The New England Patriots have been compelled to make a number of roster strikes on Saturday after their newest battle with COVID-19.
After putting operating again Sony Michel (examined optimistic), guard Shaq Mason (didn’t check optimistic), and Derek Rivers (didn’t check optimistic) on the COVID-19 reserve checklist, the Patriots elevated speedy receiver, Isaiah Zuber, transformed linebacker Rashod Berry, defensive lineman Nick Thurman and offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch to the 53-man roster.
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The Patriots positioned Sony Michel, Derek Rivers and Shaq Mason on the COVID-19 reserve checklist. Mason nor Rivers will play on Sunday, and Michel was already on IR. ESPN’s Mike Reiss wrote: The New England Patriots have positioned beginning proper guard Shaq Mason, reserve defensive finish Derek Rivers and operating again Sony Michel on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, a supply tells ESPN’s Subject Yates. These positioned on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist both have examined optimistic for COVID-19 or are a detailed contact to somebody who examined optimistic. On Friday, the Patriots canceled follow after a optimistic COVID-19 check. Later that day, the membership positioned heart James Ferentz on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist. The Patriots host the Denver Broncos on Sunday (CBS, 1 p.m. ET), and Ferentz, Mason and Rivers won’t play within the sport. Michel would not have performed anyway as he’s on injured reserve. Beginning defensive sort out Byron Cowart can also be on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, and won’t play within the sport. #Patriots #NewEnglandPatriots #CamNewton #StephonGilmore #DevinMcCourty #JasonMcCourty #JoshMcDaniels #JCJackson #LawrenceGuy #ChaseWinovich #JoshUche #KyleDugger #JoeThuney #JamesWhite #DamienHarris #JarrettStidham #AdamButler #JJTaylor #DevinAsiasi #DaltonKeene #JulianEdelman #NKealHarry #GunnerOlszewski #DavidAndrews #BillBelichick #RobertKraft #AFCEast #AFC #NFL
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The Phrase on Isaiah Zuber
The Patriots don’t have a ton of playmakers at ability positions, so Zuber is an particularly attention-grabbing participant for the roster. He’s been elevated twice earlier than this season, however as a result of a few of these call-ups have been as a consequence of COVID-19 points, he nonetheless has another accessible earlier than he needs to be signed to the 53-man roster for the remainder of the season.
Up to now this season, the Patriots have solely used him to run a jet sweep and a reverse. I’d like to see if he could make one thing occur within the passing sport contemplating he is perhaps the most effective run-after-the-catch man on the group.
The Phrase on Caleb Benenoch
The 26-year-old O-lineman has bounced round to a couple groups together with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, and Carolina Panthers. Regardless of stable athleticism, he hasn’t been capable of finding his area of interest.
This might be his final likelihood to make a splash, however in truth, he’s most likely solely on the Patriots’ roster now so as to add some emergency depth contemplating how mangled the unit is with accidents and COVID-19 conditions (Mason and James Ferentz).
The Phrase on Rashod Berry
Berry is a rookie TE/LB who has seemingly been transformed to protection full time because the Patriots signed him as an undrafted free agent this spring. In the event you’re questioning if Berry is free heading into what is perhaps his first NFL motion, check out this tweet from early on Saturday afternoon.
IKEA : hey, we received a desk I do know you’ll like
ME : ( NBA YoungBoy voice ) “ I NEEEEEED ITTTT “. Lol https://t.co/iQpIK8WKmw
— ℝ𝕒𝕊𝕙𝕠𝕕 𝔹𝕖𝕣𝕣𝕪 🤮💚 (@Shoddieslime_13) October 17, 2020
I believe he’s feeling good.
The Phrase on Nick Thurman
If not Zuber, Thurman is the participant who possible has the most effective likelihood to make an precise impression on Sunday and for the remainder of this season. The 25-year-old was part of the group’s follow squad final 12 months, and he’s already seen some in-game motion this season.
He has one sort out thus far this season and is clearly going to be wanting so as to add to that whole. He’d possible be thrilled if he might safe among the snaps Rivers was getting earlier than he was designated for the COVID-19 reserve checklist. Thurman is a special type of edge defender. He’s 6’4″ 305 kilos and able to holding his floor towards the run, however he’s not almost as proficient as a cross rusher as Rivers.
Nonetheless, maybe he could make an impression on Sunday.