Patriots Release WR Underwood, Ochocinco Likely to be Active

Jan 31, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Tiquan Underwood shows his Patriots logo shaved in his hair during media day in preparation for Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons

Yesterday, the Patriots made their final roster move of the season when they released WR Tiquan Underwood, famous for his high flat top, and signed DE Alex Silvestro from the practice squad to the active roster. The late move was not a disciplinary move and the team would like to have Underwood back next season, but it was made with an eye on the team’s roster needs for the Super Bowl tonight. Silvestro, who was active for the Miami Dolphins game on Dec. 24, adds to the depth on the defensive line and will likely be part of the rotation in the game. This will help keep the linemen fresh throughout the night. Another likely reason for the move was that Silvestro possesses the size and the skill set to play special teams in Rob Gronkowski’s usual spot, setting the wedge, saving Gronk for the offense.

Underwood’s release means good things for Chad Ochocinco. Ochocinco was no guarantee to be active for the game tonight but it is almost a certainty now. The question, of course, is if Chad will be able to contribute to the team. They may need him to if Gronk is limited in what he can do. Earlier in the week, Ochocinco made it known that he is still not comfortable with the Pats offense, especially when they’re in the two-minute offense. The Pats can’t afford any mental lapses or miscues tonight. Chad’s got to have his responsibilities down or it could spell trouble if he is counted on for contributions.

Just another angle to watch for in tonight’s sure-to-be epic Super Bowl.

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Topics: Alex Silvestro, Chad Ochocinco, New England Patriots, New York Giants, NFL, Super Bowl XLVI, Tiquan Underwood

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