Patriots officially welcome Akeem Ayers to New England

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Linebacker Akeem Ayers is officially a member of the New England Patriots.

The Patriots formally announced that they have acquired Ayers in a trade with the Titans, which means that Ayers passed his physical with the team. That probably wasn’t a foregone conclusion given Ayers’s recent knee troubles, but the Pats didn’t find anything to make them rethink the deal.

Ayers arrives at a moment when the Patriots are a bit shorthanded on defense. They lost Jerod Mayo for the season and Chandler Jones is reportedly going to miss several weeks after injuring his hip against the Jets last Thursday. Ayers, who played only two games for Tennessee, has played on the outside during his career and his arrival could lead to more time inside for Dont’a Hightower.

The Patriots signaled their displeasure with their depth options at linebacker in that game by playing safety Patrick Chung as a linebacker and they released Ja’Gared Davis to make room for Ayers on the roster. The team is also reportedly planning to sign defensive lineman Alan Branch, although nothing’s been made official there.

17 responses to “Patriots officially welcome Akeem Ayers to New England

  1. Next man up. Bill Belichick can turn other teams’ rejects into great contributors. He has a gift in recognizing talents that others cannot see.
    Akeem is fortunate to get the opportunity to play with Tom Brady and to be coached by the greatest coach of all time.
    Akeem will get to see how a quality organization runs. All NFL teams are not the same.

  2. The loss of Chandler Jones for 4 weeks is huge, particularly considering the opponents the Patriots play in the next few weeks.

  3. To the haters that continue to slam the Patriots, the record states the Pats are 5-2 and lead their division.

  4. Bill Belichick can turn other teams’ rejects into great contributors. He has a gift in recognizing talents that others cannot see.

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    Lol, are you kidding me? Belichek has been downright awful in the talent evaluation dept. Many, many high round draft busts. Bad free agent signings. He has been an awful GM. Great coach, terrible GM. I live in Boston & this is the general consensus opinion around here.

    That said, I will give credit where credit is due. This is a great move for the Pats because all they gave up was like 10 spots in the draft. Titans will have a high 7th round pick & the Pats 6th rounder will be deep in the 20’s. I really don’t understand why the Titans did this with so little of a return. Kid was a very promising young player before all the injuries. I do think the knees are shot, but regardless of how this plays out it’s a great move for the Pats.

  5. the 6 game stretch is amazing really. some great games coming up. brady is going to win games all alone. nothing unusual about that, since tom has carried this franchise forever.

  6. If we did an in depth analysis of belichick draft picks still in the league I think you would find him to be one of the better GMs. Everyone has draft busts. And I guess you can say that chandler, mayo, mccourty, hightower, Collins, Logan Ryan, dennard, Revis, and ninkivich are terrible, given those are all people gm BB brought to the team, but I would have to disagree.

    How about this, how many teams would you do a complete roster switch with?

    Who are all these GMs that are so superior they make belichick terrible?

  7. Right now, the Pats can be had by a solid offensive team who can at least slow down the Pats on offense. As much as I hate to say it the Bears have a great chance to beat the Pats. Expect the Bears to use Forte in runs a lot, and to work their TE with many passes and going to their receivers a lot less than normal. Cutler should have a lot of time to pass but after last week don’t expect that to happen much. He’ll be a game ‘manager’ except when they open up to Marshall or Jeffery.

  8. I’m not sure what’s more embarrassing

    The Pats allowing the Jets to win time of possession 40 minutes to 20 or the Jets winning ToP by that margin – and still losing

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