I’ve been on vacation the past few days so I haven’t really had a chance to update the site. But there are a few moves and things I’d like to talk about quickly.
First, the Patriots placed offensive tackle Anthony Clement on injured reserve. Despite starting every game the last two seasons for the Jets, the 6’8″ tackle really struggled out of the gate during training camp for the Patriots.
To replace Clement, the Patriots signed 34 year old offensive lineman Barry Stokes. Stokes is versatile, having started at both guard and tackle during his long career. Stokes is a slightly longer shot to make the team, although his experience and versatility should help him.
In some really good news, three players came off the PUP list for the Patriots. Wes Welker, Ellis Hobbs, and Bo Ruud all participated in Saturday’s practice. It will be interesting to see how the cornerback position shapes out, now that Hobbs is back.
I also wanted to give my good word to Andre Tippett, who was officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday. Bob Kraft said the following on Tippett;
“I am a lifelong fan of the NFL and became a Patriots fan in 1960 when the team was founded. And in 1971, I became a season ticket holder and have enjoyed attending nearly every Patriots game with my family. Of all the players I watched and rooted for during that time, I can say without a doubt that Andre Tippett was the most dominant defender the Patriots have ever had and one of the greatest to ever play the game. Andre possessed the perfect combination of strength, speed and athleticism. In his prime, Andre was probably the most intimidating player in the game. I can’t think of a higher compliment for a linebacker.”