BREAKING: Patriots Release
17, With Some Surprises
By Patriots Insider Staff
The New England Patriots roster cuts are in. PI has confirmed the list as follows:
OFFENSE - (11)
TEAMS - (0)
Players receiving an injured
/ PUP exemption:
LB, Tedy Bruschi
Players on injured
LB, Ryan Claridge
A quick look at the cuts raises questions at a couple of
positions. The receiver battle was too close to call right down to the wire. The
other mild surprise was that the team cut more offensive players than estimated
in order to free up room for the defenders they liked on special teams.
P.K. Sam vs David Terrell, Vs Andre Davis Vs Bethel Johnson turned out to be the
toughest roster battle to predict. We originally thought Terrell would be kept
over Bethel Johnson due to the aforementioned issues with durability, but Terrell
turned out to be a bigger disappointment than thought. Rumors during the week
had Terrell being cut, sometimes those rumors shouldn't be ignored.
Backs: We expect to see Chapman and or Eckel get an invite to the practice
squad. If something happens to Dillon, this team will need a different back than
the ones on the roster.
Tight End: It turns out keeping Weaver would
have been wishful thinking. While his blocking ability was adequate, the preference
of keeping a TE over a LB was not. Jacobs was not a surprise, and might find himself
on the practices squad down the road.
Linebackers: We were right
about Mallard impressing. From what he's been able to show during camp, and in
the preseason, it has been enough to earn him a roster spot. The numbers game
came down to keeping more LB's than we predicted, therefore the veterans were
safe. Alexander is expected to get a practice squad invite, but may not get past
waivers before another Belichick guy snaps him up. Possible landing spots Cleveland
Offensive Line: Only mildly surprising was the release
of Gene Mruczkuski. This was less of a versatility issue than a concern about
the tackle position. Having another tackle on the roster turned out to be more
important than another guard, and Kaczur is projected to possibly play either.
Line: We knew the staff liked what they saw in Mike Wright, the rookie out
of Cincinnati, but the thought process was that he would be released and placed
on the practice squad. Our concerns that he wouldn't clear waivers proved well
founded, as the team obviously felt the same by granting him a spot. Bailey's
release was a surprise, but the roster spots were limited, and with the retention
of Wright, Bailey became expendable.
Safety: Ray Ventrone is a player
worth keeping an eye on. Known for his hitting during his time at Villanova, Ventrone
got caught in the roster squeeze with the other four safeties in the mix. He may
be a good candidate for the practice squad.
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