The power of the Patriots was never more obvious than on Sunday. The organization is clearly one of the most imitated and envied in the NFL. The roster is deep seemingly every year, this year being no exception.
When teams had their first chance on Sunday to claim young talent around the league on waivers — the day after 53-man rosters are set, and players with less than four years of pro experience subject to the process — it was no surprise to see Patriots players most in demand. Even so, the raw numbers were still somewhat shocking.
New England had five players claimed on waivers Sunday, according to league sources, by far most the most in the NFL. There were a total of 16 claims placed on those players, a hefty average of more than three per player, which is certainly not the norm. The only non-Patriot who generated more than two claims by teams was Eagles C Mike McGlynn, who had four claims.
In all, 12 teams placed claims on Patriots players, with the Colts, Bengals, Bucs, and division-rival Jets all placing multiple claims on players waived by New England.
Here’s a look at each of the players and the claims:
Thomas Austin, G: Claimed by Bengals, Texans, Colts and Rams. Awarded to Texans.
Leonard Cohen, DT: Claimed by and awarded to the Seahawks.
Lee Smith, TE: Claimed by Bills, Saints, Jets, 49ers and Bucs. Awarded to the Bills.
Brandon Tate, WR: Claimed by Cardinals, Bengals and Jets. Awarded to the Bengals.
Will Yeatman, TE: Claimed by Colts, Dolphins and Bucs. Awarded to the Dolphins.