Patriots coach Bill Belichick held his standard day-after-game conference call with reporters this afternoon (5 p.m.).
Even after roster is set, expect movement. Belichick said the team will make its decisions to trim the roster to 53 players by Saturday’s deadline, and then put together the practice squad by Sunday. Yet from the sound of it, players on the back end of the roster shouldn’t get too comfortable. “I’m sure there will be some moving parts as we get into the early part of next week, as there always are,” Belichick said.
Phones are busy in a draft-like way. Belichick said “a lot of phones are ringing” – which is similar to how things work around the draft, but at a lower intensity level. The calls between teams are often centered around exchanging information on players. Belichick couldn’t predict whether the Patriots would strike a trade.
Explaining the Damione Lewis cut. Asked why things didn’t work out with the veteran defensive lineman, Belichick said: “I like a lot of things about Damione. He’s a solid guy, a good player, he worked hard, he’s smart. In the end, we felt like we had some other people ahead of him. That’s what it came down to.” If Belichick was referring to the defensive line, it would presumably be good news for rookie Brandon Deaderick and possibly rookie Kyle Love.
Good reviews for Rich Ohrnberger. The 2009 fourth-round draft choice, who started at right guard, received a favorable review from Belichick, who said he did a “good, solid job playing against some good people in the early part of the game.” Ohrnberger, who looked to be on the roster bubble, might have made a late push to stick with the team.
Sergio Brown another bubble player to watch. Belichick was asked about the rookie free agent safety, who also seems to be making a strong push. His tackle on the opening kickoff against the Giants was one example of how he’s caught the eye. “Sergio has made plays both in defense and special teams phases of the game,” he said. “He’s shown up from time to time in both phases of the game. I think that’s how a lot of his games have gone – he’s flashed some plays that really catch your eye, but there are things [he] needs to keep working on.”
Assessing the preseason finale. After re-watching the 20-17 loss to the Giants, Belichick thought the team was competitive, especially with some players not lining up at their natural positions. He called the game a good experience for some of the team’s younger players.