Offensive line changes


Offensive line changes

As Tom E. Curran reported yesterday, Dan Koppen's scheduled to visit the Titans this week, a move that only adds to the speculation that Koppen won't return to the Pats next season.

This, combined with rumors that Matt Light and Brian Waters are both considering retirement, leaves the Pats with some pretty serious turnover on the offensive line. And at a time when you'd hope for a little more stability for your all-time, Hall of Fame QB.

If Light and Waters both walk away, and Koppen presumably heads elsewhere, that's three starters from the Pats Week 1 line-up, and while Koppen barely played at all, it's still an interesting number.

But even more interesting than that? The fact that somehow, this isn't a major problem. That we're not sitting here all winter freaking out about what's going to become of this offensive line, and fearing for Tom Brady's life. That's a testament to Bill Belichick and his scouting department.

Over the last seven years, the Pats have drafted only three offensive lineman in the first two rounds of the draft, and they're three for three: Logan Mankins, Sebastian Vollmer and Nate Solder. All three figure to anchor what will still be a very effective in reliable O-line next season. Throw in the rescue of centerkick return extraordinaire Dan Connolly off the scrap heap from Jacksonville, and a could-be, 5th round steal in RG Marcus Cannon, and the Pats are still looking all right, no matter what happens with some of today's question marks.

Not sure how many teams would be prepared to deal with that kind of turnover, but not surpsied that Bill Belichick was.

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Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team


Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina national team

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Lionel Messi says he is quitting Argentina's national team.

Argentina and Messi lost a final for the third year in a row, with Chile winning the Copa America 4-2 on penalty kicks following a 0-0 tie Sunday night.

His nation's career scoring leader with 55 international goals, Messi sent Argentina's first penalty kick over the crossbar.

Messi tells the Argentine network TyC Sports "the national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

Messi and Argentina lost to Brazil in the 2007 Copa final and to Germany in extra time in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost last year's Copa final to host Chile on penalty kicks.

The 29-year-old Messi has led Barcelona to four Champions League titles.

Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection


Perry's Patriots 53-man roster projection

With New England Patriots organized workouts finished until next month, Phil Perry puts together another 53-man roster projection.

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