Monday, April 11, 2005

Reporting in

Providing he returns to full health after missing last year with a torn Achilles, DE Rodney Bailey figures to enter the defensive line rotation on passing downs. Not that Bailey is an explosive outside rusher, but his upfield moves are still stronger than his prowess as a gap-plugging run-stuffer. Bailey spent three years in Pittsburgh before coming to the Pats as a restricted free agent last year, so he's more than familiar with the 3-4 defense. He also has the versatility to play either end or tackle when the Pats go to a four-man line. If Bailey has lost a step from his injury, his roster spot could be jeopardy.

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