Patriots keep Hollister, part ways with Bolden and Carr in cut to 53 players


Patriots keep Hollister, part ways with Bolden and Carr in cut to 53 players

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have a long history of holding onto undrafted players and turning them into contributors. This year, they decided to take four onto their initial 53-man roster. 

Tight end Jacob Hollister, offensive lineman Cole Croston, linebacker Harvey Langi and defensive lineman Adam Butler all remained on Bill Belichick's active roster after cuts were made Saturday. They join the likes of Malcolm Butler, David Andrews and Jonathan Jones as the three most recent examples of undrafted players winning roster spots following impressive rookie camps. 


Notable names who did not make the cut were running back Brandon Bolden, tight end James O'Shaughnessy, defensive end Geneo Grissom, running back DJ Foster, receiver Devin Lucien, defensive lineman Darius Kilgo, guard Jamil Douglas, center James Ferentz, fullback Glenn Gronkowski, defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton, offensive lineman Ted Karras, receivers KJ Maye and Tony Washington, and linebackers Trevor Bates and Jonathan Freeny. Rookie offensive lineman Conor McDermott, taken in the sixth round out of UCLA, was also waived.

A number of undrafted rookies were also released, including receivers Austin Carr and Cody Hollister (Jacob's twin brother), corners Kenny Moore and DJ Killings, safeties David Jones, Demarius Travis and Jason Thompson, corner/punt-returner Will Likely, defenisve lineman Josh Augusta, running back LeShun Daniels, linebacker Brooks Ellis, tight end Sam Cotton, defensive ends Mikey Bart and Nick Usher, and offensive linemen Max Rich and Jason King. 

Undrafted rookie offensive lineman Andrew Jelks and defensive end Keionta Davis landed on the non-football injury list. Patriots third-round draft pick Antonio Garcia was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.

Julian Edelman, Cyrus Jones and Derek Rivers all landed on season-ending injured reserve. 

The Patriots made a handful of trades this week -- including three on Saturday -- leading receiver Phillip Dorsett, linebacker Marquis Flowers, defensive end Cassius Marsh and corner Johnson Bademosi to land spots on the roster. 

Search continues: Scarnecchia pops up at Notre Dame for look at McGlinchey

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Search continues: Scarnecchia pops up at Notre Dame for look at McGlinchey

The effort to replenish the tackle depth the Patriots boasted last year will not stop with the re-signing of LaAdrian Waddle. That much was clear when Dante Scarnecchia was spotted at Notre Dame's pro day on Thursday.

The Fighting Irish offense featured two of the top offensive linemen in the country last season in guard Quenton Nelson and tackle Mike McGlinchey.

Nelson is expected to be a top-10 selection and some believe him to be the best player in this year's class regardless of position. The Patriots probably won't have a shot at him. And they're OK at guard. Scarnecchia (and national scout DuJuan Daniels) were in all likelihood there to scout McGlinchey more thoroughly. 


The 6-foot-8, 312-pounder is considered by many to be the top tackle in this year's draft. McGlinchey spent two seasons on the right side, backing up current Ravens tackle Ronnie Stanley, and he spent the last two seaons on the left. He's thought to be a very good athlete for his size, but he may have some issues with "bull rushers and power at the point of attack," according's Lance Zierlein. 

But even with the blemishes that may show up on his tape, McGlinchey could go in the top half of the first round if a team gets desperate. Or he could slide. It seems a slide to the Patriots would be unlikely but not impossible. That's why the Patriots did their due diligence on the player who may be the only NFL-ready tackle in the draft.

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage made that very point on Quick Slants the Podcast soon after the NFL Scouting Combine finished up. 

"It's definitely become a challenge," Savage said of finding pro-ready tackles. "We've always focused and talked about how the spread offenses in college have affected the quarterbacks, but in reality, it's impacted all of the positions, quite frankly. 

"You look at the offensive line nowadays and most schools are building what I call a five-man unit where there's no real distinction between the left tackle versus the right tackle versus the right guard versus the left guard. They're all kind of the same because they play as a unit. There's not as much of a premium placed on that left tackle as a standalone pass-protector...

"This year, amazingly enough, I really only had one tackle [with a first-round grade following the combine, and that's [Notre Dame's] Mike McGlinchey. There's a couple of interior linemen like Will Hernandez from UTEP and Quenton Nelson from Notre Dame that are likely to go in the first round. But as far as just a tackle. Wow. It's staggering to think that there could only be really one tackle to go in the first round this year."

The Patriots have a variety of routes they could take in filling the left tackle void filled by Nate Solder. They could try to figure out a way to get McGlinchey in house. They could go with Waddle. They could flip Marcus Cannon to the left side and use Waddle on the right. Maybe a second-year player -- Antonio Garcia? Cole Croston? -- will surprise and force the team's hand.

Whatever they choose, the search for tackles isn't over. And given how difficult it seems to be for teams around the league to find serviceable ones, it could last a while.



Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

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Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

Johnny Manziel said 10 days ago, "I'd go to New England in a heartbeat," when asked about the Patriots as a potential landing spot.

That seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but they're taking a look at him...along with 12 other NFL teams, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. 

Tom Brady's current backup Brian Hoyer is, like Manziel, an ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback. Manziel would again be competing with Hoyer for the Pats' No. 2 job should New England take a chance on "Johnny Football", the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, who's been out of football the past two years because of substance abuse and emotional problems.

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman had it at 12 teams watching Manziel work out at the University of San Diego and said the Patriots gave Manziel a weigh-in.