Newswire: Backup QBs, Patten & More

News from around the web includes: New England Patriot Nation ponders who will assume the backup quarterback role, Mike Vanderjagt happy to be the Cowboys' kicker, Former Patriot receiver David Patten looks at his new role with the Redskins, and a quick hit on possible interest in Ty Law by the San Diego Chargers.

Newswire Items 6/5/06

-- With the recent retirement of New England Patriot backup quarterback Doug Flutie, the Patriot Nation ponders who will fill the No. 2 role behind starter Tom Brady. The three potential backup quarterbacks on the Patriot's roster are Matt Cassel, Todd Mortensen and rookie UDFA Corey Bramlet.

Matt Cassel is a 7th round draft pick who backed up heisman trophy winner Matt Leinart at USC. Cassel did an admiral job in the last year's season finale against the Miami Dolphins and temporarily holds the No. 2 spot according to NFL Scout.

Todd Mortensen was signed by the Patriots in January and was assigned to the NFLE. Mortensen played his collegiate ball at Brigham Young University. University of Wyoming's Corey Bramlet was the only quarterback in the Patriot's rookie minicamp. Among the free agent quarterbacks the Patriots may consider are Kerry Collins and Jay Fiedler.

-- The Dallas Cowboys have been trying to resolve their kicking woes going through 3 kickers while loosing the last 3 games of the season by 3 points or less. Mike Vanderjagt was signed by the Cowboys after feeling unappreciated towards the end of his 8 year with the Indianapolis Colts. Vanderjagt tells the Associated Press, "I feel very much wanted and needed here, and it's been a while since I felt that way." Vanderjagt is regarded as one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL.

-- During a banquet held at Heinz field, about 150 members of Super Bowl XL champion Pittsburgh Steelers team received their super bowl rings. The NFL paid approximately $5,000 dollars for each ring. According to The Pittsburgh Tribune Review, "One side of the ring shows the score of Super Bowl XL -- Steelers 21, Seattle 10 -- along with the Super Bowl XL logo. The other side is highlighted by a player's name and number, along with the NFL logo."

-- Former Patriots receiver David Patten has found that the grass isn't always greener on the other side. The soon-to-be 32-year-old Redskins' wideout found out that he'd have to work harder for playing time after the team signed two new receivers - Antwaan Randel-El and Brandon Lloyd - to free agent contracts. Patten apparently is taking the team's decision as a challenge. Realizing that he will not see as many balls thrown his way with two more starting receivers in the mix, Patten has renewed his focus on competing for playing time.

-- The San Diego Chargers appear to be interested in acquiring the services of veteran free agent Ty Law. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Chargers GM A.J. Smith responded to a question about Law in the present tense, meaning that the Chargers are still interested in the all pro. "His agent called before the draft and we discussed it,” Bolts General Manager A.J. Smith said Friday. “We have interest."

Is it possible the Chargers, who have the cap room, could jump into the mix for Law? "Unlikely" is the response from publishers in San Diego and Kansas City. Law is attracting the most interest from Kansas City in spite of recent reports that the Patriots have stepped up their negotiations. The Chargers, Seahawks and Titans remain in the mix, but more as remote possibilities at this time.

Insiders can check on the progress of negotiations and other breaking news on the defensive back by visiting his profile (here) or adding him to their Hot List.

These articles and more can be found in Monday's Newswire


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