Report: Patriots cutting Antonio Garcia

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The Patriots are parting ways with last year’s third-round pick.

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Patriots are releasing offensive tackle Antonio Garcia with a failed-physical designation.

Garcia didn’t play last year because of blood clots in his lungs, spending the season on the non-football injury list. They traded up to take him 85th overall last year.

Garcia said in March he had been cleared to return, but the Patriots apparently had a different opinion.

The Patriots are looking for options to replace left tackle Nate Solder (who split for the money with the Giants), and traded for Trent Brown to compete along with rookie Isaiah Wynn and others.

23 responses to “Report: Patriots cutting Antonio Garcia

  1. Feel bad for the guy, this likely means he isn’t completely healthy and his career on hold still. Wish him the best.

  2. That’s a bummer, I was excited to see what he could do. I love a lineman with a mean streak, and he has it. Wasn’t like he played himself out of town either, he just caught a bad break. Hope he catches on somewhere else and can resume his career.

  3. Cue, the genius of Belichick narrative. Belichick always has the copious draft ammo to take high reward risks like Garcia. If they don’t work out, off with their head! When it comes to the draft, BB is playing chess and everyone else is playing checkers!

  4. Bill Belichick sets the highest standards and expectations, but Garcia turned out to be a complete waste of a Draft pick. Best wishes from Patriot Nation for a recovery back to good health.

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    Garcia was a solid draft choice who was befelled by a non football injury. It is a tough break for both the player and the team.
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  6. Yes, BB should have tuned up his crystal ball better to see that he would have blood clots, where this kid’s career is now over.

    How dare he forget to tune up that crystal ball!

  7. Cue the BB haters and the “he’s lousy at draft picks” narrative. Never mind the successes and the overall success. Over against the parity protocols, drafting late for 17 years running, I’d say he’s doing just fine. To me, draft picks are like a baseball batting average — 3 hits out of ten at bats for a career and you’re in the hall of Fame. Make it just 2.5 and you’re a utility player with a short career, quickly forgotten. Lots of room to put together a bad tape for Bill, as so many do. How about the tape for his putting together a Hall of Fame career as the GOAT.

    As for Garcia, I really wanted him to work himself in and fulfill his potential, but it was not to be. Seems like a good guy, wish him well.

  8. For a guy who stinks at drafting players BB sure seems to put some competitive teams together. Meanwhile, all these teams that “win the off-season” are home playing golf after week 17.

  9. That’s a bummer for him. I know athletes have tried to play their sport on blood thinners, but professional football as an offensive lineman? Seems like you are asking your body an awful lot in that case.

    Seems like the pat’s doctors have spoken in this case anyway.

  10. yeah, another lousy Belichick draft pick. Meanwhile Rex Ryan, who won numerous ‘We Won the Off Season’ awards…………..

  11. makepeace says:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    Cue the BB haters and the “he’s lousy at draft picks” narrative. Never mind the successes and the overall success….
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    Take a look at the comments buddy. Pats fans feel the need to defend BB when no ones out to “get him.” Bill is an incredible coach and a so-so GM, proofs in the pudding. Brady has/ still does cover to all these draft blunders in the end….but lets take an objective look once in a while.

  12. So much for “margin” at the Tackle position. The Pats now have two right tackles competing for the left side in LaWaddle and Brown, and a rookie that maybe isn’t as tall as would be preferred possibly competing as well. I had hoped Garcia would be in the mix. Losing Solder worries me more every day. However, I take comfort in the fact that over the last 20 years, the Super Bowl winner had an All Pro Left Tackle only 2x, and a Pro Bowl Tackle only 4x. So it can be done, more often than not. But TB12 is going to be 41 though and the bounce back factor from being roughed up probably isn’t what it used to be. Unless of course the TB12 Method, Avocado Ice Cream, Nightshade abstinence, Pink Himalayan Salt, and all that elastic band training really does work. I’m already of the weights and using some elastics myself, and my joints and tendons feel much much better. It’s translating to improved motion and flexibility in other sports, so he may be on to something. I’m about ready to buy into the program. Hopefully the 2018 season is a banner year for The TB12 Method!!!

  13. Belichick a lousy drafter? Wrong!

    They don’t all work out, but he also drafted Brady, Edelman, Gronk, JimmyG, James White, Donta Hightower, Ebner, McCourtney, Marcus Cannon, Patrick Chung, Jerod Mayo, Matthew Slater, Logan Ryan, Solder, Vollmer, Maroney, Mankins, Wilfork, Koppen, Matt Light and Deion Branch. Meanwhile recent years’ picks like Mitchell, Valentine, Flowers, Karras, Fleming, Malcolm Brown, Roberts, Harmon and Jones are all developing very nicely thank you.

    Belichick has always been better than most at both drafting and trading – you have to be in order to dominate like the Pats have under today’s parity rules. He’s just been a little unlucky with injuries – in 2017 Pats were one of the most banged up teams in the league from week 1 (and in 2015 too, alongside the Giants) but still got to the SB both years, and 6 other years besides, and 12 AFCCGs in 16yrs – you just can’t dominate like that and for that long if you’re a lousy GM.

  14. lanman11 says:
    May 11, 2018 at 3:19 pm
    So much for “margin” at the Tackle position. The Pats now have two right tackles competing for the left side in LaWaddle and Brown, and a rookie that maybe isn’t as tall as would be preferred possibly competing as well. I had hoped Garcia would be in the mix. Losing Solder worries me more every day. However, I take comfort in the fact that over the last 20 years, the Super Bowl winner had an All Pro Left Tackle only 2x, and a Pro Bowl Tackle only 4x. So it can be done, more often than not. But TB12 is going to be 41 though and the bounce back factor from being roughed up probably isn’t what it used to be. Unless of course the TB12 Method, Avocado Ice Cream, Nightshade abstinence, Pink Himalayan Salt, and all that elastic band training really does work. I’m already of the weights and using some elastics myself, and my joints and tendons feel much much better. It’s translating to improved motion and flexibility in other sports, so he may be on to something. I’m about ready to buy into the program. Hopefully the 2018 season is a banner year for The TB12 Method!!!

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    Brown has played both left and right. So has Waddle.

    I have 12 million reason$ to not worry about losing Solder. He’s now the Giants’ cap problem as they look to rebuild.

  15. comments321 says:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    makepeace says:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    Cue the BB haters and the “he’s lousy at draft picks” narrative. Never mind the successes and the overall success….
    ———————————————————————————
    Take a look at the comments buddy. Pats fans feel the need to defend BB when no ones out to “get him.” Bill is an incredible coach and a so-so GM, proofs in the pudding. Brady has/ still does cover to all these draft blunders in the end….but lets take an objective look once in a while.

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    How can the greatest GM of all time with an incredible resume in the Cap Era, just be “so-so”? It’s one of the dumbest things anyone can possibly read anywhere on the internet.

    3 SB appearances in 4 years, about to his an 8th straight conf title game appearance, a cheating commissioner making up scandals to slow him down by stealing his picks, where BB built his base of these SB contendning teams through the draft and keeping costs down under a new Rookie Cap in 2011, yet somehow, he is “so-so”? Please get to a community college and start there.

    Name us the best GM fo the Cap Era, please:

    We’ll wait..

  16. comments321 says:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    makepeace says:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    Cue the BB haters and the “he’s lousy at draft picks” narrative. Never mind the successes and the overall success….
    ———————————————————————————
    Take a look at the comments buddy. Pats fans feel the need to defend BB when no ones out to “get him.” Bill is an incredible coach and a so-so GM, proofs in the pudding. Brady has/ still does cover to all these draft blunders in the end….but lets take an objective look once in a while.

    ———————–

    Exactly. Perfectly stated. The haters expect him to be 100% perfect and simply won’t give him both “best of” monikers since everyone already concedes he’s the best coach ever.

  17. Not sure how anyone could say this was a bad draft pick all things considered. The guy reported to the Patriots after the draft at 302lbs and then this happened. This is the type of thing you can’t foresee and you wish the best for the guy.

  18. comments321 says:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    makepeace says:
    May 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm
    Cue the BB haters and the “he’s lousy at draft picks” narrative. Never mind the successes and the overall success….
    ———————————————————————————
    Take a look at the comments buddy. Pats fans feel the need to defend BB when no ones out to “get him.” Bill is an incredible coach and a so-so GM, proofs in the pudding. Brady has/ still does cover to all these draft blunders in the end….but lets take an objective look once in a while.
    —————————

    Actually the very first (and likely onlly one showing when makeoeace commented) jumps right in calling it (another bad draft pick). And ironically, even your own comment itself also says exactly what you try to claim no one us saying. But this is not a scouting or judgement error, this was just bad luch via serious medical matter that popped up. As far as judgement, deciding to just take the loss rather than risk a guys life on the field is pretty sound judgement.i get it this guy wants to play foitball but if its a long term health risk due to a medical condition no one wants to be his partner in making that mistake.

  19. This is like a freaking soap opera. The Jets claimed 3rd round draft pick 6’6″ 304 lb Garcia in a New York minute immediately after the Pats waived him on a medical issue. I’m not buying it. With Solder gone, it’s no secret finding a left tackle to protect Brady has been a major team priority. Did Garcia really fail his physical or is this a continuation of the BB/Brady/Kraft rift? What happens now if Garcia goes on to start for an AFCE rival?

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