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Meriweather thinks he’ll still have a job come Saturday

Chad Ochocinco, Brandon Meriweather AP

Safety Brandon Meriweather has become in recent weeks a player who is perceived to be in danger of losing his roster spot in New England.  Despite the fact that he was playing in garbage time of the preseason finale, Meriweather remains optimistic.

He brushed off his presence on the field during time reserved to guys who soon will be former members of an NFL team. “Coaches want to see me play and the other guys play too,” Meriweather said after the game, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com.  “I wouldn’t say it’s because I’m going downhill or anything like that, it’s when Coach [Belichick] wanted to play me.”

Still, some in the Boston media think Meriweather could be in danger of getting cut.

“Why everybody feel like I’m in trouble?” Meriweather said.  “Hey, maybe they know something we don’t.  Maybe they know something that [Belichick] didn’t tell us.  He usually comes and tell us if there’s something going on.  He’s good with stuff like that so, you know, I’m just going to keep working hard and keep playing.”

Either way, we’ll all know Meriweather’s status on Saturday, after the dust settles on the dumping of 864 players throughout the league, as teams drop from 80 players to 53.

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33 Responses to “Meriweather thinks he’ll still have a job come Saturday”
  1. akulabug says: Sep 2, 2011 6:19 AM

    If he stays it won’t be a choice it will be a lack of options.

  2. flagstaffphotos says: Sep 2, 2011 6:29 AM

    This is funny – BB still has no ideas who his starters on defense are, while the Steelers and Jets have been set all along. Why would anyone consider the Patriots a serious title contender? They seem quite unsettled, at a time when the lack of offseason workouts is going to wreak havoc on teams that have made big changes.

  3. ace613 says: Sep 2, 2011 6:43 AM

    As a Patriots fan, I do not like Meriweather at all. He’s a body to have in the safety position but has hurt more than done good. Either taking bad angles, not wrapping up on tackles, or going for a knock-out hit and just bounces off a player.

    I would have no problem if they cut him- if they still had James Sanders. On the bright side, 800+ players are getting dumped so maybe a solid safety will be in that mix. Anything is better than Meriweather and I am sure many other Patriots fans will agree.

    As far as your comment Brandon- ask Lawyer Milloy or any suprise cuts. Its a business buddy!!!

  4. tim1999 says: Sep 2, 2011 7:40 AM

    Meriweather will make the team because the Patriots have no depth at that position after they cut James Sanders. Meri’s problem is that he’s not a very good player and he’s very undisciplined on the field. Constantly out of position and not doing/being what he should be doing and where.
    This guy making 2 Pro-bowls tells you what a sham that whole process is.

  5. impact42 says: Sep 2, 2011 7:42 AM

    “keep your bags packed”

  6. j0esixpack says: Sep 2, 2011 7:52 AM

    Meriweather’s been in the headlines too much for non-football issues.

    It doesn’t matter if he was acquitted – keep running with that crowd and getting cut by Belichick will be the least of his problems.

    Few New England fans are seen wearing Brandon Meriweather jerseys – perhaps for fear of one day being an inadvertent victim of a drive by shooting.

  7. giselleisasucubus says: Sep 2, 2011 7:57 AM

    flagstaff, your a moron. You clearly have no idea what your talking about.

  8. nxsteven says: Sep 2, 2011 8:10 AM

    “Maybe they know something that [Belichick] didn’t tell us. He usually comes and tell us if there’s something going on. He’s good with stuff like that so, you know, I’m just going to keep working hard and keep playing.”

    He should probably call Randy Moss. Or Seymour. Or Vrabel. Or Welker, after he’s traded next.

  9. billinva says: Sep 2, 2011 8:14 AM

    As a Pats fan I wouldn’t miss him at all.

  10. allisab says: Sep 2, 2011 8:21 AM

    @flagstaffphotos Because naming your starters not even a week into camp makes a lot of sense. Rex is a real genius…

  11. kelvinmchale says: Sep 2, 2011 8:25 AM

    “Why everybody feel like I’m in trouble?” Gotta love that University of Miami education.

  12. homelanddefense says: Sep 2, 2011 8:48 AM

    After cutting Sanders I dont think they can cut him too, they have no depth at Safety as it is…..

  13. pftwstbshmc says: Sep 2, 2011 8:50 AM

    When Sanders was cut the other day someone made a comment that says it all: “Too bad you can’t take Sanders brain and put it in Merriweathers body”….. Sanders has a lot of football smarts, but is on the small side for the position, hence suspect to getting burned. Merriweather has a really good body for the position with speed to boot, but just doesn’t always “get it”.
    I also agree with the comments about him making the Pro Bowl. Puzzles the living daylights out of me and I’m a Pats fan.
    Really good possibility he gets the ax, if not, I’d bet good money he will be used as trade bait.

  14. willysantos says: Sep 2, 2011 8:54 AM

    Only the Pats would cut a 2 time pro bowler player with the Caliber of Brandon then sign guys like Haynesworth. Poor talent evaluators.

  15. richm2256 says: Sep 2, 2011 9:13 AM

    flagstaffphotos says:
    This is funny – BB still has no ideas who his starters on defense are, while the Steelers and Jets have been set all along. Why would anyone consider the Patriots a serious title contender? They seem quite unsettled, at a time when the lack of offseason workouts is going to wreak havoc on teams that have made big changes.

    giselleisasucubus says:
    flagstaff, your a moron. You clearly have no idea what your talking about.
    —————————————————————-
    It’s obvious he’s a moron who knows nothing about football; just a Pat’s-hating Yets fan. If it weren’t for his Patriot’s-hating posts, this idiot would have nothing else to say here.

    Flagstaff, do you REALLY think Belichick doesn’t know who fits where on this team???? Do any of you idiots SERIOUSLY think that Belichick is stupid enough to paint himself into a corner where he HAS to keep Meriweather because he already cut Sanders???

    He’d cut Meriweather in a heartbeat if he thought he had a better player to replace him, no matter WHO ELSE he’s already cut. The man took a very green defense to a 14-2 record last year; what part of “great coach” don’t you morons get?

  16. capesquad says: Sep 2, 2011 9:14 AM

    NxSteven

    “He should probably call Randy Moss. Or Seymour. Or Vrabel. Or Welker, after he’s traded next.”

    Welker? you know something I don’t know?

  17. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 2, 2011 9:27 AM

    flagstaffphotos says: Sep 2, 2011 6:29 AM
    This is funny – BB still has no ideas who his starters on defense are…
    **************

    Dumbest comment you will ever see on ProFootball Talk.

  18. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 2, 2011 9:29 AM

    His job is safe…for now.

  19. goawayeverybody says: Sep 2, 2011 9:32 AM

    “Why everybody feel like I’m in trouble?”

    He stole this line from Shakespeare right?

  20. sj39 says: Sep 2, 2011 9:33 AM

    Fantasy Football is Patriot fans thinking their team will ever be relevant again without cheating.

  21. rc33 says: Sep 2, 2011 9:38 AM

    Meriweather making the Pro Bowl last season despite being benched twice speaks as much of the Pro Bowl as it does Meriweather.
    Either way, Pats fans need to lighten up on this guy and just let him play. It’s not like he’s been a catastrophe; just woefully inconsistent.
    If they waive him, despite his flaws, just watch all the other teams line up to sign him.
    In the end, all that matters is what Belichick thinks anyway.

  22. bullcharger says: Sep 2, 2011 9:46 AM

    All the Meriweather stuff in the press was a smoke screen. Belichick leaked all that to motivate Meriweather and get him to play better. He did make the probowl… he’s got upside.

    He ended up cutting Sanders, who not surprisingly, had littile press about him getting cut. A bit disappointing for me after that great play he made against Indy last year, but that’s life.

    Meriweather isn’t going anywhere.

    To restate the obvious, as stated by many above, ofcourse Belichick would cut him if he had someone better to take the roster spot. That goes for everyone on the team.

  23. murraysons says: Sep 2, 2011 9:56 AM

    The good news is, he’s got the VIP on swole…

  24. bullcharger says: Sep 2, 2011 9:57 AM

    willysantos says:Sep 2, 2011 8:54 AM

    Only the Pats would cut a 2 time pro bowler player with the Caliber of Brandon then sign guys like Haynesworth. Poor talent evaluators.

    ———-

    Hahaha. For a guy who believes the Jets will win the Super Bowl, you sure seem worried about the Patriots.

  25. tiffpats4eva says: Sep 2, 2011 10:00 AM

    sj39 says: Sep 2, 2011 9:33 AM
    Fantasy Football is Patriot fans thinking their team will ever be relevant again without cheating.
    **************

    Geez. Were you classmates with Meriweather at University of Miami?

  26. bullcharger says: Sep 2, 2011 10:05 AM

    sj39 says:Sep 2, 2011 9:33 AM

    Fantasy Football is Patriot fans thinking their team will ever be relevant again without cheating.

    ————–

    The greatest show with nerf will never be relevant again after the Patriots beat them fairly in 2001… just face it and move on.

  27. knucklebucket says: Sep 2, 2011 10:22 AM

    pftwstbshmc says:
    Sep 2, 2011 8:50 AM
    When Sanders was cut the other day someone made a comment that says it all: “Too bad you can’t take Sanders brain and put it in Merriweathers body”….. Sanders has a lot of football smarts, but is on the small side for the position, hence suspect to getting burned. Merriweather has a really good body for the position with speed to boot, but just doesn’t always “get it”.
    I also agree with the comments about him making the Pro Bowl. Puzzles the living daylights out of me and I’m a Pats fan.
    Really good possibility he gets the ax, if not, I’d bet good money he will be used as trade bait.

    __________________________________

    Great point about the “combined player”.
    I too agree that he’d be good trade bait. After all, he is a two time pro bowler…

  28. nahcouldntbethat says: Sep 2, 2011 10:32 AM

    Belichik will definitely pull the plug on just about anybody if he feels like they’ve jumped the shark. Mostly he’s been right making that kind of decision.

    He hasn’t won a Super Bowl since he cut the string on Ty Law though. That’s a fact.

  29. footballmaven says: Sep 2, 2011 10:37 AM

    Time for Pats fans…and that includes me to face the fact that Rex has put together a better “D” in two years than BB has in ten…..flagstaff’s got it right, folks…

  30. CKL says: Sep 2, 2011 11:16 AM

    nahcouldntbethat says: Sep 2, 2011 10:32 AM

    Belichik will definitely pull the plug on just about anybody if he feels like they’ve jumped the shark. Mostly he’s been right making that kind of decision.

    He hasn’t won a Super Bowl since he cut the string on Ty Law though. That’s a fact.

    _______________________________________
    Law, like a lot of other vets BB has cut ties with, definitely had some good years/games left in him. That said, they didn’t feel that was worth the salary he was due to make especially coming off Lisfranc (SP?) surgery. The point about the SB doesn’t really have any correlation because the Pats lost Law about halfway through the year (thanks, Heinz field turf!) and they won the SB w/o him on the field at all for more than half the year including playoffs.

    I think it’s cute how some of those Jets fans like flagstaff, bozos, deanvanwormer etc always come on here to insult the Pats. If they weren’t concerned about the Pats they wouldn’t whine so much abut stuff that happened over 4 years ago and in an unsolicited manner. The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference.

    I think part of keeping Meriweather is that he’s a relatively inexpensive option.He hasn’t whined about his contract and seems content to play it out. I feel kind of bad for him sometimes for the flak he takes but he DOES have to get his head on straight and play better.

  31. 6ball says: Sep 2, 2011 11:20 AM

    .

    If Terrell Buckley had a son, he’d be Brandon Merriweather.

    .

  32. elyasm says: Sep 2, 2011 12:47 PM

    nahcouldntbethat says:
    Sep 2, 2011 10:32 AM
    Belichik will definitely pull the plug on just about anybody if he feels like they’ve jumped the shark. Mostly he’s been right making that kind of decision.

    He hasn’t won a Super Bowl since he cut the string on Ty Law though. That’s a fact.

    ———————————————-

    Fact or not, correlation does not equal causation.

  33. thumper00 says: Sep 2, 2011 7:54 PM

    Belichick hasn’t won a superbowl since cutting ty law??????????? and your point is?? The jets havn’t won a superbowl since joe namith !!!!

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