Newswire: New Blood, Roster & the OL

News from around the web includes: New blood helps to retool the New England Patriots; The Patriot's roster is finally set; The Patriots' offensive linemen are a strong and solid group and former Patriot Dan Klecko signed by the Indianapolis Colts.

Newswire Items 9/04/06

Brown Compliments Patriots

The New England Patriots have only four 'iron horses', Tom Brady, Tedy Bruschi, Richard Seymour and Matt Light that played during their first Super Bowl victory in 2001. The Patriots have been retooling and as linebacker Chad Brown told the Eagle Tribune, "This is the team [Patriots] that every one in the league who wants to win wants to play for … "

Roster Set... For Now

The September second deadline has come and gone and the Patriots have their 53 man roster in place. The Providence Journal summarizes the makeup of the roster by position. The Patriots also signed the following players to the practice squad: wide receiver Kelvin Kight, linebacker Corey Mays, cornerback Antwain Spann, guard Dan Stevenson, defensive lineman Santonio Thomas and guard/center Billy Yates.

Childress A Surprising Cut

In a somewhat of a surprise move, wide receiver Bam Childress was released by the Patriots. Childress lead the Patriots during the pre season with 214 yards and second in receptions with 11. The Boston Herald is speculating that Childress will be signed to the practice squad if not picked up off of waivers.

Patriots Insider agrees with the notion that Childress brought more to the table due to initially making it through the roster cuts. Should Childress clear waivers, the Patriots may add him to the practice squad. They have the room to do so.

Pats Add Another Receiver / Kick returner

The Patriots also claimed former Buffalo Bills' wide receiver Jonathan Smith off waivers. Smith was drafted by the Bills in the seventh round in 2004. He saw limited action with the Bills which included returning a punt for a touchdown at New England on Nov. 14, 2004.

Patriots Building A Line For Brady

The Patriot's offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has helped put together a solid and strong offensive line to help protect starting quarterback Tom Brady and to punch holes for running backs Corey Dillon and Laurence Maroney. According to a team source, head coach Bill Belichick feels that this group is the deepest he has coached and perhaps the best in the league. The Patriots have come along way since last year when the offensive line was riddled with injuries.

Former Patriot Updates

Former Patriot defensive lineman Dan Klecko was claimed from the waiver wire by the Indianapolis Colts. His father, defensive tackle Joe Klecko, ended his career with the Colts. Klecko was a part-time contributor for the Patriots seeing much of his action on special teams and in a substitute role along the defensive line.


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