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New England Patriots released Brandon Deaderick due to poor work ethic?

The New England Patriots released both Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love in the past two days, and I have very different stances on both released from a pure football standpoint (this post is not going to get into the “deep stuff” regarding Love, because that’s just going to put things in another direction- that doesn’t belong in this post). Releasing Deaderick was a good decision, because he is actually a poor player who was more of the problem than the solution. The Pats had too many guys who were primarily run-stuffers at DT, and Deaderick wasn’t even good against the run either. He fits the Jacksonville Jaguars better, and the issue with the Patriots was too many run-stuffers. Tommy Kelly and Armond Armstead are not only better than Deaderick, but both of them also fill a greater need for the Patriots; they upgrade the pass rush.

However, releasing Kyle Love went a step too far from a football perspective, because the Patriots released a solid player and just got thin at defensive tackle. It was a surprising release for multiple reasons, and I was surprised to see such a solid contributor released. He would have eased Armstead’s transition and Kelly’s snaps, and Love would have been stout against the run and could have also came in for Vince Wilfork (though, that wouldn’t be often due to Wilfork’s much better stamina these days). Although Love was a non-factor against the pass rush, he was a solid player overall, and the Pats made one cut too many there.

But let’s focus on Deaderick. According to a recent report from CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran, Deaderick had work ethic issues in New England and was described as a source as “complacent”. Although this couldn’t have been the primary reason for Deaderick’s release, as Curran notes, it was almost certainly a factor. Curran is the best in the business at reporting character concerns (he did so with Brandon Lloyd and Aqib Talib earlier this offseason), and this report further entrenches my belief that the Patriots made a good move in cutting Deaderick, contrary to popular belief. As for Love, I am not willing to say that the Pats were justified in making the release, and I am still shocked by the move.

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  • Jerrold Gilbert

    In the cases of both Love & Deadrick we have too little information. The sources quoted for both stories may be good, but we need follow-up to decide how to react as fans. In any event, the Pats are now thin on the defensive line & it may take a while to see how good it will be.

    • Joe Soriano

      Hey, sorry for being rough on my last comment. Jerrold, this was a fair comment, but I agree with you on the Love case whilst disagreeing with you on the case of Deaderick. His release has nothing to do with diabetes or any moral concerns, so I don’t see the issue in evaluating his release in a vacuum. Overall, I’m fine with it due to the reasons stated above; he didn’t offer much as a pass rusher, was not very good, and reportedly had work ethic issues.

      Great final sentence in your comment, and I am glad you brought up the fact that the are thin at DT if guys like Grissom don’t develop. Do you see the Pats signing somebody like Richard Seymour now?

      • Doug Tozier

        I think if the Patriots wanted an older, less productive DL they would have made offers to Freeney and/or Abraham. They brought in plenty of guys to compete and I’m excited to see if they can improve from last year’s mediocre pass rush.

        • Joe Soriano

          Doug, I honestly don’t see the Pats signing either Freeney or Abraham either. They seem to have bloated asking prices, and there is so much depth at DE right now. I mean, at least one person is going to develop there behind Jones and Ninko, right?