Brandon Meriweather Shown the Door by New England

The Patriots trimmed their roster on Saturday and yes, it included crossing off Meriweather's name.

By Matt Noonan 

As the clock ticked closer to the 4:00pm deadline, it became evident according to multiple sources that New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather was shown the door by head coach Bill Belichick.

This past Thursday, Meriweather was spotted on the field during the second half of the team’s final preseason contest against the New York Giants. Yet, despite playing a majority of the “garbage” minutes during the third and fourth quarters, he admitted after the game that he believed his job was safe.

In fact, he told CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran the following:

“Why everybody feel like I’m in trouble?” he asked. “Hey, maybe they know something we don’t. Maybe they know something that [Belichick] didn’t tell us. He usually comes and tell us if there’s something going on. He’s good with stuff like that so, you know, I’m just going to keep working hard and keep playing.”

Meriweather learned the news of his release on Saturday afternoon, as he was one of the final players to be cut from the Patriots preseason roster. New England also bid adieu to running back/fullback Sammy Morris, wide receiver Brandon Tate, tight end Lee Smith and defensive end Eric Moore.

According to the Patriots website, Belichick discussed Meriweather’s preseason performance during Friday’s conference call and stated the following:

Brandon has been out there every day. He’s worked hard. He’s been able to do everything and I think he’s gotten better, worked a lot on his man-to-man coverage. He’s out there practicing like everybody else is.”

Meriweather was drafted in the first round of the ’07 NFL Draft and as appeared in the Pro-Bowl twice.

NFL Player Profile: Chad Ochocinco (New England Patriots)

Chad Ochocinco is excited to be a member of the New England Patriots!

By Matt Noonan 

Chad Ochocinco (New England Patriots/Wide Receiver):  One of the most colorful, animated, as well as talented players in the NFL joined Bill Belichick’s roster on Thursday and nope, it wasn’t an early “April Fools” joke.

Chad Ochocinco, who spent the past 10-seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, was excited to join forces with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker. He’ll certainly provide depth on the offense, as well as be the perfect slot-man for Brady, but also, help with the running game by opening lanes for BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Danny Woodhead, Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris.

Yet, besides participating in the “Patriot Ways,” he’ll definitely become one of Brady’s go-to-guys and could certainly help improve Brandon Tate and Taylor Price’s performance on the field. In fact, maybe he’ll convince Julian Edelman to cut his hair, but that’s not totally necessary.

Although, besides all the positives and leadership qualities Ochocinco brings to the table, it’s certainly important to note that he’s a top-notch receiver who’s a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time First Team All-Pro. In ’05, he led the Bengals in receiving yards, [1,432] and touchdowns, [9], but overall, his numbers in various categories have gone up and down over the years, yet have indeed remained consistent.

All in all, despite being 33-years-old, Ochocinco is focused and prepared to have a great season, especially since he’s wearing his two favorite numbers…thanks, Aaron Hernandez.

Career Numbers: 151 games/751 receptions/10,783 reception yards/66 touchdowns