3 and Out: Edelman, Bolden, McCourty

3 and Out: Edelman, Bolden, McCourty
August 21, 2013, 7:45 pm
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The Patriots commence their third preseason game in Detroit Thursday, and as meaningful as it is to see some serious action from the starters, the guys on the bubble are the ones fans really should be looking at.

Tom E. Curran gave his take on this topic on SportsNet Central as the roster cutdown to 75 is set for August 27, and the further trimming to 53 occurs just four days later.

Skill positions are of key note here, especially in a Patriots offense that is largely in transition under its mainstay of a quarterback in Tom Brady.

Curran has noticed contributions from a number of Patriots wideouts, but feels one veteran desperately needs to prove his worth in this third preseason contest.

"It's got to be Julian Edelman. He hasn't shown a lot in this preseason and we've spent so much time talking about Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce and the tight end Sudfeld," Curran said. "We've really lost track of the fact that Julian Edelman has been with this team since 2008 and was at one point the seeming successor to Wes Welker. And with Danny Amendola down, I think Edelman really needs to show something with the regular offense, being just an explosive punt returner I don't think is going to get it done for him."

As for the ground game, Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen are firmly entrenched as the top two guys at the running back position for the Pats. Leon Washington has a slot basically wrapped up do to his big-time return ability.

That leaves likely one spot up for grabs for two players, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden.

Which one of these two guys absolutely must show off for the squad against the Lions?

Curran feels the longer tenured Patriot of the duo is the one that must stand out.

"Brandon Bolden I think is the guy who most needs to make something happen for this team," Curran said. "He's a core special teams guy in coverage and in returns, but when you look at him in the regular offense, he's an excellent player, he's going to play in the NFL, but I'm not sure there's going to be room for him here in New England."