The New England Patriots have just made a total of 11 roster moves, and they delegated several players to the NFI, PUP, or injured reserves. Two candidates for the 53-man roster were placed on the injured reserve, so they will not be providing depth for the Patriots in the trenches. Defensive tackle Cory Grissom and backup offensive tackle Markus Zusevics are now on the injured reserve, and the inclusion of Grissom means that I have to go back at the drawing board at defensive tackle. That’s easy, since Joe Vellano is a logical candidate to replace Grissom, and he has had an impressive August to this point despite an off game against the Detroit Lions. The DT position looks cleared for Vellano and Marcus Forston to latch onto the roster with Armond Armstead on the NFI.
Cory Grissom went undrafted out of USF, and I thought he should have been drafted due to his run defense. Grissom offers little as a pass rusher, but he is a talented player overall and has showed off his prowess against the run during the last two preseason games.
Markus Zusevics was squarely on the roster bubble and probably wasn’t going to make it, so the Patriots opted to send him to the I.R. The Pats need more depth on the roster at guard than tackle, and I believe the Patriots will keep eight offensive lineman instead of seven. Although Zusevics would have made the roster if the Patriots were looking for his depth at OT, it makes more sense for the Patriots to go with an extra guard by keeping Chris McDonald or Josh Kline as UDFAs, or by re-signing Nick McDonald.