Sunday, August 31, 2008

Another Look

A further look at the Patriots ever-fluid roster:

Quarterback
Tom Brady, Matt Cassel, Kevin O'Connell
Whatever happened to Matt Gutierrez? To keep Cassel seems to infer that more changes at the position are forthcoming this season. Can Gutierrez make it through waivers to the practice squad? One hopes, since Cassel is on his last legs here.

Running back
Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris, LaMont Jordan, Heath Evans, Kevin Faulk
BenJarvus Green-Ellis should make the practice squad, otherwise no real surprise here.

Wide receiver
Sam Aiken, Jabar Gaffney, C.J. Jones, Randy Moss, Ray Ventrone, Kelley Washington, Wes Welker
Chad Jackson getting the heave-ho while C.J. Jones makes the team seems bizarre until you realize this is Bill Belichick/Scott Pioli and everyone on the roster needs to know that any and all are on the chopping block and no one cares where and when you were drafted. Special teams superstar Sam Aiken makes the squad as well. Hmmm.

Tight end
Benjamin Watson, David Thomas, Stephen Spach & Jason Pociask (off waivers from the New York Jets)
Will Spach last with Pociask on the squad? Probably not as long as Watson and Thomas are healthy enough to get through the first few weeks.

Offensive line
Wesley Britt, Dan Connolly, Russ Hochstein, Nick Kaczur, Dan Koppen, Matt Light, Logan Mankins, Billy Yates, Mark LeVoir (off waivers from the Rams)

My pal Gallagher is no doubt relieved Mike Flynn got cut (wait, that wasn’t his roommate from Marist-oh, forget it.) John Welbourn is another surprise cut here. I can tell you that I know nothing much about LeVoir who was scooped up off the Rams practice squad.

Defensive line
Jarvis Green, Richard Seymour, Le Kevin Smith, Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Mike Wright

Again, no surprises here.

Linebackers
Eric Alexander, Tedy Bruschi, Shawn Crable, Gary Guyton, Larry Izzo, Jerod Mayo, Adalius Thomas, Mike Vrabel, Pierre Woods
Victor Hobson was ever a factor, so I guess it is no surprise he joins Chad Brown and whatshisnamefromtheChiefsafewyearsback as bad fits at linebacker. Vince Redd joined the practice squad. With Rosie Colvin available again, I wonder if Eric Alexander should bother unpacking.

Cornerbacks
Ellis Hobbs, Lewis Sanders, Terrence Wheatley, Jonathan Wilhite
Fernando Bryant and Jason Webster being cut leaves only a handful of corners. Will the Ty Law saga return? Is there another veteran on the horizon? Cornerbacks Mike Richardson and Antwain Spann made the practice squad.

Safeties
Rodney Harrison, Brandon Meriweather, James Sanders, Matthew Slater
Cutting John Lynch seems odd, but I imagine they are covering their rears by not guaranteeing his salary and signing him later on. Otherwise, this is one damned thin secondary.

Specialists
Stephen Gostkowski (kicker), Chris Hanson (punter), Lonie Paxton (long snapper)

Again no surprises here, as competition was never brought in.

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