Largely due to injuries in areas with little depth, the Patriots have made over 20 personnel moves since the “final” roster cut-down. Those moves continued yesterday when the Patriots released DL Landon Cohen, less than a week after re-signing him. Reports are that they are filling Cohen’s roster spot with DL Gerard Warren, who was released on the aforementioned cut-down day. I felt that Warren has been one of their more consistent defensive linemen over the past year and was shocked when they released him. I’m certainly glad to see his return to the team, and they’re going to need him to slow down Darren McFadden and the Raiders’ ground game. This past Sunday, McFadden rushed for 171 yards and 2 touchdowns against the New York Jets, which Pats fans know all too well that’s no small feat.
The Pats also hosted three players for workouts, the most interesting of those being FB Lousaka Polite, most recently of the Miami Dolphins. The Patriots do not currently have any fullbacks on their roster and haven’t been inclined to carry one really since Heath Evans left for New Orleans. Polite has been an effective lead blocker, so my curiosity was peeked when I saw his name. Do the Patriots plan on utilizing more of their running game moving forward? A move to sign a pure fullback would point in that direction, though no signing has been made yet. The plug-and-play personnel moves that have permeated the opening of the 2011 season for the Patriots will be a storyline to monitor throughout the week and the foreseeable future.