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Last Eight In: Examining the Patriots Practice Squad

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Offensive lineman Josh Kline caught the eye of Bill Belichick this summer. And he wasn’t the only bubble player to do so. (Photo: Oliver Thomas)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The “Turk” was busy between the Aug. 28 and Aug. 31 roster cutdown deadlines, as dozens of then-New England Patriots were asked to bring their playbooks to head coach Bill Belichick.

Yet while many of whom cleaned out their lockers and saw their nameplates removed, not every Patriots cut packed up and departed from Foxborough, Mass.

Six of whom stayed around, and another two joined them on Patriots practice squad – an eight-man roster filled with non-vested players practicing for an opportunity to play.

Here’s how they earned their spots.

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Final Auditions: Unsung Patriots Make Push in Preseason Finale vs. Giants

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Undrafted running back George Winn wasn’t the only overlooked Patriot to seize the moment versus the Giants. (Photo: Patriots.com)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots capped off the exhibition schedule with a 28-20 victory over the New York Giants on Thursday night. But for those who saw their most extensive action of the preseason during the Week 4 tilt, it was about far more than the final score.

It was about the final auditions.

The Aug. 29 game at Gillette Stadium served as an unofficial farewell party for dozens of current Patriots. A large fraction of whom will never don the “Flying Elvis” helmet again, while some will never play in the league again. Because by 6 p.m. on Aug. 31, New England’s roster – and the 31 other NFL rosters – will be cut from 75 men to 53 men. And the whittling has already begun.

With that reality set in, the battle versus New York was a vital one for every Patriots player firmly entrenched on the bubble. Many played like it was vital, capitalizing on the limited reps to give the coaching staff a lasting impression. (more…)




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