Kyle Love: Patriots vets get treated like rookies

Kyle Love: Patriots vets get treated like rookies
May 21, 2013, 12:00 pm
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The week of wallowing in indignation over Kyle Love’s release by the Patriots is just about up. Love’s a Jaguar now and his bitterness over being let go by New England after being diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes shone through when he spoke to the Jacksonville media at OTAs.

“I was never out of shape — I participated every day so I don’t know where that came from,” Love said when asked about his condition when reporting to the Patriots this spring.

As for his release, Love said, “That’s how they run their business up there; veteran guys who have been there for years and put in a lot of work get treated like rookies.”
 
Love has every right to feel he got the rug pulled out from under him. Who wouldn’t? And the Patriots have a right to make a decision on how they want to proceed with an employee whose condition – and the demands of managing that condition – could impact his on-field play.
 
Love himself acknowledged he had to change his diet after the diagnosis and indicated he’s feeling “10 times better” since he has.
 
“Since I cut out the sweets and a lot of the carbs, I just have more energy,” he said. “(Dessert) was my downfall. I can’t eat them now. I was a little bit sad, but I know I have to get my health back up. If I have to cut out everything, so be it.”
 
So Love – and Brandon Deaderick, also released by the Patriots last week and signed by Jacksonville – now have golden opportunities. Playing well for the Jaguars will mean a measure of vindication for both players. It will all come out in the wash. And while I wouldn’t bet against either Deaderick or Love playing well – they both have talent and have shown it – the Patriots have been proven right more than they’ve been proven wrong when they cut the cord on players.