Spach Signed in AZ, Ross Dropped From Pats

The Cardinals don't face last year's Super Bowl contenders until Dec. 21, but a former Arizona player and a new face to the Cardinals have already felt the cut out of Gillette Stadium.'s Patriot Insider Jon Scott gives an in depth scouting report on the Cardinals newest tight end and shares with some not surprising news out of New England.

The Arizona Cardinals saw impressive play out of No. 3 TE Jerame Tuman last weekend in Carolina. But the 10-year veteran can't hold down the tight end corps by himself. With injuries to both Leonard Pope and Ben Patrick, the Cardinals brought in some help with the signing of Stephen Spach who spent last year and part of this season with the New England Patriots.

As a former tight end himself, Whisenhunt knows the importance of the role. Spach is also acclimated to his new position as he stepped in for two games with the Patriots while New England was battling injuries.

Here is a bit of background information on Spach and what he will bring to the desert:

Spach's Background (Provided by Patriots' Insider Jon Scott):

Spach was more of a reserve tight end for the Patriots. He was signed to the roster in Dec of 2007 when New England went through one of their common dilemmas of having all of their tight ends injured. Spach was re-signed in 2008 when the same thing occurred. He was released on Sept 1, but resigned when it became apparent that all the healthy bodies weren't ready to go. New England picked up former Jet Jason Pociask, which caused them to cut Spach on the first, but Pociask didn't work out and was released to make room for Spach's return.

Scott's Take on Spach:

He's a solid player, though he lacks the true bulk to be a dominant blocker. Spach's ability catch passes is not above average, but he's sort of a Jack-of-all-trades. He can block a little, catch a little, and is genuinely a decent backup.

In other Cardinals-Patriots connections, former Cardinals offensive tackle Oliver Ross was cut from the New England squad on Tuesday. After signing as a free agent with the Patriots in June 2008, he was on the physically unable to perform list his entire time and was placed on reserve/non-football injury list in August. He was dismissed on Tuesday, because the Patriots have Mark LeVoir from the Rams they picked up a few weeks back.

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