The Patriots have parted ways with one of their most promising rookies from back in training camp in order to provide themselves with some defensive tackle depth.
The team waived running back DJ Foster on Monday in order to clear a spot for former Broncos defensive tackle Darius Kilgo. Denver waived Kilgo to make room for long-snapper Thomas Gifford before Sunday night's game with the Chiefs.
By claiming the 6-foot-3, 319-pounder, the Patriots have added depth to a defensive tackle group that includes veteran Alan Branch, second-year starter Malcom Brown and rookies Vincent Valentine and Woodrow Hamilton.
Branch is facing the possibility of a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and the acquisition of Kilgo appears to be an insurance policy of sorts in case Branch -- who is appealing the suspension -- misses time.
Kilgo, a sixth-round pick out of Maryland in 2015, played 81 snaps for the Broncos this season.
Foster was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Patriots soon after this year's draft was completed. He garnered attention in spring workouts and training camp with his ability to catch the football out of the backfield and make tacklers miss in open space. He played in 16 offensive snaps this season, making seven carries for 24 yards and catching one pass for two yards. He also saw some time as a returner, bringing one kickoff back 30 yards against the Bengals in Week 6.
The Patriots have one open spot on their practice squad. Should Foster clear waivers unclaimed he would be eligible to remain in New England as part of the team's 10-man practice-quad unit.
Bill Belichick is a teacher. His father was a teacher. His mother was a teacher. He is very much their son in that regard.
The glimpses into Belichick's essence aren't as rare as you might think, but they still generate an inordinate amount of interest because he's arguably the best to ever execute the kind of teaching he's made his life's work.
Every time he takes several minutes to answer a conference call or press conference question thoughtfully, the hundreds of words found in the text of the transcribed answer typically create a stir on Twitter. NFL Films productions that show Belichick operating behind the scenes are devoured. Exclusive interviews, where he shares his insight on individual games and matchups, NFL Films productions that show Belichick operating behind the scenes are devoured. Exclusive interviews, where he shares his insight on individual games and matchups, make every installment of the ‘Do Your Job’ series a must-watch.
Clips of Belichick on the practice field aren't necessarily hard to find, there just aren't many of them considering how many practices he's run over the course of his decades-long career. But thanks to more lax media policies at the college programs he visits for pro days, video of his on-the-field work pops up on a regular basis this time of year. They are mini-clinics dotting the internet.
This is Belichick in his element. Even in the middle of a random university campus. Even with scouts, coaches and front-office people from around the league watching his every move. Whether he's coaching players one-on-one or three or four at a time, Belichick is imparting his wisdom on eager close-to-blank slates. All the while he's trying to evaluate how they're absorbing what he's giving them. Do they pay attention? How do they process information? Are they error-repeaters?
It's a fascinating give-and-take between the 60-something coach trying to build a roster and the 20-something players trying to make one, some of whom hadn't yet hit kindergarten when Belichick won his first ring in New England. And he seems to enjoy it.
Here's a quick look at some of what Belichick has been up to the last few days at Georgia, South Carolina and NC State.
Linebacker Marquis Flowers is headed back to the Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2.55 million, according to his agent, Sean Stellato.
Flowers, 26, a sixth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014, was acquired by the Patriots near the end of training camp last year for a seventh-round pick.
More to come...