Patriots Cut Matt Gutierrez, Fernando Bryant

Chad Jackson Released
John Lynch Cut

Patriots Cuts
The Patriots made it under the magical line of 53 today, cutting veteran cornerback Fernando Bryant and backup quarterback Matt Gutierrez. Gutierrez hasn’t shown the ability to lead the Patriots to victory if he should ever be called upon to play in a meaningful game. Belichick obviously feels that Matt Cassel can.

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Bryant’s departure leaves a huge hole at corner for the Patriots. Of the four corners on the roster, two of them–Wheatley and Wilhite–are rookies, Ellis Hobbs is oft-injured and Lewis Sanders hasn’t looked great yet. Belichick probably made his decision about four seconds after watching Bryant being steamrolled into the Giants end zone. I think we might be hearing from Ty Law soon…

Victor Hobson and Vince Redd were two linebackers that failed to make the team after being signed as free agents this spring. Antwain Spain, Santonio Thomas, Mike Richardson, and John Welbourn were other veterans released today. Late-round draft pick Bo Ruud was placed on IR.

You’re in Good Hands

With the injuries to Brandon Meriweather and Wes Welker, Raymond Ventrone and C.J. Jones were logical players to keep around as insurance. Both add versatility to the team, with Ventrone playing both ways and Jones being able to return kicks. Gary Guyton solidified his spot on the roster with great special-teams play along with a great game against the New York Giants.

In other news, Kevin Faulk has officially been suspended for one game for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse policy.

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3 Responses to “Patriots Cut Matt Gutierrez, Fernando Bryant”

  1. Admin says:

    I would assume Wheatley and Hobbs will start, with Wilhite and Sanders playing Nickel. Meriweather CAN play CB, although he would be much better at safety when healthy.

  2. DJ says:

    How did Bryant not make it? He was supposed to be a starter, let alone get cut…is it Terrance Wheatley opposite Hobbs from opening day then?I really hope they sign Ty Law, there’s only four pure CBs on the roster right now.

  3. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the info on the Patriots Cuts, I hadn’t seen that yet. I’m surprised that Fernando Bryant got cut!

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