The New England Patriots are expected to make another roster move in the upcoming period. Head coach Bill Belichick has great group of players but his team is dealing with too many injuries at the moment. Finding the right replacement for those players is of utmost importance right now.
Mike Reiss from ESPN confirmed that the Patriots invited DBs Brian Poole and De’Vante Bausby for a workout.
The Patriots need more depth at several positions and they are already working on cornerback.
Is Poole the right player to join the team? Bent of Gang Green Nation discussed his skills right after the New York Jets got him.
“Poole’s coverage numbers have been acceptable over the course of his career. In fact, his quarterback rating when targeted has been exactly the same as Buster Skrine’s over the course of their respective careers. The slot cornerback position is a thankless task, which will see even the better players at that position giving up catches to the top possession receivers in the league. Poole has surrendered a catch rate of 73 percent and actually gave up the highest catch rate in the NFL in 2017, although he was outside the bottom 30 in his other two years. He has only given up 10.4 yards per catch which stacks up well with other slot corners. He was actually 9th in the NFL in that category in his rookie year. Poole hasn’t given up a lot of big plays over the course of his career.”
Patriots to make another roster move
Darin Alexander-Baydoun of Sports Illustrated had some concerns about Bausby’s struggles on the field before he joined the Las Vegas Raiders this summer.
“Bausby, though, has not seen himself recreate the success he had at Pittsburg State, where he was the team’s resident ballhawk. It couldn’t be the furthest thing from it, as he has no interceptions in his NFL career compared to the 11 he had from 2011 to 2014 in college. Bausby just hasn’t had the role or opportunity presented to him to ever try to match those numbers.”
Stephon Gilmore is out of the team and this makes us ask a lot of questions. The Patriots lost a valuable player, but their negotiations got stuck in the middle of nowhere. Gilmore had his demands and the Patriots had other plans for the veteran.