Another perspective on Pats pass rush

May, 3, 2011
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Pat Kirwan of NFL.com writes today on some of the criticism he's heard from those analyzing the Patriots' draft, specifically the lack of a pass-rusher. He's not buying it.

"Let's wait and see how much Jermaine Cunningham has developed and what's happens when veterans are available," Kirwan writes. "Most people on the outside looking in at a draft only see it on a need basis. Unless you have the same information as a team, you really can't have a value board. Either way, these players haven't even stepped on the field yet, which makes it premature to assume how they will perform."

Kirwan envisions that Belichick might be active in free agency and the trade market.

"What if Belichick signs DE Cullen Jenkins of the Green Bay Packers in free agency and trades for an outside linebacker when the lockout is over?" he writes. "Point being, it's too early to criticize a coach who went 14-2 last year."

Like the Patriots, the AFC rival Ravens also came out of the draft without much help for their pass rush. As Aaron Wilson writes on the National Football Post, they are another team that could be active in free agency in this area.

EXTRA POINT: In February, Mike Rodak put together a list of outside linebacker candidates who were scheduled to hit the market (free agency rules undetermined at this time; LaMarr Woodley, Tamba Hali, and Kamerion Wimbley received franchise tag; Wimbley and Woodley signed tenders).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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