Just a few notes I thought I’d pass along:
– Tight end Jason Pociask is now a former New England Patriot. Despite claiming him off waivers from the Jets, the Pats have decided to release the tight end who was drafted back in 2006. The Patriots replaced him with Stephen Spach. Could Spach be the second coming of Marcellus Rivers? For Spach’s sake, I hope not.
– The Patriots named eight captains yesterday. On offense Tom Brady, Matt Light, and Randy Moss were named captains. Moss seemed to be the big surprise, but to me, not really. Remember, the players make the vote, and the players seemingly have a lot of confidence in their start receiver, who has led quietly, while saying all the right things since arriving to New England last April. On defense, the Patriots named Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Rodney Harrison, and Vince Wilfork captains. If there was a surprise, it was the relatively young Wilfork, who was named captain for the first time. It goes to show that Wilfork must be a leader off the field as well as on it. Lastly, the Patriots named one special teams captain, and as expected, it was Larry Izzo.
– On the Patriots’ final injury report, Sam Aiken was the only player listed as out. Ben Watson will also likely miss the game, being doubtful. The rest of the bunch, Dan Connolly, LeKevin Smith, and Ross Hochstein were all listed as questionable. Watson’s absence could be big, as he is a great target down the seam and in the red zone for Tom Brady. If he does indeed miss the game, that will leave David Thomas and Stephen Spach as the only healthy tight ends on the roster (which could open the door for Mike Vrabel to play some offense in the red zone).
– Keeping tabs on some former Patriots, Chad Jackson visited with both the Raiders and the Dolphins this week. Yet, he is still without a contract. Running back Kyle Eckel took a visit with the Bills, and lastly, Fernando Bryant also went on a free agent visit (but I can’t confirm where, help would be appreciated).
– Lastly, the Patriots signed free agent punter Reggie Hodges to the practice squad, releasing tight end Tyson DeVree to make room. Hodges was highly regarded coming out of college in 2005, but never was able to put it together in the pros, and has bounced around since his horrendous rookie season. Still, he is a good directional kicker who can get some power (although his inconsistency is his downside – he often shanks kicks).