Thursday, June 7, 2012
Patriots Keep Collecting Backup Tight Ends Like They're Going Out Of Style; UPDATE: Bye Chad!
With OTAs back in full swing, the New England Patriots continue to shuffle bodies in and out of Foxborough before the real action starts later this summer (training camp, preseason).
Today, they announced the signing of veteran tight end Bo Scaife. In addition, three players were released: second-year defensive end Markell Carter (a 2011 6th round draft pick) and rookie free agents tight end Nick Melillo and offensive lineman Jon Opperud.
You'll remember Scaife from his years at the University of Texas (with Vince Young as his quarterback) then he was reunited with VY in Tennessee. He was a sixth round pick of the Titans in 2005 (179th overall) and played there until 2010. Scaife was with the Cincinnati Bengals last season but didn't see the field in the regular season after hurting his shoulder in the preseason.
For his career, Scaife has 251 catches for 2383 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. His best season was 2008 for Tennessee when he played in all 16 games (only 7 starts) and made 58 catches for 561 yards and two touchdowns. At this point in his career and with this roster, he's only fighting for the third tight end spot with Daniel Fells behind Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez (who as we all know is far from a typical tight end).
Carter was a project that never panned out at all and I had never heard of the two rookies so I can't say they'll be missed. In other Patriots news, it was reported today that Andre Carter has been working out at Gillette during the offseason. Now all the Pats have to do is sign him (assuming he's healthy enough from his quad surgery). With the moves today, there are two roster spots open on the 90-man roster so there's a good chance Andre Carter will be back.
UPDATE 6/7: Yes! After rumblings on Twitter earlier this afternoon comes word that the Pats tried unsuccessfully to trade Chad Johnson and now they're just releasing him. I am pumped since his time here was nothing short of a complete disaster. A guy that can only make 15 catches in that offense doesn't deserve anything more than a line or two after one completely forgettable season. Maybe now he can concentrate even more on his shitty reality shows since I think his NFL career is over (although some stupid team will probably bring him in).
UPDATE 6/18: Scaife and offensive lineman Mike Ingersoll were released today.