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September 5, 2011

Meriweather failed final test miserably

Some stray thoughts on the long holiday weekend as the New England Patriots open preparations for the Miami Dolphins.

Brandon Meriweather is, was and always will remain an enigma in Boston sports history.

Every yahoo fan I know including a handful on the Pats beat — you all know who you are — scoffed at me when I wrote week after week that Meriweather couldn't play.

"Two Pro Bowls," you barked.

Yep, two Pro Bowls, but he couldn't play here.

Bottom line is that Meriweather is an athletic freak, a kid who could do anything he wanted on the field of play since he was a child. But he never really worked at it.

Thursday night against the Giants was his final test. Bill Belichick tested him by playing him with the "scrub" types in the fourth quarter. Meriweather didn't respond by being the best player on the field. Instead, he coasted, pouted and whined to the media after the game.

Maybe Meriweather will get a shot at his true position of free safety in Chicago, next to Chris Harris — a legit NFL strong safety which we haven't had here since Rodney Harrison retired.

All I know is I will be shaking my head listening to sports radio when New England fans do what they do best, beat the guy up on the way out of town.

Waters a long-term gamble

Of all the moves the Patriots made over the weekend, the one that should have the most impact is cutting young swing offensive tackle Steve Maneri and signing 34-year-old guard Brian Waters, a free agent who last played in Kansas City.

On paper, the move is a plus. Waters is a five-time Pro Bowler. I can't help wondering, though, if this one isn't going to come back and haunt the Pats in the long run.

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