The New England Patriots made an interesting move yesterday on the practice squad, as NESN’s Doug Kyed reports that the Patriots signed A.J. Francis to the practice squad but released wide receiver Quentin Sims in order to clear space for Francis on the p-squad. It is no surprise to see that Francis is back in the fold after being released last week in order to make room for Leon Washington, but it was thoroughly surprising to see the Patriots select Quentin Sims as the player to cut loose for Francis.
Sims had an amazing preseason Week 4 game against the New York Giants with two touchdown catches, and he showed some intriguing playmaking ability. The Georgia Tech and Tennessee-Martin product showed some nice size and speed in training camp and the preseason, and he looked pretty good overall. Many of us were surprised to see that Sims was able to pass through waivers and make it to the practice squad, and he was always a lock to make the practice squad. Or so I thought, as the Patriots have now reportedly moved on from Sims, and it’s a decision that I don’t agree with.
I do, however, agree with bringing Francis back, but it was a surprise to see that the Patriots didn’t put him on the 53-man roster. I though for sure that they would revert Josh Kline back to the practice squad and sign Francis to the 53-man roster, because the Patriots currently have just three defensive tackles on the 53-man.