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Friday, May 14, 2010

Patriots get a pass rusher back

By: Greg
Last season the number one down fall of the Patriots was the pass rush. They knew it was going to be trouble coming into the season so they traded for Raiders DE Derrick Burgess. In the first half of the season it seemed like Burgess was still playing on the Raiders, no where to be found on the field. But as the season went on Burgess go used to the defensive schemes and started to find his niche. Burgess was getting pressure on the quarter back and making plays in the backfield. In three of the last four regular season games Burgess recorded a sack.

He had a season high in 9 tackles in the final regular season game. You could really see him become comfortable in the system, and he was one of the Pats best pass rushers late.

The Patriots now have re signed Derrick Burgess for a one year deal. Burgess was the best option for pass rushers in the free agent market. He now knows the Pats system and will be able to contribute in a big way from the get go. We know he is capable of getting to the QB, he had back to back double digit sack seasons just a few years ago. I look for big things out of him this season.

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