Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Love on Patriots: 'That's how they do business'


Kyle Love was a productive and relatively inexpensive cog on the New England Patriots' defensive line, but he was no longer in the team's plans as of last week.

The Patriots released the fourth-year player after he was diagnosed with diabetes. While Love landed on his feet days later by signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he wasn't surprised about getting cut by his first team. (photo: Jeffrey Beall, Wikimedia Commons)

“That’s how they run their business up there; veteran guys who have been there for years and put in a lot of work get treated like rookies,” he told The Florida Times Union.

Love, an undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State, worked his way up the depth chart over the past three years to earn a part-time starting position alongside veteran Vince Wilfork.

He reported to the Patriots' 2013 offseason activities in shape after having adjusted his diet following the diagnosis but was slapped with the non-football injury designation and released. Love said he's just looking forward to a new opportunity.

“My wife asked me how I felt after the whole thing went down and it was bittersweet,” Love said. “You’re sad, but then you’re happy at the same time. I’m just trying to move on and not really worry about what happened.”

Love joins Brandon Deaderick, who was also released by New England and signed by the Jaguars in the same week, on Jacksonville's defensive front.

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