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.