The New England Patriots made a move on the practice squad today, as they decided to bring back UDFA guard Josh Kline and cut linebacker Jeff Tarpinian in order to make room for Kline. It’s no surprise to see Kline back on the practice squad, and it was only a matter of time before the Patriots brought him back. However, it was a surprise to see the Patriots cut Tarpinian, because he proved himself to be valuable on special teams and can provide decent depth at linebacker. Tarpinian can play pretty well against the run, and I believe the Patriots could have used him on the practice squad.
Kline played his college ball at Kent State, and he showed up well this August. Although Kline had a pretty rough outing in Week 4 against the New York Giants, he did play well in the first three preseason games and had a decent training camp. I actually think he had a better preseason than Chris Barker, who made the Patriots 53-man roster after being claimed off of waivers from the Miami Dolphins. But there was no room for ten offensive linemen on the Patriots final roster, so Kline had to be cut. I’m glad the Patriots have decided to bring back Kline on the practice squad, but it does hurt a little bit to lose a productive depth linebacker like Tarpinian from the practice squad.
The Patriots signed two offensive tackles yesterday in R.J. Dill and Jordan Devey, and both put the Patriots practice squad at eight total players.