October 19, 2017

Labor-ing On

news.jpgby Scott Benson

The Patriots continued working on their roster yesterday in the wake of two major losses that have left their much anticipated season to begin under unexpected storm clouds.

DE Richard Seymour, the five-time Pro Bowler considered one of the NFL’s best defensive players, was placed on the Reserve/PUP list Saturday as he continues to rehab from off-season knee surgery.

Just a day before the announcement that Seymour will miss the team’s first six games, SS Rodney Harrison became the latest major American sports figure to discredit themselves and their game through the use of performance enhancing drugs. He was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell Friday night, and will be lost to the Patriots until early October.

The Patriots yesterday used the roster exemption for Harrison, and another for cornerback Asante Samuel, to re-sign tight end Marcellus Rivers and grab inside linebacker David Herron on waivers from the Minnesota Vikings. The moves bring New England’s roster to 53 players.

According to John Tomase of the Herald, coach Bill Belichick tried to use Herron as a bargaining chip to convince the Vikings to pass on Pats castoff Garrett Mills, but to no avail. Belichick reportedly offered to pass on Herron if the Vikings did the same with Mills, who the Pats wanted to move to their practice squad after cutting him Saturday. Tomase quotes Childress as telling a Minneapolis radio station:

“I said, ‘Well, I’m really interested in your guy, so we’ll have to let our guy slide,’ ” Childress said. “He didn’t really care for that. He was trying to leverage. You always find out who is honest and straightforward.”

What’s not honest and straighforward about a simple business proposition? You do this, and in exchange, I’ll do that? Apparently, in Minnesota that constitutes a crime of some sort, and Boy Scout Childress took to the airwaves to let Twin Cities citizens that he was on the beat.

Childress really should have learned by now not to tangle with Belichick: recent returns (Super Bowl 39, last season’s shellacking in the Metrodome) indicate that he’s overmatched. Maybe he ought to first see if he can master when and how to pull off a two-minute drill before he takes public victory laps around a five-time Super Bowl winner.

Even though they lost out on Mills, a former fourth-round pick, the Patriots went on to stock their practice squad as they prepared to travel to the Meadowlands for next Sunday’s season opener with the New York Jets.

According to Mike Reiss of the Globe, the Pats reached agreements yesterday with offensive lineman Clint Oldenburg, receivers Bam Childress and CJ Jones, linebacker Corey Mays, and defensive lineman Santonio Thomas, leaving just three spots to fill on the eight-man squad.

In our Feature of the Day, Reiss looks at the dependable Jarvis Green, who will play a major role in determining the Patriots early fortunes as he steps in for Seymour.

For other news, as always, check patriotslinks.com.

Happy Labor Day everyone.


  1. The folks around the NFL, be it writers or other organizations, enjoy making Bill Belichick look like the big, bad wolf. I see things like those comments Childress made and simply ask; if you could switch places with any coach in the league which would it be Brad?

    I would bet since Belichick made it known he wanted Mills that he was being straight forward. Brad just woke up today and someone explained the word “negotiation” to him.

    Borges is somewhere rocking back and forth talking to himself “…if you knew what I knew about the man! Steal his nickels!”

  2. It was the “honest and straightfoward” bit that got me. No one would have an issue with the Vikes trumping the Pats on Mills; after all, Childress earned that ‘leverage’ with his 6-10 performance last year. If Belichick’s pissed about it, he shouldn’t be. He should be thankful he’s not such a lousy coach that he has that sort of ‘leverage’ as often as people like Childress do. Nice of Childress to throw in the shot anyway. I suppose he’s got to show his fans he has something on the ball; he hasn’t shown it on the sidelines yet.

  3. Maybe that’s what the Eagles were running when they frittered away most of the final moments of Super Bowl 39. It wasn’t their two-minute offense, it was their ‘honest and straightforward’ offense. Running up to the line without a huddle isn’t the sporting thing to do.

  4. “Apparently, in Minnesota”? Keep in mind, Childress is not from the area.

    He’s not very well-liked here, actually. Folks here are disgusted that he told owner Zygi Wilf, “This is a playoff team, not a rebuilding team” prior to getting the job, and now they’re rebuilding.

    Wonder if he was being honest and straightforward when he told Wilf that.

  5. Childress’s bluster aside, it does sound like the Pats blew it on this one. Like Tomase noted, why not just sign Mills to one of the final two roster spots, then try to get him on the practice squad later, after teams had filled out their rosters?

    And it does make you wonder about Herron. Are the Pats legitimately interested in this guy? Can we call him, “Get Minny Back” Herron?

  6. Dan with some regional pride early on a Labor Day morning. Point taken.

  7. I agree that Belichick could have been more deft in moving Mills to the PS, but I can’t get too worked up about losing a guy that couldn’t make a dent over two years here. What’s the bigger mistake, exposing him to the Vikings or using a fourth-round pick on a guy that couldn’t make your team in two training camps?

    I have a hard time believing the Patriots would pick up a three-year contract (according to Reiss) solely to stick it to Childress and the Vikes.

  8. jamesgarnerisgod says:

    While you’re all mourning Mills, you’re failing to celebrate the fact that Marcellus Rivers is back in the fold. I think you’ll see some big plays from the veteran — and only one Brady, the one wearing the low number on his jersey, will be lining up on offense by mid-autumn.

    Back to your point, though, I too miss the promise of Mills in future Pats teams, but they can’t keep everyone.

  9. jamesgarnerisgod says:

    The other thing I should have mentioned: If everyone’s healthy, the Pats are packed and stacked at tight end — especially with the return of Kyle Brady, whom I’ve frankly been maligning — yet they still haven’t been getting younger at linebacker. That’s where Herron might play an important part, as the organization seeks to build for the future even as it competes for championships.

    Adalius Thomas is obviously a huge addition, but with Lua out for the year, and the loss of Rogers to the Cowboys, the Pats linebacking corps has got to be averaging over 11 years in the league. Even Thomas has eight years in already. With his addition, though, this year might be the best ever for Patriots linebackers — I believe Seau’s still got enough left in the tank, and Bruschi and Vrabel have at least one more solid, if not great, season in them — but beyond 2008, the picture immediately gets more bleak.

  10. I don’t get these machinations. Aren’t practice squad guys widely available to anyone who wants to promote them to the roster? Why would the pats offer anything and then have the guy at risk of being plucked twenty minutes later? With the signing of rivers, it begs the question of whether mills was going to added to the 53 man squad late in the week depending on thomas and brady’s condition. Moreover, why did the pats cut to 51 if they wanted millsie arounf?

  11. They’re available, but it doesn’t meant they have to go…I’m pretty sure it was reported last season that one of the Patriots practice-squaders had an offer to go join the regular roster of another team, and chose to stay on the Pats Practice squad…I have no idea what the inducements are to the practice squad, I’m pretty sure there is a maximum amount they can be paid each, so there must be other benefits. They don’t do anything without a reason, I’m sure there are things behind the scenes that we’re not aware of that are motivating the various moves and cuts.

  12. Definitely a reason.

    I’m intrigued that a guy wouldn’t go. Pay would jump and there’s a shot to play in an NFL game. Only obvious reason is if it were an upcoming opponent and you knew it was one and done and you’d be on the inactives for a week and then flushed, having burned a bridge in the process.

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