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Report: Patriots release Tommy Kelly and Will Smith


The Patriots defense suffered with defensive tackle Tommy Kelly out of the lineup last year after a torn ACL, but it looks like his return to the team’s lineup will be a short one.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that Kelly will be one of the players dropped from the roster in New England as the Patriots make their way to 75 players and Kelly confirmed it a short time later. Kelly played 50 snaps for the team over their first three preseason games and held up fairly well, leaving him without an explanation for why the team

“I don’t know but I enjoy my time and my teammates. I have no problem moving along with my career,” Kelly said, via Tom Curran of

Schefter also reports that longtime Saints defensive end Will Smith and linebacker James Anderson are also former Patriots. Smith was also trying to return from a torn ACL, but didn’t make much of an impact as a pass rusher this summer. Anderson led the Bears in tackles as a 16-game starter last year and should probably find some interest around the league now that he’s back on the open market.

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  1. sportstalkprofessional says: Aug 24, 2014 5:47 PM

    Welcome to Dallas

  2. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 24, 2014 5:48 PM

    surprised about tommy kelly the rest are over the hill clearly

  3. themanfromtheblacklodge says: Aug 24, 2014 5:49 PM

    Surprised about Kelly, not so much Smith and Anderson. I wouldn’t bet against him ending up back in a Patriots uniform before the season is out because of an injury to one of the defensive tackles.

  4. rodneyharrisonstruckstick says: Aug 24, 2014 5:50 PM

    pretty surprised. All of a sudden not so confident in Pats D line depth.

  5. marcolamorsa says: Aug 24, 2014 5:50 PM

    Dallas better pick this guy up!!!

  6. jdog5428 says: Aug 24, 2014 5:51 PM

    Will be a cowboy soon.

  7. Patskrieg dot com says: Aug 24, 2014 5:53 PM

    Surprising… no wait… what’s the word? Baffling, that they’d release Kelly or Smith. Yes, I’ll go with baffling.

  8. thraiderskin says: Aug 24, 2014 5:53 PM

    maybe both those guys might be worth a look for Green Bay.

  9. u4iadman says: Aug 24, 2014 5:54 PM

    Raiders got the better end of that one….they knew Kelly was done 3 years ago and Pats dumb enough to start him.
    Lost yet again in post season.

  10. lgw91s says: Aug 24, 2014 5:54 PM

    Standard Belichick operating procedures. Cut the name players early to give them a chance to hook on elsewhere. Simply respect.

  11. rebosprj says: Aug 24, 2014 6:00 PM

    Before the haters get started

    Most of the Patriot haters that talk about “SPYGATE” on a regular basis have NO IDEA what it was about, or the time table in question. It’s funny to me that they think it was cheating, or in anyway,
    negates the Pats 3 rings… Here is a history lesson for you so the next time you want to talk about “SPYGATE”, you actually know what happened!

    “SPYGATE” is in the reference to the illegal taping of defensive signals from the sidelines, for viewing AFTER THE GAME, which was deemed against the rules back in 2006.

    This new rule was established in a memo from Roger Goodell’s office and sent to ALL teams in the NFL. Not just the Pats… Let me repeat… This memo was sent to ALL TEAMS IN THE NFL…

    The reason being is because “SPYGATE” had likely been done by several teams in the NFL for DECADES, and NO WHERE IN THE RULE BOOK did it say it couldn’t be done.

    The rules clearly stated that you couldn’t tape from the sidelines t use that information for assistance DURING the game. It said NOTHING ABOUT TAPING FROM THE SIDELINES TO REVIEW THAT INFORMATION AFTER THE GAME. Which is EXACTLY what we are talking about!

    With that being said, the actual “SPYGATE” controversy is about the Patriots continuing to tape these signals from the date the memo was sent out in 2006, to their 2007 season opener against the Jets on 9/9/2007.

    Anytime, before this memo in 2006, including their 3 Super Bowl titles, IS NOT WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.

    What is in question is the 2007 preseason and the 2007 season opener against the Jets. THAT IS ALL,, So if you want to call the Pats cheaters during that 1 year time frame, but all means. They were CHEATERS. Too bad for your hater narrative, all of the Pats 3 rings were won before 2006. So what they were doing at that time WAS NOT CHEATING!

    Could someone intelligent please explain to me how a rule that came out in 07, and a reminder memo that came out in preseason 07, and the pats were caught in game one of 07, had a dam thing to do with any of there three sb championships that they won years prior. Just sayin’

    Fox NFL Sunday, September 16, 2007.

    Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson said, “This is exactly how I was told to do it 18 years ago by a Kansas City Chiefs scout. I tried it, but I didn’t think it helped us.” Johnson also said, “Bill Belichick was wrong because he videotaped signals after a memo was sent out to all of the teams saying not to do it. But what irritates me is hearing some reactions from players and coaches. These players don’t know what their coaches are doing. And some of the coaches have selective amnesia because I know for a fact there were various teams doing this. That’s why the memo was sent to everybody.”

    Oh also, as for the AFC East being a cake walk, do some real research before ya’ll spout off looking and sounding totally clueless, and a mere make believe football fan

    Winning percentage per division since 2002:

    AFC East: .525
    NFC East: .518
    NFC South: .515
    AFC South: .512
    AFC North: .509
    AFC West: .488
    NFC North: .480
    NFC West: .453

    So deal with it, most successful NFL franchise in over a decade. The funny thing with these blogs are the ones that complain the most have never even been in sniffing distance of a championship.
    PS. I am not a Pats fan, just a fan of football period….

  12. surfinbird1 says: Aug 24, 2014 6:01 PM

    Why Tommy Kelly? It did look like Smith has lost it. Oh well, they know more than we do.

  13. theurnhelm says: Aug 24, 2014 6:03 PM

    They must like what they see from Easley?

  14. j0esixpack says: Aug 24, 2014 6:08 PM

    Actually there was some speculation that Kelly had just been outplayed in the preseason even though the Pats gave him plenty of reps

    Belichick will likely take on another cut veteran to try out and Kelly may serve as a shadow roster player after week one as he may serve in a journeyman role for the Pats and other teams once his salary is non-guaranteed

  15. garyridgway says: Aug 24, 2014 6:14 PM

    Will Smith only balls out for bounty’s. Everyone knows this.

  16. frankiefiveangels says: Aug 24, 2014 6:22 PM

    This probably means that Easley and Worthy will be on the initial 53 man roster and probably Siliga and Jones too. 2 of them will probably start in game 1 next to Wilfork.

  17. toybkshr says: Aug 24, 2014 6:45 PM

    “2 of them will probably start in game 1 next to Wilfork.”———————————————————————————————————
    They won’t start 3 DT’s!

  18. raiderinva says: Aug 24, 2014 6:50 PM


    So random…..

  19. uglydingo says: Aug 24, 2014 6:54 PM

    When you play for an elite team like the Patriots the standards and expectations are much higher. Thank you Tommy and Will you have served your team in preseason, but weren’t good enough to meet Bill’s high expectations. However, the good news is that you can probably make the final roster on 31 other teams. We wish you well.

  20. theflyingelvis says: Aug 24, 2014 6:58 PM

    I’m surprised about Kelly, he played well last year until he got injured. I’m assuming he’s not 100% back from the injury. If he doesn’t hook on elsewhere I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the pats resign him at some point this season.

  21. ericbleedspurple says: Aug 24, 2014 7:03 PM

    Who is the fool giving spy gate lessons on this thread. Let me educate you, your team had haters before that. So does mine. If you can’t handle then you need to take your angry soft skinned take to a less relevant team. People hate the Ravens. They hate the Patriots. They hate the Seahawks. Stop your crying.

  22. don2074978 says: Aug 24, 2014 7:06 PM

    Tommy Kelly —> Arizona?

  23. seabass2712 says: Aug 24, 2014 7:08 PM

    I thought for sure that Kelly would stay.

  24. boltsup says: Aug 24, 2014 7:20 PM

    He can come to Daygo, and beat up on the Raiders with us- BOLTS

  25. revren10 says: Aug 24, 2014 7:26 PM

    Does this mean jake bequette makes the roster

  26. dac458 says: Aug 24, 2014 7:30 PM


    Speaking the truth. Most overblown story was Spygate and every person who knows anything about football agrees. Executives in the NFL many like Jimmy Johnson and Bill Cowher came to the defense of BB saying it was a league wide practice.


  27. jchipwood says: Aug 24, 2014 7:37 PM

    Kelly and Smith must of had a problem with multiple first downs given to the pats by the refs for illegal contact or pass interference so they got cut.

  28. drs12522 says: Aug 24, 2014 7:42 PM

    Come to GB Tommy.

  29. doggeatdogg says: Aug 24, 2014 7:43 PM

    Hey rebosprj, all 32 teams have haters. NE just has more than most. And don’t pretend you don’t hate the Jets. Or maybe you secretly loooove the Jets.

  30. bullcharger says: Aug 24, 2014 7:45 PM

    That is a strange move. Still need depth there.

  31. bullcharger says: Aug 24, 2014 7:46 PM

    doggeatdogg says:
    Aug 24, 2014 7:43 PM
    Hey rebosprj, all 32 teams have haters. NE just has more than most. And don’t pretend you don’t hate the Jets. Or maybe you secretly loooove the Jets.


    It’s both actually. We love to hate the Jets.

  32. 87hollywoodhorn says: Aug 24, 2014 8:03 PM

    a lot of saints fans thought will smith might be out of gas, and i guess its true. smart player with all of the moves. but he was always a jack of all trades, and now hes just kinda mediocre at everything.
    still i think the patriots are trading off run defense in order to get more pass rush with this move

  33. manofmanners says: Aug 24, 2014 8:28 PM

    Tommy Kelly may not fit into the Past 3-4 defense, or this could be Belchick releasing Kelly and then signing him for less money.

  34. phootball says: Aug 24, 2014 8:29 PM

    Duh. Clearly Kelly was let go because he refused to run the video cams for BB this season. Good for Kelly for standing up to the King Cheater

  35. brownsclown says: Aug 24, 2014 8:34 PM

    So when do we get the inevitable announcement from New England that Mike Dumbturdi, the former Cleveland GM, is no longer with the team?

  36. rebosprj says: Aug 24, 2014 8:40 PM

    Most don’t hate the Patriots, they are just jealous of the successful dynasty for going on a decade.

  37. rebosprj says: Aug 24, 2014 8:42 PM

    PS, don’t really hate any teams, just love football.

  38. TheWizard says: Aug 24, 2014 8:45 PM

    he refused to run the video cams for BB

    That’s the kind of cutting edge insight you’ll get here at the PFT comment section, fellas.

  39. jchipwood says: Aug 24, 2014 9:12 PM

    Spygate is not overblown one bit. Its probably the other way around. If the tapes didnt mean anything then give me one good reason Goodell destroyed the tapes. My guess is there was proabably super bowl footage that DID help the patriots win super bowls. And with the amount of money bet on games Goodell didnt want it to get out.


  40. u4iadman says: Aug 24, 2014 9:15 PM

    Rebospo your stats are inaccurate, yet again.


  41. theycallmeyango says: Aug 24, 2014 9:16 PM

    Love the idiots bashing rebosprj’s post who didn’t even bother to read the entire thing where he says that he’s not a Pats fan! Lol, get some reading comprehension before you open your mouth. I’m with him too don’t hate any teams i just love football. Even the Jets are much too pathetic to hate. All I feel is empathy for them and their “fans”

  42. theycallmeyango says: Aug 24, 2014 9:21 PM

    And his stats are completely accurate. If there was actually any evidence that BB cheated to win 3 rings he’d of been bounced out of the league in a heartbeat. Haters are so funny

  43. razzlejag says: Aug 24, 2014 9:28 PM

    I still think that the Broncos paying players under the table to circumvent the salary cap during Elway’s Super Bowl years was a far more egregious offense than “Spygate”.

    The Broncos actions threatened the integrity of the league and all they got was a slap on the wrist and the incident(s) received comparably little media attention.

    The level playing field, forged by the great Wellington Mara and Pete Rozelle a million years ago, is what makes the NFL the great league that it is (look at MLB to see a stupidly run sport).

  44. beerndrums says: Aug 24, 2014 9:32 PM

    Sounds like the reborspj spygate defender has a conscious
    10 years and counting
    The cheaters are done
    Get over it already

  45. jchipwood says: Aug 24, 2014 9:36 PM

    Yango he still would be in the league for the same reason goodell destroyed the tapes……people would know they cheated to win super bowls. A lot of money was lost due to cheating and thats a road goodell didnt want to go down.

  46. ampats says: Aug 24, 2014 9:37 PM


    ??? Comment but no facts. Since 1994 the New England Patriots have the best record in the NFL

    FACT : Stats are accurate Google it .You love to post on all Pats posts. We get the hurt Pats have dominated the Colts over the years !

  47. stophmemphis says: Aug 24, 2014 9:39 PM

    They won 3 Super Bowls with defense!

  48. theycallmeyango says: Aug 24, 2014 9:44 PM

    If being “done” equals winning our division every year than put me down for that. When I was growing up the Pats were lucky to win 5 games a year

  49. yohi64 says: Aug 24, 2014 9:50 PM

    Hate on, Spygate drones. It doesn’t mean a thing, and we all know it. I won’t hold my breath waiting for any of you to prove rebosprj wrong.

    But get ready for another top-notch season by the Pats. This is the first time they’ve had a balanced team since 2004.

    And a large, sincere thank you to the New York Jets for helping Revis find his way to New England.

  50. leagueobservr says: Aug 24, 2014 9:50 PM

    This isn’t a strange move, when you consider they brought in Jerel Worthy and a couple other guys just last week. I think Worthy should fit in nicely in their defensive line rotation this year…

  51. rebosprj says: Aug 24, 2014 9:56 PM

    u4iadman says:
    Aug 24, 2014 9:15 PM
    Rebospo your stats are inaccurate


  52. rebosprj says: Aug 24, 2014 9:59 PM

    Errr, unlike most knuckle heads…..

  53. rebosprj says: Aug 24, 2014 10:00 PM

    u4iadman says:
    Aug 24, 2014 9:15 PM
    Rebospo your stats are inaccurate

    Kind of a vague statement dont you think?

  54. theycallmeyango says: Aug 24, 2014 10:14 PM

    Wrong jchipwood if he had proof like that Bill would be banned for life end of story. And if the other teams got wind of what you’re claiming Roger did he’d be done as well. Just because he’s commish doesn’t mean he’s all powerful. He has to answer to other people just like the rest of us

  55. drewzducks says: Aug 24, 2014 11:08 PM

    You have to forgive jchipwood for his being blinded by insecurity. That probably has something to do with being a fan of an inferior team who threw games intentionally to replace their perennial playoff choking QB for a younger version with the same result.

  56. mzew233 says: Aug 25, 2014 1:10 AM

    This is the part of the NFL I really dislike. Guys who perform well, coming off injury and then are dumped.

  57. sb44champs says: Aug 25, 2014 8:24 AM

    However, the good news is that you can probably make the final roster on 31 other teams
    Yeah, only the Pats have a deep enough roster not to hang onto an over-the-hill DE?? Why do you think the Saints released Will Smith in the first place..

  58. stableinnh says: Aug 25, 2014 9:08 AM

    Wow….. I think this is the first flame war started by a Pats DEFENDER.

    Meanwhile, back at the Tommy Kelly and Will Smith article, I don’t think we seen the last of Mr. Kelly. Linemen tend to come and go depending on their trainer’s skill. I wouldn’t be surprised to see back in uniform before mid season, even if it’s not a Pats uniform.

  59. passmeabruschi54 says: Aug 25, 2014 9:57 AM

    Im more shocked to see that James Anderson was let go, Pats are going with more of a 3-4 look in the preseason which is not Will Smith’s game and they gained a lot of experience last year with young DTs. The line backer depth was more of a worry even when they had Anderson.

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