Belichick: Cutting players 'the worst part of the job'

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Belichick: Cutting players 'the worst part of the job'

Some quick hits from Bill Belichick's conference call with reporters Friday:

The team announced eight cuts, which Belichick called "the worst part of the job." They need to make 19 more by 4 p.m. Saturday to get to the 53-player limit.

"It's always a tough time of year for myself and all the other position coaches as well," he said.

On offensive tackle (and first-round draft pick) Nate Solder: "A lot of stuff has been thrown at him the last month, and I think he's handled it . . . I thought he did some good things."

On Matthew Slater: "Matthew is such a hard-working player. Nobody outworks him. He's gotten better every single year. He's had a real good camp."

On who'll be the team's main kick returner: "We have a number of guys who have done it on this team. It'll be someone from that group."

On safety Brandon Meriweather, rumored to be in danger of losing his roster spot: "He's had a good camp."

On the struggles of rookie quarterback Ryan Mallett: "That's the NFL. Things happen in this league fast."

Giardi: Garoppolo 'still in pain,' does not have full mobility in shoulder

Giardi: Garoppolo 'still in pain,' does not have full mobility in shoulder

The Patriots had both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett on the field for Tuesday's practice.

While many are hopeful that Garoppolo will be ready to go on Sunday, it’s definitely not a given at this point.

According to CSN’s Mike Giardi, Garoppolo is “still in pain and does not yet have full mobility in his throwing shoulder”

Tom E. Curran had better news about Jacoby Brissett’s thumb. The rookie quarterback was in the Patriots locker room locker room Tuesday morning without splint, tape or cast on his thumb. 

When he asked Brissett if he's feeling "tip-top," he answered, "Oh yeah."