May 23, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Mitch Petrus (62) takes a break during the Giants OTA at the their training facility. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Tennessee Titans claim Mitch Petrus

The New England Patriots waived backup guard Mitch Petrus on Tuesday, and he was promptly picked up by the Patriots opening game opponent- the Tennessee Titans. Petrus’s release was great news for the Pats, because it is a sign that Logan Mankins will be returning soon and that Dan Connolly’s back injury against the Miami Dolphins wasn’t severe.

Mankins was able to participate in yesterday’s walkthrough, and it will be interesting to see if he is able to practice for the Pats today. Petrus was brought in for a workout, and he was signed due to the lack of depth at the guard position at the time. If you recall, this came shortly after both Mankins and Connolly were injured against the Buffalo Bills on the Patriots first game after the bye week.

When Connolly exited the game against Miami, Nick McDonald came in and did not help the cause. The right side of the offensive line (an unhealthy Sebastian Vollmer and McDonald) was constantly battered by Cameron Wake, with neither player providing any help as run blockers either. McDonald is usually better than that, but the Patriots cannot afford to put forth anything less than the best possible effort against the Houston Texans vaunted pass rush in front of a national audience on Monday.

We’ll see how things move forward for both Mankins and Connolly as the week presses onward.

The Titans have always had huge problems on the interior of the offensive line, so this move helps. Petrus is a good run blocker, but he will never be a starter in this league due to his terrible pass protection. He’s the classic career second-string guard.

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