Last year, guard Brian Waters joined the Patriots about a week before the start of the regular season and wound up having an excellent year for the AFC Champions.
The Pats wrapped up the preseason on Wednesday night and they are starting to think about making cuts down to 53 players by 9 p.m. on Friday night, which would seem like a good moment to find out if Waters is planning to do the same thing again this year. If they have gotten any information on that front, they aren’t sharing it with the public. Coach Bill Belichick passed on a chance to comment about Waters’ status affecting the rest of the roster on a conference call Thursday.
“I don’t have any comment on that,” Belichick said in comments distributed by the team. “I’ll just say that on any personnel decisions, whatever they are, we’ll always do what we feel is best for the football team.”
The Patriots haven’t raised any public objection to Waters staying away from the team. Last year’s results provide a pretty good reason why his absence wouldn’t upset them all that much, although you’d imagine that they are addressing the makeup of the entire roster with some internal idea about what Waters, who stands to make $1.4 million this year, plans to do this season.