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Patriots Cut RB Trey Williams; Make Two Practice Squad Transactions

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New England has waived one of its running backs today.

There's not even a photo in our database of Williams in a Patriots uniform.
There's not even a photo in our database of Williams in a Patriots uniform.
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Since only one player was absent during today's pratice session - wide receiver Julian Edelman - a player transaction taking place today was not expected. However, we are talking about the New England Patriots, a team that hardly ever does what is expected.

Therefore, the news first reported by Doug Kyed should not come as a huge surprise:

The Patriots cut RB Trey Williams today, according to a source.

New England originally claimed the 22-year old rookie running back off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys on December 1, after the team placed defensive end Trey Flowers on injured reserve. Williams, however, was unable to crack the Patriots' running back rotation and was declared inactive for last Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Williams' release means two things for the Patriots: a) they have an open spot on their 53-man roster (which will likely be filled by a practice squad player in the upcoming days) and b) their running back depth needs to be addressed in the near future, as the team currently has only three runners on its roster.

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Furthermore, the team has announced that it has released cornerback Chris Greenwood off its practice squad. His spot will be taken by fellow corner Rashaan Melvin, who was released by the Patriots two days ago and went unclaimed through waivers.