New England Patriots release Matt Tennant

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Former New Orleans Saints center Matt Tennant was claimed by the New England Patriots on Saturday, but he was waived by the team yesterday. This isn’t surprising news at all, but Tennant is a solid interior offensive linemen who played in 28 games over the past two seasons for the Saints.

A strong run and pass blocker, Tennant has Boston-area ties having been a standout for Boston College and the second best rated center in the 2010 NFL Draft (New Orleans traded up to add him).

The 6’4″, 300 pound former Rimington Trophy finalist and All-American had a chance to stick  with the Pats, but there is a high amount of depth on the interior of the line (insert mandatory question about Brian Waters here) with Ryan Wendell, Donald Thomas, Dan Connolly, Logan Mankins, and Nick McDonald on the squad.

Expect Tennant to find a new team relatively fast, because he does have value to a team and was a capable successor to the overrated Jonathan Goodwin for the Saints.  He is an intelligent center who displays good leadership qualities and has upside at 25. He had the talent to stick on the Pats roster and I thought he would, but I guess the Pats don’t want another body at the position and were looking to make space for another player (Big Mike comes to mind).

The Patriots also added guard Jeremiah Warren to their practice squad while releasing Eric Kettani to make room for him. This move is a great one for the Pats, as James Develin takes Kettani as the fullback on the practice squad. Why carry two FBs? Warren has a lot of upside and looked good enough for a UDFA stepping into his first NFL offseason, so it will be interesting to see how he develops going forward.

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