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Patriots, Dolphins swap waiver pickups before opener

Nathan Overbay, Mark Restelli, A.J. Edds AP

There were some eyebrows raised when the Dolphins claimed Patriots tight end Will Yeatman over the weekend.

An undrafted rookie free agent presumably wouldn’t know a lot at this point about the Patriots Week One gameplan, but these are the sort of conspiracies fans love.

Adding fuel to the fire: The Patriots responded by adding linebacker A.J. Edds off waivers from Miami on Tuesday, according to Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe.  The Dolphins let go of Edds because they had to pick up another veteran tight end, presumably because Yeatman isn’t ready to help the team.

It may all just be a coincidence.  Edds played at Iowa where Bill Belichick’s buddy Kirk Ferentz coaches.  But coincidences are no fun compared to conspiracy theories.

UPDATE: The Patriots confirmed the move and the addition of Dan Gronkowski.  They cut Gerard Warren to make room.

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28 Responses to “Patriots, Dolphins swap waiver pickups before opener”
  1. ezra954 says: Sep 7, 2011 9:59 AM

    Why steal play signals when you can just steal the whole game plan

  2. dolphins4 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:01 AM

    Lets go Dolphins!

  3. sclazo says: Sep 7, 2011 10:03 AM

    Both are nothing but roster fodder anyway and will not start.

  4. grpatriot says: Sep 7, 2011 10:06 AM

    Just a coincidence!

  5. Jeff says: Sep 7, 2011 10:08 AM

    Like Belichick doesn’t have bugs planted in opposing teams facilities anyway…

  6. barneyrumble says: Sep 7, 2011 10:10 AM

    Pats want to know if there is any Wildcat left in Miami.

    Miami wants to know how bad the Pats are expecting to pound them.

  7. patstrustee says: Sep 7, 2011 10:11 AM

    Snoozer.

  8. dcryan82 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:12 AM

    Edds was on the team for over a year knows the Miami defensive playbook where Yeatman probably memorized a handful of plays in the 5-6 weeks he was on the roster. Edds is much more valuable if one, the other, or both teams are looking for inside info. I’m sure neither know of the gameplan going into week one, and Edds definitely has valuable insight, but probably no more insight than the Pats can get off film from last year being that the Fins have the same system in place.

  9. FinFan68 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:16 AM

    I can’t believe they waived Edds!!! Thes guys have made some very questionable decisions.

  10. AlanSaysYo says: Sep 7, 2011 10:17 AM

    Edds should know quite a bit about Miami’s D…

  11. guvsta says: Sep 7, 2011 10:19 AM

    I agree- it’s a coincidence. If the Pats were that bothered, they’d have brought inChanning Crowder who called the defensive signals. Edds won’t tell them anything.

  12. broncobeta says: Sep 7, 2011 10:20 AM

    That’s the best picture ever.

  13. hairpie says: Sep 7, 2011 10:22 AM

    Does this mean the dolphins wont have to purchase audio of Brady’s audibles and cadences from a 3rd party before the game?

  14. bozosforall says: Sep 7, 2011 10:38 AM

    guvsta says:
    Sep 7, 2011 10:19 AM
    I agree- it’s a coincidence. If the Pats were that bothered, they’d have brought inChanning Crowder who called the defensive signals. Edds won’t tell them anything.

    __
    Crowder would have cost those cheapskates way too much for their tightwad organization.

  15. dcryan82 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:43 AM

    I agree- it’s a coincidence. If the Pats were that bothered, they’d have brought inChanning Crowder who called the defensive signals. Edds won’t tell them anything.
    __________________

    The Pats brought Crowder in for a workout.. Apparently any valuable info he had wasn’t enough to overcome his lack of talent.

  16. rc33 says: Sep 7, 2011 10:58 AM

    “valuable info” is the biggest crock imaginable.

  17. richm2256 says: Sep 7, 2011 11:13 AM

    bozosforall says:
    Crowder would have cost those cheapskates way too much for their tightwad organization.
    —————————————————————

    Anybody else notice that bozo came back the same time flagstaff left????

    Hmmmmmm ………

  18. giselleisasucubus says: Sep 7, 2011 11:27 AM

    damn it, they let go of Gerard Warren for this crap? Enough already. Warren can still play, stop dicking him around.

  19. homelanddefense says: Sep 7, 2011 11:40 AM

    I did notice that rich, what a coincidence.

  20. tfaulk says: Sep 7, 2011 11:48 AM

    Saying either are just signal and play calling fodder is just silly. Edds is a smart, high-motor outside linebacker who would have made the Fins if he wasn’t so far behind b/c of past injuries and clearly they hoped they could stash him on the practice squad after clearing waivers. Considering Ninkovich went from situational player on the Dolphins to starter on the Patriots, Edds is someone the Pats want to keep. Likewise, the Dolphins are thinnest at TE where that is the deepest position on the Pats. Don’t know much about Yeatman but the Fins have mediocre catching specialists and okay blockign specialists — they need a decent all around TE. Both are solid pickups for teams which have similar likes and dislikes in players and have been pulling from each other’s rosters for years.

  21. bluvayner says: Sep 7, 2011 11:52 AM

    “It may all just be a coincidence. Edds played at Iowa where Bill Belichick’s buddy Kirk Ferentz coaches. But coincidences are no fun compared to conspiracy theories.”
    ………………………………………………………………..

    Additionally…….Kirk Ferentz’ son Brian Ferentz is a coach on the Patriots staff……..and Belichick kept another Iowa linebacker, Jeff Tarpinian, on the 53 man roster, as an undrafted free agent this year.

  22. cornersss says: Sep 7, 2011 12:46 PM

    “ut probably no more insight than the Pats can get off film from last year being that the Fins have the same system in place.”

    The media and other fans have NO CLUE about the dolphins this year. One media guy thinks crowder still plays for the phins and you think we have the same offense as last year.

    Both very wrong

  23. cornersss says: Sep 7, 2011 12:47 PM

    “Edds should know quite a bit about Miami’s D…”

    He was injured like the first week of preseason his rookie year and was placed on injured reserve.

    How much could he really know considering he could have got cut any day from the point he tore those knee ligaments in camp?

  24. zn0rseman says: Sep 7, 2011 12:54 PM

    Belichick has a history of retaliatory sniping of other teams practice squad members if they sign one of his favorites. Remember awhile back where he called the Vikings coaching staff and threatened them if they signed his guy? They did anyway, and then he signed one of their guys out of spite.

    Not sure why this post keeps getting deleted? Does this version work?

  25. portnoychunk says: Sep 7, 2011 1:18 PM

    zn0rseman says: Sep 7, 2011 12:54 PM

    Belichick has a history of retaliatory sniping of other teams practice squad members if they sign one of his favorites. Remember awhile back where he called the Vikings coaching staff and threatened them if they signed his guy? They did anyway, and then he signed one of their guys out of spite.

    Not sure why this post keeps getting deleted? Does this version work?

    …..no, it’s still pretty stupid.

  26. jolink653 says: Sep 7, 2011 1:56 PM

    from everything i’ve read about edds he seems like a really good pickup and a lot of people are saying he’s a possible stud if he gets his weight up a little bit…i’m pretty sure bill doesn’t need to get any gameplans from anyone they pick up seeing as how he’s done fine up to this point when it comes to playing other teams

  27. bozosforall says: Sep 7, 2011 2:54 PM

    richm2256 says:
    Sep 7, 2011 11:13 AM
    bozosforall says:
    Crowder would have cost those cheapskates way too much for their tightwad organization.
    —————————————————————

    Anybody else notice that bozo came back the same time flagstaff left????

    Hmmmmmm ………

    __
    And just like everything else that you spew, you would be wrong.

    I do enjoy flagstaff’s witty reparte though.

  28. justentertainingthestupid says: Sep 7, 2011 4:22 PM

    Here we go Dolphins here we go!

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