Quick-hit thoughts around Pats & NFL

September, 5, 2010
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Quick-hit thoughts around the NFL and with the Patriots:

1. Teams have until noon on Sunday to claim players on waivers. Once players clear waivers, they can be signed to the practice squad. The Patriots have already told some players to stick around just in case that happens.

2. There were eight NFL trades on Saturday and all involved an undisclosed draft choice. One follow-up question: Why does the NFL allow teams to not disclose the level of the pick? It adds important context to understanding the transaction.

3. As part of an annual tradition, Patriots players spent part of Saturday as guests of owner Robert Kraft at his home.

4. Last year, Broncos coach Josh McDaniels showed his inexperience from a personnel perspective in trading a 2010 first-round draft choice to select cornerback Alphonso Smith in the 2009 second round. It was a big mistake, as Smith has already been traded, to Detroit. Meanwhile, the 2010 first-round pick turned out to be 14th overall, with Seattle selecting safety Earl Thomas.

5. In officially placing safety Ed Reed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, the Ravens ensured that Reed will not be in the lineup when they visit the Patriots on Oct. 17.

6. The first thing I thought of when Seahawks offensive line coach Alex Gibbs retired Saturday was how coach Pete Carroll said at March’s owners meetings that the hiring of Gibbs was one his biggest moves because he wanted to install the team’s blocking scheme first. That’s a significant blow for Seattle.

7. Much like the Patriots with Brian Hoyer in 2009, the Arizona Cardinals are relying on an undrafted rookie as their backup quarterback, Max Hall of Brigham Young. That was the trickle-down effect of releasing Matt Leinart.

8. In forming their initial 53-man roster, the Chargers went with 21 players on offense and 29 on defense. That’s a big split. For perspective, the Patriots had 24 players on offense and 26 on defense on their Saturday roster.

9. The Patriots had success in the return game during the preseason, but their season-opening opponent – the Bengals – were just as good. Cincinnati had five kick returns of at least 40 yards in the preseason and seven punt returns of 20-plus yards.

10. One of the first things Bill Belichick tells rookies is that their draft status doesn’t matter and everyone starts fresh. He’s proven that it’s not just talk, as rookie free agents Kyle Love and Dane Fletcher are the latest undrafted players to make the roster out of training camp. They follow Brian Hoyer (2009), Gary Guyton (2008), Matt Gutierrez (2007), Pierre Woods (2006), Mike Wright (2005) and Randall Gay (2004).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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