New England Patriots: Kannoris Davis

Picked-up pieces around Patriots

September, 16, 2013
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Picked-up pieces from around the New England Patriots on Monday:

Ridley not happy with his start. Running back Stevan Ridley didn’t sugarcoat his answer when asked if he was pleased with his work in the first two games of the season. “Absolutely not,” he responded. “I don’t think anybody on this team is happy with where they want to be, starting with myself. I definitely didn’t get off to the start I wanted. I’ll man up and say that.” When asked what he’d like to do better, Ridley shot it straight. “Holding the ball, man,” he said, stating the obvious.

Practice players of the week. As has been the norm in recent years, the Patriots named their first practice players of the week, an honor given to those deemed to have best helped the team in the days leading up to a victory. Those players wear black jerseys during practice, which makes them stand out, and the initial practice players of the week are quarterback Ryan Mallett, practice squad-safety Kannoris Davis and practice-squad cornerback Justin Green.

Kelly, Arrington draw big crowds. In addition to Ridley, defensive lineman Tommy Kelly and cornerback Kyle Arrington were swarmed by reporters as they entered the locker room after practice. It also looked like rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) and veteran offensive lineman Will Svitek (right knee) were making progress in their recoveries.

Third down, red zone and Buccaneers prep. A big part of practice was dedicated to third down and the red zone. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers came up big defensively in the red zone in their loss Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, with a solid goal-line stand at the end of the second half.

Mayo Bowl on the schedule. Linebacker Jerod Mayo (Instagram photo posted by Patriots) was hosting his fourth annual Mayo Bowl at Kings in nearby Dedham at 6 p.m. As usual, there was a red-carpet entrance, with many of Mayo’s teammates scheduled to attend, including Vince Wilfork (Vine video posted by Patriots).

Patriots announce 13 cuts

August, 31, 2013
The New England Patriots announced Saturday that the following 13 players have been released:

DE Jermaine Cunningham
LB Ja'Gared Davis
S Kannoris Davis
DL Marcus Forston
DE Justin Francis
CB Justin Green
OL Chris McDonald
P Zoltan Mesko
DB Stephon Morris
WR Quentin Sims
LB Jeff Tarpinian
QB Tim Tebow
RB George Winn

Of the group, Tarpinian is the one new player who had previously not been reported to be released.

More analysis to come.

DE Justin Francis among Pats cuts

August, 31, 2013
The Patriots have released defensive end Justin Francis, linebacker Ja'Gared Davis and defensive back Kanorris Davis, according to a league source.

The news on Francis comes as a surprise, as he had developed into a rotational defensive end last season after making the roster as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers. He was recently limited by an undisclosed injury in training camp. He recorded three sacks during his rookie season.

The Patriots now have starters Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich on top of the depth chart, with rookie Michael Buchanan and 2012 third-round draft choice Jake Bequette behind them.

As for Ja'Gared Davis, an undrafted free agent out of SMU, he was claimed by the Patriots off of waivers earlier this week. He has practice-squad eligibility.

Kanorris Davis, another undrafted free agent, has worked as a reserve safety throughout training camp. He, too, has practice-squad eligibility.

All three players will be subject to the NFL's waiver system.

Patriots eligible for practice squad

August, 31, 2013
Later today, the New England Patriots will finalize the first iteration of their 53-man roster. But the player puzzle doesn’t end there, as the team will begin constructing its practice squad, which can be up to eight players, on Sunday.

It would be no surprise for the Patriots to bring aboard players waived by other teams as members of their practice squad, but the unit will also likely include players waived by the team Saturday.

Below is a look at all current Patriots who still have practice-squad eligibility:

P Ryan Allen
DT Armond Armstead (on reserve/PUP)
LB Steve Beauharnais
DE Jake Bequette
WR Josh Boyce
DE Michael Buchanan
LB Jamie Collins
LB Ja'Gared Davis
S Kanorris Davis
WR Aaron Dobson
DT Marcus Forston
DB Justin Green
DT Cory Grissom (on injured reserve)
S Duron Harmon
WR Mark Harrison (on reserve/PUP)
G Josh Kline
C/G Chris McDonald
CB Logan Ryan
WR Quentin Sims
TE Zach Sudfeld
LB Jeff Tarpinian
WR Kenbrell Thompkins
DT Joe Vellano
RB George Winn
OL Markus Zusevics (on injured reserve)