Tebow safe, vet LB Koutovides among Patriots cuts
Tim Tebow survived the New England Patriots’ cut to 77 players
The Patriots must make two more moves before Tuesday’s league
deadline to get to 75.
The final 53-man roster will be announced Saturday and Tebow has
no idea of what will happen between now and then.
”I’m just focused on today,” Tebow said Monday, after the team
went through its first practice since Thursday night’s 40-9
preseason loss to the Detroit Lions.
Tebow, trying for a roster spot as the No. 3 quarterback, didn’t
play in that game and there has been speculation he’ll get plenty
of playing time in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the
New York Giants.
Prior to Monday, though, there was also speculation the
left-hander could be gone in the first cuts.
In other words, no one seems to know what’s going to happen.
”I learned very early on in my career at Florida to worry about
what I can control and the things that I can’t control I’m not
going to spend time worrying about,” Tebow said. ”But I can
control my attitude, my focus every single day and those are the
things that I’m going to worry about.”
Nine-year NFL linebacker Niko Koutovides was among those
Koutovides, who played the past two years in New England, saw
action in the final 14 regular-season and both postseason games
last year. He made eight special teams tackles and one on defense
in the regular season, then made one stop in the playoffs.
While Tebow went through another day of ”trying to get
better,” wide receiver Danny Amendola and linebacker Jermaine
Cunningham, who both sat out the game in Detroit, were back on the
And on a back field, tight end Rob Gronkowski, coming off back
and arm surgeries, was working on individual drills.
The club has to make a decision on Gronkowski by Saturday.
If the Patriots think he won’t be able to play until Week 7,
they would leave him on the physically unable to perform list,
which would mean he has to wait six weeks before he can practice or
If the Patriots believe he could be ready before Game 7, he will
be on the roster, taking up a spot until he’s ready.
Coach Bill Belichick, addressing reporters Monday, said the club
is going about the business of finalizing the roster – and that
includes the usual late-camp talks with other teams about potential
”There’s a lot of things we’re still kicking around,” he said.
”Some things will take care of themselves, some things will settle
As far as Thursday’s loss, the players didn’t have to be
reminded Monday about what happened.
Asked if he and his teammates got the message from Belichick
after the game, second-year linebacker Dont’a Hightower said,
”Message might be an understatement.
”He definitely said what he had to say and I feel like
everybody’s got that and everybody’s bought in. Practice and film
study and everything like that went smooth today, so we just have
to pull together.”
Said Belichick: ”Regardless of what happened Thursday night,
we’ve still got a lot of work to do on our football team. There are
a lot of things we need to work on – one, the health of our team,
the (needed) rest of our team, certainly our execution,
preparation, all those things. We need plenty of work there,
NOTES: Amendola, aware of the team’s policy when it comes to
injuries, wouldn’t say if he would have played had last Thursday’s
game been a regular-season contest. … Also cut were wide receiver
Kamar Aiken, rookie cornerback Brandon Jones, cornerback LeQuan
Lewis and rookie long snapper Mike Zupancic. Rookie defensive
lineman Cory Grissom and tackle Markus Zusevics were placed on
injured reserve and defensive lineman Armond Armstead and wide
receiver Mark Harrison were placed on the reserve/non-football
injury list. In addition, cornerback Stephen Morris and defensive
lineman Scott Vallone were re-signed.
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