Bill Belichick has delivered his weekend surprises, and your New England Patriots roster is set for Week 1, this Sunday in Tennessee.
Three huge stunners from the weekend cuts.
First, the wide receiver got blown wide open with the cut of Deion Branch. The veteran of 11 years has slowed, for sure.
When the alternative is a Julian Edelman or even newcomer Mark Salas, who the club picked up in a minor deal from St. Louis, you have to wonder why Branch isn’t still here or hasn’t been called back.
“It’s the hardest part of the job to take players that have played for you, won for you and players that have been with us since the spring, the whole offseason, done everything we asked them to do, worked hard, sweated, been banged up, kept going out there, kept playing, kept trying to do everything they could to make the team, to do what we asked them to do, to do it in a team-first attitude and fashion and to tell those players that they can’t be a part of the team is very difficult,” admitted the coach yesterday, when asked about the release of vets like Branch.
The second surprise of the weekend has been the silence from the Brian Waters camp. We definitely should have heard something by now.
No Waters is a bad thing for an offensive line that was at best embattled and at worst overwhelmed during the preseason.
Every minute he remains away from the team costs the Patriots.
Finally, the last shocker was the move of Jeff Demps to injured reserve. The coach confirmed yesterday that the speedster was done for the year.
While he was tiny and needs the year to learn the system and get back into football, as opposed to track and field, shape, Demps had/has a game-breaker’s look.