The New England Patriots have been busy over the last twenty four hours. The team finally brought in a veteran wide receiver in Austan Collie who was already practicing with the team on Thursday. In somewhat of a surprise move, and perhaps a sign that Rob Gronkowski is close to taking the field, the Patriots also waived tight end Zach Sudfeld, who could end up on the practice squad if no other team claims him. The Patriots also officially placed defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on injured reserve.
Amid the roster moves, the Patriots are busily preparing for their matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Among the questions the Patriots face are how they will counter the speed of Bengals receiver A.J. Green, who can help fill the void left with the injury of Vince Wilfork, and whether the Patswill get some offensive weapons like Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola back on Sunday.
It’s time to get caught up on The Patriot Way.
Patriots Release Tight End Zach Sudfeld, Officially Announce Austan Collie Signing
NESN by Doug Kyed
In a series of moves, the Patriots announced a surprising roster transaction. Zach Sudfeld was released by New England on Thursday afternoon as the team announced it has signed Austin Collie.
Pats D-Line Has Huge Test in Bengals
Bleacher Report by Erik Frenz
After losing nose tackle Vince Wilfork to a season-ending injury, the focus has shifted to defensive tackles like Tommy Kelly, Joe Vellano and others who will be asked to fill the void.
Talib, McCourty talk Bengals’ Speed
Boston.com by Mike Whitmer
With two solid running backs, two big tight ends, and a fleet of steady receivers, the Patriots know they’ll need to play smart football if they want to beat the Bengals on Sunday in Cincinnati.
A.J. Green Presents Similar Challengs as Julio Jones
NESN by Doug Kyed
A.J. Green is the top threat in the Bengals’ offense. Fortunately for New England, Cincinnati doesn’t have another top-tier receiver on the same level as Roddy White to challenge the other side of the field.
Michael Buchanan in Line for More Time
Boston Herald by Adam Kurkjian
Sitting in front of his locker after yesterday’s practice, Michael Buchanan’s eyes widened when asked about the amount of information he’s had to pick up as a rookie defensive lineman.
Pats Best Individual Matchups in Week 5
Bleacher Report by Sterling Xie
The Bengals present significantly different challenges from the Falcons, particularly on defense, where Cincy’s bruising and well-rounded unit will mark Tom Brady’s toughest challenge of the season to date. With the game likely a tossup, here are the three matchups that will have the biggest say on whether or not the Patriots can stretch their undefeated record another week.
Aaron Dobson Feeling Better
Boston Herald by Jeff Howe
The hit briefly froze a national television audience, so it surely stunned the victim. Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud lowered his shoulder and submarined toward Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson as he dropped to the turf in an attempt to catch a Tom Brady pass last Sunday night.