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Kyle Love’s not surprised the Patriots released him

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Kyle Love made the Patriots roster as an undrafted rookie.

And he left the roster in kind of the same way, learning a lesson that no player (at least one not named Tom Brady) isn’t replaceable.

That’s why he wasn’t surprised when the Patriots released him after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes this offseason. The Jaguars quickly claimed him.

That’s how they run their business up there; veteran guys who have been there for years and put in a lot of work get treated like rookies,” Love told Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.

Love said that both his parents have diabetes, which made him expect to receive a similar diagnosis. He said he had worked out regularly at Patriots facility, and any weight loss resulting from the disease wasn’t dramatic.

“It’s not like I lost 30 pounds,” he said. “I was never out of shape — I participated every day so I don’t know where that came from.”

Love has a chance to help the Jaguars immediately, but coaches met with the team’s medical staff before putting in a claim to make sure he’d be able to do what he does best.

“They reviewed it and felt good about the situation and felt like we can get him the care he needs,” coach Gus Bradley said. “We went through a preliminary meeting [Monday] to talk about what he can and can’t do and the number of reps. We’ll bring him along slowly and get a chance to see him.”

Love said he’s had to cut out a lot of desserts and carbohydrates from his diet, but that’s something he’s willing to do to manage the disease.

“My wife asked me how I felt after the whole thing went down and it was bittersweet,” Love said. “You’re sad, but then you’re happy at the same time. I’m just trying to move on and not really worry about what happened.”

If they can manage the disease, the Jaguars likely found an upgrade at a position of need. And if that happens, they can thank the Patriots for making a cold calculation that helped them.

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43 Responses to “Kyle Love’s not surprised the Patriots released him”
  1. dg0122 says: May 21, 2013 8:39 AM

    Is it a bit ironic that the guy says he isn’t out of shape because he didn’t LOSE much weight…. and from the looks if the picture he has about a 50″ waist???

  2. chlstn says: May 21, 2013 8:41 AM

    As a Pats fan this does not sit well. It’s no way to treat a team mate. Cold hearted is an understatement.

  3. garyhd01 says: May 21, 2013 8:46 AM

    I posted a comment when he was first cut regarding my disdain for the way the patriots treated him now he tells us exactly what I was saying the pats just don’t give a crap about anything or anyone except brady and if they did the dynasty would have continued players all want to be a patriot then by the next yr they want to be elsewhere 8 plus years 2 super bowls lost not bad but for the team with the toast of the town tom brady not good enough I will continue to root for my rams and against the pats and good luck kyle maybe you will at least enjoy playing for the jags

  4. mrconnors says: May 21, 2013 8:46 AM

    The problem wasn’t that he had diabetes, the problem was that he stunk last year. They also released Pryor, Brace, and Deadrick. It’s clear as day watching them that they get no interior pressure and let QB’s like Average Joe just sit there all day and pick them apart. Which is why I would have preferred them to use an earlier pick on a DT, instead of drafting Angie Harmon’s brother.

  5. kingsforever says: May 21, 2013 8:51 AM

    Sorry Kevin Love that they want the best players playing and do not hold on to declining players for long…pretty sure most teams that know what they are doing are like that.

  6. jimyritz says: May 21, 2013 8:51 AM

    Don’t understand the move–Love was a good player for the Pats and seemed like he had his situation under control…

  7. kdub79 says: May 21, 2013 8:52 AM

    Kyle Love may not be surprised, but Wilford Brimley is flabbergasted.

  8. mullman76 says: May 21, 2013 8:55 AM

    The patriots will wallow in the karma they have created for themselves soon enough.

    Tommy and Bill can’t keep it together forever, and they won’t. I hope you have enjoyed the ride pats fans, but the ride will be coming to an end shortly.

    It’s going to be glorious.

  9. rickastleydancemoves says: May 21, 2013 9:04 AM

    The only ones that believe how “classy” the Patriots are, are the idiot Patriot fans.

  10. MP says: May 21, 2013 9:05 AM

    That is a tough break..

  11. jimmyt says: May 21, 2013 9:06 AM

    I hate the Patriots. I wish them nothing but the worst.

  12. jimjets says: May 21, 2013 9:06 AM

    my new favorite player!

  13. pftbad says: May 21, 2013 9:13 AM

    You finally convinced me, the Jags are the ideal franchise, they are experts on how to build and maintain a competitive roster year in and year out, whereas the Patriots have clearly shown an inability to do so.

    The Pats could really learn a thing or two from the Jags on what it takes to run a successful franchise.

  14. pftbad says: May 21, 2013 9:16 AM

    The Pats just signed Marc Harrison after he failed his physical with the Bears. When are you going to be writing an article with the same slant on that subject?
    That’s right, you won’t be.

  15. shackdelrio says: May 21, 2013 9:19 AM

    Can anybody seriously look at that picture of him and not hear a fart noise in their head?

  16. tigerlilac says: May 21, 2013 9:23 AM

    I love what Kyle did as a player for the Patriots but his comment that “veteran guys who have been there for years and put in a lot of work get treated like rookies” can be boiled down to an even more simple phrase: everyone earns their roster spot. There is no vesting onto the Patriots’ roster. It is a true meritocracy. Imagine if NFL ownership was performance based. Guys like woody Johnson would be out on their XXX.

  17. brobroski says: May 21, 2013 9:28 AM

    You can’t be a successful/healthy 315lb diabetic. Fact of the matter is he failed a conditioning test, badly, that would have given him a $100,000 bonus. He needs to lose significant weight that will make him too small to be a DL. It’s one thing when a 200lb WR or QB (Cutler) has diabetes because they are at a manageable weight, can’t do it at 300+ lbs. And lets not forget the Patriots drafted a player with cancer (Marcus Cannon).

  18. tigerlilac says: May 21, 2013 9:29 AM

    So, “it’s going to be glorious” when the Patriots fall off their high horse, at least according to numerous posts. Look in the mirror. If you are someone who sees your self worth in an NFL franchise that you don’t even support going from winning to losing you are the real loser. Guys, you have lost a decade of your lives hating the Patriots. That’s just sad.

  19. blacknole08 says: May 21, 2013 9:30 AM

    I think what the Eagles did with Mike Patterson was waaay worse. You don’t ask a man to take a pay cut upon hearing he has an illness! That was downright disrespectful to him.

    That would have been like docking Chuck Pagano’s pay because he got leukemia.

  20. nickydagreek11 says: May 21, 2013 9:32 AM

    “The patriots will wallow in the karma they have created for themselves soon enough.

    Tommy and Bill can’t keep it together forever, and they won’t. I hope you have enjoyed the ride pats fans, but the ride will be coming to an end shortly.

    It’s going to be glorious.”

    Hey mullman 76, bring something new to the table! Same thing gets said year in and year out!! “Patriots can’t hold it forever”, ” Pats are going to be nothing this year”…..sure it’ll happen eventually, don’t count on it anytime soon buddy

  21. swagger52 says: May 21, 2013 9:33 AM

    Stories like this…make me proud to be a Ravens fan. I think back to all the respect and chances we give to our players. This despite all the false witness that was heaped on players like Ray Lewis (even the last 5 minutes of his NFL Career..CBX X = Patriots Ray had a tough week dealing with a double homicide and payoff, etc.)

  22. belicheckisgod says: May 21, 2013 9:39 AM

    Though we as fans might not like the way the team runs things, show me one case where they cut a veteran player and he went on to be very successful or as successful as he was with them. It’s the way the do things and it works for them, they arn’t the only successful team that operates this way. No surprise a bottom of the NFL team would pick up two players the Pats cast away in one week and think it will work for them… They are a lousy team for a reason. I bet more than half of you had never heard of either of these players and know you make it seem like it was Wilfork they cut. These cuts were roster moved by a team that has great depth. Both players will be part of a bad jags team and cut before you know it.

  23. flash1283 says: May 21, 2013 9:40 AM

    Clearly another thread just to get hits.
    The entire D line with the exception of Wilfork was cut this off season.
    If he did not perform well last season (and he didn’t) and failed a conditioning test then why should they keep him?

  24. 6ball says: May 21, 2013 9:40 AM

    .

    Even if Love did not have diabetes, he was a long shot to make it to the final 53 anyways.

    By getting into Jags camp early, he may be able to carve out a niche for himself.

    If I was Love’s agent, I’d tell him his long term career prospects are better in Jacksonville than NE.

    .

  25. nedhigginssports says: May 21, 2013 9:46 AM

    The patriot way. That, cheating and losing to the giants in the superbowl

  26. abninf says: May 21, 2013 9:46 AM

    He looks like he needs to do some sit ups wit that belly hanging down.

  27. rjbell4 says: May 21, 2013 9:49 AM

    Yeah, the way Patriots treat people with illnesses (oh, sorry, “disabilities”) is despicable! It’s not like this job is related to physical makeup in any way. They should be more like — what was the name of the team that drafted that player with non-Hodgkin lymphoma? I’m pretty sure they were in the northeast …

  28. patriotenvy says: May 21, 2013 9:50 AM

    Let me see, I haven’t read anything about the Patriots dumping Gronkowski because of all his physical problems.

    As a matter of fact, they were able to draft Gronk because other teams didn’t want to give him a chance.

  29. Patskrieg dot com says: May 21, 2013 9:55 AM

    In all fairness to the cold hearted Patriots administration… Love’s play dropped off bigtime in the second half of the season. The Pats gave him more money and a contract extension when they saw his potential, and were hoping for him to make a big push that just didn’t happen. So this isn’t a completely surprising move.

    I’m a big fan of K Love and I admire the way he plays the game. I hope he gets his health under control and becomes a force in Jacksonville.

  30. adkfootballfan says: May 21, 2013 9:56 AM

    The NFL is a Performance based business – not Potential or Pedigree.

    Why don’t your own teams keep the crappy players who don’t perform but meet Florio’s standards of political correctness…

  31. denverwally says: May 21, 2013 10:00 AM

    Good point made above. The Pats were going to cut him regardless. He lost his job to Deaderick last year AND they cut Deaderick earlier. So Kyle was toast. And as far as this being a horrible uncaring franchise, this “cold calculating franchise” drafted a kid with cancer. Those EVIL PATRIOTS!!!

  32. svn2011 says: May 21, 2013 10:40 AM

    ““That’s how they run their business up there; veteran guys who have been there for years and put in a lot of work get treated like rookies,” Love told Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.”

    Kyle, thats how you made the team as a UDFA , beating out some other vets in the process possibly…No need to be thankful to the team because its a business but lets not tell one side of the story.

  33. rushmatic says: May 21, 2013 11:45 AM

    The Pats have given so many guys with health issues a chance. Armond Armstead couldn’t play last year because of a heart issue. He’s making an NFL debut with them. Just two years ago, Marcus Cannon with his non Hodgkins lymphoma. Gronkowski with his back. Brandon Tate’s tore up knee. I could go on and on.

    I wish Kyle Love the best, but being a 300 DL and having issues with that particular disease is no joke. The Pats offered to have him sit this season and see how it goes with his health. He opted not to. Now he’s talking s*** and Florio is being his typical self. I guess I’m not surprised.

  34. surfinbird1 says: May 21, 2013 11:49 AM

    Hey Klye , those dirty bastards offered that you take a year off and take care of yourself. You chose not to,so go ahead and kill yourself.

  35. thebigtim2012 says: May 21, 2013 12:41 PM

    There is a reason the pats are contenders year in year out. When a player doesn’t perform to the standards expected they are cut/traded. Call it cold all you want I call it a successful franchise.

  36. jakidd03 says: May 21, 2013 1:36 PM

    Haters will always have a short memory just to try to prove an unfounded point.

    Anyone remember a guy named Tedy Bruschi that had a stroke in 2005? They didn’t cut bait with him. He worked his way back

    Anyone remember the 2011 draft? The Patriots drafted Marcus Cannon in the 5th round. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma during the 2011 Combine. Pats drafted him anyway, he eventually recuperated from treatment and has become an instrumental part of the O-line.

    The last five games of the regular season last year, Love was splitting time with Brandon Deadrick, who was released just days prior to Love. In the playoffs, his playing time was even further reduced.

    This offseason, the Patriots signed Tommy Kelly and CFL import and former USC player, Armond Armstead…who by the way had to go to the CFL before the NFL despite being a projected 2-3 round guy because there was hesitation to sign him because he had a heart attack during spring practices in 2011.

    The Patriots will take a chance on you despite medical conditions based on work ethic and if you fit their system. Love, an UNDRAFTED FA, was determined to no longer fit. I do wish him the best in JAC but he lay off the sour grapes.

  37. Sir Samuel says: May 21, 2013 4:15 PM

    All of you guys bashing the Patriots are really clueless. What are some of the requirement for a D-lineman in the NFL? be big, fat, over weight… what is the opposite of trying to minimize diabetes? try and stay lean… add two and two and see what you will do if you were in the shoes of the Patriots.

    Also, how many of you will bash the Patriots if they have kept him, and played him and something bad happened to him?

    Oh, btw there are reports that the Patriots offered him to retire for one AND keep his signing bonus but he refused… so don’t talk on here as if the Pats are some kind of monsters… be objective and not be ignorant.

  38. patsfan13 says: May 21, 2013 4:20 PM

    How healthy would Loves bank account be if the Patriots didn’t sign him as a NDFA?

  39. tigerlilac says: May 21, 2013 4:46 PM

    Give Love a break. He is just honestly answering questions. No one likes to get dumped even when they know the rules. Of course, Love’s hurt feelings don’t make the Patriots an evil franchise, but they do document that that sentimentality has little of no place in filling out a roster when Belichick is in charge.

  40. rtroy23 says: May 21, 2013 6:25 PM

    Pats are just lucky the jags picked this guy up or it would’ve been even more bad press

  41. rtroy23 says: May 21, 2013 6:32 PM

    All of you guys bashing the Patriots are really clueless. What are some of the requirement for a D-lineman in the NFL? be big, fat, over weight… what is the opposite of trying to minimize diabetes? try and stay lean… add two and two and see what you will do if you were in the shoes of the Patriots.

    Also, how many of you will bash the Patriots if they have kept him, and played him and something bad happened to him?

    Oh, btw there are reports that the Patriots offered him to retire for one AND keep his signing bonus but he refused… so don’t talk on here as if the Pats are some kind of monsters… be objective and not be ignorant.

    Sir u make a semi valid point but the truth is that the nfl doctors are paid a ton of money so there without a doubt was a way that he could’ve been on the team. I’m also interested to see what they do with gronk. Hope all the pats fans realize he’ll never fulfill that contract that he was given.

  42. dabruinz says: May 22, 2013 1:07 AM

    Love has yet to prove that he has his diabetes under control. OTAs are not Training Camp in the Florida heat and humidity. They aren’t two a days. He’s not started eating the 4000-5000 Calorie meals that come with practicing daily or with 2 a days.

    It’s going to be extremely hard for him to control his blood sugar. He doesn’t understand that yet, but he will. And so will the Jaguars.

  43. bighurt228 says: May 22, 2013 5:38 AM

    Kyle……you got released cuz your average at best. Glad we added some playmakers who can help Vince and hopefully get a push up the middle.

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