Patriots release Gonzalez, sign three others


Patriots release Gonzalez, sign three others

New England headlined some Tuesday afternoon action with the release of wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez.

The team is now down to 11 receivers on its active roster.

Gonzalez was signed to a one-year deal on March 17. The receiver had 99 career catches for 1,307 yards and seven touchdowns in five seasons with Indianapolis. His time there was pocked by injury; Gonzalez played just 11 games in the last three seasons. Upon his arrival in New England, he said the worst was behind him and he hoped to make his mark here.

Mini-camp is just two weeks away.

On the plus side, the Pats signed unrestricted free agent OL Jamey Richard, rookie free agent tight end Nick Melillo, and seventh-round draft pick defensive back Alfonzo Dennard.

Bringing in another TE for the meantime makes sense. Defensive end Alex Silvestro had to play the part during Thursday's OTA session as Rob Gronkowski is still physically limited and Daniel Fells was absent.

Melillo is a 6-foot-2, 226-pound rookie free agent out of Kentucky. He played 32 games, catching 23 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown while with the Wildcats.

Tom Curran wrote a great story about why Dennard's thought to be worth backing -- reportedly, to the tune of four years, 2.157 million.

Richard was brought in on Friday.

Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.


Patriots won’t have to deal with Bills WR Sammy Watkins on Sunday.

FOXBORO - Scratch the estimable Sammy Watkins from the Bills roster for Sunday. 

Buffalo shared via Twitter that their long, tall wideout is out for Sunday with a foot injury. Also down are wideout Greg Salas and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo.

The Bills' starting left tackle Cordy Glenn has been dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss last week's game. 

Robert Woods will be the Bills best outside threat with Watkins taking Sunday off. The Bills' talented corner Ronald Darby is also trying to get back this week from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss last week's game with Arizona. 



No intel gathering on Garoppolo at Patriots practice

No intel gathering on Garoppolo at Patriots practice

FOXBORO - There were no tells about the Patriots quarterback situation for Sunday during the portion of Friday practice the media was allowed to watch. 

Jimmy Garoppolo, who on Wednesday was seen throwing short and medium-range passes without a lot of zip, hasn't thrown a ball with media in attendance since. Friday morning, after stretching and jogging, Garoppolo began a session feigning taking a snap from a center and going into a drop. But he did so without a football in his hands. 

Rookie Jacoby Brissett did flip a few passes during the jogging and stretching portion and, while he was wearing gloves, he is showing no signs of favoring his right thumb. 

So the question isn't whether the Patriots have any quarterbacks for Sunday against the Bills, it's whether or not they'll have Garoppolo. Certainly, it's a question that's been on the mind of Bills head coach Rex Ryan who keeps speaking the truth in jest by referencing the uncertainty around the Patriots situation. 

After being on the field in limited capacity all week, it's a certainty that Garoppolo dresses for the Bills game. Whether he plays and how effective he might be remains anything but certain.