The New England Patriots must like the hand they’ve been dealt because the front office has been awfully quiet. According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, this is the quietest he’s seen the team in the past decade.
“From the time 2015 training camp started to August 14, the Patriots had made 23 roster transactions,” Reiss commented in his weekly notes. “Compare that to this year and there has been a striking difference, with zero transactions over that same time period.”
2016 is the first year in the past decade that the Patriots have made zero transactions through this point in camp. The team averaged nearly 21 moves in the first two weeks of camp over the past three seasons. This year: zero.
Belichick credits the health of the squad, which is a nice change after leading the league in injuries in 2015, as there hasn’t been a need to bolster depth at any position in particularly.
I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw our first move this week, as the receiving corps is damaged. Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan, Keshawn Martin, and Malcolm Mitchell are banged up. The team could use some extra depth.
Check out the rest of Reiss’ notes here, including a Patriots scouting note, and a media perspective on Dont’a Hightower.