released Bengals safety George Iloka With roster cutdowns still 13 days away [url=http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-deatrich-wise-jr-jersey]Youth Deatrich Wise Jr Jersey[/url] , the Cincinnati Bengals already made a surprising move: the team decided to release starting safety George Iloka yesterday, effectively clearing the way for second-round rookie Jessie Bates to take over. Iloka, who spent his entire six-year career with the Bengals, now hits the open market and is projected to be a popular player two weeks into preseason.One of the teams that should at least take a look at the 28-year old are the New England Patriots – even though the squad appears to be relatively set at the safety spot right now. After all, the Patriots have one of the NFL’s better safety trios at their disposal in Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, and Duron Harmon. All three come with plenty of experience and proven qualities against the pass and the run.They clearly do not need to be upgraded, but the depth behind them is suspect: Jordan Richards has been wildly inconsistent when used as a defender [url=http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-tom-brady-jersey]Youth Tom Brady Jersey[/url] , while Eddie Pleasant is no guarantee to win a roster spot. Nate Ebner and de-facto linebacker Brandon King are primarily special teamers; Damarius Travis has failed to show any real progress during his second offseason in the NFL.At least when it comes to defensive contributions, Iloka should be an upgrade over any of them. The former fifth-round draft pick also brings plenty of versatility and experience to the table: Iloka was used all over the formation in Cincinnati, and even though he spent around 60% of his snaps as a deep center fielder – like McCourty and Harmon –, he also is no stranger to lining up closer to the box in a more traditional strong safety role.From the Patriots’ perspective, Iloka would therefore be an intriguing player to possibly add at this point during preseason preparations. However, chances are that they will not be able to do that: Iloka will draw plenty of interest by teams that are not set at the top of their safety position. Furthermore, there are plenty of franchises that have more salary cap available than New England’s $8.6 million.So why should the Patriots still take a look at Iloka, even if the odds of him actually joining the team appear to be slim? One word: knowledge. Bringing the veteran in for a workout should help the team update its file on him [url=http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-lawrence-guy-jersey]White Lawrence Guy Jersey[/url] , in case it a) opts to pursue Iloka at a later point in time (possibly next year’s free agency), or b) has to face him this season. The opportunity to expand the knowledge about the defensive back is one the Patriots should take advantage of if it presented itself.And, who knows, maybe Iloka stays on the open market longer than anticipated – not unlike cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who visited Foxboro two weeks ago – and could turn into a possible emergency call-up option. The more Bill Belichick and company know about him, the better they can judge him in case they crossed paths even if him filling the final roster spot on the 90-man team should not be in the cards at the moment.Week 6 Patriots vs Chiefs Friday injury report: Chris Hogan returns to practice, one of nine listed as questionable In two days, the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs will meet for what is one of the most anticipated games of the 2018 season: two of the NFL’s best offenses going against each other [url=http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-adam-butler-jersey]http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-adam-butler-jersey[/url] , with the potential frontrunner status in the AFC on the line. Earlier today, the two teams released their final injury reports and game statuses of the week:OutThe Chiefs have already declared two players out for Sunday’s game. Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas will miss the game after fracturing his leg yesterday, while safety Eric Murray will be out because of an ankle issue. Both play big roles in Kansas City: Thomas is a core special teamer, while Murray is one of the team’s starting safeties.DoubtfulAfter tearing his achilles tendon during last year’s game against the Patriots, Eric Berry will likely not make his return on Sunday – being listed as doubtful is virtually the same as being declared out right away. The same goes for linebacker Justin Houston, one of Kansas City’s best defenders and pass rushers. While the team has experience playing without Berry, Houston will miss his first game of the year.QuestionableThe Patriots list nine players as questionable to perform in Sunday’s game – all of which being limited during today’s practice. Among the group is wide receiver Chris Hogan, who was absent yesterday but returned to the the field in limited capacity today. He will likely be a game-time decision. Others on the list [url=http://www.authenticsnewenglandpatriots.com/cheap-jeremy-hill-jersey]White Jeremy Hill Jersey[/url] , meanwhile, will likely be good to go: it would be a surprise if Josh Gordon, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Shelton did not play on Sunday. The statuses of the other five men listed as questionable appear to be less clear.
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