Sorry for the hiatus guys. Over the last week, unfortunately, I had been unable to update the website. However, I’m back, and we’re moving full steam ahead. I was going to have someone else update the website, but I figured there wouldn’t be much news, and I was wrong, kind of.
A day after introducing Patrick Chung to the media, the Patriots held their annual rookie minicamp. In attendance were the twelve draft picks, a few tenured players (Ryan Wendell, Angelo Craig, and Brad Listorti), as well as over 10 tryout players.
However the biggest news coming out of rookie camp was the knee injury suffered by rookie inside linebacker and third round pick Tyrone McKenzie. It has been reported that the injury is a torn ACL and that McKenzie will be done for the year. McKenzie had been one of my early favorites from the 2009 rookie class, and I’m disappointed to see such a hard worker and charismatic player suffer another setback.
The big question now is who is the fourth inside linebacker? Is it rookie free agent Antonio Appleby? Is it veteran and core special teams player Eric Alexander? The Patriots could also address the position through free agency. The first name that comes to mind for me is Junior Seau, who is a real hit in the Patriots locker room. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to see him “finish what we started.”
Soon following Patriots mini-camp, the Patriots signed eight tryout players. The Patriots signed three Navy rookies: wide receiver Tyree Barnes, receiver/running back Shun White, and fullback/halfback Eric Kettani. They also signed seventh year veteran Vinny Ciurciu. Ciurciu is mostly a special teams player, but could possibly earn himself a role in the Patriots rotation. The only other rookie they signed was Aaron Perez, the punter from UCLA. However, the also picked up defensive lineman Steve Williams and running back Omar Cuff, two longer shots to make the roster.
The Patriots may have made their biggest signing just a day later when they picked up Brandon McGowan, safety from the Chicago Bears. McGowan is coming off a season ending injury, but played very well in starting duties in 2007, and should immediately compete for playing time. The deal is for two years, and that makes it kind of surprising, considering the Patriots already have three slightly undersized safeties in James Sanders, Patrick Chung, and Brandon Meriweather. They also have rookie free agent Marcus McClinton, as well as veteran strong safety/inside linebacker Tank Williams.
Last but not least, free agent cornerback Ty Law has been “talking” to the Patriots according to Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis. I don’t buy it. Ty Law smacked the Patriots in the face after he returned to the Jets last year. And frankly, I’m just tired of talking about a possible Law return. With youngsters Terrence Wheatley, Jonathan Wilhite, and Darius Butler in the fold, and the free agent additions of the phyical Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden, would signing Law even help?
That’s all for now, expect more later in the day today.