The Patriots have parted way with Kyle Love on Wednesday. This comes a few days after the team released fellow defensive lineman Brandon Deaderick. Kyle Love had played 3 seasons with the Patriots after being an undrafted in 2010. He also played in all 16 games the past two seasons. He also signed a 2-year extension during this past season which had fans thinking that Love would be a part of the team for at least the near future. After being released it came out that Love was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during this offseason. Love is a big man and has had a history of weight issues, this is just another road block for a player who will need to keep the weight off if he hopes to play a long time in the NFL.
Though I am sure the diabetes played a bit of a part, I think the team cutting Love is a different situation completely. Both Love and Deaderick were bigger defensive tackles who are closer to the nose tackle in a 3-4 system. The Patriots have clearly made a commitment to becoming more of a 4-3 team. They signed Armond Armstead and Tommy Kelly during the offseason. Both these DT’s are taller and better pass rushing defensive lineman than the two that were cut. With Wilfork plugging up the middle, the Patriots need more pressure from their defensive line and need to worry less about stopping the run. These moves show that they are committed to that. So all this coming out about Love and his health problems may have a small effect on the situation, but I believe the bigger picture for the Patriots was making moves that best suit the style of play they want for the upcoming season. Only time will tell if they are the correct moves or not. Armond Armstead though, is a player to watch this year. He was a really good player at USC and can be an impact player in the NFL.
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