The New England Patriots have made three expected additions to their practice squad in fullback Eric Kettani, linebacker Jeff Tarpinian, and converted tight end Alex Silvestro. All three are solid young player who were tough cuts from the 53-man roster, with Tarpinian being the toughest cut after a strong preseason and good camp.
By waiving Kettani yesterday, the Patriots elected to choose four running backs with Brandon Bolden in the mix (the Jeff Demps decision was another thing entirely) instead of a fullback, despite Kettani putting forth his best efforts in two strong performances to cap the preseason.
As for Silvestro, he has become a fan favorite and has good upside, but the Patriots currently have four top tight ends in superstars Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, top blocker Daniel Fells, and the solid Visanthe Shiancoe who was put on the 53-man roster despite injury.
All three of these guys are no-brainers on the practice squad, but I still feel like Tarpinian should have made the 53-man roster again and over Mike Rivera. He made the 53-man cut last season before being placed on the injured reserve, and he has improved as a down linebacker. He also offers some solid value on special teams, and I honestly thought he would make the roster. Oh well, he’s on the practice squad and has a good shot of making it in 2013.
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