Its time for some Patriot football. As everyone knows by now the Pats are down to their 53 man roster and there have been some expected and unexpected casualties. Tim Tebow is now a free agent after clearing waivers, there was little hope that he would make the team. He did have some good moments, but the upside wasn't there for him to take a roster spot. I wish him well in his next endeavor. Unexpected cut, at least for me was TEs Daniel Fell and Jake Ballard, also punter Zoltan Mesko. Its time to see if the Pats did enough to be on top again this year.
Good news is that Rob Gronkowski was placed on the 53 man roster. If he had been place on IR/PUP he wouldn't be able to play until week 7. He may not be ready for week one against the Bills, but he had been seen at practice in full pads for 2 straight days, that's encouraging.
Many people are saying that the Pats won't be as effective after losing Welker, but I believe Amendola will do just as well if not better then Welker. Many will be proven wrong about the Pats new receiving corp, they just might be better than you think. We have 6 WRs on the roster and I think Boyce, Dobson, Amendola and Thompkins will fill in nicely. Also Zach Sudfeld will work well with Gronk. LeGarrette Blount joins a group of RBs that will be key in the running game, I'm sure Belichick will find his strengths and use him wisely, perhaps for goal line, short yardage role.
So gets your snacks and drinks ready the NFL has awaken from a long sleep. GO PATS!