AFC East: Wesley Britt

Patriots busy in identifying 53

September, 5, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

The New England Patriots made a slew of roster moves Saturday. They pulled off two trades involving tight ends, put three players on injured reserve and waived 10 others.

New England acquired tight end Michael Matthews from the New York Giants for an undisclosed draft choice and dealt tight end David Thomas to the New Orleans Saints for an undisclosed pick.

The following players were put on IR:
These players were released:

Patriots free-agency dossier

January, 16, 2009

Posted by's Tim Graham

As organized as Bill Belichick is, the New England Patriots probably didn't wait for the Scott Pioli situation to shake out in Kansas City before getting started on free agency.

The Patriots are expected to franchise unrestricted quarterback Matt Cassel as an insurance policy for Tom Brady's blown-out left knee. Cassel would receive a one-year qualifying offer worth almost $15 million -- the average of the top five salaries at his position.

Even if the Patriots and Cassel hammer out a deal on their own terms, his salary will gobble up a huge portion of the roughly $18 million to $20 million cap space they currently have. The actual salary cap number for 2009 hasn't been released.

Unrestricted (free to negotiate with any team beginning Feb. 27)

Restricted (Patriots have right to match offer from other team)

Exclusive rights (cannot negotiate with other teams if tendered qualifying offer)

Pats won't need to worry about Boldin

December, 21, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The sledding just got a little smoother for the New England Patriots.

Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin won't be playing Sunday in snowy and slick Gillette Stadium. The Cardinals have deactivated their dangerous Pro Bowl receiver.

Notable from the Patriots' inactive list is that Pro Bowl tackle Matt Light isn't on it. He will play despite a shoulder problem that limited him in practice all week.

Here are the rest of the scratches for the game:



Elsewhere in the AFC East, the Miami Dolphins have scratched leading tackler Channing Crowder from their game with the Kansas City Chiefs because of a knee injury that limited him in practice.

Ty Warren inactive for Patriots

November, 30, 2008

Posted by's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots have deactivated defensive lineman Ty Warren for Sunday afternoon's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Gillette Stadium.

It will be the second time in the past three games Warren has been scratched with a groin injury. Also out for the Patriots is running back LaMont Jordan for the eighth straight game because of a calf problem. Jordan practiced quite a bit this week, raising hopes he would be available.

Here is the complete list of inactives for the game:

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New England Patriots

Jordan, Morris officially out for Patriots

November, 9, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots won't have running backs LaMont Jordan and Sammy Morris again. Both are inactive for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills in Gillette Stadium.

Undrafted rookie BenJarvus Green-Ellis is expected to start again in the backfield.

This will be the fifth straight game Jordan has missed with a calf injury and the third in a row Morris has missed because of a sprained knee.

The Patriots also scratched defensive backs Terrence Wheatley and Lewis Sanders and reserve offensive linemen Wesley Britt and Billy Yates.

Around the AFC East: Kaczur back for Pats

July, 27, 2008
Posted by's Tim Graham

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New England Patriots

  • Mike Reiss of the Boston Globe reports T Nick Kaczur is practicing this morning for the first time in camp. Kaczur began camp on the physically unable to perform list and has been dealing with issues stemming from an April drug charge and his subsequent involvement in a sting operation.
  • Boston Herald reporter John Tomase takes a look at Wesley Britt, who has been seeing first-team snaps at Kaczur's spot.
  • The Globe's Christopher L. Gasper writes the offensive line is seeking redemption after giving up five sacks, letting Tom Brady get hit nine times and averaging 2.8 yards per running play in their final game.
  • RB Laurence Maroney "found the balance" for success last year, helping him run for 100 yards in four of the Patriots' last six games. "I'm feeling myself right now," he told reporters Saturday.

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