Patriots' Crable in rush to show stuff

Posted March 27, 2010 @ 2:48 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Various injuries to former third-round OLB Shawn Crable have made him mostly an afterthought in the Patriots' quest to find pass-rush solutions. But Crable, who has yet to play a snap in the NFL, believes he finally can help the team this season and has been staying in shape after shin, groin and back injuries wiped out his first two pro seasons. But does the team believe this? Many believe the Patriots will spend at least one of their top picks (they currently own four of the first 53 choices in the draft) on a pass rusher at outside linebacker. But right now, overachiever Tully Banta-Cain is the only real threat from the outside. Past Patriots teams had a multitude of rushers who rotated in, and Crable certainly could have a chance to earn such a role. It would be unlikely to expect him to be a 60-snap-a-game player coming off injuries and having never hit the field. But he could carve out a role that would be far more productive than the zero snaps he has logged to date.

 

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