially lose David Givens, then Miami trades a second round pick for Duante Culpepper.

The loss of Givens was expected, especially since Antwaan Randle-El signed that ridiculous contract with Washington. I doubt the Patriots trust Bethel Johnson to be a top 3 receiver, so they'll need to shop for some veteran help. While Terrell Owens has too much baggage, Keyshawn Johnson might draw some interest as a number 2 receiver. And I suspect they can either resign Troy Brown or find someone to match his production. It's just too bad that Daniel Graham and Benjamin Watson are so inconsistent and Kevin Faulk is fumble-prone - it forces the Patriots to find a better than average WR to replace Givens.

Culpepper is an interesting story. Jim Rose, one of the Dolphins announcers, was on ESPNEWS last night, speaking in glowing terms about Culpepper's desire to play for Miami. But he wasn't sure if Duante's injured knee would be ready for training camp. Culpepper greatly benefited from Randy Moss and an above average running game in Minnesota. Can Chris Chambers, Randy McMichael, and Ronnie Brown form a similar supporting cast for Culpepper in the sunshine state? Nick Saban seems to be betting that they can. Can't wait to see what Belichick dreams up for Culpepper twice a year...

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