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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:29 pm    Post subject: Patriots release DL Brace, Promote WR Aiken, DB Williams Reply with quote

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The Patriots have waived DL Ron Brace, according to a league source. Brace, a 2nd-round pick in 2009, had 4 tackles in 10 games this season.


http://twitter.com/FieldYates/statuses/285132021381099521

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Other Patriots moves, per @FieldYates: Promotions for WR Kamar Aiken & DB Malcolm Williams from p-squad; DE Jermaine Cunningham activated.


http://twitter.com/MikeReiss/statuses/285134012584972288
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was Brace's problem? injuries? Scheme? Work ethic? I'm going with mostly laziness. It's a shame, I had high hopes for him.
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What was Brace's problem? injuries? Scheme? Work ethic? I'm going with mostly laziness. It's a shame, I had high hopes for him.
That elbow injury definitely didn't help. It knocked him out for the first half of last season, and he was on the injury report with an elbow injury just a few weeks ago.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cut aiken right before Christmas and use that roster spot to add him again.

Hopefully Cunningham isnt rusty.
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What was Brace's problem? injuries? Scheme? Work ethic? I'm going with mostly laziness. It's a shame, I had high hopes for him.


His inconsistency seemed to me mostly technique-related. Read into that what you will.
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Matt Light and Gronk are the only 2nd round picks to get resigned by the end of their rookie deal during the BB era according to Jeff Howe Sad
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Matt Light and Gronk are the only 2nd round picks to get resigned by the end of their rookie deal during the BB era according to Jeff Howe Sad


I don't think we can add Chung to that list either, or Ras-I Dowling...
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TomRalph wrote:
24isthelaw wrote:
Matt Light and Gronk are the only 2nd round picks to get resigned by the end of their rookie deal during the BB era according to Jeff Howe Sad


I don't think we can add Chung to that list either, or Ras-I Dowling...


Bit premature on Dowling

Chung, probably not.

That said, it's not really a uniquely Patriot phenomenon. Something like 60% of 2nd rounders aren't with their drafting team after their rookie contract. Either they get cut before their deal ends or they go onto greener pastures.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't really understand the fascination with either Aiken or Williams. Probably just need bodies for tomorrow's game in case some game-time decision types can't go.
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TomRalph wrote:
24isthelaw wrote:
Matt Light and Gronk are the only 2nd round picks to get resigned by the end of their rookie deal during the BB era according to Jeff Howe Sad


I don't think we can add Chung to that list either, or Ras-I Dowling...


Bit premature on Dowling

Chung, probably not.

That said, it's not really a uniquely Patriot phenomenon. Something like 60% of 2nd rounders aren't with their drafting team after their rookie contract. Either they get cut before their deal ends or they go onto greener pastures.


Agreed, but as of now, its not looking great.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

About time. Should have been gone last year.
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About time. Should have been gone last year.


He showed enough last year to warrant being brought back, especially given the poor quality of DT's on the roster outside of Wilfork
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About time. Should have been gone last year.


He showed enough last year to warrant being brought back, especially given the poor quality of DT's on the roster outside of Wilfork


When you are being replaced by an UDFA, you are pretty much useless especially with that contract and the fact that he was a 2nd round pick.
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NinjaZX6R wrote:
mcmurtry86 wrote:
NinjaZX6R wrote:
About time. Should have been gone last year.


He showed enough last year to warrant being brought back, especially given the poor quality of DT's on the roster outside of Wilfork


When you are being replaced by an UDFA, you are pretty much useless especially with that contract and the fact that he was a 2nd round pick.


"That contract"? Brace was making a whole $200K more than Kyle Love and was only making $777K this year.

As for the 2nd round status - I don't see how that's germane at all. He showed flashes last year of being a solid rotational lineman. Obviously, injuries and consistency issues got in the way. But to say that he wasn't worth keeping this year because Love outplayed him last year is just silly.

A guy can be a disappointment relative to his draft status and still be a useful piece.

All of that said, he was a questionable pick from the get go and one of the few examples of the Pats reaching for a position (trying to find a viable backup if they were unable to re-sign Wilfork) and then not having a plan as to what to do with him. He isn't really a great fit for a 3-4 5-technique and doesn't seem to be worth keeping as a 4-3 3-technique. I do think he is the type of guy that could find success elsewhere with the right coach/scheme.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a lot of recent 2nd round picks falling down the plughole now. This year we took Tavon Wilson...
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