NEPD Editor: James Christensen
Come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as I choose my five favorite New England Patriots and NFL Draft links to share. Feel free to submit your own links in the comments.
The first wave of Patriots cuts is over. It won’t be the last. (Boston Herald)
The Patriots got to work early on the trimming process. With rosters having to be at 75 by tomorrow afternoon, the Pats have reportedly released veteran defensive lineman Gerard Warren, along with safeties Josh Barrett and Ross Ventrone, according to the Boston Globe.
There is a new quarterback on the Buffalo Bills. The AFC East is not very afraid. (BuffaloBillsDraft.com)
Extremely tough. Isn’t afraid to step up in the pocket in the face of pressure. Will extend plays by fighting through contact in the pocket, and keeps his eyes downfield on the run. Has an absolute canon for an arm. Can put the ball outside the numbers from the far hash, on deep outs and comebacks, with ease. Good loft on the bucket tosses, and displays good anticipation and location on the deep post.
Some interesting thoughts about Jonathan Fanene and others. (ESPN Boston)
One might say the Fanene situation highlights some of the risk for teams in free agency, investing in players with whom they don’t have a deep background (as compared to one they draft and develop before the player receives big up-front money). When the Patriots courted Fanene in free agency after missing out on Red Bryant, my understanding is that things moved along quickly even before the team officially met with him (Fanene was in Samoa at the time a financial agreement was struck). It makes one wonder if the Patriots’ scouting fundamentals broke down before making their financial commitment; they might have liked Fanene as a player, but not dotted all their I’s and crossed all their T’s in terms of how he’d fit in their program.
Players live in fear of the “Turk” at this time in August. (WEEI)
It’s never an easy process to tell someone they’ve been cut — in his first professional job with the Colts, Bill Belichick served as the “Turk.” That’s where he earned the nickname “Billy Bad News” because he was the guy assigned to tell players that they needed to see the coach … and that they had to bring their playbook.
Trading Vontae Davis might not make much sense, but this is Jeff Ireland we’re talking about. (MiamiDolphinsDraft.com)
In the early part of training camp, Davis appeared inconsistent, out of shape, and quickly onto the second team of the depth chart. It was not a good start for one of the Dolphins best defenders last season and a former first round pick just a handful of years ago. With Sean Smith starting to come into his own and the addition of Richard Marshall, Davis was quickly viewed as not good enough to start and not an ideal fit for a nickel role.