One of the lasting images of last season’s NFL lockout took place in the press conference after the owners and players reached an agreement in late July. Jeff Saturday, at the time the center for the Indianapolis Colts, embraced and paid tribute to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, whose wife of 48 years Myra had just passed away a few days prior.
The New England Patriots have built a steady foundation with a mix of veteran leadership and young talent. Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Deion Branch and Vince Wilfork have been mainstays in the organization, but tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez look to be the future of the Patriots. The two have transformed the way the NFL is played by using their unique size and speed to create mismatches. The Patriots may have depth on their roster, but most of them can be counted on.
Bob Kraft without a doubt is a model owner in the NFL. He has brought a once mediocre franchise to greatness. This has been done on the shoulders of his videotaping coach and deadbeat Dad Quarterback, but he has got it done. One accomplishment we have to give Kraft credit for is the ability to keep his players in check. Typically we do not see major off field issues for New England Patriots players.
In the same week that Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski appeared in his birthday suit for ESPN the Magazine’s “Body Issue,” team owner Robert Kraft made his acting debut in a video alongside his gal pal, Ricki Noel Lander, who is wearing a leopard-print bikini.
WHY HE SHOULD MAKE IT: Allen is an experienced veteran at positions where the Patriots are relatively young. Last season, injuries hit the defensive backfield hard, and a lack of depth was exposed, with players such as Phillip Adams and Nate Jones brought in midseason as stop-gap measures. Keeping Allen on the roster would likely prevent against this. The 33-year-old had an interception during organized team activities, where he also appeared to cross-train as a safety. In the event of another wave of injuries, Allen would provide stability.