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Patriots Rookies Jon Halapio and Bryan Stork have a real shot to start

Jon Halapio during Florida's spring game. (Photo by Phil Sears)

Jon Halapio during Florida’s spring game.
(Photo by Phil Sears)

The Patriots have two realistic rookies on the offensive line that could start opening day: G Jon Halapio and C Bryan Stork.

Right Guard Dan Connolly and Center Ryan Wendell were the weak links last season where Brady took 40 sacks, the most since 2001.

The Patriots addressed their offensive line in the draft, and those two positions.

Wendell ranked dead last in centers and Connolly ranked 45th out 59 guards. NOT good enough for elite QB Tom Brady. Change is needed.

Not to ignore Mankins who ranked 5th worst in the lead.

Brady’s entire interior line ranked in the bottom 20% last season.

The Pats need an upgrade and they’re looking at Stork and Halapio to do it.

Bryan Stork at center (Photo From Yahoo)

Bryan Stork at center
(Photo From Yahoo)

Bryan Stork was able to snap the ball to Brady during mini-camp and was getting a lot thrown in his direction. He’s tough, smart, and big. He has a strong mentality with good leadership qualities. He was the top center in all of college football last season. He will compete for the job over Wendell.

Jon Halapio, the RG from Florida, will also compete for the starting job against Connolly.

The word out about him, is he has been showing how tough he is. He’s reminding everybody of Logan Mankins in that rough, get in your face style. He’s got good strength, and he’s a very smart player.

Halapio has a lot of natural talent. He has the ability to inspire and get the rest of the line fired up. They will love playing alongside Halapio.

There is reason to be excited over these two youngsters and what they can bring.

This is the two battles of the offensive line to watch throughout training camp.

My prediction is we will see two rookies starting offensive linemen this season.


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  1. […] I’ve already broken it down some earlier today when I talked about the two rookies, Jon Halapio and Bryan Stork having a real shot to start.  […]

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