Patriots continue purge, cut defensive tackle Love

As Kyle Love saw his snap totals decrease towards the end of last season, he had to have taken it as a little writing on the proverbial wall.  So when the Patriots released the man who took his snaps a couple of days ago, he should have taken that as a sign to pack his bags…

Dec 10, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Kyle Love (74) reacts after taking the field before the start of a game agains the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

Love was released by the team on Wednesday with a non-football injury designation, presumably in response to the 4th year defensive tackle recently being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.

Brandon Deaderick, the main beneficiary of the coaching staff limiting Love’s playing time late last season was cut by the team on Monday and landed on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster within a matter of hours.

The sometimes unfeeling business side of professional football aside, releasing the two defensive tackles leave the position very thin if the Patriots retain the 4-3 alignment as their base defense – and with options on the open market slim by this point in free agency, one has to assume that a change in base alignment to either a 3-4 or 3-3-5 may be in the works.

Vince Wilfork still anchors the bigs, with newcomers Armond Armstead of CFL fame and Tommy Kelly formerly of the Raiders in the mix as penetrators.  Marcus Forston and Jermaine Cunningham were also used as a penetrating tackles extensively last season, though Cunningham is listed as a defensive end.

With the secondary well stocked and the linebacking corps loaded, the stage is set for some big happenings with the defense – and it will be interesting to see how this defensive line evolves – whichever way it goes, the look is to be all about speed and lean versatility.

Topics: Kyle Love, New England Patriots

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  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    BB must have a plan in place already because he would never release a good player and leave the team lacking in key areas. Kelly is a good player but may not have enough in the tank to play a majority of the downs. Armstead is not a proven player in the NFL. Hoping that one of the UDFA will fill the need may be asking a lot. Cunningham does not have the bulk to effectively play the inside on most downs. Not sure Forston is the answer. Just wondering if the Pats will cough up some money and sign Abraham.

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