Picked-up pieces around the Patriots

August, 26, 2014
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Some picked-up pieces and notes around the New England Patriots:

Deadline today for roster moves to get to 75. All NFL teams must trim rosters to 75 by 4 p.m. ET. The Patriots currently have 83 players on their roster and thus must make eight transactions by today's deadline. Two of them figure to be moving running back Tyler Gaffney to injured reserve and offensive tackle Chris Martin to the reserve/non-football injury list. That would leave six players to release or waive.

Teammates playfully rib Moore as Hibbert look-a-like. One of the highlights of the Patriots Charitable Foundation Premeire event on Monday night was the team's rookie class, including Gaffney (claimed on waivers from Carolina), taking the stage for a group-like introduction. Among the lighthearted things we learned: Sixth-round pick Zach Moore is called "Hibbert" by teammates because of his striking resemblance to Indiana Pacers big man Roy Hibbert.

Tyms among those drawing a big crowd. Receiver Brian Tyms was among a small handful of players drawing larger media crowds in the locker room Monday, joining quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, defensive end Michael Buchanan, defensive back Logan Ryan, running back Brandon Bolden and linebacker Steve Beauharnais. The underdog story of Tyms, coupled with his humble approach, has turned him into a bit of a media favorite. "It's not the end of the world when you get cut. I've been cut three times," Tyms said. "It's just that God has different plan for you. You never know, you could be back in the same place they cut you."

Giants plan to play starters vs. Patriots in preseason finale. While Bill Belichick said Monday that some of the Patriots' lesser-experienced players figure to receive more playing time in the preseason finale, with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo starting, the Giants plan to play their starters for 15-18 snaps.

Brady and Jones are ironmen. In an Insider piece now posted on ESPN.com Insider, Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus looks at the ironmen in the NFL -- those who led their respective positions in snaps played last season. Tom Brady and Chandler Jones represent the Patriots.

Kelly visiting the Cardinals. Veteran defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was scheduled to visit the Cardinals, one day after he was released by the Patriots, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. The Cardinals are seeking some reinforcements on the line of scrimmage after losing Darnell Dockett for the season due to a torn ACL.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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