New England Patriots to Watch This Preseason: Gary Guyton


Published: July 12, 2009

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... contributed to New England's collapse against the Colts after holding a 21-3 lead in the 2006 AFC Championship Game. Late in New England's 2007 18-1 season, commentators often criticized their defense as old and slow.

Even though the Patriots ranked No. 4 in defense that year, commentators thought the lack of speed, especially among the linebackers, left New England vulnerable in the passing game.

New England made some moves which might have changed that perception in 2008. Instead, a rash of injuries had Roosevelt Colvin (once considered a fast linebacker) and Junior Seau coming out of retirement to finish the season.

This is what makes Gary Guyton so intriguing. Prior to the 2008 season, New England did add speed at linebacker. In the first round, they took Jerod Mayo, timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash. In the third round, they grabbed Shawn Crable, 4.6...

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