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A Look at the Roster Cuts and Releases

After a wild day of players being cut from teams all over the league, I have attempted to compile a list of all the players the Patriots have cut or released this offseason. If any players are missing, please comment so I can add them.

PUP and IR

  • Kevin Faulk, RB
  • Ron Brace, DL
  • Brandon Deaderick, DL
  • Rich Ohrnberger, OL
  • Marcus Cannon, OL

Cuts:

  • Jonathan Crompton, QB
  • Eric Kettani, RB
    • He is moving to the practice squad
  • Sammy Morris, RB
    • Even though Morris did everything right there just wasn’t any room for him. I wish Morris the best
  • Richard Medlin, RB
  • Thomas Clayton, RB
  • Brandon Tate, WR
    • Tate could never get it together (like another player with the first name Brandon..)
  • Buddy Farnham, WR
  • Darnell Jenkins, WR
  • Jeremy Ross, WR
  • Tyree Barnes, WR
  • Tiquan Underwood, WR
  • Alge Crumpler, TE
  • Carson Butler, TE
  • Garrett Mills, TE
  • Lee Smith, TE
    • Yeatman beat Smith out
  • Will Yeatman, TE
    • I surprised by this cut, but Yeatman will be moving to the practice squad
  • Chris Morris, C
  • Corey Woods, OL
  • Jonathan Compas, OL
  • Kyle Hix, OL
  • Mark LeVoir, OL
  • Mark Wetterer, OL
  • Mike Berry, OL
  • Nick Kaczur, OL
  • Steve Maneri, OL
  • Zack Roth, OL
  • Chris Koepplin, K
  • James Dearth, LS
  • Matt Katula, LS
  • Aaron Lavarias, DE
  • Clay Nurse, DL
  • Darryl Richard, DL
    • Another player cut because there was no room, Richard should be picked up by another team soon with his strong camp this offseason
  • Eric Moore, DE
    • Moore made my 53 man roster so this cut came as a surprise.
  • Aaron Lavarlas, DL
  • Gerard Warren, DL
  • Kade Weston, DL
  • Landon Cohen, DL
  • Marcus Stroud, DL
  • Steve Williams, DL
  • Ryan Coulson, DE
  • Markell Carter, DE
    • I was on the Carter Train this offseason, but the switch from 3-4 to 4-3 hurt him and thus he isn’t with us anymore
  • Ty Warren, DE
  • Marlon Favorite, DT
  • Anthony Leonard, LB
  • Christian Cox, LB
  • Niki Koutouvides, LB
  • Ricky Brown, LB
  • Tully Banta-Cain, OLB
  • Darius Butler, CB
  • Jonathan Wilhite, CB
  • Thad Turner, CB
  • Tony Cater, CB
  • Brandon McGowan, DB
  • Malcolm Williams, DB
  • Ross Ventrone, DB
  • Brandon Meriweather, S
    • I could go days ranting about Meriweather and Darius Butler…
  • Bret Lockett, S
    • Multiple news organizations say he will be put on IR once he clears waivers
  • James Sanders, S
    • Not a flashy or special player, Sanders was an above average player
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Pats Lions Thoughts


Studs of the Game:

  • Wes Welker
  • Aaron Hernandez
  • Danny Woodhead

Duds of the Game:

  • Secondary
    • PatriotsInsider from Twitter made note that “starting DBs are in the game. That’s the 3rd string Detroit offense scoring on them”. Arrington couldn’t cover a rock, McCourty was getting burned, and Butler was average.
  • Offensive Line
    • Tom Brady was hit, hit, and hit even more. Not a good day for the line.
  • Refs
    • I could swear the refs where wearing Lions uniforms out there

Players Who Helped Themselves:

  • Julian Edelman
    • Mike Petraglia called Edelman a “one-man attitude adjustment for the Patriots”
  • Mathew Slater
    • Slater didn’t hurt his chances and he did have a good catch, so in a game which had a lot of duds, Slater look good (shutters)

Players Who Didn’t Help Themselves:

  • Darius Butler
  • Kyle Arrington
    • Couldn’t cover a rock
  • Devin McCourty
  • Nate Solder
  • Sebastian Volmer
  • Chad Ochocinco
    • I keep hearing Joey Galloway’s name come up in the same breath as Ochocinco’s

Other Thoughts:

  • Brandon Tate is now the odd man out
  • Danny Woodhead didn’t look like he was still suffering from the hit during the Bucs game last week
  • Wes Welker can tackle, but can also injure himself
  • My rage meter hit a high during the game and forced my to walk away for a bit
  • Didn’t the Lions go 4-0 the season they went 0-16… ;)

Note: Sorry for the lack of videos and photos like I normally have in posts like these… There wasn’t many that came out of this game

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Pats Bucs Thoughts

Studs of the Game:

  • Andre Carter
    • He was pushing over lineman and drawing holding calls all day. Right now he is looking like the best off season signing (granted, it’s still preseason and we haven’t seen some of the other signings play yet).
  • Danny Woodhead and BJGE
    • First off, the hit on Danny Woodhead was surreal and a scary moment. Now with that said, Woodhead had a great night with 63 yards and a couple of nice runs. Green-Ellis had 2 touchdowns and 51 yards on the day. He was hitting all the holes all at the right time.
  • Jerod Mayo
    • Mayo was all over the place and applying loads of pressure on Josh Freeman and Co. Tremendous is the word Russel Goldman used to describe Mayo.
  • Aaron Hernandez
    • Hernandez, well, was Hernandez and played well. What can I say? He’s going to have a heck of a season.

Duds of the Game:

  • There were not any players that stood out as duds to me…

Players Who Helped Themselves:

  • Kyle Love
  • Chad Ochocinco
    • His first touchdown as a Patriot can be seen here
  • Nate Solder
  • Will Yeatman
  • Stevan Ridley
  • Mathew Slater

Players Who Didn’t Help Themselves:

  • Jeremy Ross

Other Thoughts:

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Pats Jaguars Thoughts

Not to take the preseason too seriously, but the Patriots have gotten off to a great start with a 47 – 12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Studs of the Game:

  • Stevan Ridley
    • Ridley rushed for 2 touchdowns and 64 yards in a great performance. I wasn’t to high when we drafted him, but after this game I can’t wait to see more of him. That and he’s going to be a fantasy sleeper for me this year.
  • Dane Fletcher
    • Fletcher looked like a star out there (granted against backups). He had a quarterback hit and two tackles for a loss. As Russ Goldman said, it was the Dane Fletcher show.
  • Brian Hoyer
    • Hoyer showed that he can manage and run the offense effectively. He was 15-of-21 for 171 yards and a touchdown, with a quarterback rating of 111.4 on the night. I’m hoping we can trade Hoyer for picks from a QB hungry team in the future…

Duds of the Game:

  • Patriots Special Teams
    • In back to back plays, the Patriots failed a 2 point conversion (resulted in Zoltan Mesko having to kick the ball out of bounds) and then gave up a nice chunk of yards to Deji Karim who made it to the 18-yard-line before being tackled.  Also, a penalty on Jonathan Wilhite took away a big punt return by Taylor Price.
  • Darius Butler
    • Its not that he struggled, but its that he struggled against backups and 3rd stringers. Butler is placing himself on the bubble with performances like this.
  • The Refs
    • The general consensus on Twitter is that it took too long for the refs to review the two touchdowns. It did slow the game down considerably and I would rather just have coaches challenge the play rather than reviewing the play if its close. Its going to take some time to get used too.

Players who helped themselves:

Other Thoughts:

  • Mark Anderson is a 3rd down pass rusher
  • Fletcher really surprised me… It seems NEPatriotsDraft was right the whole time (last year they were super high on Fletcher)
  • Taylor Price will beat out Brandon Tate
  • Ryan Mallet is the future
  • Could Buddy Farnham unseat Butler?
  • Terrence Wheatley still isn’t good
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Recent Moves and Signings

Now that the lockout is over, it has been a tornado of player signings and releases coming in almost every hour. The Patriots have been have been wheeling and dealing for low risk high reward players and it seems like its going to be a great group this year.

Patriots:

  • Rookie Free Agents Signed
  • Free Agents Signed
    • Marcus Stroud, DL
    • Steve Williams, DL
    • Jonathan Compas, OL
    • Chris Morris, C
    • Richard Medlin, RB
    • Mark Anderson, DE
    • Shaun Ellis, DE
    • Andre Carter, DE
    • Mark Anderson, DE
    • Zach Roth, OT
    • Garrett Mills, TE
    • Tiquan Underwood, WR
    • Ross Ventrone, LS
    • Tiquan Underwood, WR
  • Players Traded For
    • DL Albert Haynesworth is now in New England by way of a 5th round pick in 2013 (He has restructured his contract to make $1.5 million in 2011 and $6.7 million in 2012)
    • WR Chad Ochocinco for two picks in 2012 and 2013 (He has also restructured $1 million this year, $3 million in 2012 and 2013)
  • Players Re-signed
    • Kevin Faulk signed a 1 year deal
    • Logan Mankins has signed a 6 year deal
    • Kyle Arrington signed a 2 year $3.275 million max deal
    • Matt Light has signed a 2 year $12 million deal
    • BenJarvus Green-Ellis (who was a RFA)
    • Gerard Warren, Sammy Morris, Brandon McGowan, and Tracy White have been resigned
  • Players Released
    • Jonathan Crompton, QB
    • Sammy Morris, RB
    • Richard Medlin, RB
    • Thomas Clayton, RB
    • Eric Kettani, RB
    • Buddy Farnham, WR
    • Darnell Jenkins, WR
    • Tyree Barnes, WR
    • Tiquan Underwood, WR
    • Alge Crumpler, TE
    • Carson Butler, TE
    • Corey Woods, OL
    • Jonathan Compas, OL
    • Mike Berry, OL
    • Nick Kaczur, T
    • Chris Koepplin, K
    • Matt Katula, LS
    • Aaron Lavarias, DE
    • Darryl Richard, DL
    • Eric Moore, DE
    • Kade Weston, DL
    • Landon Cohen, DL
    • Markell Carter, DE
    • Ty Warren, DE
    • Marlon Favorite, DT
    • Niki Koutouvides, LB
    • Ricky Brown, LB
    • Tully Banta-Cain, OLB
    • Jonathan Wilhite, CB
    • Tony Cater, CB
    • Brandon McGowan, DB
    • Malcolm Williams, DB
    • James Sanders, S

Other League Signings

  • WR Sidney Rice has agreed to a five-year $41 million deal with the Seahawks
  • RB DeAngelo Williams will stay with the Panthers with a $43 million five-year deal
  • WR Santonio Holmes is staying with the Jets on a five-year deal that averages slightly less than $10 million per season
  • WR Donte’ Stallworth will sign with the Redskins
  • WR Michael Jenkins signed a 3 year deal with the Vikings
  • WR Steve Smith (of the Giants) has signed with the Eagles
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Patriots cut Tyrone McKenzie and sign others to practice squad

The Patriots cut 2rd-year linebacker Tyrone McKenzie today. McKenzie was a 3rd round pick from 2009 that was injured with a torn ACL his rookie season. This preseason McKenzie didn’t make a great impression and looked like a special teamer. I’m surprised though that he was let go.

In other news, the Patriots signed wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, linebacker Shawn Crable, safety Sergio Brown, and center Rich Ohrnberger to the practice squad (Crable being the most notable back with the Patriots).

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Pats trade for Jarrad Page, Updated List of Cuts

The Patriots traded for safety Jarrad Page out of Kansas City. The Chiefs will receive a conditional draft pick for the trade. To make room, Patriots waived safety Sergio Brown who was on the bubble.

In other news, the Patriots released defensive lineman Derrick Burgess. It seems that Jermaine Cunningham was picked over Burgess, who arrived to camp late and did not have a stellar preseason. Here is a updated list of players that have been released, confirmed and compiled by Boston.com

LB Eric Alexander
DB Sergio Brown
LB Derrick Burgess
TE Carson Butler
RB Thomas Clayton
OL Eric Ghiaciuc
WR Darnell Jenkins
OL Ted Larsen
DL Damione Lewis
TE Rob Myers
OL Rich Ohrnberger
WR Rod Owens
QB Zac Robinson
DB Ross Ventrone
OL Thomas Welch
DB DeAngelo Willingham
LB Pierre Woods

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A recap of the Patriots vs Falcons

As NePatriotsDraft says, last night was truly a night for the youngsters. Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowsk each caught a touchdown pass, Mesko punted a great game, and the running backs had a great day.
What I liked:

  • Welker seems not to lost a step
  • Our rookie tight ends are stepping up
  • Fred Taylor stills has gas in the tank

Highlights:

Stats:

Passing:

  • Tom Brady – 10/12 85 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Brian Hoyer – 8/15 94 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Zac Robinson – 2/2  17 yards

Running:

  • Fred Taylor – 11 carries for 54 yards,  1 touchdown
  • Sammy Morris – 6 carries for 52 yards, 1 touchdown
  • BenJarvis GreenElis – 7 carries for 12 yards

Receiving:

  • Aaron Henandez – 4 catches for 46 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Rob Gronkowski – 4 catches for 38 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Brandon Tate – 2 catches for 25 yards
  • Randy Moss – 2 catches for 24 yards
  • Wes Welker – 2 catches for 20 yards

Lasting Questions:

  • Will Dan Connolly be as effective against a starting defense?
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Recap of Last Night’s Game

Julian Edelman was sensational last night. With 90 yards, he was all over the place. Tom Brady had a great few drives and Randy Moss was involved some plays. Zoltan Mesko had an average of 43.4 per punt, which is already better than Chris Hanson, and Hoyer looked like a capable backup. So overall, it was a good game for a preseason game.

What I liked:

  • Julian Edelman gets better with every game.
  • The defense got to Drew Brees
  • The offensive line held up without Mankins
  • The Patriots were great in the red zone

Highlights:

  • Green-Ellis ran in for a 6 yard touchdown
  • Marques Murrell sacked Drew Brees
  • Edelman returned a punt for 40 yards to the Saint’s 19
  • Devin McCourty returns a kickoff for 52 yards
  • Eric Alexander intercepted Daniels

A Look at the Rookies:

  • Ben Tate caught a pass for 20 yards
  • Devin McCourty returned a kickoff for 52 yards
  • Brandon Spikes had 8 total tacks and 3 solo ones

Stats:

Passing:

  • Tom Brady – 5/8   67 yards
  • Brian Hoyer – 8/13   106 yards
  • Zac Robson – 3/8   47 yards

Running:

  • Chris Taylor – 8 carries for 29 yards
  • BenJarvus Green-Ellis – 11 carries for 34 yards, 1 touchdown
  • Lawrence Maroney – 8 carries for 30 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • Thomas Clayton -  4 carries for 13 yards

Receiving:

  • Julian Edelman – 6 catches for 90 yards
  • Randy Moss – 2 catches for 30 yards

A lasting question:

  • Where the Patriots shopping Green-Ellis?
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Patriots vs Saints Tonight

The Patriots play the New Orleans Saints tonight at 7:30 EST. The game, best said ‘as a measuring stick’ by Jerod Mayo, should be a good one. You can watch the game on WBZ or on NFL.com (You have to pay for a subscription though).

Things to Watch:

  • If the line can hold up without Logan Mankins
  • How rookies like Brandon Spikes and Jermaine Cunningham affect the defense
  • Aaron Hernandez is who I’m watching closely. Randall Gay has loads of praise about him and he’s had a great camp
  • Wes Welker and his routes/turning I’m not so sure about Welker playing after listening to Mike Reiss. He hasn’t participated in live tackling yet and it does make sense for BB to hold him out

For those who can’t watch:

If your not able to watch the game, here are some resources to get updates on them.

  • Twitter:  @mikereiss  @PatsExaminer @NEPatriotsDraft @PatsPropaganda @realpatriots @patriotfan
  • Sites:  patsfans.com  patriots.com
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