|Rookie Myron Pryor will stick||09.05.09 at 6:55 pm ET|
Not that there was much drama, but I was just able to confirm via a league source that rookie defensive lineman Myron Pryor is going to make the final 53-man roster. Pryor, a 6-foot, 319-pound defensive tackle out of Kentucky, was the 207th overall pick in the draft. A four-year starter for the Wildcats, he was a second-team All-SEC and made 34 career starts as a collegian.
|Darryl Richard released||09.05.09 at 4:27 pm ET|
WEEI.com has confirmed that rookie defensive lineman has been released by the Patriots. A 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle, the 23-year-old is a Georgia Tech product was a seventh-round pick of New England this past spring, but struggled to get on the field through training camp and into the preseason — he saw placed on the physically unable to perform list for the start of training camp.
|Eric Alexander wins battle of preseason||09.05.09 at 4:20 pm ET|
WEEI.com has confirmed that inside linebacker Eric Alexander has made the final 53-man roster, while fellow inside linebacker Paris Lenon has been told he has been released by New England.
The 27-year-old Alexander, an LSU product, was thought to be in a position battle with Lenon for that spot, and appears as though he has come out on top. Alexander, who was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent in 2004, has spent five seasons with New England, playing primarily as a backup inside linebacker and on special teams.
|So here’s what we know so far…||09.05.09 at 3:48 pm ET|
With the 6 p.m. deadline for cuts looming, news about who has made the 53-man roster and who has been cut loose is starting to leak out. Defensive back/wide receiver Ray Ventrone, linebacker Paris Lenon and wide receiver Terrence Nunn have been informed they have been released, according to news first reported on Boston.com. In addition, cornerback Jamar Love has been let go as well, which was initially reported by The Boston Herald. It has also been reported — which has been confirmed by WEEI.com — that offensive lineman George Bussey will go on injured reserve.
The Patriots must made 13 cuts to get down to 53 before the 6 p.m. deadline.
On the surface, it would appear New England is hoping to get Nunn through to the practice squad. The rookie receiver had an excellent preseason, finishing with eight catches for 133 yards. He was also utilized in the kicking game, with six returns for a total of 119 yards.
Around the league, some notable cuts included Philadelphia saying farewell to fullback/defensive tackle Dan Klecko and New Orleans parting ways with backup quarterback Joey Harrington. More to come……
|Reports: Pats will cut Ventrone, Lenon||09.05.09 at 3:42 pm ET|
The Patriots, who need to cut 13 players to get down to the 53-man minimum by 6 p.m. Saturday, have already reportedly informed defensive back Ray Ventrone and linebacker Paris Lenon they will be released. In addition, The Boston Globe is reporting that rookie offensive lineman George Bussey will be placed on injured reserve.
|Bill Belichick Q&A, 9/4||09.04.09 at 7:22 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete transcript of Bill Belichick’s conference call with the media from earlier this afternoon:
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|Belichick Breaks Down Roster Moves||09.04.09 at 4:44 pm ET|
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday afternoon “it’s a possibility, but not a certainty” the Patriots will add another quarterback to their roster before the start of the regular season.
New England cut veteran quarterback Andrew Walter Friday afternoon, one of six players let go by the Patriots in advance of Saturday’s cutdown deadline: Walter, linebacker Vinny Ciurciu, wide receiver Robert Ortiz, safety Roderick Rogers, defensive lineman Stephen Williams and offensive lineman Billy Yates were all released by the Patriots, who now have to cut 13 more players to get to the 53-man limit before the deadline Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Patriots have just two quarterbacks currently on their roster: Tom Brady and rookie Brian Hoyer. Hoyer played from start to finish in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Giants, going 18-for-25 for 242 yards and one touchdown. The Michigan State product ended the preseason 29-for-44 for a team-high 354 passing yards and one touchdown.
“I thought it was really good,” tight end Benjamin Watson said of Hoyer’s effort Thursday night. “Obviously, there are going to be some things that he could do better, but I thought for being able to play the whole game and to rally the team and to come back and get a win, I thought that was really good.”
The move to play Hoyer the whole game appeared to anger the 27-year-old Walter — the former Oakland quarterback appeared ready to go on the sidelines all night, and was clearly disgruntled when speaking with reporters in the locker room after the game.
“Andrew had a lot of positives — we talked about those when we signed him, and I still think that they exist,” Belichick said Friday when asked about Walter, who finished the preseason 5-for-9 for 62 yards in limited action.
With cuts coming fast and furious between now and the deadline, Belichick said it would be impossible to commit to a definitive answer about a personnel move between now and then.
“There’s so many moving parts to the process, different positions,” said Belichick on a conference call when asked about adding another quarterback. “I’d say it’s a possibility, but not a certainty, and we’ll just evaluate it on a case-by-case basis as to how we feel the best makeup of our roster this year will be.”
If New England was in the market for a veteran backup, they could speak with Eagles about quarterback A.J. Feeley. Reports out of Philadelphia indicate that the Eagles are trying to shop Feeley before the cutdown deadline in hopes of getting something for the 32-year-old backup. The Patriots and Philadelphia have made several deals in the past, and the reported swap (Feeley for New England’s backup tight end Alex Smith) would make sense from both sides: the Patriots need a backup quarterback, while Philadelphia is in need of tight end depth.
Other possible targets for New England could be 36-year-old Damon Huard, who backed up Tom Brady from 2001-2003 and was just let go by San Francisco, as well as free agent Brian Griese.
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