NEWSWIRE: Roster Cuts, Green, Branch & More

News from around the web includes: New England Patriot's defensive end Jarvis Green is honored; Patriot's running backs veteran Corey Dillon and rookie Laurence Maroney to split running time; The deadline for holdout wide receiver Deion Branch is closing in; The return of safety Rodney Harrison is a big boost and veteran cornerback Hank Poteat leads the list of those cut by the Patriots.

Newswire Items 8/30/06

Green Receives Accolades

New England Patriot defensive end Jarvis Green was honored for his contributions to the hurricane Katrina relief efforts. The Providence Journal reported that Green, coming off his best season last year with 53 tackles, has tackled another job helping to organize a fund that helps Louisiana based families. Green was honored at a the Patriots' Ron Burton Community Service Award last night at the team's annual Kickoff Gala held in the Fidelity Investments Clubhouse at Gillette Stadium.

-- Green was just one of eight players on the Patriots roster from the area. Others who either played at LSU like Green or hail from the area are Kevin Faulk, Randall Gay, Marquise Hill, Eric Alexander, Eric Warfield, Stephen Gostkowski, and Antwain Spann. Green gave an emotional recounting of what he saw when he retuirned to his homestate. Seeing the aftereffects of Katrina motivated the big defensive lineman to help, just as he hopes it will motivate his teammates.

Dillon And Maroney - Two Headed Attack

-- With the opening of the NFL season right around the corner, coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots was asked about splitting time between veteran running back Corey Dillon and rookie running back Laurence Maroney. "We'll just see how it works out, it might change from week to week … " According to the Boston Herald, Dillon's attitude about splitting time with another running back is much better than when he split time with Rudi Johnson while playing for the Cincinnati Bengals. Coming off the worst season of career, Dillon understands its about proving it on the field, not through the press.

Cobbs May Force His Way On The Roster

-- Running back Patrick Cobbs has been making a bid to stay on the Patriot's roster longer than just training camp. Cobbs, an undrafted rookie free agent, has been the Patriot's leading rusher during the preseason with 26 carries for 143 yards.A longshot to make the final cut, he's leads the three running backs who are expected to make the final cut; Laurence Maroney, Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk. Cobbs will need to show he's more valuable to the team than one of the other reserve backs or a player at another position. Slated for just a tryout his first weekend, Cobbs' early performance has already made the front office reconsider. His strong preseason performance may get them to keep him around a second time.

What's Happening With Deion

-- Patriot's holdout wide receiver Deion Branch has until this Friday, September 1st to find a team willing to trade for him and work out a contract. Patriots owner Robert Kraft was asked about that deadline during the Patriot's Kickoff Gala. "Today's Tuesday," Kraft said. "We'll know the answer to that within three days. Like all our fans, I appreciate that Deion's very special. But we have to let things work their way out and we'll see what happens come Friday."

Kraft went on to say that he thought the Patriots were in good hands with Bill Belichick and Scott Pioli running the football operatoin. "We have a pretty good system in place," he said. "We've always discussed things and we have managers we trust. Both Bill and Scott have done an excellent job. I think our performance speaks for itself."

-- The Philadelphia Eagles traded for New Orleans' wide receiver Donte' Stallworth. The Eagles were rumored to be interested in acquiring the Patriot's holdout to shore up their receiving corps but opted for Stallworth who cost less. With the trade, Branch's possible suitors have been decreased by one team. The Chicago Bears are also rumored to be interested in Branch, but the first-round asking price has cooled off their pursuit of the former Super Bowl MVP.

After dealing for Stallworth, the Eagles felt it was no longer in their interests to retain the services of Todd Pinkston. Philadelphia had attempted ot trade Pinkston, but found no suitors.

Rodney Ready

-- The Patriot's defense has steadily improved over the past three preseason games. With that improvement, the Patriot Nation has some wel-founded hope for the upcoming season. The return of safety Rodney Harrison gave both the fans and the defense a needed lift. Harrison should be in the lineup for opening day against the Bills when Buffalo travels to New England for the season opener.

Roster Cuts

-- Patriot's veteran cornerback Hank Poteat was a surprise cut as the Patriots trimmed their roster to the 75 player limit. The Patriots also cut linebacker Freddie Roach and center Brian Barthelmes, both rookies, veteran guard Nick Steitz and wide receivers Rich Musinski and Keron Henry.


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