Patriots Pick Up CB Deltha O'Neal

By on September 2, 2008 in Uncategorized

After cutting cornerback Fernando Bryant this week the Patriots picked up recently released CB Deltha O’Neal. O’Neal is a two time Pro-Bowl pick from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Patriots and coach Belichick had their eye on O’Neal for some time.

“We played him last year in Cincinnati and I did some work on him going into that game. He is a very athletic corner, good ball skills, pretty big guy that goes up and plays a lot of press coverage” said Belichick.

Despite being released by the Bengals, O’Neal stands a good chance of starting at CB with Ellis Hobbs. The Patriots don’t have a lot of depth at the position with five CBs, and two of them are rookies.

 The Patriots are still tuning up for their home opener on 9/7 vs the Chiefs. Tom Brady is expected to be ready for the opener.