Patriots cut Mike Pennel

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Mike Pennel‘s tenure in New England lasted only a few months.

Pennel, a defensive tackle who signed with the Patriots in free agency this offseason, has been told he’s being released, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.

The move comes as a surprise because Pennel was viewed as a good addition who would play a significant role as a situational run-stuffer. Apparently the Patriots didn’t think Pennel had shown enough in training camp to justify a roster spot. He’ll keep the $500,000 signing bonus he received, but his $1 million salary and $800,000 roster bonus were not guaranteed.

Pennel played in all 32 games for the Jets the last two years and started 10, and he’s likely to catch on somewhere soon.

19 responses to “Patriots cut Mike Pennel

  1. Belichick frequently releases veterans early. Guys that can who can still play but don’t fit in New England. Helps them land their next job.

    It’s something he isn’t given enough credit for.

  2. carloswlassiter says:
    August 26, 2019 at 8:58 am
    5th round pick Byron Cowart is the steal of the draft and just stole Mike Pennel’s job.

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    Nods head.

    I have been impressed with him as well, albeit in limited duty so far. He’s been a beast and I honestly have no idea where and how they can find these guys in the middle rounds, but BB has a great eye for DL regardless of where they are picked.

    Pennel was supposed to be a guy, but with Shelton re-signed and this Cowart guy, BB has done it again.

    Now I just wonder if Parry can make it as a swing back up type. It feels like they need 1 more 300 lb+ guy, but maybe Cowart added some weight?

  3. Belichick played Pennel a lot last game, to give the player a chance to impress and put something on tape.

    There are any number of ‘steals’ in the draft all over the league. In NE, Jakobi Meyers (UDFA) and Cowart look like keepers, and Winovich is going to get snaps. I hope BB makes the better choice between Braxton Berrios and Gunner Olzewski, as each is good enough.

  4. The guy can certainly still play in the NFL but the Pats are currently deep at pretty much every position except TE. By most anecdotal accounts Danny Shelton has had a great training camp, Byron Cowart looks ready to contribute already, the Pats love Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler adds another role playing dimension, Bennett can play anywhere on the d-line, etc.

    Not really a surprise release, I wish him well.

  5. Unfortunately, 1 down, 37 to go. 1 week and 1,000 hopeful players will be out of work. with 320 getting renewed hope on the practice squad.

  6. just shows how fluid Bellichick is when it comes to scheme. Apparently plan was to have his customary huge space eater at DT. But as camp went on, he seems to have decided he wanted more of a one gap attacking line,, which Pennell wasn’t suited for.

  7. thewizardsrevenge says:
    August 26, 2019 at 10:06 am
    That defense is stacked.

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    Yes, it is. Flashbacks to 2003/2004.

    Pats Haters’s heads will implode again by October.

  8. Unlike what many people say BB is a players GM/coach. Released punter Allen early so he could have a chance to catch on with another team, Dontrell Inman asked for and was released. These days BB doesn’t use the franchise tag, Pats’ practice squad players are among the best paid and treated like other players on the roster.

    Pennel will definitely get a chance with another team.

  9. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    August 26, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    “This defense is stacked”

    While the Patriots give up 31 pts in one half against the Chiefs.
    Pretty sure that was last year. In a game they won. Before holding the high powered Rams to 3 in the SB.

    Otherwise good point.

  10. They signed a player from a divisional competitor because they thought he could help them and weaken the opponent, they stole a better player on the 3rd day of the draft, they kept the better, cheaper player. Sounds like they did everything right.

  11. rogergoodellmyhero says:
    After signing him….GENIUS MOVE!
    After cutting him….GENIUS MOVE!
    That’s exactly how a genius works when collecting 90 guys and then trimming it down to 53. He must be a genius at it because they’ve gone to half (9) of the last 18 SBs – and won six.

  12. Seems like someone is watching every move the Patriots make.. He is no genius though. He keeps repeating the same thing over and over. Someone get him to the doctor.

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