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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Phillip Adams Gets Released By The Patriots, Expect Him Back Soon

One of the cornerbacks in the Patriots no-name secondary has been released: Philip Adams was let go today which means that Devin McCourty must be on the mend.

A seventh-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, Adams has already had three stints in Foxborough so far this season. I would place a fair sized bet that will only increase in the coming days or weeks. Keep that playbook Philip!

Adams played in six games with the Pats and he's been a slot corner. He played a season-high 51 snaps against the Eagles on Sunday but Julian Edelman replaced him at one point after he got beaten two plays in a row. Something to keep in mind with this move today.

Overall, Adams has played 180 snaps in the last five games. He also saw time on special teams. McCourty has missed the last two contests after injuring his shoulder against the Jets a few weeks ago on Sunday Night Football.

With Adams gone, the Patriots have an open spot on the 53-man roster. Clearly McCourty hasn't been himself (we think) this season but if he's healthy, you always prefer to have him over Adams. He'll probably be bunking up with Ross Ventrone under Bill Belichick's desk for the rest of the season.

UPDATE 11/30: The Patriots signed free agent cornerback Nate Jones today. A seventh-round draft by the Cowboys in 2004, he's a Rutgers product like McCourty and Tiquan Underwood. He's played four years in Dallas, three in Miami and one in Denver. He can play safety and special teams. For his career, he has 179 solo tackles, 34 assists, six sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 16 passes defended.

After spending training camp in Denver this season, he was resigned by the Dolphins and played two games for them before he was released on Oct. 5. Hey, at least he was drafted. Progress!

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