New England Patriots defensive lineman Marcus Forston walks onto the field during the training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots release Marcus Forston

It looks like the New England Patriots are going to be scouring the waiver wire for defensive tackles, as they have released Marcus Forston, according to multiple reports. I thought Forston was basically a sure bet to make the roster, and the Patriots would be thin at defensive tackle if they don’t pick somebody else up. Right now, the Patriots have just three defensive tackles on the roster in Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, and Joe Vellano. The fact that Forston has been released clearly bodes well for Vellano, who appears to be a lock right now following Forston’s release.

Marcus Forston was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school, but he severely underperformed in college with the Miami Hurricanes and ended up as an undrafted free agent. He spent his time on the New England Patriots practice squad last season, and he turned in a promising August this year with a few noteworthy performances in the preseason. Forston is a disruptive pass rusher as a defensive tackle, but he is a poor run defender due to his overly aggressive play on the interior. I hope Forston can still make the Patriots practice squad, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him sign on elsewhere.

Joe Vellano has been a standout this preseason, as he was solid during drills in training camp and also had some huge games in the preseason. Vellano seemed to get worse as the preseason progressed, but he still looked good and is more of a two-way defensive tackle than Forston (he has more balance between his usefulness as a run defender and pass rusher). The release of Marcus Forston has certainly surprised me, and I will be even more surprised if the Patriots don’t sign another DT and leave themselves thin with just three defensive tackles on the roster (is Vellano really worthy of being the only backup DT?).

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    Wow, did not see that coming. Talk about being extremely thin at the DT position. Armstead is no sure thing when he comes back from his issues. They may have inside info about certain teams who are going to release players…..I hope so because an injury to Wilfork or Kelly may spell disaster to the defense without adequate backup. Outside shot that they may play more 3/4 defense this year?

    • Joe Soriano

      I don’t think so, because we would have seen more 3-4 looks in the preseason, and they wouldn’t have cut Benard and Cunningham if they were shifting more to the 3-4.

  • Gary Wolff

    Very curious move… Simply just due to the need for bodies as you describe in your article…. Pryor, Love, and (name is escaping me at the moment) were released from the team at the beginning of the season. The release of each of these three surprised me, although Prior had trouble staying healthy and Love was diagnosed with diabetes and I guess wasn’t managing his weight(??). It surprised me because all three were solid players, and valuable for sure as back-ups. I assumed Belichick had replacements lined up, but as it turns out, he’s cut em all except Wilfork, and got a 2nd starter in Kelly.

    But the team needs at least 4 quality DT’s, if not 5. It’s a long season! The team must have their sights on 2 or 3 players they expect to be cut by other teams. Don’t be surprised to see a former Giant on the squad. They have a lot of depth on the d-line and will probably cut a couple of players that will play on other teams.

    The Patriots need to fix this asap, and I’m sure they will.

    • Joe Soriano

      The Patriots moves at DL have been baffling thus far now that they have released Justin Francis. What the heck is going on out there?

  • Kelvin Madison

    I understand how everybody feels, been a Pats fan for over 25 years and I seen a lot but I do trust BB he must have some kind of plan guys, remember we are all arm chairs,,so I am going to give BB the benefit of the doubt and hope I am right,,hell if I am not who….I heard a few rumors about a few DL from the NYG will be cut and u and I know they are always a beast of the front lines…Lets go Pats!!!