No matter how deep we are into the NFL season, the New England Patriots will continue to work on their roster. Basically, it is a never finished work of art, which can always be improved. Apparently, the team thinks that it needs to improve at two positions: per multiple media reports, the Patriots have released cornerback Rashaan Melvin and practice squad tight end Joseph Fauria.
The 26-year old Melvin was signed by the Patriots as a free agent on October 14 and became the number four cornerback on the roster behind starters Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan as well as number three Justin Coleman. Since Coleman has battled a hand injury lately, Melvin became the team's third cornerback. However, with Coleman getting healthier, the team apparently no longer has a need for Melvin's services. The move leaves the Patriots with only three pure cornerbacks on their 53-man roster.
According to reports, the team has also released tight end Joseph Fauria. The nephew of former Patriot Christian Fauria was signed to the team's practice squad mid-November but was never promoted to the 53-man roster even with Rob Gronkowski injuring his knee.
Due to the two moves, the Patriots now have one open spot on the 53-man roster and one open spot on their practice squad.