The New England Patriots got down to 75 men on the roster yesterday, but they made one final cut about three hours after the 4 p.m. ET deadline. The Patriots decided to claim defensive tackle Gilbert Pena off of waivers, and I was disappointed that they cut offensive lineman Brice Schwab in order to make the move. While I doubt Schwab would have even made the practice squad and Pena might have better prospects for the p-squad, Schwab showed up really well against the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions this preseason. In my view, he deserved a fourth preseason game.
Pena is an interesting addition for the Patriots, and it will be interesting to see if he can push for a practice squad spot. The Patriots placed Cory Grissom on the injured reserve, and it was a little bit of a surprise to see them redshirt Grissom. I thought he was 53-man roster material this year with Armond Armstead (now on the reserve/PUP list) in question due to an infection, and I thought it would be Marcus Forston and Grissom on the final roster with Joe Vellano on the practice squad.
But it looks like Gilbet Pena- a UDFA out of Ole Miss- is Grissom’s “replacement” at defensive tackle on the roster, and we’ll see if he can impress against the New York Giants.