***** Now that we're dealing with facts, some comments:
Subject: da Roster
Quick hit: Gutierrez, a rookie free agent, showed too much to not earn a
roster spot. Vinny Testaverde is cut.
***** Personally, I'm happy to see this. Guitierrez appears to have some
potential, and will gain from his clipboard duty. Meanwhile, I won't be
surprised if Vinny is on the sidelines as an "adviser", unless Josh feels
threatened by him. He'll certainly be on call. But I'm still confident in
Cassel. I think the Pats would go with him if ... (leave that unsaid!)
Running back (4)
Quick hit: Quinton Smith the lone cut
***** No surprise for anybody here.
Wide receiver (6)
Quick hit: Chris Dunlap, C.J. Jones, Bam Childress and Kelvin Kight the
***** My six-pack. But what to do, what to do, when the PUP period ends for
Troy and Jackson?
Tight end (3)
Quick hit: Marcellus Rivers, Garrett Mills and Brian Jones the cuts. David
Thomas comes off PUP.
***** The "original" TE group.
Offensive line (9)
Quick hit: Rookies Clint Oldenburg, Corey Hilliard and Mike Elgin are cut,
as is veteran Gene Mruczkowski
***** Makes sense. Hochstein's versatility covers the backup C spot, as well
as G and T. Youngsters O'Callaghan and Britt keepers.
Defensive line (6)
Le Kevin Smith
Quick hit: Richard Seymour to reserve/PUP, while Rashad Moore, Zach West and
Santonio Thomas are the cuts.
***** BB and his secrecy. I, along with most, I think, had no idea that
Seymour had a serious injury. DAMN! I did think that Moore had a shot at a
backup spot here. Wright and Smith are both better than I thought they were.
Inside linebacker (5)
Quick hit: Rookie Oscar Lua to injured reserve. Corey Mays is cut.
***** I'm not at all worried about this group. The re-signing of Seau, and
the continuing development of Alexander sets it.
Outside linebacker (3)
Quick hit: Rookie Justin Rogers is cut.
***** I'd be more comfortable with 8 LBs. I know we'll be moving them
around, with Thomas and Tedy both able to go outside in some sets. But the
number still feels too low to me. Will we ever draft another LB early?! ;-)
Quick hit: Dante Wesley and Larry Anam the cuts. Team has an exemption for
Asante Samuel through Sept. 10 or until he is activated.
***** Interesting that they list Meriweather at CB. Did this come from the
Pats' site, Steve? Likely to stay like this when they activate Assante,
since the total, including him and Rodney, below, is 53. I would imagine
Assante will be activated before opening day.
Quick hit: Rodney Harrison doesn't count against the 53-man limit.
***** As noted above, this looks like the final (as "final" as any roster)
list at S, since when Rodney comes back we'll be at 53. I'm a little
surprised that they would keep one more on, though, since Rodney will be out
for 6 weeks.
Kicker -- Stephen Gostkowski
Punter -- Chris Hanson
Long snapper -- Lonie Paxton
ANALYSIS: The Patriots have some flexibility to bring in another player,
as Rodney Harrison doesn't count against the 53-man roster limit. No big
surprises here. Rookie Matt Gutierrez is the big winner, as the quarterback
showed too much in the preseason to risk losing him. He beats out Vinny
Steve - this is subject to change
***** All year long, Steve. All year long.
Dogs have masters ... Cats have staff!