By: Derek Havens
On Monday the New England Patriots announced the signing of veteran free agent offensive lineman Tyronne Green and rookie free agent R.J. Mattes. In addition to the signings, the Patriots released defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick and wide receiver Andre Holmes.
The Deaderick release stands out the most of all the team’s transactions. The former seventh-round draft choice rotated across New England’s defensive line in 2012 and seemed to play his best football towards the end of the season; starting five games replacing fellow lineman Kyle Love.
While I am surprised about the release, the timing is very curious. One would think Deaderick would at least be brought to camp in order to compete for a roster spot. Perhaps Bill Belichick and the Patriots coaching staff knew the Alabama product would not make the team so they wanted to give him a chance to make another roster.
Although, this move may speak more to the additions of defensive lineman Tommy Kelly and Armond Armstead. The Patriots seem to have a stronger and more talented defensive line in place for the 2013 season. Both should prove to be solid in the Pats rotation and this latest release may give the Patriots faithful a reason for optimism going into the season. With 114 days until kickoff, however, still a lot remains to be seen.
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