The Patriots Odds for the next couple of games might actually change after they announced that Jonathan Freeny and Bernard Reedy would be released.
The New England Patriots are the sort of team whose moves are scrutinized closely because of the impact they can have on their domineering nature. The team had a good reason to release Freeny and Reedy.
Position: Wide receiver
6'3", 223 lbs
They needed the room for Kenny Britt whose signing they recently announced, not to mention the resigning of Ricky Jean Francois.
Britt played 8 games for Cleveland before finally departing early in December. Before that, the six-foot 223-pound athlete played for the Browns, this not taking into account his time with Tennessee, St. Louis and Los Angeles.
Britt has been playing football professionally since 2009. It was in that year that the Tennessee Titans brought him onboard as a first-round draft pick. Since that time, the athlete has played in 113 games.
Over the years, he has generated a resume featuring nearly three dozen touchdowns, not to mention the 5,000 yards he has to his name and 327 intercepts. Any hype surrounding Britt, especially with regards to his move to New England can be imputed to the impressive performance he delivered in 2016 with the Rams.
At 31-years of age, Jean Francois is two years older than Britt. He is also heavier at 313 pounds. More importantly, Jean is not new to the Patriots. New England brought him aboard early in November of 2017. He only got to appear in three games before the team released him.
Entering the NFL in 2009 as a 7th round draft pick, Jean initially played for San Francisco before moving on to Indianapolis, Washington and then Green Bay.
Freeny has been with New England since 2015. So he has had plenty of time to show the coach what he can do; and clearly, the people in charge do not think he has much to offer.
Freeny was initially released by the Patriots in September of 2016. Before that, Freeny had been a Miami Dolphins player since joining the NFL in 2011. The athlete had only played roughly eighteen games for New England by the time he was released in 2016.
The months that followed saw him play for Baltimore and Jacksonville before finally coming back to New England.
Reedy is one of the smaller Patriots members at 5-foot-9. He is also just 175 pounds. Reedy came to New England in November of 2017; before that, the athlete played for Tampa Bay.
There he accrued 17 yards on three rushing attempts. Reedy got to play for Atlanta in 2015.
At 26-years-old, Reedy hardly has anything to worry about. Most NFL players would love to play for New England because that gives them a shot at doing amazing things down the line.
However, Reedy and Freeny are young enough that there is plenty of glory waiting to be claimed by them once they join other teams. New England, on the other hands, needs Ricky and Britt to pan out on the level they expect.
The Patriots have been getting by on the depth of their squad. But if they lose any more players to injuries, and if they do not have new talent to compensate such losses, they could encounter unexpected defeat down the line.
Pro Career Statistics
|2016||Los Angeles Rams||15||15||68||1,002||14.7||66||5||--||--||--||--||--||2||1|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||16||14||36||681||18.9||60T||3||--||--||--||--||--||--||--|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||13||48||748||15.6||63T||3||2||14||7.0||12||0||--||--|