Tag:Nick Kaczur
Posted on: July 29, 2011 3:51 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Ty Warren cut by Patriots, is 'moving on'

Posted by Will Brinson

The Patriots are making moves, folks. There's a pair of little trades you may have heard about over the past few days that saw them acquire Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth. And then Friday, there was the release of several big-name veterans.

The Pats announced that they've cut Tully Banta-Cain (as reported/expected), Alge Crumpler, Tony Carter, Ryan Coulson, Marcus Stroud, Nick Kaczur and, most surprisingly, defensive lineman Ty Warren.

The team also announced that they've signed third-round pick Ryan Mallett and fifth-round pick Marcus Cannon.

Warren is obviously the biggest surprise there, and while early speculation seemed to be that he might return to the Patriots on a lesser deal, his statement to the Boston Herald on Friday afternoon tells a very different story.

"I appreciate the Pats through the years," Warren said. "They're doing some things defensively and choose to go in a different direction. I thank the Krafts for the opportunity and drafting me in 2003. It was a pleasure.

"I will be moving on to bigger and better things. We are sorting out and will look forward to wearing a contending NFL team jersey this fall."

Warren was slated to make just south of $6 million in 2011 (thought that wasn't his cap number), missed the entire 2010 season due to injury and appeared headed to the PUP list to start the season.

So it's entirely possible he and Crumpler return at cheaper prices. However, according to Charean Williams of the Dallas Star-Telegram, Warren is interested in "returning home to play for the Cowboys or Texans."

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 9:29 pm
 

Patriots put Kaczur on Injured Reserve

Posted by Andy Benoit

The New England Patriots have placed right tackle Nick Kaczur on Injured Reserve. Kaczur has been out since suffering a back injury in training camp. He was originally supposed to fill in for holdout Logan Mankins at left guard this season. N. Kaczur

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick recently suggested that Kaczur was making progress. In hindsight, that was probably the first sign that things were looking bleak for the sixth-year pro.

Last year’s second-round pick, Sebastian Vollmer, has been holding down the right tackle duties in Kaczur’s absence. Vollmer figures to be a long-term starter from here on out. If Matt Light sticks around at left tackle – and, at just 32 years old and still in his prime, there’s no reason to think he won’t – then Vollmer will stay on the right side and Kaczur could find himself relegated to a utility backup role.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:08 pm
 

Nick Kaczur has back surgery, 2010 status iffy

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur has undergone back surgery, putting his status for 2010 in very serious doubt.

Kaczur has been out since the second day of training camp. He had been filling in for Logan Mankins at left guard (Mankins is holding out). Dan Connolly is currently holding down that spot.

Second-year pro Sebastian Vollmer will continue to handle the right tackle duties. Vollmer has more raw ability than Kaczur but is still somewhat rough around the edges.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 12:10 am
 

Two key injuries to offensive linemen

Posted by Andy Benoit

Two key, wide-impacting injuries to offensive linemen today. Patriots right tackle Nick Kaczur has a back injury that, according to Mike Reiss, could sideline Kaczur indefinitely. Second-year tackle Sebastian Vollmer will likely replace Kaczur.

In New York, there has been talk that William Beatty could take over at left tackle for the Giants. This would push David Diehl inside and relegate veteran Rich Seubert to the bench. This scenario has become likely now that Seubert is out indefinitely with a broken hand. Diehl, a natural guard, should thrive inside. The question is whether the athletic but raw Beatty has improved his lower body strength enough to handle a starting role.

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Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:32 am
 

How the Pats are replacing Mankins

With Logan Mankins holding out, Patriots right tackle Nick Kaczur has been working at left guard, according to Shalise Manza of the Boston Globe.
N. Kaczur (US Presswire)
This makes perfect sense. Kaczur doesn’t have ideal athleticism or footwork for operating on an island. As a left guard, he wouldn’t begin to offer Mankins’ mobility, but he’d at least provide adequate interior strength for New England’s power-blocking system.
Kaczur playing inside means that promising second-year tackle Sebastian Vollmer gets an opportunity to start at right tackle. Many believe Vollmer is the future at left tackle. The Patriots, however, have no interest in moving Matt Light out of that spot in 2010.

Manza doesn’t believe the offensive line’s tepid game of musical chairs will be much of a problem:

The key in all of this - as has been the case for much of the last decade - is the presence of coach Dante Scarnecchia. The sage Scarnecchia is a maestro at getting his linemen to work together and coaching up players; by now it is safe to assume that if a lineman can't succeed under Scarnecchia's tutelage, he won't succeed anywhere. After all, this is a team that won Super Bowls with players like Brandon Gorin, Tom Ashworth and Mike Compton as starting linemen.

--Andy Benoit

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