Alex Smith landed with the Eagles. (AP)
In need of help at tight end, the Philadelphia Eagles moved quickly to claim Patriots' castoff Alex Smith when he was released this past weekend.
Smith, who the Patriots acquired in the offseason from Tampa Bay in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick, said he harbors no ill-will towards New England, but didn't feel he fit in with the Patriots.
From PhillyBurbs.com's Reuben Frank:
"I just don't think it was the right fit," Smith said of his brief stay with the Patriots. "We had a lot of tight ends there. It was a very big competition. I was fresh off (minor ankle) surgery, so I think I might have been a little behind the eight ball.
"I have no ill feelings. It just for whatever reason didn't work out as planned. They've moved in another direction. Now I'm here with the Eagles, and I'm happy about that."
In Minnesota, wide receiver Greg Lewis signed with the Vikings after the team surprisingly waived seventh-year receiver Bobby Wade. Lewis is familiar with Vikings coach Brad Childress, who was his offensive coordinator in Philadelphia from 2003-05.
From the Star-Tribune's Chip Scoggins:
"I just think at the end of the day we look at it and just felt like it made us better," Childress said. "I'm appreciative of everything [Wade] has done for us here the last couple of years. But we felt like we had a chance to make ourselves better with Greg. I have some background with him. I think he'll be able to come in here and get up to speed relatively quickly."
After a pit stop in Detroit, former Patriots backup quarterback Kevin O'Connell says he's glad to be with the New York Jets.
From Newsday's Roderick Boone:
"Sometimes in life, you take some interesting paths to where you belong or where you should be, and I couldn't be happier," said O'Connell, who's the Jets' fourth-string quarterback. "I'm excited to do what I can throughout the year to help this team prepare and win."
Combustible Jets coach Rex Ryan went out of his way to stress that O'Connell was not brought in simply to extract details about the Patriots' game plan in advance of the teams' Week 2 meeting at the Meadowlands.
From the Star-Ledger's Dave Hutchinson:
"He wasn't brought here to be an assistant coach. He was brought here to be a football player. ... He was a third-round pick. He was a guy other organizations thought a lot of. If we have a chance to get a good football player who we think can help us now or down the road, we'll do it.''
DL Titus Adams, WR Terrence Nunn, and DL Darryl Richard were three players among the Patriots' final cuts that the team brought back to its eight-man practice squad. With Ryan O'Callaghan landing with the Kansas City Chiefs, the only players among the Patriots' final cuts that appear to have not found employment yet are: OL Wesley Britt, CB Herana-Daze Jones, LB Paris Lenon, CB Jamar Love, and S/WR Ray Ventrone.
(Update: Inadvertently excluded Darryl Richard from the original list of Patriots' late cuts that landed on the team's practice squad. Thanks to those who pointed it out).