Pats Release Anthony Johnson; Sign John Hughes

There’s been a shakeup at DT in New England. Anthony Johnson has been moved out, John Hughes has been moved in.

Johnson, an original member of the 53-man roster, does have practice squad eligibility. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him remain in Foxboro if he clears waivers. Though, if his play in the preseason was a legitimate sample of what he can bring to an NFL roster, I don’t foresee that happening.

His replacement, on the other hand, is guaranteed to be a part of this team, at least for a little while.

John Hughes was third round pick by Cleveland in 2012. He signed a 4YR/$14.4M contract extension in 2015, however, he was released by the team less than a week ago.

Like Jabaal Sheard, Dion Lewis, and Barkevious Mingo, Hughes is a former-Brown who has now found himself donning a Patriots’ uniform.

I’m not quite sure what to expect from this guy. At 6’2″, 320LB, Hughes is much bigger than Anthony Johnson (6’2″ 280LB), which should allow him to plug up the middle and stop the run, but there’s a reason he was released from his contract in Cleveland.

During the seasons in which Hughes has played at least fifteen games (2012;2013;2015) he’s averaged only 15 tackles and 1.8 sacks. Not great stats.

Here’s what Bill Belichick had to say about Hughes.

Like always, BB didn’t give any real detail or reasoning behind the signing.

I’ve got to say, I don’t know excited I am for this move. I really liked what I saw from Anthony Johnson in the preseason. He’s fast and gets after the quarterback, two sought-after qualities in defensive lineman. His size certainly isn’t that of Hughes, an obvious reason for choosing the latter over the former, I just thought Johnson had found himself a solid spot on the roster.

But when it comes to personnel moves, I trust Bill Belichick completely. He’s made far more valuable acquisitions, than he has the opposite. And it’s hard to argue with the results that have come from the Cleveland to New England pipeline. The three guys who have come over since the beginning of last season have produced nicely. Hopefully Hughes can do the same.

Go Pats.




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