My quickie thoughts on the release of CB Leigh Bodden:
- This was simply a case of other players on the roster being better, and the team needed roster spots with DLs Ron Brace, Brandon Deaderick and Kevin Faulk ready to come off the physically unable to perform list, and this was confirmed by a source.
- With three roster spots needed, this would have been my list, in order, of players that could be released: S Ross Ventrone, CB Phillip Adams, CB Antwaun Molden or Bodden, LB Jeff Tarpinian, OG Donald Thomas, WR Chad Ochocinco, DE Shaun Ellis.
- Bodden didnít play special teams. If you're not one of the top two CBs on the team, that's an issue.
- Bodden clearly wasnít thrilled with his role on this team, but I have no evidence he was a problem.
- The first thought that came to mind when I heard of Boddenís release was when I saw him in the locker room yesterday, he wasnít walking well. I think health has been an issue for him and it has affected his play. Whether he wanted to sit and the team thought he should play or vice versa, I donít know. I find it curious that his agent, Alvin Keels, put out a statement that said Bodden was healthy. Obviously it's an issue.
- If Bodden isn't injured, then he's on the downside of his career. He was not effective.
- The bottom line is this: Bodden was not the same player he had been even early in training camp, whether that was because of injury or some other factor, we donít know. But the fact of the matter was he had lost a step. When Ras-I Dowling is healthy, the pecking order would be: Arrington, McCourty, Dowling and then Bodden or Molden.
- Coming out of training camp, the Patriots kept six CBs, which is heavy. Teams normally keep five but because of player on PUP, the Patriots were able to put off some decisions. One of those likely would have been the release of Bodden or Antwaun Molden. With three players ready to come off of PUP, the Patriots now had to make that decision. The Patriots kept Molden over Bodden. Itís not a stretch to think that Molden is simply better than Bodden at this point.
- Dowling needs to get healthy and stay that way soon.
- Bill Belichick might not light the world on fire in drafting or free agency, but when it comes to evaluating the talent he has on his roster, he's pretty darn good. The players he has released or waived haven't been stars elsewhere.
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