Belichick disappointed about Francona departure

Belichick disappointed about Francona departure

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @dannypicard

FOXBORO --Bill Belichick was not aware Friday that Terry Franconas tenure asRed Sox manager is reportedly nearing an end.

The Patriots coach expressed his disappointment during a morning press conference at GilletteStadium.

Terry and I are good friends, said Belichick. I didntrealize that had happened, but, he was a great manager. Im sure that a lot ofpeople in baseball would love to have his record and championships.

So Ill certainly miss his presence in this area. Im surewell be friends and still talk and see each other and so forth. But itsdisappointing, on a personal level, because I like Terry. He certainly had agreat record as the manager of the Red Sox. They went 86 years without achampionship, and he then he won two of them. So that speaks for itself rightthere.

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Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

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Patriots place Tre' Jackson on reserve/PUP list

The Patriots announced three roster moves on Monday night. Two resulted in players parting ways with the team. The other opened a roster spot without a departure. 

In addition to releasing both defensive tackle Terrance Knighton and center Bryan Stork, the Patriots also placed guard Tre' Jackson on the reserve/physically unable to perform list.

Jackson began training camp on PUP, and he has not practiced with the team since camp kicked off. Now that he is on the reserve/PUP, the second-year player out of Florida State will be forced to miss the first six weeks of the regular season, but he will not count against the active roster during that period. 

Jackson, a fourth-round pick last year, played through knee issues at times as a rookie, seeing action in 13 games and starting in nine. He has been spotted on the practice fields this summer, but he has been limited to warm-ups and conditioning work. 

In his absence, the Patriots still have depth at guard, which may have had something to do with the team's willingness to make Jackson unavailable for almost the first half of the season. Rookie Joe Thuney looks like he will be the starter at left guard, while Josh Kline could be the option at right guard to start the season. Jonathan Cooper and Shaq Mason are dealing with injuries at the moment, but they both returned to the practice field on Monday, and they also have a shot at the right guard job. Rookie sixth-rounder Ted Karras could also factor in as a reserve at either guard or center if he makes the club. 

The Patriots currently have 80 players on the active roster and need to reduce that number to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday.