|Patriots add OL Mitch Petrus, make practice squad moves||11.13.12 at 7:22 pm ET|
The Patriots made a series of personnel moves on Tuesday, adding free agent offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, signing linebacker Jeff Tarpinian to the practice squad and releasing linebacker Jerrell Harris from the practice squad. Here’s a portion of the release from the Patriots on the series of moves:
Petrus, 25, is in his fourth NFL season. He played in six games for the New York Giants in 2012 before being released on Nov. 3. The 6-foot-3, 315-pounder, originally joined the Giants as a fifth-round draft pick (147th overall) out of Arkansas in 2010. Petrus has played in 23 NFL games with three starts at left guard in 2011.
Tarpinian, 25, was released by New England on Nov. 12. He made New England’s 53-man roster last season after joining the team as a rookie free agent out of Iowa. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder played in seven games with one start in 2011 and finished with four defensive tackles and eight special teams tackles. He was placed on injured reserve with a head injury on Nov. 24, 2011. Tarpinian was released by the Patriots on Aug. 31 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1. He was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Oct. 20 and played in the last three games, mainly on special teams.
Harris, 23, joined the New England practice squad on Nov. 6. He originally signed with the Atlanta Falcons as a rookie free agent out of Alabama on April 30. The 6-foot-3, 242-pounder was released by Atlanta at the end of training camp before joining the practice squad of Jacksonville on Sept. 26. He was released from the Jaguars’ practice squad on Oct. 25.
|Patriots release linebacker Jeff Tarpinian||11.12.12 at 4:46 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Monday they have cut linebacker Jeff Tarpinian. Tarpinian, 25, made New England’s 53-man roster last season after joining the team as a rookie free agent out of Iowa. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder played in seven games with one start in 2011 and finished with four defensive tackles and eight special teams tackles. He was placed on injured reserve with a head injury on Nov. 24, 2011. Tarpinian was released by the Patriots on Aug. 31 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 1. He was signed to the 53-man roster from the practice squad on Oct. 20 and played in the last three games, mainly on special teams.
|Patriots add Jeff Tarpinian to pactice squad, but not Kerry Taylor||09.01.12 at 2:35 pm ET|
Two more practice squad notes worth passing along on the Patriots:
•According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, the Patriots have added linebacker Jeff Tarpinian to the practice squad. The Patriots originally acquired the 6-foot-2, 235-pounder as an undrafted free agent signing following the 2011 draft. The Iowa product played in seven games last season, recording seven tackles.
•Wilson also reports that the Patriots will not bring wide receiver Kerry Taylor along to the practice squad. The 6-foot, 200-pounder, a rookie out of Arizona State, was picked up late last month as a free agent.
|Source: Patriots release Jeff Tarpinian||08.31.12 at 7:05 pm ET|
According to a league source, the Patriots have released linebacker Jeff Tarpinian.
The Patriots originally acquired Tarpinian as an undrafted free agent signing following the 2011 draft. The Iowa product played in seven games last season, recording seven tackles.
There is a decent chance that Tarpinian could wind up back with the Patriots following his release, whether on the practice squad or otherwise.
|Patriots Positional Playoff Preview: Linebackers||01.10.12 at 12:23 am ET|
With the Patriots off this weekend and the postseason ready to begin, we’ve got the Patriots Positional Playoff Preview, a weeklong, position-by-position look at the Patriots and how they look heading into the postseason. We’ve already looked at the offensive side of the ball, as well as the defensive line. Now, it’s the linebackers:
Depth chart (stats from coaches film review): Rob Ninkovich (62 tackles, 46 solo, 6.5 sacks, 9 quarterback hits, 2 interceptions), Gary Guyton (46 tackles, 33 solo, 1 interception), Jerod Mayo (103 tackles, 67 solo, 1 sack, 6 quarterback hits, 2 interceptions), Dane Fletcher (37 tackles, 25 solo, 6 quarterback hits), Brandon Spikes (51 tackles, 36 solo, 1 quarterback hit), Tracy White (25 tackles, 19 solo). Jeff Tarpinian and Jermaine Cunningham are on injured reserve.
Overview: It was a rocky year for the New England linebackers, who, in truth, have been asked to do a lot. There have been shifts from a three-man front to a four-man front and back again over the course of the year. Mayo, Fletcher and Spikes were all sidelined at one time or another for multiple weeks with injuries. And the Patriots defense hasn’t played all that well for large chunks of the season. But now, with the postseason looming, they appear to be healthy, and while the stats aren’t where they should be, they remain a key part to the success of the New England defense.
One of the most intriguing members of the New England linebacking corps is Ninkovich. In my mind, he was most affected by the move from a three-man front to a four-man front at the start of the season, and appeared to struggle at times with the change in responsibilities. However, over the second half of the season, his numbers have improved, particularly when it came to setting the edge against the run and rushing the passer. (He had 14 quarterback pressures and four sacks over one five-game stretch toward the end of the season, and was third on the team behind Andre Carter and Mark Anderson in both sacks with 6.5 and quarterback hits with nine.) He has lined up as a down lineman on occasion, as well as an outside linebacker, and his versatility and smarts make him one of the most important parts of the New England defense.
One opposing scouts take on the Patriots’ wide receivers heading into the postseason: “Getting Mayo back is huge while other guys filled in and got reps. The all seem to execute and know what they are supposed to be doing. Lack a great playmaker, but Ninkovich is a productive guy run and pass. All play with great motor and instincts. Benefit from beef in front of them on the inside running game. Can be tested if blockers can get on them.”
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|Setting the scene: Patriots-Eagles||11.27.11 at 11:45 am ET|
PHILADELPHIA — Clear skies and unseasonably warm temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s are expected for kickoff at 4:15 p.m. ET (WBZ-TV, Ch. 4) today at Lincoln Financial Field as the 7-3 Patriots look for their third straight win against the 4-6 Eagles. With a breeze of 10-15 MPH expected out of the south-southwest, it will feel more like the preseason game these two play every August than a game on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
The Patriots will do everything in their power to get out to a quick lead and try to take the heart and desire out of the desperate Eagles.
The fan base in Philadelphia is notoriously quick to turn, especially in games like this.
Two weeks ago, with a chance to make a move in the NFC East, the Eagles dropped a game to the lowly Cardinals on this very field and the fans called for coach Andy Reid’s job immediately.
But there will almost certainly be a different quarterback at the helm today as Michael Vick broke two ribs in that loss to the Cards.
In came Vince Young last week on the road against the Giants. All he did was lead the Eagles on an epic 18-play, 80-yard drive, taking up more than half of the fourth quarter and helping the Eagles to a 17-10 win that kept a pulse in the Eagles’ season.
Various reports have Vick still laboring in practice this week after testing his ribs with several throwing sessions. As a result, Young is expected to get the start for the Patriots with a decision on whether to deactivate Vick not expected until closer to game time.
Though far less dramatic and – to this point – significant, the Patriots made their own injury news 24 hours before the game by deciding to leave receiver Chad Ochocinco out of today’s game with a hamstring injury.
Ochocinco showed up on the Patriots injury report on Friday with a hamstring issue and did not practice on the day after Thanksgiving.
Taylor Price is expected to see significant playing time, filling in for Ochocinco as the third receiver in New England’s three-receiver sets.
Additionally, the Patriots have already ruled out linebacker Dane Fletcher (thumb), Patrick Chung (ankle), Dan Connolly (groin), Devin McCourty (shoulder) and Brandon Spikes (knee). Jeff Tarpinian was placed on injured reserve this week with an undisclosed illness. Read the rest of this entry »
|Inactive analysis for the Patriots||11.21.11 at 7:20 pm ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots announced that the following players were inactive for Monday’s game against the Chiefs: quarterback Ryan Mallett, safety Patrick Chung, cornerback Devin McCourty, running back Kevin Faulk and linebackers Dane Fletcher, Jeff Tarpinian and Brandon Spikes.
The biggest names missing are Chung and McCourty, which will leave the Patriots thin in the secondary. This is the second consecutive week that Chung (foot) will sit out, while McCourty suffered a shoulder injury when he collided with teammate Sterling Moore in the first half of last week’s game against the Jets and did not return. Expect more snaps for Moore and James Ihedigbo at safety. (The Patriots do have some depth at the safety spot with Sergio Brown and Ross Ventrone, the latter of whom was re-signed to New England’s active roster earlier on Monday.)
The Patriots will also be without three linebackers in Fletcher, Spikes and Tarpinian. Fletcher (thumb) and Spikes (knee) have already been out for an extended stretch, while Tarpinian (illness) has struggled over the last week to stay on the field. Gary Guyton was banged up last week with a shoulder problem, but should get more work this week because of the injury situation.
Two names on the offensive side of the ball who could get more reps because they’re active are wide receiver Taylor Price and running back Shane Vereen. Both have been used sparingly this season, as Price has struggled to see the field because of a hamstring problem while the rookie Vereen has been squeezed out because of a numbers game. (With Faulk on the sidelines Monday night, it likely gave Vereen the opportunity to at least dress for the game.)
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