The Patriots made more moves yesterday, waiving linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, while surprising everyone by bringing back linebacker Shawn Crable to the practice squad. The team also brought back guard Rich Ohrnberger, receiver Darnell Jenkins and safety Sergio Brown after they cleared waivers following their release Saturday. The team also claimed tackle Steve Maneri off of waivers.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com has more on the Maneri signing, along with some other notes from yesterday’s transactions.
As for the release of McKenzie, Tom Curran of NECN has a list of all the players released recently and writes that these moves hint at the fact they’ve drafted badly in recent years.
Russ Goldman takes another look at the release of Derrick Burgess, and writes that the veteran’s release is probably a blessing in disguise after he never really fit in here in New England.
Meanwhile the return of Crable comes as a surprise, as Bill Belichick said after releasing him that he was willing to bring him back provided he could prove he was healthy and ready to compete. In this entry from last night, I’ve noted that Crable is now back for what will likely be his final time, and at a much lower risk than the third round contract he orginally received.
Rich Garven of the Worcester Telegram has an article on recently acquired Jarrad Page, who will try and fill in for the loss of Brandon McGowan after he was placed on injured reserve.
Karen Guregian has a good read on Page, including some comments from former coach Herman Edwards, who originally selected him in the 2006 draft.
Garven also notes that after making a lot of noise early in camp and also finishing with 10 tackles against the New York Giants last week, it wasn’t enough to keep rookie Tyrone McKenzie around when Saturday’s cut down came.
Christopher Price takes a look at the “winners & losers” from this weekend, with Kyle Love and Matthew Slater being listed as a couple of the “winners”, while McKenzie and Sam Aiken are listed among a couple of the “losers”. It’s a good read, so be sure and check it out.
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In other news Albert Breer of the Boston Globe reports that the Jets just got a little tougher after finally agreeing to terms with holdout Darrelle Revis on a seven-year deal, which ends the standoff and gets him back in the fold with the team. Breer also points out that this is bad news for Randy Moss, who hasn’t had much success against him.
ESPN.com reports that the San Diego Chargers had a trade in the works with an unnamed team to try and get a deal done to move disgruntled receiver Vincent Jackson, but those talks are apparently at an impasse. Jackson has held out all of preseason and it appears that either way, his career is likely done with the Chargers.
And finally FoxSports.com has an article this morning on the fact that the looming lockout is already impacting the league, after we’ve already seen some of the effects it’s had on contract negotiations. There’s no byline to accompany the piece, but they also say to “enjoy your football while you still have it”.
That’s it for this morning. Hope everyone has a good day and we’ll have updates later on.