Sports Illustrated's Peter King made his weekly appearance on the Mut & Merloni show Friday to talk about the Patriots and other NFL news.

Albert Haynesworth made his first appearance in a Patriots uniform Thursday night against the Giants, making two tackles as he works his way back into shape. King had both criticism and praise for the controversial defensive lineman.

With the league mandating that all teams must cut to 53 by Saturday at 4 p.m., the Patriots have already started making moves. According to league sources, three players — wide receiver Buddy Farnham, running back Richard Medlin and offensive lineman Jonathan Compas — have all been informed of their release.

FOXBORO — The NFL opened training camps five weeks ago with an breathless flurry of activity.



FOXBORO -- Albert Haynesworth made his Patriots debut Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Giants and then went out of his way to thank the Patriots for giving him a chance to save his career. He and fellow newcomer Andre Carter were together on the defensive line, as they were the last two seasons in Washington, when Haynesworth quickly fell out of favor with the Redskins, the team that gave him $41 million guaranteed as part of a seven-year, $100 million deal prior to the 2009 season. 

FOXBORO -- BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored on a pair of short touchdown runs while Tom Brady and the starting offensive unit played the entire first quarter before the Giants rallied in the second half for an 18-17 win at Gillette Stadium Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams. 

FOXBORO -- Both Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis suited up for Thursday night's game in warmups in expectation of their preseason debuts for the Patriots. The Gillette Stadium crowd wasn't disappointed as both saw first-half action, with Haynesworth recording two tackles and Ellis picking up a sack of David Carr late in the second quarter. 

Haynesworth spent several weeks following his trade to New England rehabbing his sore knee and dealing with a simple assault case in Washington. He joined the team in full pads practice last week and practiced this week. 

According to a report from Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union, former Patriots running back Fred Taylor will sign a one-day contract with the Jaguars on Friday, allowing Taylor to retire with the franchise that drafted him in 1998.

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Most years, the preseason finale is the exclusive domain of the backups, the second- and third-teamers who are getting one last shot at a spot on the 53-man roster. In the wake of last week’s preseason loss to the Lions, some of the starters are expected to play Thursday night against the Giants.