Thursday, July 28, 2011
Haynesworth-to-Patriots instant analysis
By Mike Reiss, ESPNBoston.com
Albert Haynesworth is headed to the Patriots from the Redskins, Adam Schefter reports. The price: a 2013 fifth-round draft pick.
Haynesworth adds another veteran presence to the defensive line; the Patriots did not select a D-lineman in the 2011 draft.
The Patriots have nose tackle Vince Wilfork returning at nose tackle in their 3-4 defense, and he's the team's best lineman. Nine-year veteran Ty Warren, who missed 2010 with a hip injury, has been the team's longtime starter at left defensive end. The expectation was that he would be back at that spot in 2011, if he returned to full health.
So the big question is at right defensive end in the 3-4, and that's where the 6-foot-6, 335-pound Haynesworth could be utilized by coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots also run plenty of multiple fronts, featuring a four-man line, and Haynesworth could be part of that mix as well, helping with an interior pass rush (also in subpackages, where the Patriots particularly need a boost).
Haynesworth was at his best when playing in the 4-3 scheme with the Titans, and seemed to prefer that over the Redskins' 3-4, so it will be interesting to see how he adapts to the way the Patriots utilize him.
This move has a little bit of a Corey Dillon-type and Randy Moss-type feel to it.
With Wilfork, Warren, Haynesworth, Marcus Stroud and six-year veteran Mike Wright, the Patriots have five veteran players complementing some younger options such as Myron Pryor (third year), Ron Brace (third year) and Brandon Deaderick (second year).
Not all figure to make the final roster, so how things shake out will be one of camp's big storylines.