Agent: Patriots parting ways with safety Steve Gregory

AP

The Patriots are making a change in their defensive backfield.

According to agent David Canter, the Patriots are releasing safety Steve Gregory, who has started 23 regular season games for the club in the last two seasons.

The 31-year-old Gregory notched 79 tackles and defended three passes in 14 games (11 starts) in 2013. A ninth-year pro from Syracuse, Gregory played six seasons for San Diego (2006-2011) before joining New England in 2012. Overall, Gregory has recorded 379 tackles and intercepted seven passes in regular season play in his NFL career.

With Gregory said to be departing, second-year pro Duron Harmon could be among the Patriots safeties vying for a bigger role in 2014.

24 responses to “Agent: Patriots parting ways with safety Steve Gregory

  1. PARTY! Terrible safety. Couldn’t tackle anything. Couldn’t cover a tight end. Pointless shoulder checks on larger ball carriers that would just walk right through him.

    Goodbye forever.

  2. Letting him go isnt a surprise, if he gets a starting gig with someone else, that will be a surprise. He is a good player in a back up role, he just isnt the type of player you can throw into the defensive back field and expect any game changing plays. He doesnt get interceptions, he doesnt cause fumbles, he doesnt intimidate receivers crossing the middle, he is just out there to make tackles when there is a breakdown…

  3. Tons of respect for any undrafted player like Gregory that not only makes a team, but manages to hold on for 8 years in the NFL. There are plenty of top-rounders that can’t do that.

    The fact that he hit his salary escalators should have been a positive, but it bumped him right out of BB’s value-range. Good luck to him catching on with another team.

  4. Gregory was a pro, just not one with the requisite skill sets to start in the NFL. Gregory was not the physical safety you need and his lack of physicality led him to missing tackles, one of which (letting the Dolphins get a first down on fourth and long) lead directly to the late season loss in Miami and meant the difference between the Patriots getting a first and second seed in the conference playoffs. That’s how big one play can be.

  5. Good-bye and good riddance to Steve “The Whiffer” Gregory. Never have I seen a player totally miss on so many tackles. The biggest of all was against Miami on a fourth down play. One player got the receiver’s foot and almost stopped him. All Whiffles had to do was at least get a piece of him. In reality it should have been as easy wrapup. Instead, he whizzed right by a runner who was trying to move straight forward, not cutting to avoid tackle. First down and victory to Miami, Patriots lose home field and the AFC Championship game gets played in Denver instead of Foxboro. Adios, Whiffer.

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