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New England Patriots Links 9/06/10 - Roster Roulette

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Christopher Price lists the winners and losers on cutdown weekend.  Here are a couple of the winners:


Safety Jarrad Page: The 6-foot, 225-pound Page was really unhappy with the Chiefs, requesting a trade over the summer after it became increasingly apparent that youngster Eric Berry was going to eat into his playing time. The 25-year-old, who signed his restricted free agent tender with Kansas City this past Friday, got his wish with a deal to New England, and arrives with a rep as something of a playmaking safety — he has 10 interceptions over four seasons in the NFL. Not sure where he fits in right now on the depth chart, but he likely will take most of the snaps in place of Brandon McGowan, who went on season-ending IR over the weekend with a chest injury.

Outside linebacker Shawn Crable: The man of 1,000 lives. The 25-year-old Crable, who spent most of two seasons on injured reserve with a variety of ailments (shin, back, groin), was waived at the start of training camp. Nobody picked him up, but it turns out he’ll get another shot with the Patriots because they added him up as a practice squadder on Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 243-pounder, who was a pass-rushing force as a collegian at Michigan (he had 17 sacks with the Wolverines), could provide some help for a New England pass defense that has struggled to get consistent pressure on quarterbacks since the start of the 2009 season.

The Sun Chronicle reports evidence of Stephen Neal being the modest, good guy that he is.

NORTH ATTLEBORO - Professional athletes are often in the news for getting into trouble, but Sonny Marsella wants you to know there are still some good guys out there. Marsella, 75, an Attleboro resident, says he "doesn't get around too well" and needs to use a walker or a cane to walk. Recently he was having some trouble maneuvering at the post office at Attleboro Falls when a rather large man asked if he needed some help. The stranger helped him get to the mail box. Noting how large the man was, Marsella asked him if he was a weight lifter. No, the man said, "I play football up the road." It turns out the man was 6'4", 305 lbs. New England Patriot Stephen Neal.

Peter King (SI) makes this note in his MMQB column from the 2010 Football Outsiders Almanac:

A few other interesting numbers from the 2010 Almanac, on sale at, and beginning with a stat about a quarterback who, for some reason, so many people believe is declining, even after a 4,398-yard passing season:

1. Tom Brady faced the hardest schedule of pass defenses of any quarterback since 1993.