Also, Looking Ahead to Thursday
As all 32 teams were required to cut rosters to 75 players, the New England Patriots released Hank Poteat, Freddie Roach, Rich Musinski, Keron Henry, Brian Barthelmes and Nick Steitz.
No surprises. Poteat, while a familiar name (he played on the last Patriots Super Bowl team), was obviously not at the caliber of the current defensive backs. Barring another monumental rash of DB injuries, this will probably be the last we hear of Poteat.
Most of the regular starters are expected to sit out the Pats final preseason game on Thursday. Don't be surprised to see Richard Seymour, Rodney Harrison, Junior Seau and a few others who saw live action for the first time Saturday. However, they probably won't play long. Thursday is the last opportunity for bubble players to make final impressions on the coaches, but for starters, it's a day (night, actually) to avoid freak injuries.
New England will face the New York Giants in the Meadowlands at 8 p.m. on Thursday, a game to be televised locally on Channel 5. The Patriots will return to the venue in Week 2 to take on the New York Jets.
This trip to New Jersey will be important to one starter in particular: placekicker Stephen Gostkowski. The rookie will have a chance to experience the Meadowlands before that more meaningful matchup in Week 2.
Finally, the Buffalo Bills named J.P. Losman as their starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Patriots in Gillette Stadium.