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The New England Patriots have decided to go with a youth movement this year as they have released backup QB Brian Hoyer, starting center Dan Koppen and local secondary guy James Ihedigbo as they team trims the roster to 53 before the 9pm deadline today.
These moves along with the earlier releases this week of WR’s Donte’ Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney and then an even more surprising move this afternoon of Deion Branch, the Patriots are looking for the younger players they have drafted to step up and take bigger roles on the team.
The Patriots will look to second year QB Ryan Mallett, newly acquired WR Kerry Tyler (from Minnesota) and the rookies WR James Ebert and Jesse Holley to make up for the veterans who were let go this pre-season. On the offensive line, Koppen, an 11 year veteran, was considered safe after signing a two year deal this off-season, but he was getting beaten in scrimmages and they feel they have depth in Ryan Wendell, Nick McDonald are Donald Thomas, who are ...
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“The Patriots went with four different centers on Wednesday against the Giants, as Dan Koppen,...
The Baltimore Ravens have signed former New England Patriots safety James Ihedigbo.
Ihedigbo started 12 games last year for the Patriots in 2011. He had 69 tackles and one pass deflection.
The 28-year-old made the announcement Sunday on his personal Twitter page.
''Fresh start...God is good..honored to be a Baltimore Raven!!!! (hash)blackandpurple,'' he tweeted...
Throughout Bill Belichick’s tenure, the Patriots have long been known as a team that has no problem going against the grain and parting ways with talented players. Whether it’s due to the numbers game or a financial issue, sentimentality is not big in New England.
The Pats seem to make these moves annually and … well, this year is no different.
According to multiple reports...
The Dan Koppen era in New England has reportedly come to a close. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the team's longtime center has been cut. Also reportedly receiving pink slips on Friday were backup quarterback Brian Hoyer (according to Adam Caplan) and wide receiver Deion Branch (according to Adam Schefter). Remember what I said about C Dan Koppen not being cut...
The Ravens apparently aren’t done tweaking their roster. The team has agreed to sign former Patriots safety James Ihedigbo, according to the player’s Twitter account.
The move hasn’t been made official so I don’t know the specifics of who the Ravens let go to get Ihedigbo on the roster.
More to come.
Wide receiver Deion Branch was among several veteran players released by the Patriots on Friday. New England has also released Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth as the team gets younger at wide receiver. Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater and Jesse Holley are now the primary backups behind Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. Tight end Aaron Hernandez also split out at wide receiver in...
Your fantasy handcuff for star quarterback Tom Brady is no longer Brian Hoyer, it's Ryan Mallett. Hoyer was cut by the Patriots on FridayFantasy Spin:Mallett, a third round choice in 2011, was the better of the two throwers in preseason. The former Arkansas Razorback was 33-of-67 for 300 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT. Hoyer was 22-of-47 for 196 yards 1 TD, 1 INT.
The Patriots made some unexpected and downright questionable cuts Friday afternoon. Deion Branch, Brian Hoyer, and James Ihedigbo were all released, ensuing thousands of Patriots fans to scratch their heads.
The Ihedigbo cut isn’t as surprising, seeing as how Patrick Chung and Stephen Gregory have proven to be starters this season and the Pats have two rookie safeties they’d...
Teams pared their rosters to 53 on Friday night. Among the 22 players New England listed were a pair of big name veterans; Deion Branch and Dan Koppen.