Jonathan Cooper has been released by the New England Patriots which means the right guard will have to look for a new home from here on. It also means Bill Belichick will be handling a retooled team against the Cleveland Browns.
Cooper was acquired by the Patriots from the Arizona Cardinals for Chandler Jones back in March but injuries have rendered the 26-year-old saw a big dip in performance following a right foot injury in July. The Patriots waived Cooper who has struggled to get back into playing shape according to NFL.com.
Woodrow Hamilton will be taking over as the new defensive lineman for the Patriots in lieu of Cooper. Cooper is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the Spring of 2017 though he needs to get over the mental hurdles tied up to his foot injury, ESPN reported.
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Focus Still On Brady Against The Browns
With the move, the Patriots will be facing the Cleveland Browns with a different kind of a lineup. Ironically that match will be mostly about Tom Brady who will be returning from a four-game suspension.
Most of the attention as of late has been on the quarterback issue with Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Brissett filling in and suffering respective injuries for their efforts. Brady will technically have no backup against the Browns who are expected to give the veteran a rude welcome.
Brady will likely show some rust in the early goings though his experience may easily overrule all that. That plus the brilliance of Bill Belichick easily gives the Patriots a decisive edge. New England has managed through the adversities this season and such has led to an impressive 3-1 card.
Things have been awry over at the Patriots which also cut Clay Harbor recently and moving Brissett to the IR. Aside from Brady, Rob Ninkovich is also set to return for Pats which gives Belichick a new look which can hopefully sustain their run.
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