Geneo Grissom

Patriots cut Geneo Grissom to make room for Martellus Bennett

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Patriots cut Geneo Grissom to make room for Martellus Bennett

The Patriots have made a corresponding move to make room for Martellus Bennett. It probably isn't what you think. 

OK, it's exactly what you think because you and I both know you read the headline. Don't be smug. 

Anyway, they didn't cut Dwayne Allen. They cut Geneo Grissom. 

A third-round pick of the Pats in 2015, Grissom has now been waived for a second time this season. He was originally released in September and put on the practice squad before being promoted back to the 53-man roster on Sept. 22. 

Patriots place Vincent Valentine on IR, promote Geneo Grissom

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Patriots place Vincent Valentine on IR, promote Geneo Grissom

FOXBORO -- Anyone hoping to see Vincent Valentine make his season debut got some bad news Friday. 

Valentine, who has been inactive for both of the Patriots' first two games with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve. ESPN's Field Yates was first to report the news.

With Valentine on IR, Geneo Grissom was added to the roster from the practice squad. ESPN's Mike Reiss had that one first:

Valentine, whom the Pats chose 96th overall in 2016, has not been practicing with the team as he's dealt with the knee injury.

A third-round pick of the Pats in 2015, Grissom was released by the team in September and signed to the practice squad a day later. 

Five takeaways from Patriots-Giants: Brissett shines, Jones suffers knee injury

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Five takeaways from Patriots-Giants: Brissett shines, Jones suffers knee injury

FOXBORO - Here are five quick takeaways from Thursday night's preseason finale between the Patriots and Giants. . . 

1. BRISSETT LOOKS SHARP

Besides a first-quarter pick-six that was partly the result of a failed Conor McDermott cut block, Brissett was phenomenal. The second-year quarterback got the Patriots on the board with a touchdown on their opening drive thanks to a pair of excellent grabs by twins Jacob and Cody Hollister. Brissett bounced back from the pick-six with an impressive second-quarter touchdown drive, a flawless TD pass in the third, and both a rushing and passing TD in the fourth. If Brissett was in any danger of making the team, his performance Thursday night certainly helped his cause.

2. CYRUS JONES GOES DOWN

A week after Julian Edelman went down with a non-contact knee injury, Cyrus Jones did the same. The second-year cornerback out of Alabama had his knee buckle while running down the sideline to cover Travis Rudolph and did not return. He will undergo an MRI Friday morning, and we'll have more information on the injury as soon as possible.

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3. GRISSOM MAKES CASE FOR A ROSTER SPOT

With defensive ends Adam Butler and Harvey Langi likely locking down roster spots, Geneo Grissom was one of the Patriots fighting for a job. Grissom made his presence felt early, taking down Giants quarterback Geno Smith for a sack in the first quarter. He didn't do much in the box score for the rest of the game, but he did continue to put consistent pressure on the passer that didn't go unnoticed.

4. CARR LEAVES LASTING IMPRESSION

Speaking of fighting for a job, wide receiver Austin Carr did everything he could to make his own case for a roster spot. The undrafted rookie finished off what has been an excellent camp and preseason by racking up three catches for 48 yards and a touchdown. It should go without saying at this point that if Carr doesn't make the squad, it will be due to the Patriots' receiving depth and not a lack of skill.

5. DEFENSE STARTS POORLY, BUT FINISHES STRONG

The Patriots defense didn't have much of an answer for anything the Giants threw at them in the first half as they gave up a whopping 34 points. They settled down big time in the second half, though, allowing just two field goals. Unfortunately, the latter of those field goals sealed the Giants' 40-38 victory.