The Patriots worked out veteran cornerback, Cortland Finnegan on Wednesday in what could only be a response to the season ending injury of Tarell Brown. The NFL injury bug has hit many teams hard, and, much to the Patriots’ displeasure, they are no exception. The Pats’ already thin secondary has become depleted, and with the exception of Malcom Butler and a streaky Logan Ryan, they lack any real play makers at the corner back position.
Luckily, there is still a man by the name of Cortland Finnegan, who, after taking some time away from football, is looking to make a comeback, and what better place to start than New England, and as the NFL Network stated, this is something, “worth monitoring going forward”.
Yes he may be a little on the older side, but he can still play, and at this point the Pats simply need another semi-capable body that they can throw out there at the cornerback position.
His last season came with the Dolphins last year, where he recorded 9 passes defended in just 12 games. The year prior he played with the Rams, where his season was cut short due to injury.
While this would be the ninth season for him, there is no doubt in my mind that he could come in and contribute to this team, especially with a defensive mind like Belichick at the helm. The Hoodie is known for resurrecting careers from the dead, and without a doubt he could add Cortland Finnegan’s name to that already extensive list.
Now Finnegan does not necessarily have to be the number two option at corner, he just needs to be able to fill in when needed and add some much needed depth to a shallow secondary.
What intrigues me most about Finnegan, however, is not necessarily his skill, but the attitude he brings to the field. He could give this defense a bit of an edge, similar to what Brandon Browner did last year. Finnegan, after all, is an expert at mixing it up with opposing players (ie; Andre Johnson), and getting inside their heads.
That type of play seems to be missing through the first five games of the year, and while it may not be a necessity to have, considering the offense puts up 30+ a game, it still would be nice to have. Plus it’s always good to have a bad boy on your roster. People love a bad boy.
Finnegan would also bring valuable experience with him to New England. It is not necessarily a ground breaking statement to say that this secondary, with the exception of McCourty, is pretty young. I mean, our number one cornerback is only 25 with one season of experience as a backup.
Finnegan, who has more seasons the rest of the cornerbacks combined, could potentially come in and show the younger corners the ropes, and teach them the slight nuances of the game which made him a pro-bowler in the 2008 season.
In the end, I do not see how adding Finnegan to this team could be a negative. He has always brought heart and dedication to the game of football, and as long as he does not take any dumb penalties, he should fit in just fine.
By Jake Cianci