AFC East: Jason Pociask
The New England Patriots made some roster adjustments, cutting a player they just signed to re-sign a player they just cut.
The Patriots signed TE Stephen Spach and released TE Jason Pociask. The Patriots dropped Spach on Monday to help make room for three waiver-wire acquisitions, including Pociask, whom the Jets claimed from the New York Jets.
Also Thursday, the Patriots added P Reggie Hodges to the practice squad and dropped TE Tyson Devree.
The New England Patriots have announced a slew of roster moves, highlighted by the signing of two-time Pro Bowl CB Deltha O'Neal.
O'Neal was brought in because the Patriots were unsatisfied with their CB play through the preseason. They surprisingly cut one of their biggest offseason acquisitions on Saturday when they decided to not move forward with Fernando Bryant. They also released free-agent CB Jason Webster, another newcomer who was supposed to help them replace Asante Samuel.
O'Neal is a nine-year vet who started only 15 games over the past two seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals. Last year, first-round pick Leon Hall beat him out for a starting role. O'Neal didn't fit into the plans of new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer because of faded man-to-man coverage skills and was cut this weekend despite being their No. 1 punt returner in camp.
In an Aug. 8 Cincinnati Enquirer article about how O'Neal had lost a step, he discussed his willingness to accept a lesser role for greater team success. Little did he know then ...
"I'm just looking to add depth this year and help out as much as I can," O'Neal said. "I have a positive look at it. I went to two Pro Bowls. I want a Super Bowl ring. I'm not tired of going [to the Pro Bowl], but given my choice I'd rather go to the Super Bowl."
Pociask and Bender were among the last New York Jets cuts. Levoir spent two seasons on the Chicago Bears practice squad before the St. Louis Rams added him to their active roster in November, but didn't play him. The Patriots released Devree, an undrafted rookie, on Saturday.
Biggest surprise: The Jets decided to keep all four of their QBs, fueling speculation in New York Kellen Clemens might be on the move. Jets coach Eric Mangini defused that talk by suggesting Clemens would be on the roster opening day as Brett Favre's primary backup. Because Brett Ratliff had performed so admirably, many observers were skeptical fifth-round draft pick Erik Ainge would stick. Ainge looked shaky throughout training camp, but he closed out the preseason with a fine performance Thursday night.
The most significant veterans dropped were eighth-year CB Hank Poteat and ninth-year LB and special-teamer Matt Chatham. Poteat was beaten out by fourth-round draft pick Dwight Lowery. Marques Murrell showed the Jets enough to bump Chatham.
No-brainers: Division I-AA record-setting WR David Ball got lost at a position that includes Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith, Chansi Stuckey and David Clowney. The same fate befell WRs Larry Brackins and Paul Raymond, who never had much of a chance.
What's next: The Jets, like many other teams, will be looking for offensive line depth. They kept seven receivers and nine defensive backs, so those look like areas to trim if they find some players they like on the waiver wire.