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Your roundup of early waiver moves

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A flurry of waiver moves took place early Sunday afternoon.   While teams are just upgrading the very bottom of their roster, we wanted to pass along some of the most interesting transactions.

1. The Patriots lost two tight ends they were hoping to put on the practice squad.  Both players went to division rivals.

Fifth-round pick Lee Smith was claimed by the Bills, according to Adam Schefter.  Undrafted rookie Will Yeatman was claimed by the Dolphins, according to Mike Reiss.

2. The Panthers have claimed three players: Rams DE George Selvie, Raiders S Stevie Brown, and Cowboys CB Josh Thomas.  (Schefter reported Thomas and Selvie. Brown tweeted his news.)

3.  Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports quarterback Scott Tolzien was claimed by the 49ers. Center Colin Baxter was claimed by the Jets.  The Chargers hoped to put both players on their practice squad. It appears Tolzien will be San Francisco’s No. 3 quarterback.

4. Former Texans linebacker Xavier Adibi was claimed by the Vikings, according to his agent.

5. This wasn’t a waiver claim, but Zac Diles signed with the Bucs according to his agent.  He was cut by St. Louis.

6. With Greg McElroy recovering from thumb surgery, the Jets claimed Kevin O’Connell according to multiple reports.

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12 Responses to “Your roundup of early waiver moves”
  1. backindasaddle says: Sep 4, 2011 2:06 PM

    I think the Pats wanted to sneak those guys through waivers and get them on the practice squad….particularly Yeatman. I guess they’ll just have to suffer through the season with Gronkowski and Hernandez…LOL. Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me to see them pick up another TE…..maybe Alge Crumpler comes back???

  2. benh999 says: Sep 4, 2011 2:07 PM

    Why is O’Connell still in the league? When he can’t even last one year as a third QB with the team that drafted him in the third round, shouldn’t that be a sign that the guy just can’t cut it. Aside from his cool wristband (Google it), the guy has yet to do anything worthwhile despite several chances.

  3. travisblink619 says: Sep 4, 2011 2:28 PM

    The 49ers are going to have an undrafted free agent QB as their number 3? Wow…that is completely underwhelming.

  4. jimyritz says: Sep 4, 2011 2:56 PM

    Where’s Flagstaff when you need him…

    Nice pick up of Kevin O’Connell–Jets don’t need Pats sloppy seconds…right?

    You’re right, sloppy thirds Pats and Dolphins…

  5. firemarshal1 says: Sep 4, 2011 3:29 PM

    Coach Belicheck’s past drafts are starting to catch up with him. If the Patriots were to lose Tom Brady, we”ll see how weak the Patriots really are. Now, for sure you”ll see the Patriots try to run up the scoring with their offense, to hide their average defense. If I was a competing NFL team, I would play a 3-4 defense with a lot of creative pressure packages on Brady, along with a playing a two deep zone coverage on W.W. Neutralizing his quickness. Also, every time W.W. catches a pass, provide him some severe punishment along with Brady. They’re getting older, the body only take so much punishment. The Detroit game was an excellent example how to play the New England. Ask Rex, he beaten them the last two out of three games. It’s not accident, it’s reality.

  6. flagstaffphotos says: Sep 4, 2011 3:59 PM

    You said “Patriots” and “sneak”, LOL.

  7. kisstherings says: Sep 4, 2011 4:54 PM

    @Firemarshal1

    LOL

    Yeah, Belichick’s prior drafts are strating to catch up to him. Gerod Mayo is aweful, so are Hernadez and Gronkowski….McCourty, Wilfork, Chung, Koppen, Matt Light…..Brady? lol boy did he miss on them.

    And yeah, what an aweful draft pick Meriweather was…aweful enough for the rest of the league to vote him to 2 straight pro-bowls. Just he isn’t good enough for the Pats D this year and he doesn’t try hard enough in practice. So Belichick had the balls to let him go, just like he’s done in the past with Milloy etc. – when other idiot coaches in the league are holding on to the likes of Vernon Gholston for 2 years two long (and will mostly likely hold on to Vlad Ducasse just long enough for him to have Sanchez slaughtered)

    There isn’t anybody better at managing drafts and getting the most out of his players than Belichick is dude – he just knows when to trim the fat when its not working a lot quicker and better than anyone else in the league too.

    And please spare us the “if I was a competing NFL team…” blah blah blah crap….. your not. Your just a miserable, unknowledgable, SOB routing for a crappy franchise with some serious Pats envy.

  8. tatum064 says: Sep 4, 2011 5:26 PM

    travisblink619 says:
    Sep 4, 2011 2:28 PM
    The 49ers are going to have an undrafted free agent QB as their number 3? Wow…that is completely underwhelming.
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    Hey Rocket Scientist, Tolzien lit it up during pre-season….the Niners were at least shrewd enough to pick up somebody who was picking their secondary apart.

    Brilliant move. Tolzien was accurate, is cerebral and should be starting by about week 5. If that o-line can protect him, this is a genius move.

  9. tatum064 says: Sep 4, 2011 5:27 PM

    There isn’t anybody better at managing drafts and getting the most out of his players than Belichick is dude – he just knows when to trim the fat when its not working a lot quicker and better than anyone else in the league too.

    =================================

    Is there any team that doesnt know that all you have to do to knock them out of the playoffs is smash-up Tom Brady a few times, then watch him get real inaccurate?

  10. lowleadman says: Sep 4, 2011 5:31 PM

    EVERY player cut in the final cutdown by the Pats has already found a job. They even had their practice squad raided.

    Face it Pats haters, you will continue to have lots of fuel to keep on hating, as the Pats stock up with multiple draft picks every year, as evidenced by next year’s 2 #1 and 2# 2 and Billy hasn’t even rolled up his sleeves yet.

    The Jets are Pats wannabees. How clearer can it be? The real difference between them? The owner, coach and qb. The rest is relatively equal. The Pats owner, coach and qb combo have no equal, certainly not the slovenly coach, the clueless owner or the good but never-to-be-great qb.

  11. jimmysee says: Sep 4, 2011 7:23 PM

    Scott Tolzein is the real deal.

    Now if only the ‘Niners’ O-line were as good as the 2010 Wisconsin Badgers’!

  12. radrntn says: Sep 5, 2011 11:30 AM

    kisstherings says:
    Sep 4, 2011 4:54 PM

    There isn’t anybody better at managing drafts and getting the most out of his players than Belichick is dude – he just knows when to trim the fat when its not working a lot quicker and better than anyone else in the league too.
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    LMAO….get real….lets see the pats trade down every year, get a boat load of mid round picks , and then see what sticks to the wall. After they develop into good players they are cut, or dealt….
    fact is Tom Brady has the rings, not the pats. without tom brady, all the playerst hat you mention above are meaningless, as are the pats, and instead of kissing your rings that brady has won, evrybody wants to tell you what you can kiss.

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