BOSTON (CBS) – With two rounds of roster cuts coming this week, the New England Patriots will have a lot of tough decisions to make.
Currently at 84 players, the Patriots will have to get down to 75 on Tuesday and 53 on Saturday. Andy Hart of Patriots Football Weekly joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich on Monday morning to break down who could get cut, and wouldn’t be surprised if Bill Belichick lets a few big name players go.
“I think there is a group of half dozen or so big names that are questionable right now,” he said. “There are guys like Leon Washington, Brandon Bolden, LeGarrette Blount, Adrian Wilson, Jake Bequette, Tavon Wilson – a group of relatively notable names that not all of them will have jobs come Tuesday night or certainly Saturday.”
Teams often let veterans go earlier to give them time to sign with another team. Hart says that sometimes even if a player is playing well individually, if they aren’t fitting in with the team’s scheme they could find themselves out of a job.
“It’s not just talent or who is better at their job, but how all those jobs fit together. That’s the process they’re in right now,” he said. “I think this is one of the more interesting cuts, because I think there will be guys where people will go, ‘I thought for sure Adrian Wilson would be the starting safety’ or ‘ I though Leon Washington would be a top kick returner,’ so I think it’s interesting.”
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Wilson is one of the more interesting names on the list of potential cuts, given how well the veteran safety has played throughout his career.
“This is a guy who was a borderline Hall of Fame player in Arizona; an All Pro, Pro Bowl type guy who didn’t get the recognition of Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu because he wasn’t playing in title games or Super Bowls anymore,” said Hart. “He was a great player, but he’s not a great player anymore. He played seemingly wire to wire the other night (in Detroit), and not well. Tackling was a real problem in that game, and he was part of it. If he can’t tackle, why is he around?